Sweet Black Angel


Sweet Black Angel

Infobox Song
Name = Sweet Black Angel
Artist = The Rolling Stones
Album = Exile on Main St.
Released= 14 April 1972


track_no = 8
Recorded = December 1971 - March, 1972
Genre = Rock, Folk
Length = 2:58
Writer = Jagger/Richards
Label = Rolling Stones/Virgin
Producer = Jimmy Miller
[ Chart position = ]
prev = "Torn and Frayed"
prev_no = 7
next = "Loving Cup"
next_no = 9

"Sweet Black Angel" is a song by the Rolling Stones featured on their 1972 album "Exile on Main St." Also released on single as the b-side to "Tumbling Dice" prior to the album.

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Sweet Black Angel" is one of the few outright political songs written by the Rolling Stones. A country-blues ballad, the song was written about civil rights activist Angela Davis, who was facing murder charges at the time.cite web| last =Kurutz| first =Steve| title = "Sweet Black Angel"| work = allmusic| publisher = allmusic| url =http://wm04.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=33:3ifrxqtdldse| accessdate = 2006-10-23] Steve Kurutz says in his review, "Having never heard of Angela Davis, a listener could easily overlook the political lyrics and get lost in the circular acoustic plucking or the washboard rhythm that propels the song so well. Yet, by knowing the case history one realizes how deft and clever Mick's lyrics could be, even if he hides behind his best backwoods diction and garbled annunciation obscure the point."

Recording took place at Los Angeles' Sunset Sound Studios between the months of December, 1971, and March, 1972. With Jagger on lead vocals, Richards and Mick Taylor perform guitars, Bill Wyman the bass, and Charlie Watts on the drums. Richard "Didymus" Washington performs marimbas for the track while producer Jimmy Miller lends support percussion. [ [http://keno.org/stones_lyrics/tornnfrayed.html "Torn and Frayed"] . "Keno's Rolling Stones Lyrics". 2007 (accessed 21 September 2007).]

References

External links

* [http://www.rollingstones.com/discog/index.php?v=so&a=1&id=152 Complete official lyrics]


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