- Heart of Stone (song)
Name = Heart of Stone
from Album =
The Rolling Stones, Now!
19 December 1964
2 November 1964
Length = 2:50
Label = Decca (UK)
Andrew Loog Oldham
Chart position =
- #19 (US)
Last single = "
Little Red Rooster"
This single = "Heart of Stone"
Next single = "The Last Time"
"Heart Of Stone" is a song by the English
rock 'n rollband the Rolling Stones.
Mick Jaggerand Keith Richards, "Heart of Stone" is a inspired by the bluesand R&B, being one of their first compositions released as a lead single.
In his review,
Richie Unterbergersays, "'Heart of Stone' [is] a slow and soulful, dramatic balladwith the kind of vaguely discordant, droning guitars heard on many an early Rolling Stones slow number. What was impressive was how the Jagger/Richards song, though similar in some respect to American soul ballads of the period... was not explicitly derivative of any one blues or soul song that they were covering on their mid-60s records. The lilt of the verses owed something to country musicand the mournful harmonies heard on the latter part of the verses added to the overall feeling of melancholy moodiness." [Unterberger, Richie. [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=33:jbfwxx9sldse The Rolling Stones "Heart of Stone"] . "allmusic". 2007 (accessed 1 July 2007).]
The song sees the singer discuss his life as a womanizer, and how one girl in particular won't break his heart;
Recording and release
Recording began on 2 November 1964 at Los Angeles' RCA Studios with Jagger singing, Richards and
Brian Joneson guitars, Bill Wymanon bass, and Charlie Wattson drums. Jack Nitzscheperforms tambourine and piano.
"Heart of Stone" was released in December 1964, and became their second Top 20 hit in the US, reaching #19. The song was released the following February on the US album "
The Rolling Stones, Now!", but was not given a UK release until " Out of Our Heads" in September 1965 . It was later included on the compilation discs " Hot Rocks" and " Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)".
The British post-punk group
The Mekonscovered the song on their 1988 album " So Good It Hurts", twisting the song's impact with female vocals provided by Sally Timms. The Allman Brothers Bandconvered the song on their 2003 album " Hittin' the Note". Sonic's Rendezvous Bandhas also played the song.
* [http://www.rollingstones.com/discog/index.php?v=so&a=1&id=16 Complete Official Lyrics]
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