- Rip This Joint (song)
Name = Rip This Joint
The Rolling Stones
Exile on Main St.
May 12, 1972
track_no = 2
Recorded = December, 1971 & March, 1972
Genre = Rock,
Length = 2:23
Label = Rolling Stones/Virgin
Producer = Jimmy Miller
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"Rip This Joint" is the second song on
rock and rollband the Rolling Stones' 1972 album " Exile on Main St."
Mick Jaggerand Keith Richards, "Rip This Joint" is one of the fastest songs in the Stones' canon, with a pronounced rockabillyfeel. Jagger's breakneck delivery of the song's lines spells out a rambling tale set across America from the perspective of a foreigner; Keith Richardsquotes the speed of the song "it's one of the fastest ones of the lot and it really keeps you on your toes"
In his review of the song,
Bill Janovitzsays, "The result is a frenetic pace that approaches the tempos played by hardcore punk rockbands roughly ten years later, certainly recognizing the raw excitement of early roots rock & roll years before... Though the band most likely did not sit down and preconceive it as such, the record seems to set out to cover nothing less than the wide-open spaces of America itself via the nation's music — from urban soul to down-home country to New Orleans jazz. 'Rip This Joint' sets the tone for this journey, as a modern-day "Route 66" travelogue from Birmingham to San Diego." [ [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=33:hifexqtdldse "Rip This Joint"] . "allmusic". 2007(accessed 29 June 2007).]
Recording began in late 1971 at Richards' rented home in France, Villa Nellcôte, using the
Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. With Jagger on lead vocals, Richards sings back-up and plays electric guitar along with Mick Taylor. Bill Plummerprovides upright bassfor the recording while Nicky Hopkinsperforms Johnnie Johnson-like piano. Bobby Keys performs saxophone while Jim Price performs trumpet and trombone. [ [http://keno.org/stones_lyrics/ripthisjoint.html "Rip This Joint"] . "Keno's Rolling Stones Lyrics Page". 2007(accessed 29 June 2007).]
"Rip This Joint" was played frequently by the Stones throughout the early to mid-1970s before disappearing completely and being reintroduced to the band's setlists at various club dates in Europe on the 1995
Voodoo Lounge Tourand subsequent Licks Tourin 2002 and 2003.
It was featured as the closing track to the Stones' 1975 compilation album "
Made in the Shade".The song was used at the very beginning of Christopher McQuarrie´s The Way of the Gun.
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