Gimme Shelter Deconstructed

musicGimme Shelter from the Rolling Stones is an awesome tune. I just came across an entry at Dangerous Minds that "wonderfully demonstrates how the Rolling Stones sound is more than just the sum of its parts, with the component tracks" from Gimme Shelter isolated for our enjoyment.

First we have the vocal harmonies of Mick Jagger and Merry Clayton.

Then there's the Keith Richards’ rhythm guitar track.

Then there's Ketih Richards’ second guitar and Nicky Hopkins on piano.

And Bill Wyman on bass.

And Charlie Watts on drums.

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It's a wonder Clayton could ever make a sound again after that thing her voice does toward the end of the "rape, murder" solo. God, that's brilliant and painful.

Also, Bill Wyman: most underappreciated Stone EVER.

December 1, 2010 @ 10:28 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

The Merry Clayton vocals are chilling. Especially isolated like that. You can hear Mick celebrating when her voice breaks - amazing.

December 1, 2010 @ 1:37 PM


Owned by ABKCO.

December 2, 2010 @ 9:25 PM


Glad I got to this before the copyright claims were submitted. I can appreciate the copyright claims, but nowhere near as much as I appreciated the deconstructed tracks. They made me pull out my Let It Bleed album. Dammit, ABKCO!

December 2, 2010 @ 10:20 PM

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