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Steel Wheels Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (July 26, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000W64
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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1. Sad Sad Sad
2. Mixed Emotions
3. Terrifying
4. Hold On To Your Hat
5. Hearts For Sale
6. Blinded By Love
7. Rock And A Hard Place
8. Can't Be Seen
9. Almost Hear You Sigh
10. Continental Drift
11. Break The Spell
12. Slipping Away

Customer Reviews

Steel Wheels is the last great album that the Rolling Stones have released.
John Alapick
'Almost Hear You Sigh' is a nice ballad by Mick with excelent vocals and great vocals, especially the baking vocals by Ronnie.
TERRIFYING kind of slows the album down, its just an average song that is still better than todays music.
Martin Lemos

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on December 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's almost as if Mick Jagger and Keith Richards sat down and wrote the songs for this album thinking "what is it that people want from a Stones album?".
They apparently decided that people want both the rockers, the ballads, and perhaps a bit of modest experimentalism ("Continental Drift"), and that's what "Steel Wheels" provides.

It opens with two tough rockers, "Sad, Sad, Sad" and "Mixed Emotions", followed by the somewhat less remarkable "Terrifying" and "Hold On To Your Hat", and the nice, bluesy "Hearts For Sale".
"Blinded By Love" is a lovely melody, a folkish, acoustic ballad with Phil Beer (who worked with the Fairport Convention, Mike Oldfield and the Albion Band among others) playing mandolin.
Then comes one of the six (!) singles that were lifted off "Steel Wheels", the ever-so-slightly disco-influenced "Rock And A Hard Place".

Keith Richards supplies the groovy, muscular rocker "Can't Be Seen", which sounds like something off one of his solo albums, and the fine, soulful ballad "Almost Hear You Sigh" is actually a Keith Richards-number as well, although Mick Jagger sings it. Richards is playing a classical Velasquez guitar, and suddenly breaks into a magnificent, if too short, classical guitar solo.
And finally, after the very African-sounding "Continental Drift" and the so-so "Break The Spell", another ballad, this time with the lead vocal done by Keith Richards himself: "Slipping Away" is one of the best songs Richards has penned, lyrically and musically, and one of the best vocal tracks he and his whiskey-soaked pipes have laid down as well.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Socrates Stewart on September 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the third release of "Steel Wheels" which was recorded as a digital album in the first place. This version is louder as most newer CD's are these days, but there really isn't any reason for someone who has enjoyed a previous release of this album to go rushing out to buy this release. That being said, "Steel Wheels" is a good album, not a great album but is a huge improvement over "Dirty Work" and surely better than the all-too conspicuous attempt to sound current, "Uundercover." It's also the last album that Bill Wyman served as a member of the band. The album opens with "Sad Sad Sad" a pretty standard Stones rocker. "Mixed Emotion" is the first single from the album often called "Mick's Demotion" given Keith Richiards plays a more central position in the band. Other noteworthy numbers include, "Terrifying" a song with latin jazz overtones. "Rock and a Hard Place" is another single with some fine Ronnie Wood guitar work. "Almost Hear You Sigh" is an incredible soulful ballad. Keith Richards' strongest number on the album is a fine Al Green tempo number, "Almost Hear You Sigh." About half the album is filler, but the good is very good not an essential Stones album but definitely worth it for Stones' fans and even a mediocre Stones album is better than most bands at their best because even the Stones' worst albums have at least a couple great tunes. "Steel Wheels" have more than a couple great ones.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Riccardo Pelizzo on May 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
After Mick Jagger's first solo album (she's the boss), after Dirty Work, the Stones got together and did a pretty good album.
Mixed Emotions and Rock and a Hard Place were the most immediate hits of that record. But they're not necessarily the best songs. Continental Drift is an expected piece from the Stones and one which testifies how broad they can be when they want to.
The best song in the album - recorded live in Stripped few years later and now a staple in most live performances by the Stones - is Slipping Away. It's a great great song. It's very basic and yet very intriguing. It's - possibly - a turning point in Keith Richards' songwriting. It opened a new line of songs -- Losing My Touch (in Forty Licks); The worst as well as thru and thru (voodoo lounge); thief in the night (bridges to babylon)--
that has expended the Stones'musical vocabulary.
It's a nice comeback.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Carlton on October 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Most people know the music, so in my reviews I try to give you data on the sessions and interesting facts connected with the songs and the album. Here we go:
Interesting notes include:
.....the title song Steel Wheels evolved into Rock And A Hard Place
.....the Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the middle of the recording sessions for this album
.....the album sessions represented a renewal of the band by Mick and Keith...they wrote some of the songs on their hotel balcony by the ocean
.....Continental Drift includes recordings by the Master Musicians of Joujouka (Morocco) who had first been recorded by Brian Jones in 1967.
The Steel Wheels sessions occurred in 1989 in Barbados and on Montserrat in the West Indies. Final mixing was done at Olympic Sound in London between May 15 and June 29, 1989.
Jan 20 - Feb 13, 1989 at Blue Wave Studios in Barbados and Mar 29 - May 5, 1989 at Air Studios on Montserrat
.....Mixed Emotions (version 1)
.....Mixed Emotions (version 4)
.....Almost Hear You Sigh (version 1)
.....Terrifying (version 1)
.....Terrifying (version 2)
.....Terrifying (version 3)
.....Slipping Away
.....Sad Sad Sad
.....Hold On To Your Hat
.....Hearts For Sale
.....Blinded By Love
.....Can't Be Seen
.....Continental Drift (version 1)
.....Break The Spell
.....Rock And A Hard Place (version 1)
.....Rock And A Hard Place (version 2)
.....Rock And A Hard Place (version 3)
.....Rock And A Hard Place (version 4)
The Steel Wheels sessions produced a number of unreleased tracks, including Hell Hound On My Trail, Three Oceans, Ready Yourself.
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