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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)
.....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.Read more ›
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.
Ten plus years after its release on vinyl, I bought the CD. It brought me back to where I was in '89-90 and the memory of how much I liked it. Over time, indeed, this wears well. It's as good as I remembered.
"Steel Wheels" is classic Stones and, without a doubt, my favorite recording since "Tatoo You." It has the trademark Stones rock n' roll hooks and riffs (Sad, Sad, Sad, Mixed Emotions), solid Charlie beat, a guitar lick that drips atmosphere (Hearts for Sale), one of the most beautiful of all Stones songs (Almost hear you Sigh) and one of Keith's best numbers, (Can't be Seen). All Stones albums have some toss-away songs but this comes as close to any as to not having any. Why this isn't univerally recognized as one of their all-time best, I do not understand. It rocks!
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Some of the Stones best late '80s material, certainly the best songs since "Some Girls"Published 9 months ago by Rick Drais
Time flies. I remember when this album came out in 1989...and the commercial on TV advertising their upcoming tour. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joker
Steel Wheels marks the beginning of the Stones' latter period. After two lackluster albums in the 80s and a near dissolution of the band, Steel Wheels is a perfect return to form. Read morePublished 15 months ago by T. McCool
Ok folks, I skipped this album just like I skipped Voodoo and Bridges albums that followed. Those are the only 3 tours I've seen the Stones and yet the only albums other Black and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by flying Burrito Daddy