It was during the Main Offender interviews that Keith laid down the
gauntlet by boldly predicting an impending "golden age" for the Rolling Stones'
next few albums. Giving him the benefit of every doubt, it's still safe to say that
few people truly expected any more quintessential Stones albums. There will always
be people who insist the band will never be what it was in 1963...or '66...or '69...or
'72...or '78...or...well you get the point. But for the Voodoo Lounge sessions, the
magic was back.
From the beaches of Barbados, to Woody's basement studio in Ireland, and
finally to the shaky ground of Hollywood (with a stop at the Clearmountains of New York),
Voodoo Lounge quickly shaped up as the kind of album that Stones fans always want.
The band finally acquiesced to re-visiting the sounds and feels of the sublime 1968-1972
period (their first "great comeback").
The nod to the past (maracas...harpsichords...great songs) gave easy
ammunition to the critics and Some in the band have already promised a "new
direction" next time, so we may never again hear such sticky, exiled, beggars in a
Featured herein is the creative process as the faucet is
running...studio warm-ups complete with clanking wine glasses...overdubbing harmonies
which would later bow to Bernard and Ivan...a virtual Keith solo Voodoo Lounge...karaoke
heaven - Voodoo Lounge instrumental... and for the first time, a chance to hear the
standard practice of Mick and Keith playing new songs at each other in Barbados
pre-production sessions. So Voodoo You...Boogie With Stew...And try to remember that
before the term "rock band" even existed, a wise man wrote: "The Rolling
Stones are more than just a group..THEY ARE A WAY OF LIFE."