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  posted on 5/18/2019 at 02:32 PM
Hey everybody. Here’s a relatively obscure record by the Rolling Stones that I never heard (or even heard of) until the other day.



I stumbled across a YouTube clip in which 2 guys decided to make separate lists of their top 10 favorite Rolling Stones records, and then they taped themselves comparing their lists and commenting on their choices. It was interesting and light-hearted. Most of the songs were famous and obvious. Both their lists had “Gimme Shelter” at number one – I can’t disagree with that, although I might have chosen something else (maybe “Salt of the Earth”) if I were inclined to play the game, which I’m not.



But one of them mentioned something I’d never even heard of: “Time Waits For No One” from the album “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll”. (I’m not familiar with that album other than the songs that either got top 40 airplay, or turned up on the “GRRR!” anthology). And the guy who included it on his list mentioned how good Mick Taylor’s guitar solo is on the outro jam.



So of course I had to check it out. This is the last album Taylor made with the band, before he quit and was replaced by Ronnie Wood. Taylor was the most accomplished lead guitarist the band ever had. (I know from interviews I’ve read that Keith Richards would agree with that statement.) If you’re familiar with “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” from “Sticky Fingers”, you know what I mean. His playing on this one reminds me, at times, of Carlos Santana, in terms of both phrasing and tone.



According to Wikipedia, they never played this song live. So this studio recording is the only version.



So here’s a link. 6 minutes 38 seconds. Maybe some of you have already been familiar with this thing, but it was a real discovery for me to hear it. I’m glad I’m not deaf yet. Taylor’s outro solo kicks in at the 3 minute 40 second mark.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsH2In5r2sM

 

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  posted on 5/19/2019 at 01:53 AM
a thing of beauty indeed, one of his signature songs.

On Micks Great 1979 album, he does reference this track.

 

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  posted on 5/19/2019 at 06:37 AM
I've seen that song show up on countless favorite/best of lists over the years. I'd probably include it in my own, also.
It's Mick Taylor's guitar playing on the song that makes it so outstanding and memorable.

 

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  posted on 5/19/2019 at 01:13 PM
Keith Richards has said a few different times that Mick Taylor was the best & most challenging guitarist he ever worked with, and made him a better musician ....and the albums with Mick Taylor are their best work overall. Mick Taylor contributed a lot on every lp , but the melody & lyrics on , “can you hear the music” ,”waiting on a friend “ & “ time waits for no one” were all Mick Taylor songs , only to be credited to jagger/richards...between drug use and no royalties, he left the band.
 

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  posted on 5/19/2019 at 02:59 PM
Good tune, I love Mick Taylor, Great era, but I love Brian Jones. Ron Wood is capable, handling bass duties w/Jeff Beck and then sideman to Keef is a great gig. He fits the bill for that Chuck Berry sound and tunings. I wonder what we would have been blessed with if Roy Buchanan had accepted the invitation. Peter Best quit the Beatles because they weren't going nowhere, The Stones were already there. It's debatable it's the 2nd biggest blunder other than the Best Blunder ever?


As far as the tune itself great tone on the lead, but I always remember the reality and haunting beauty in the line "Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman's face" Some nice under rated gems out there, My fav Stones disc is Goats Head Soup.

 

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  posted on 5/19/2019 at 06:47 PM
Pete Best was fired. Roy made up the story, the Stones did not ask him to join the band. He defintely would not have fit in with them. Mick Taylor was amazing - my favorite era along with the orignal band.

 

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  posted on 5/19/2019 at 09:26 PM
Fake News? Those were old tales? "Did Jim Morrison call out Bruce Springsteen and ask him who died and left you Boss?"


 

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  posted on 5/19/2019 at 09:31 PM
I did read about Pete Best getting let go, but the Roy Buchanan story I still have to fact check,

https://earofnewt.com/2016/01/24/roy-buchanan-on-turning-down-the-stones-an d-being-flattered-by-beck/

In another article Keef was being a douche?
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/keith-richards-the-rolling-st one-blues-today-192942/

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The short answer is that once The Beatles signed a record deal they were in a position to offer Ringo Starr, who was considered the top drummer in Liverpool, the drummer spot. Prior to this they couldn't match Ringo's salary with Rory Storm and The Hurricanes. The longer answer is a bit more complex.
Pete Best was the son of Mona Best who owned The Casbah Coffee Club, a rock and roll venue that was the center of the Liverpool music scene in the late 1950's/early 1960's. The Quarrymen, John, Paul and George's band that became The Beatles, played the inaugural show at The Casbah and over the years became regulars.
Pete Best joined The Beatles in 1960 when they were booked to play a residency in Hamburg, Germany. Pete owned a drum kit and was available at the last minute which was his primary qualification. He was The Beatles' drummer for two years.
Over the next couple years several developments occurred which made his position in The Beatles tenuous. First, by all accounts he never really bonded with the other members of the band. Pete Best is a quiet man who could never keep up with the verbal repartee of the rest of the band. Second, while in Germany The Beatles had the opportunity to back Tony Sheridan in a recording session which underscored his deficiencies as a drummer. Third, while in Germany he missed a few gigs. His substitute was Ringo Starr who impressed the rest of the band. Fourth, while in Germany The Beatles adopted their iconic hairstyle. Pete Best has thick, wavy hair that he could not straighten in the "mop top" style. Fifth, after The Beatles retained Brian Epstein Mona Best clashed with The Beatles new manager. Finally, Mona Best had a relationship with Beatles road manager Neil Aspinal who fathered a child with Mrs. Best who was still married to Pete's father. This was a potential scandal right at the beginning of The Beatles career as recording artists.
In early 1962 The Beatles had a failed audition with Decca Records. Later that year The Beatles auditioned for Parlophone Records. Producer George Martin signed the group and informed them that he would use a session drummer for their recordings.
It is important to note here that this was standard practice for recording artists in the 1960's. Session players could play exactly what the producer wanted on the first take, avoiding the time consuming task of a producer having to teach or demonstrate to the musicians exactly what he wanted. American session drummer Hal Blaine played on literally hundreds of songs recorded in Los Angeles in this period. The bands' drummers would still have their pictures on the album cover and be credited for the recording. However, for John Lennon and Paul McCartney this was the perfect opportunity to offer the drummer spot to Ringo Starr. Ringo had been earning more money with Rory Storm and The Hurricanes but with a recording contract The Beatles were finally able to offer him both a better salary and greater opportunity.
It is a myth that George Martin wanted The Beatles to sack Best. He has always maintained that he thought Pete was the best looking of the four and that there was no reason they couldn't use a studio drummer. However, George Harrison had developed a personal friendship with Ringo and helped swing John and Paul into making the decision to change drummers. Brian Epstein probably saw that as an opportunity to rid himself of Mona Best's interference.
Pete Best had a difficult time of it in the few years after being sacked from The Beatles. He even attempted suicide at one point. However, he recovered his emotional stability. He became an employment officer in the British civil service and started a family. He was a father figure to his younger brother Roag. In 1988 he returned to music. When The Beatles Anthology was released in the 1990's it is reported that he received several million dollars in royalties.


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[Edited on 5/20/2019 by Fretsman]

 

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  posted on 5/20/2019 at 10:50 AM
Didn't Richards prefer Mick Taylor leave the band or is that a myth also?


I don't enjoy any of the music after he left nearly as much as his era. Huge loss IMHO.

 

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  posted on 5/20/2019 at 10:56 AM
didn't have my contacts in, thought the thread was Tom Waits for no one.

Which sounds like his next great tune!

 

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  posted on 5/20/2019 at 12:01 PM
"Didn't Richards prefer Mick Taylor leave the band or is that a myth also?"

Mick and Keith were surprised and upset when Taylor unexpectedly quit before a big tour. However, Keith loves playing with Ronnie Wood, who is less moody and more communicative and very in step with how Keith plays.

 

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  posted on 5/20/2019 at 06:01 PM
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Good tune, I love Mick Taylor, Great era, but I love Brian Jones. Ron Wood is capable, handling bass duties w/Jeff Beck and then sideman to Keef is a great gig. He fits the bill for that Chuck Berry sound and tunings. I wonder what we would have been blessed with if Roy Buchanan had accepted the invitation. Peter Best quit the Beatles because they weren't going nowhere, The Stones were already there. It's debatable it's the 2nd biggest blunder other than the Best Blunder ever?


As far as the tune itself great tone on the lead, but I always remember the reality and haunting beauty in the line "Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman's face" Some nice under rated gems out there, My fav Stones disc is Goats Head Soup.



Thanks for posting. This is one of my favorite Stones tunes. In my opinion the Mick Taylor years were the best. They had a real gritty / bluesy way about their music. Although Altamont was a tragedy, it also featured them at their best.

 
 


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