Edit 3 for headphones, October 2021. It's a remix of the version on the 1985 remastered album "Hot Rocks 1" (London 820 41-2)] (Has a shameless fade in!)
Recorded May 10-13, 1965. Released first as a US single June 6, 1965. Released on the US lp "Out Of Our Heads", July 1965. Released on the UK lp "Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass)" November 4, 1966.
Acoustic guitar: Brian Jones. Electric guitar: Keith Richards (lead). Bass: Bill Wyman. Drums: Charlie Watts. Lead vocals & tambourine: Mick Jagger. Background vocals: Keith Richards. Piano & tambourine: Jack Nitzsche.
Richards ran his guitar through a Gibson Fuzz Box to create the distortion effect. He had no intention of using the sound on the record, but Gibson had just sent him the device, and he thought the Fuzz Box would create sustained notes to help sketch out the horn section. The band thought it sounded great and wanted to use the sound because it would be very unusual for a rock record. Richards thought it sounded gimmicky and did not like the result, but the rest of the band convinced him to ditch the horn section and use the distorted guitar sound.
Other info states that Ian Stewart (the sixth Stone) purchased another distortion box, for Keith Richards wasn't satisfied with the Gibson. The unknown brand proved to be better.
Robert Cross wrote: "Jagger and Richards originally thought the song was going to have a "country music" sound to it, almost a "novelty" (silly) song about a Nashville musician who finds the rapidly changing world of the 1960s has left him behind. Grand Old Opry stars had very bitter feelings toward "British Invasion" groups.
The bad grammar (double negative) of "can't get no" was supposed to be a dig at the low intelligence of country music artists and fans. Mick & Keith didn't appreciate all the vitriol (=cruel and bitter criticism) they were receiving from them."
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