Friday, May 24, 2024

The Pleasures of the Rolling Stones’ “Tattoo You” 40th Anniversary: These Unreleased Tracks


There are many pleasures of the Rolling Stones’ new box set 40th anniversary edition of “Tattoo You.”

Among my favorite tracks are “It’s a Lie” and “Drift Away,” the latter a cover of Dobie Gray’s 1973 hit. What I didn’t know is that “Drift Away” had an earlier life in the 60s, and that it was written by Mentor Williams, brother of legendary songwriter Paul Williams, whose credits include “Rainy Days and Mondays” and “An Old Fastioned Love Song,” among his many hits. What a family!

There’s a whole CD in the box of these outtakes and unreleased songs besides the remixed version of the original album and a live album. “Tattoo You,” for most Stones fans, was the last great album in 1981. The whole next chapter has some great moments, but it’s not the same. Even “Tattoo You” was sort of cobbled together and created by Mick Jagger. So glad he did it, though.

There’s also a great version of “Start Me Up” in the box set. I can’t find it on YouTube but I’m including the Spotify link. I do love my Rolling Stones, especially “Brown Sugar,” even the version with Eric Clapton that came out a few years ago.

It’s a Lie:

Drift Away:

Start Me Up:

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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