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Talk Is Cheap

Keith Richards Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (4 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000000WGL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Big Enough
2. Take It So Hard
3. Struggle
4. I Could Have Stood You Up
5. Make No Mistake
6. You Don't Move Me
7. How I Wish
8. Rockawhile
9. Whip It Up
10. Locked Away
11. It Means A Lot

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1988 debut solo album from the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist that was co-produced with drummer Steve Jordan. This also marked the first appearance of his backing band, The X-Pensive Winos, who provide loose but disciplined backing for the Rock hero. Veteran Funk masters William "Bootsy" Collins and keyboardist Bernie Worrell contributed their talents as well.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'n' Roll! 30 Aug 2003
By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Some people may be turned off by the hoarse, sandpapery whisper that is Keith Richards' singing voice. To me, it is pure rock n' roll.
"Talk Is Cheap", Richards' first solo album, rocks harder than virtually every Rolling Stones album of the 80s. It is filled with Keith Richards' customary gritty guitar playing, and several guest stars lend their talents as well, including saxist Bobby Keys and ageing R&B pianist Johnnie Johnson who plays on the superb "I Could Have Stood You Up" (which has Mick Taylor sitting in on lead guitar as well).
The excellent duet with Sarah Dash, "Make No Mistake", benefits from a subtle horn arrangement (by the Memphis Horns), and other highlights include the tough, swinging rockers "How I Wish" and "Take It So Hard", and the melodious, yet gritty ballad "Locked Away".
All in all, "Talk Is Cheap" is a solid slice of muscular rock n' roll music, and even if every song isn't equally magnificent, there is still more than enough here to make it worth your while.
3 3/4 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a true gift 2 Mar 2004
By clio
Format:Audio CD
Keith Richards is musical down to the marrow of his splendid bones, and this album (as well as his next one, Main Offender) illustrates that backwards, forwards, sideways and upside down.
What that man gets out of a guitar (and vice versa) is legendary, of course, so I'm not going to struggle to find words for it - just hear, people, and be blown away. How Keith takes that beautifully ragged instrument of a voice he's blessed with to show us the beauty of the melodies he's hearing is a marvel and a joy.
The X-Pensive Winos are a great and valiant band rocking the master to his heart's content. The album's a gem. Keith's a treasure, bless him!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeef! 13 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When Richard's first solo record "Talk Is Cheap" first arrived in record shops back in the late 80's quite a few critics at the time rightly observed, with considerable relish, that this was easily the best Rolling Stones record that had been released for several years. Considering Mick Jagger had released his first solo album at roughly the same time ("Primitive Cool") to notably less critical praise, you can bet this fact probably wound Jagger up no end.
The whole incident was, and there's no other word for it really, "very Keith".
Richards confesses he had not considered a solo album before, and it wasn't until Jagger announced that he was dropping Stones commitments for a while to put his first album out that Richards found himself at a loose end for the first time. Probably a little miffed that he'd be temporarily dropped by his band mate, he started working with a new band and "Talk Is Cheap" slowly came together.
For those who have not heard "Talk Is Cheap" and might be considering picking up a copy I can say that some 13 years later the album still sounds absolutely fantastic. One of the finest things about it is that it is exactly like what you would expect a solo Keith album to be like: the riffs are mighty, the vocals like sandpaper and the rock and roll definitely in check and in place. Perhaps Keith's best idea on this record was to hook up with an especially fine rhythm section, which gives the album some great variety and flexibility.
"Take It So Hard" is absolutely awesome, "How I Wish" grooves wonderfully, "You Don't Move Me" is not only a great swipe at Jagger but a fine tune too and "It Means A Lot" has one of those fantastic Keith Riffs to fall in love and play air guitar with (sad, but true).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'n' roll at its best 4 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
It's all true. There has only been one better Stones-relates LP since Exile and that's Main Offender, Keith's other solo LP. But anyone enjoying Life as have i must buy this perfect summary of everything our boy loves from the space between the chords and notes to the many musical nods: funk, gospel, Chuck Berry, Hi, all things Louisiana, all things Memphis and above all The Blues, The Weaving and The Roll! Bless him, The Stones at their height may be the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world and all credit to Jagger, Watts, Miller et al for that. But here's a more intimate snapshot of of the heart and soul that beats inside
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this - you won't be sorry ! 17 Aug 2010
By Jase .
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those CD's you really should have in your collection . OK , I doubt it will make most peoples 'top ten greatest' but it's easily Keith's finest solo work . Once you've heard it , you will be in no doubt just how important 'the worlds most elegantly wasted human' is to the success of the 'Stones' . Fine guitar work , eloquent lyrics and a little raw sounding - it always sounds like it's being played just for me . Music like this touches the soul and I wish there was more like it .
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock n' Roll at it's best! 16 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Just to warn you, if you are expecting another Stones album then this is not for you. The legendary Keith Richards not only delivers his first solo album here but he delivers one of the greatest albums of the 80's. Far better than any of the Stones' albums of that decade (apart from Steel Wheels).
This album is full of the typical Solid riffs and scorching lyrics that you would expect from Keef. There is not a bad song on it - from the 50's style rock n' roll epic that is "I could have stood you up" to the hauntingly beautiful ballad "Locked Away".
Keith's quiet, instantly recognisable, voice almost whispers it's way through the album showing us that he is a great frontman as well as a fantastic guitarist.
Ofcourse as a die-hard Stones fan this doesn't match up to their greatest hits but it is a fantastic album and I believe a very important album in music history.
It's gauranteed to leave you gagging for more!
Good job he brought out a second album then!
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