- Audio CD (15 Aug. 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: Virgin
- ASIN: B000000W5F
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,000 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Tattoo You Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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The older masters on CBS were clearly less good (although not suffering satuaration and clipping), while the new Universals are victim to the loudness war (check Wiki if you don't know what this is). I own the SE of Exile on Universal, and kept the Virgin next to it. The Universal SE is only in my collection for the bonus disc.
Star rating is for the album, not the mastering.
The opener, Start Me Up, is the Stones at their high powered best with its killer riff and insistent rhythm, whilst the melodic Hang Fire with its impressive vocals comes a close second. These were big hits and can be found on many Stones compilations.
The bluesy Black Limousine and the reggae-influenced Slave aren't bad either, but ballads like Tops and Heaven fall somewhat beneath their high standards. This may be forgiven though, since the closing number, the poignant Waiting On A Friend sees them at their soulful best. It's a moving ballad on a par with earlier great moments such as Wild Horses and Dead Flowers from 1971s Sticky Fingers album.
Overall Tatto You is thus an uneven work but the aforementioned highlights more than make up for the few tepid and uninspired ballads. I give it four stars but that is judging it by the high standards of their own work.
Start me up, a clarion call to the male undead, well not quite,(how did this get past the BBC censors?), an instantly recogniseable classic with an intro as good as any ever written. Slave, a leftover from Black and Blue as far as I remember, a great lolling funky number. Black Limousine, a great bluesy rocker and one of the very few songs with a writing credit to someone other than the Glimmers themselves-well done Woody!
The last five numbers are stunning slow numbers, possibly the strongest tracks on the album. I love them. Great soulful singing and emotive playing by all. Waiting on a Friend - a stunner!! The sax solo by Sonny Rollins just tops off what is already a truly wonderful song and makes it essential.
The remastering has really brought out every last drop of music from an already super sounding album. Bills bass playing has tune rather than thud and is a relevation in certain numbers. Charlies brushwork on Heaven is sublime, the jazzer in him really pays off here.
The artwork is the most disappointing aspect of this release. The green chosen for the back cover is too dark to easily read the track listing, unlike the original, or even the Virgin reissue, and the image of Keef resplendant in tribal tattoo pattern looks like fourth generation photocopy, all nasty pixelated noise and stuff. The attention to the artwork has been less than average across this series of remasters. I would have done better myself if they had asked!
A sonic masterpiece! Only just pipped at the post by Some Girls.
If I were to nail down what's different - it would be the Bass and Drums. They're suddenly so clear now and in some cases like "Worried About You" - it's truly startling how good they sound. In fact if feels like every single track has been uplifted out of its former rhythm section muddiness. The clarity and punch is great on everything really. STEPHEN MARCUSSEN and STEWART WHITMORE at Marcussen Mastering in Hollywood, California did the transfers and they're to be praised for their work...
As you've no doubt already read - "Tattoo You" was a ragbag of outtakes from previous albums with a few new tunes thrown in - Rockers on the A-side with Ballads on the B. And it worked - I played it to death on release - loved it to pieces - especially the soulful Side 2. Unfortunately the new packaging is a bit of a joke. The 'furry boot' inner sleeve that came with the original LP is reproduced in a paltry gatefold inlay - there are no lyrics when there was a European LP that had a lyric sheet insert (they could have used that). The startling Christian Piper tattooed 'Three Paintings' are reduced to a point where the credits on the green-coloured rear sleeve is barely legible. The inlay beneath the see-through CD tray is blank - wow - push the boat out boys! But much worse - and like so many Stones LPs now - guest musicians who contributed incredible work at the time are now not mentioned on reissues at all. So with all that in mind, here's a detailed track-by-track breakdown to get a better lay of the land…
UK released 8 June 2009 - "Tattoo You" by THE ROLLING STONES on Rolling Stones/Polydor 0602527015699 (Barcode 602527015699) is an 'Extended Version' CD Remaster (see Notes below) and plays out as follows (44:26 minutes):
1. Start Me Up [begun in 1975, returned to in 1978 as a "Some Girls" possible]
2. Hang Fire [another "Some Girls" outtake, features IAN STEWART on Piano]
3. Slave [This is an Extended Version - see PS below]
4. Little T&A [Lead Vocals and Bass by Keith Richards, Ian Stewart on Piano - T&A is street slang for certain parts of a woman's anatomy]
5. Black Limousine [the only track on the album co-credited to RONNIE WOOD, it features Mick Jagger on Lead Vocals and Harmonica with Ian Stewart on Piano - backing track dated as far back as "Exile" in 1972]
6. Neighbours [features' both' the legendary SONNY ROLLINS and BOBBY KEYES on Saxophones]
7. Worried About You [features BILLY PRESTON on Piano, WAYNE PERKINS on Lead Guitar and SOLO and OLLIE BROWN on Percussion]
8. Tops [features MICK TAYLOR on Guitar with NICKY HOPKINS on Piano; a Mick Taylor "Exile" outtake - wasn't given a writers credit - sued and won]
9. Heaven [co-producer CHRIS KIMSEY plays Piano on this]
10. No Use In Crying [features Nicky Hopkins on Piano]
11. Waiting On A Friend [features Mick Taylor on Guitar, Sonny Rollins on Saxophone and JIMMY MILLER of "Sticky" fame on Percussion]
The clarity of the guitar solo on "Slave" is awesome as is the swirling magic of "Heaven", but best of all is the beautiful axework by Wayne Perkins on the Side 2 opener "Worried About You". I think it's the best guitar solo on a Stones album anywhere and its clarity now is fabulous.
To sum up - I know the packaging and presentation leave a lot to be desired, but as I listen to the lovely Piano tinkering of Nicky Hopkins on "No Use In Crying" and the three lads harmonising on Backing Vocals - I don't care - I love it. The sound is wonderful and a major improvement over what went before.
The buggering truth is that once you hear these remasters, you're screwed - you'll have to have them all... Damn!
Despite niggles - it's recommended for the great new audio and the music - the last Stones album where I played all of it...
PS: there's an anomaly worth noting...
When "Tattoo You" was originally released on Vinyl and Cassette in August 1981 (Rolling Stones CUNS 39114 in the UK and COC 16052 in the USA) - the 3rd track on Side 1 "Slave" clocked in at about 3:20 minutes. So when the first ever CD version of it came out on CBS in 1989 it naturally reflected that timing.
However the May 1994 Virgin remaster put out an anomaly without telling anyone - their CD version was inexplicably extended to 6:31 minutes - that error is repeated here - and very much to the benefit of fans because the "Extended Version" of "Slave" is sensational. With the legendary Sonny Rollins playing on Saxophone and Billy Preston on Keyboards, the lengthy mix now sounds like "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" Part 2 from "Sticky Fingers". A huge chunky guitar riff throughout, great Jagger vocals, Sax wailing - it absolutely rocks (apparently there's a version with Jeff Beck on guitar in the can somewhere too).
What should have happened here of course is that the original LP timing be used on this CD - with both the Jeff Beck mix and the Extended Version put on as bonus tracks at the end, but that's for another day and another reissue...