Feb 23, 2013
The first ever live version of this song originally recorded back in 1979 for the Emotional Rescue LP. It was his "goodbye" missive to his then partner Anita Pallenberg as they teetered on the brink of a permanent split after Keith got "clean" and she didn't.
It's a little strange to see him sing this song almost 20 years removed from those times but the lyrics are so strong and pointed that it doesn't really matter. It's more of a jazz song than a typical Stones number - it just sort of floats and bends a little but those words sting even today.
One of Keith's best...
Feb 22, 2013
There's always been a side to the Stones that occasionally bows to Motown, Stax, Smokey Robinson etc. They recorded this as a sort of tack-on to a greatest hits album... and at first listen I absolutely hated it.
After a few years it kept popping into my head. I would listen to bands like The Impressions and then think of this song involuntarily. It was bothering me over months and months until finally I sat down and forced myself to listen to it on repeat to try and figure out why it kept gnawing at me. The Stones were so good at these kind of throwback soul songs disguised as modern ballads. Mick switching to falsetto for the chorus and the guitars weaved in by Keith and Ronnie are fucking immaculate.
When you're listening to it, think of Smokey Robinson, The Impressions... even Marvin Gaye. It's all in there.
While we're at it... The Stones doing The Temptations.
Rolling Stones - Just My Imagination (Live 1978)