Rolling Stones - Steel Wheels (1989)
An album that divides opinion, since in many ways it represents the beginning of the modern stadium-sized version of the Rolling Stones. The 1989 tour that accompanied Steel Wheels grew so large as spread into 1990 and sprout a second movement, Urban Jungle, thus providing the template for all of the expeditions since. But it’s an important release with a lot of undervalued material on it, and after the rancorous Dirty Work (1986), it’s the evidence of how Jagger and Richards did sufficient surgery on their fractured relationship for the band to continue at all. 'Mixed Emotions' was a spirited lead track, and 'Sad Sad Sad' and 'Rock And A Hard Place' stand up. But the hidden strength in the album comes in two ballads towards the end, 'Almost Hear You Sigh' and Richards’ soulfully melancholic 'Slipping Away', with its vivid couplet "First the sun and then the moon...one of them will be ’round soon.” And don’t miss 'Continental Drift', the exciting percussive piece starring not only the redoubtable Charlie Watts but also the Master Musicians of Jujouka.
Sad Sad Sad / Mixed Emotions / Terrifying / Hold On To Your Hat / Hearts For Sale / Blinded By Love / Rock And A Hard Place / Can't Be Seen / Almost Hear You Sigh / Continental Drift / Break The Spell / Slippin' Away
- The album was a relative success, commercially, reaching number 2 in the UK charts and number 3 in the US. It would later go double platinum
- In the US, Fox broadcast a special TV 3D concert film from the Steel Wheels tour.
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