14 Songs, 1 Hour, 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Vintage Vinos was released as a companion to Life, Keith’s Richards’ 2010 autobiography. Compiled from his three solo albums, it opens with “Take It So Hard” from 1988’s Talk Is Cheap sounding like Keith wasn’t quite finished exploring the trail blazed on Exile On Main St. — though he’s backed by the X-Pensive Winos here, who play more like the Faces than the Stones. Purportedly “You Don’t Move Me” was a pointed jab at Mick Jagger, so it makes perfect sense for the tune to appear here since passages of Keith’s book make light of Mick’s social gallivanting. The reggae infused “Too Rude” gives the X-Pensive Winos plenty of room to explore, making for a tune that would sit perfectly next to Seed Of Memory-era Terry Reid on a mix. But the song also shows that where others may have relied on studio hands, Richards actually assembled a band and hashed-out the arrangements to develop an honest chemistry. Hearing them play Stones’ staples “Time Is On My Side” and “Happy” reveals Keith’s more rootsy approach.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Vintage Vinos was released as a companion to Life, Keith’s Richards’ 2010 autobiography. Compiled from his three solo albums, it opens with “Take It So Hard” from 1988’s Talk Is Cheap sounding like Keith wasn’t quite finished exploring the trail blazed on Exile On Main St. — though he’s backed by the X-Pensive Winos here, who play more like the Faces than the Stones. Purportedly “You Don’t Move Me” was a pointed jab at Mick Jagger, so it makes perfect sense for the tune to appear here since passages of Keith’s book make light of Mick’s social gallivanting. The reggae infused “Too Rude” gives the X-Pensive Winos plenty of room to explore, making for a tune that would sit perfectly next to Seed Of Memory-era Terry Reid on a mix. But the song also shows that where others may have relied on studio hands, Richards actually assembled a band and hashed-out the arrangements to develop an honest chemistry. Hearing them play Stones’ staples “Time Is On My Side” and “Happy” reveals Keith’s more rootsy approach.

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About Keith Richards

If Mick Jagger is the face of The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards is their wounded heart. Rock ’n’ roll’s quintessential rhythm guitarist, the Dartford, England–born Richards braided the open tunings of Delta blues with the percussive thrust of R&B, nudging black American musical traditions further into the mainstream and transforming rock in the process. An early champion of Gram Parsons (whose version of "Wild Horses" came out about a year before the Stones’), Richards also helped introduce the band to country, a sound whose world-weary outlook all but saturated early-’70s triumphs like Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street. His most memorable riffs—“Street Fighting Man,” “Start Me Up,” “Rocks Off”—seemed to simultaneously color the space and create more of it, eschewing both simple chords and flashy leads while bridging the band’s rhythm section and Jagger’s vocals. A blues figure as much as a fan, Richards embodies the image of the survivor, a guy whose cockiness always masks his vulnerability, who takes his knocks with a laugh—a world-weariness heard most clearly in solo tracks like “Hate It When You Leave” and “Locked Away,” where his voice comes to the fore. Or, as he put it to Rolling Stone in 2002, “Life is a wild animal. You hope to deal with it when it leaps at you.”

  • ORIGIN
    Dartford, Kent, England
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • BORN
    December 18, 1943

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