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Boogie 4 Stu - A Tribute to Ian Stewart

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Album Review

In Life, his 2010 autobiography, Keith Richards makes clear that boogie-woogie pianist Ian Stewart was the organizing principle in the Rolling Stones, calling the first audition/rehearsal that led to the formation of the band, even though, when the group was offered a recording contract, he was shunted aside as an unnecessary sixth member who didn't look the part. (Amazingly, the self-effacing Stewart agreed to continue to play on their records and serve as their road manager.) Ben Waters pays tribute to "Stu" on this album largely given over to boogie-woogie, and he has enlisted a star-filled set of guests including Stones members Richards, Mick Jagger (who sings and plays harmonica on a cover of Bob Dylan's "Watching the River Flow"), Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, and Ronnie Wood, as well as other notable musicians such as PJ Harvey and Jools Holland. The result is an album Stewart no doubt would have liked better than any of the Rolling Stones albums he played on.

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A fantastic album....

Not only is this a fantastic album, but on 'Watchin the River Flow' Mick Jagger probably gives his finest vocal performance in the last 20 years. Buy this album today....

Worth Watchin The River Flow

A decent tribute to Stu. Some good performances including Ronnie Wood and Keef sharing lyrics on Worried Life Blues. But the highlight is undoubtedly Watchin' the River Flow, a cover of an old Dylan song. Wyman gets back with the boys on this one and the Stones have not sounded better in a long, long time. The band sounds great but Jagger's vocals are tremendous and he steals the show. The phrasing of the lyrics is pure Jagger at his best . Jaggers lyrics recently have often sounded forced and contrived. Here he seems comfortable and confident. It's worth the price of the album for this one song. Here's hoping that Mick continues this with his new band SuperHeavy.

Excellent Album

I agree with the other 2 reviewers - Mick Jaggers vocals on "Watch The River Flow" are hands down his best performance in years - he can if he feels like it.
Te album is pure fun and it comes through in every note they play. If you like straight in your face Boogie Woogie then this is your ticket. The fat that the Stones have their roots in the Blues help their recording sine as well, because it appears as if this is the kind of music they really like to play, instead of the more recent "Bigger Bang" stuff. The money for this album was well sent, because there is no lull - 11 great songs and performances

Boogie 4 Stu - A Tribute to Ian Stewart, Ben Waters
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