Sunday, 15 June 2014

Day Seven of My Week with The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter

Day Seven of My Week with The Rolling Stones, and my final choice is Gimme Shelter.

Gimme Shelter was released back in 1969. It was the opening track on their album Let It Bleed. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, this is perhaps one of their best ever tracks.

This is a bit different to my previous choices, in that it was actually never released as a single. However, it has become famous anyway. It appears in one of my all time favourite films - Goodfellas. Scorsese also used it in his films The Departed and Casino, two other great films!

Its a dark song this one, and it also features stunning guest vocals from a woman named Merry Clayton, which really packs in the emotion. The song was written and released at a poignant moment in time, with Vietnam and all manner of political issues going on around the world. This song seems to capture all of that, and is very powerful and emotive.

If you watch this video, you can see clips of those images to which we are now more accustomed, but are still shocking, and listen to the song and how well it fits the time then, but is still relevant now. Lets face it, time has moved on, but the world is not a calm utopia. This is a true classic.

So that brings me to the end of My Week with The Rolling Stones. Seven songs chosen, listened to and reviewed. All that remains to be done now is to consider my seven choices and rank them in order of which, in my humble opinion is the best. You can check out my week here on My Music page, and also previous week's whilst you are there! :)

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