Day Two of My Week with The Rolling Stones. Today my choice is Jumpin' Jack Flash. This was released as a single back in 1968.
This was another number one hit for the Stones in the UK chart. Its another thumping rock and roll track, full of guitars, Mick Jagger strutting and singing, and lots of energy. It also reached number 3 in America further proving that they had broken the states too.
This track wasn't taken from an album as such, but has featured on their compilations, first off being on the compilation album Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2). Its also been on later compilation albums following its success.
This is the 1968 live video. The Stones clearly sound great live, but Mick Jagger basically pulls quite odd faces with those big lips of his and does his infamous strut. They are a rock band, and what you see is what you get.
This is another favourite for the tours and has featured in the playlist virtually ever since its release. Its also been featured in several films, even having a film named after it - Jumpin' Jack Flash which starred Whoopi Goldberg.
Jumpin' Jack Flash was written by Jagger and Richards. At the time, this was heralded as a bit of a return to form, having been more experimental on their previous releases. Now it just sounds classic. I enjoyed this track, but I don't think its going to be my favourite. It does get a little bit repetitive, and I think they have done better songs for my liking. Still, its vintage, and they are great, and the way they perform in the video they must be amazing live. Go take a listen, and let me know what you think.
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