The Rolling Stones: Some Girls (Deluxe Edition) & Some Girls Live In Texas ’78 (Soundtrack)

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The Rolling Stones’ 1978 release Some Girls was the band’s big middle-finger response to the notion that they were going to be run over by the younger lions of the burgeoning punk scene – that is, if Keith Richards’ heroin habit didn’t take care of things first. Richards was in that dark place where even if he was able to escape the clutches of his own habits, the law already had made a claim to him. A 1977 bust at Richards’ hotel room in Toronto had left his future – and that of his band – very much up in the air. (His trial wouldn’t take place until October of ’78.)

These were the circumstances that Some Girls was created under between the fall of 1977 and the following spring. And the result was one of the best albums of their career – certainly the best since Ron Wood joined the band in 1975. We’re going to take a peek at two recent releases from that period of the Stones’ history: the “Deluxe Edition” of the reissued Some Girls album, and the soundtrack to Some Girls Live In Texas ’78, available in the newly-released DVD of the same name. Though they are two separate releases from two different labels, they are actually two chapters of the same story – and both are worth having.

Some Girls – Deluxe Edition

The newly-released Some Girls is a two-disc set: the first is a newly-remastered version of the original album, while the second is bonus material (ala last year’s Exile On Main Street reissue).

The remastered disc contains nothing shocking sonically; one of the best things about it is that none of the original grit was lost in the process. An obvious element of the album is Bill Wyman’s bass playing. Though it’s not often referred to as such, Some Girls was an adventurous album for Wyman – from the country lope of “Far Away Eyes” to the disco swoop of “Miss You” and the churn of “Respectable”, Wyman was dead-nuts-on. Some Girls represents he and drummer Charlie Watts at their best team-wise.

Which brings us to Disc 2 of the Deluxe Edition: 12 bonus cuts from the original Some Girls sessions that have been bootlegged in various forms over the years but never officially released.

Here’s my question: this stuff’s been in the can for over 30 years and it’s just being doled out now? These songs were left on the shelf while Emotional Rescue, Undercover, Dirty Work, and (go ahead – pick one of your own) were offered up over the years as the best the Stones could do at that particular moment in time? What were they thinking?

Sweet loving Jesus: was everybody on heroin?

Click HERE to read the rest of my doubleheader Rolling Stones review on Jambands.com

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