“Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want LIVE HD East Rutherford, New Jersey ’81” 

14 Nov


“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” is a song by the Rolling Stones on their 1969 album Let It Bleed. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was named as the 100th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in its 2004 list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.


Although it was the closing track, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was the first song recorded for the album. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was recorded on 16 and 17 November 1968 at Olympic Sound Studios in London. It features the London Bach Choir opening the song (the choir opening is only on the album version), highlighting throughout, and bringing it to its conclusion. Jimmy Miller, the Stones’ producer at the time, plays drums on this song instead of Charlie Watts. Al Kooper plays piano and organ, as well as the French horn intro, while Rocky Dijon plays congas and maracas.[citation needed]

Of the song, Jagger said: “‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ was something I just played on the acoustic guitar—one of those bedroom songs. It proved to be quite difficult to record because Charlie couldn’t play the groove and so Jimmy Miller had to play the drums. I’d also had this idea of having a choir, probably a gospel choir, on the track, but there wasn’t one around at that point. Jack Nitzsche, or somebody, said that we could get the London Bach Choir and we said, ‘That will be a laugh.'”[1]

In his review of the song, Richie Unterberger of Allmusic said: “If you buy John Lennon’s observation that the Rolling Stones were apt to copy the Beatles’ innovations within a few months or so, ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ is the Rolling Stones’ counterpart to ‘Hey Jude’.”[2] Jagger said in 1969, “I liked the way the Beatles did that with ‘Hey Jude’. The orchestra was not just to cover everything up—it was something extra. We may do something like that on the next album.”[3]


Posted by on November 14, 2016 in music


5 responses to “ “Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want LIVE HD East Rutherford, New Jersey ’81” 

  1. Darren's Music Blog

    November 14, 2016 at 8:43 am

    We played this song at my dad’s funeral. Always means a lot to me. Brilliant piece of music by the Stones.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. silentlyheardonce

    November 15, 2016 at 6:49 am

    More memories 👍

    Liked by 1 person

  3. America On Coffee

    November 15, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting, on your sentiment for this song. Great songs, as this one, behold so many special memories, for all of us Thanks again, Darren’s music blog. Do have a fantastic week!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Darren's Music Blog

    November 15, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you! do take a look at my thoughts on the Rolling Stones exhibition in London here

    Liked by 1 person

  5. America On Coffee

    November 16, 2016 at 1:10 am

    A reminder note, memory.:-)



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