Slave (song)

Slave (song)

Infobox Song
Name = Slave
Artist = The Rolling Stones
Album = Tattoo You
Released= August 24, 1981

track_no = 3
Recorded = January-February 1975, June 1981
Genre = Rock
Length = 6m:33s
Writer = Jagger/Richards
Label = Rolling Stones/Virgin
Producer = The Glimmer Twins
[ Chart position = ]

prev = "Hang Fire"
prev_no = 2
next = "Little T&A"
next_no = 4

"Slave" is a song by The Rolling Stones on their 1981 album "Tattoo You".

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Slave" was originally written and recorded for 1975's "Black and Blue". Initial recordings took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. At this recording sessions, Jeff Beck (a nominee at the time for the open guitarist position after the departure of Mick Taylor) performed guitar and Nicky Hopkins provided piano. However these were both erased from the final take in June 1981, with only Billy Preston's organ lasting through. Pete Townshend provided backing vocals for the recording and Sonny Rollins gives one of his three performances for tracks on the album.

Called "...a standard Stones blues jam" in the album review by "Rolling Stone", "Slave" was the result of the Stones' experiments with funk and dance music during the "Black and Blue" recording sessions. The lyrics are sparse outside of a brief spoken verse by Jagger and the refrain of "Don't want to be your slave". Richards eventually provided guitars for the song, with Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman giving support on drums and bass, respectively.

The CD version of "Slave" is notable for its addition of 90 seconds to the song. It has never been performed by the Stones on stage and appears on no compilation albums.

External links

* [ Complete official lyrics]

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