Thursday, August 26, 2010
Songs of the Week: Rolling Stones, "Good Time Women" & "Tumbling Dice"
Ah, the powers of revision.
From the band's Wikipedia:
""Good Time Women", an early version of "Tumbling Dice", was recorded during the sessions for the album Sticky Fingers. The song is a bluesy boogie-woogie heavy on Ian Stewart's piano work. The two songs are similar in structure in that they have the same chord progression and a similar melody. Also, Jagger sings the hook to the accompaniment of Richards' lone lead guitar. However, "Good Time Woman" lacked an opening riff, a background choir and the beat which propels "Tumbling Dice"'s groove."
I wanted to post both songs and see what everyone thinks: which do you like better? How different are they really? Does anyone else know more examples of a song's first draft versus its final, released version? Any examples where revision made the song worse?
Take it away!
"Good Time Women"
See y'all next week...