Written By Braddon S. Williams
The Rolling Stones: Some Girls
Some Girls (1978) by The Rolling Stones was arguably the last truly great album the venerable British rock royalty ever released, but it was certainly an amazing piece of work. Some Girls was the first album featuring Ron Wood as a full member of the band, and although he doesn’t get all the credit for its success, his style certainly meshed perfectly with Keith Richards’ guitar work.
Mick Jagger actually contributed guitar to several songs and generally took charge of the recording and writing of much of the material.
New York City was a big influence for Jagger and appears in the lyrics of many songs as a virtual character in the music.
The musical climate in 1978 was full of both disco and punk, and both of these clashing styles found their way into the Stones vocabulary.
Miss You, in particular, had one of the most recognizable disco bass lines of all time and became the last number one hit for the band.
Shattered, When The Whip Comes Down, Respectable, Before They Make Me Run, and the wonderful Beast Of Burden were all standout tracks. For me personally, one of my favorites was the country song, Faraway Eyes, where Wood played some tasty pedal steel guitar and Jagger did his best impersonation of a Southern American country boy. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) proved that the Stones could pull off r & b, too…the old Temptations song was handled with class and passion by Mick and the lads.
All in all, at a time when they had been kind of written off by the rock press, The Rolling Stones stormed back and proved conclusively why they deserved the title of “The World’s Greatest Rock And Roll Band!”