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Doom & Gloom debuts

October 11, 2012

I really love The Rolling Stones.

My good friend Christian, whose work I’ve praised on this blog before, has helped to foster this love of a musical group that has now existed and continued to evolve, enduring above all odds, for fifty years.

It wasn’t always that way. As a young dyed-in-the-wool Beatles fan, I had a (bewilderingly shortsighted) prejudice that prevented me from grasping the band’s real significance. Maybe there are some folks out there who are just like I was: too distracted by the trappings of the group’s super-stardom status and showbiz hype to fully appreciate their music.

Hopefully, their upcoming 50-track retrospective (a twist on the tried and true Greatest Hits formula amusingly entitled GRRR!) will help repair that problem. It contains two brand new recordings. One of them is called “Doom and Gloom” and it was released today for the first time. It is triumphant, jubilant, and at the same time fits with its title. It sounds like a party at the end of the world.

Right now the “radio edit” of the song (which is actually slightly longer by a few bars) is making the rounds via quite a slick animated video of the lyrics, written in the same watercolour brush style as the GRRR! album cover’s text. This, by contrast, is the album version, in iTunes’ AAC format. I think it sounds better. There is no synthesized rhythm track drowning out the always-excellent drumming of Charlie Watts. Mick Jagger’s vocal is derived from other takes in some places, with different inflections and even slightly changed lyrics. It’s a winner; check it out.

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