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Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones

Know Good Classics - #1 Rock

Artwork for Let It Bleed

First, I wanted to explain what I am trying to accomplish with this “Know Good Classics” thang. I love music from the 60’s & 70’s (and a little from the 80’s & 90’s) just as much as I love music nowadays (if not more). I decided to showcase some of the best classics to give them a small revival. Now, some of ’em you may know, some of ’em you may not know. But what cannot be disputed is their greatness.

The first song to start out the series is “Gimme Shelter” by The Stones. My most memorable recollection of the song was when I was in London, just about to graduate college (I studied my last semester out there :)). My most vivid memory of the song was when I was listening to it in Waterloo Park with my “good ol’ chaps”, getting belligerent in more ways than one ;) (ahh, the good times).

The reason I love this song so much is because of its empowering vocals by Mick Jagger and Merry Clayton. I am especially impressed by Merry Clayton’s performance. She really gives it her all… she gave me goosebumps when she hit her high note around three minutes into the song.

The song was also in the movie Layer Cake. The movie was a good watch, but a bit overrated. The movie’s sex scene that featured the song, however, was not! Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller pulled off one hot sex scene (or at least part of a sex scene :().

If you don’t have this song already then definitely download it in the link below!

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Artist Information:
Genre: Rock
Location: London, England
Group Members:
Mick Jagger: Vocals
Keith Richards: Guitar
Charlie Watts: Drums
Bill Wyman: Bass Guitar
Brian Jones: Multiple Instruments
Ian Stewart: Keyboard
Label: Decca Records (1969)
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Track Information:
Album Title: Let It Bleed
Release Date: November 28, 1969
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