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Gimme Shelter (orchestrated intro)

mickpuck on November 30, 2010 15:26

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    The intro to the Rolling Stones 1969 track Gimme Shelter is one of the greatest moments in rock'n'roll. Its sonic architecture is based around Keith Richards' modal-tuned guitar figures and it conjures a mood of imminent danger or doom. Yet it feels great. Well...so does danger sometimes.

    In the 1990s I came across an album of Stones music performed by The London Symphony Orchestra, and the version of Gimme Shelter was arranged by Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke. He did a pretty good job too; the mood of imminent chaos was accurately rendered even with the sedate classical sound of a full orchestra.

    Last year, while creating a mix mash of instrumental music to be played before Waterboys shows, I synched the two versions - Stones' original and LSO treatment - and this is the result. I did the whole song, in fact, though I found the bulk of the song works better without orchestra, just as nature and Keef intended.

    But the Stones-and-orchestra intro came out great. Play it loud and feel the mood of impending danger close round you - in a virtual way, of course.

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    • user423803
      user423803 at 0.12 on December 30, 2012 20:58

      I am back at the gig. Brill!!!!

    • Trophy Fish Wife
      Trophy Fish Wife at 0.28 on October 18, 2011 17:54

      Pretty damn awesome - big fan!

    • ProbeOneMusic
    • timkelly
      timkelly on December 17, 2010 13:22

      Excellent! Good job on that!!

    • millport
    • TomoftheClouds
      TomoftheClouds at 0.15 on November 30, 2010 18:11

      Unbelievable - epic! Had no idea Jaz Coleman had it in him! Great mix too - some kind of sonic alchemy going on there

    • LadyJackSparrow
      LadyJackSparrow on November 30, 2010 16:13

      It's a great intro. The Stones should have thought about having more violins in their songs. Heh, but YOU are the one with His Fiddling Lordship in your band.

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