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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.