Wild Horses - 1969 Electric Demo
December 1969 & February 1970
Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Florence AL, USA
Olympic Sound Studios, London
Mick Jagger - Lead Vocal
Keith Richards - 12-String Acoustic Guitar
Mick Taylor - Acoustic Guitar (Nashville Tuning)
Bill Wyman - Bass
Charlie Watts - Drums
Jim Dickinson - Piano
Sneaky Pete Kleinow - Pedal Steel Guitar
or Gram Parsons
Billy Preston - Organ (???)
Maybe, coz he played organ on Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Jimmy Miller - Producer
Jimmy Johnson - Chief Engineer (USA)
Glyn & Andy Johns - Chief Engineers (UK)
The Stones sent a demo of Wild Horses to Parsons in the hopes that Sneaky Pete Kleinow could add some steel guitar to it. When Parsons heard it, he begged the Stones to let him cover it.
They agreed, and the song appeared on Burrito Deluxe (1970).
1969 electric demo built upon the acoustic version and overdubbed with pedal steel guitar, organ and the piano track which is on the official version of Sticky Fingers (1971).
This was in bad shape, but even so very beautiful ... it really deserved to shine!
Levi Magyar 32bit Audio Remaster, May 2010
32bit Float 6144kBit/s 96000Hz
Size: 238 MB
Yeah it has to do with Marlon's birth, cos I knew we were going to have to go to America and start work again, to get me off me ass, and not really wanting to go away. It was a very delicate moment, the kid's only two months old, and you're goin' away.
Millions of people do it all the time but still.
Keith Richards, 1971
I remember we sat around originally doing this with Gram Parsons, and I think his version came out slightly before ours. Everyone always says it was written about Marianne but I don't think it was; that was all well over by then. But I was definitely very inside this piece emotionally. This is very personal, evocative, and sad. It all sounds rather doomy now, but it was quite a heavy time.
Mick Jagger, 1993
I played one of Keith's Gibson acoustic guitars in what they call a Nashville tuning. The guitar is tuned exactly the same way as regular tuning, but you use all first and second strings and you tune them in octaves. It's kind of like playing a 12-string guitar without the other six strings. That's the best way to describe it. I think I played a 12-string too. Keith played the electric solo on Wild Horses.
Mick Taylor, 1979
During Wild Horses Jim Dickinson showed up, from Memphis. What happened is that their touring piano player, who was also their road manager, Ian Stewart, he played on Brown Sugar some, but during Wild Horses Jim Dickinson was out behind where we put the guitar amps ...
It was our tack piano, an old upright piano; we put tacks on the hammers so it sounded like a honky tonk. Anyway, Jim was back there just tiddling on it, playing along with what they had settled on as the groove, and Keith walked by and said, "Hey you need to play that!"
Jimmy Johnson, 2005