Mick Jagger Says “Lost” Rolling Stones Songs Are All Terrible
Mick Jagger live in 2013 - The Glimmer Stone / Youtube
Stones frontman Mick Jagger responded surprisingly responded with negative comments when he was told that three lost Rolling Stones songs have been found and were to be added to the new box set release of their 1973 album, Goats Head Soup.
When he knew that “Scarlet” (which featured Jimmy Page), “Criss Cross”, and “All The Rage” were ready, he replied with, “They’re all terrible!”
He changed his mind later, however, as he cleared things up in a Sunday Times interview. “That’s always my initial reaction, ‘They’re all useless!’ I mean, actually, I always liked the songs, but they weren’t finished,” he said.
Talks of cleaning up the master recordings soon followed. He said, “Sonically, they still sound like they were recorded then, even if they weren’t perfect. You can make them sound a little better than they did.” Afterward, he was convinced “these three songs are all up there with the rest of the songs on this record.”
In another interview, Jimmy Page reminisced working with Keith Richards in Ronnie Wood’s home studio, saying, “Ronnie didn’t actually play on it. Keith came in and set up his equipment, and I took my guitar. Obviously I paid a lot of attention to what he was doing and then came up with a riff that would go with a contraflow. It was great to work with Keith right from the bare bones of something.”
Page also noted how the polished recording sounded great when he first heard it. “All the guitar parts I remember doing, everything was on there. I thought it sounded really solid, and everybody’s really on form,” said the Led Zeppelin giant.