THE ROLLING STONES SONG OF THE DAY- MIDNIGHT RAMBLER

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The Rolling Stones Song of the Day is Midnight Rambler. Turning -Let It Bleed over- Midnight Rambler is the first song on side 2. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards it is loosely based on The Boston Strangler- Albert DeSalvo. Keith has called Midnight Rambler a ‘blues opera.” The song comes in at nearly 7 minutes. I felt kind of disappointed when I bought my first Stones album and for some reason the version of Midnight Rambler on the Hot Rocks compilation was a live version. I prefer the Let It Bleed studio version. The live version on Hot Rocks was over 9 minutes long which I considered at the time a big waste of album space. The song is ok- but I doubt it would make my Stones Top 100- never all that wild about it.  Mick would say of the song “That’s a song Keith and I really wrote together. We were on a holiday in Italy. In this very beautiful hill town, Positano, for a few nights. Why we should write such a dark song in this beautiful, sunny place, I really don’t know. We wrote everything there – the tempo changes, everything. And I’m playing the harmonica in these little cafes, and there’s Keith with the guitar.”

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3 responses to “THE ROLLING STONES SONG OF THE DAY- MIDNIGHT RAMBLER

  1. 999 times out of 1000 I always prefer the studio version of any song period…on this one I heard the live one first for years and years. I love both and 9 minutes is way too long and not needed…but the live version is just so menacing because of Mick Taylors crunchy Les Paul.
    It probably comes down to which one made the first impression on me.

  2. The studio version of this song doesn’t do anything for me, but I do like it live. They played it at the two recent festivals where I saw them, and that was a treat for sure.

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