Musical palate cleanser, better cover edition

“Silver Train” is a fairly obscure Rolling Stones tune from Goats Head Soup (I think it was the B-side to “Angie”).  The official video the Stones released is good evidence that their glam phase was, shall we say, regrettable.

Anyway, here’s a cover of the song from Carla Olson and Mick Taylor.  It’s off their Too Hot For Snakes live album, and, in my humble opinion, is superior to the original.  Listen and let me know what you think.


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6 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, better cover edition

  1. Mick Taylor could make a plastic ukulele strung with rubber bands sound like a freight train a’comin’.


  2. Don in Mar-a-Lago

    We have one loser to talk about. I like official videos that aren’t sad.
    Nobody supports and backs glam bands like Twisted Sister as much as I do. I predicted Jagger would go nowhere with glam but the narcissist had his band go along with it anyway or he would have fired them. I can see why the cover is much better. Very sad!


  3. Tommy

    ’73 is where the Stones went from being “The World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band” to being a great rock ‘n’ roll band. And that’s fine. Sustaining greatness is hard enough, but continually being at the forefront of style is, almost by definition, impossible. No matter how high you’re riding, inevitably a David Bowie, Ramones, Prince, Nirvana, etc., is going to come along and make you look like a dinosaur.

    At that point, all of the options are risky — 1.) co-opt the new style, 2.) reinvent yourself completely, or 3.) keep your head down and keep plowing along with what brung ya. The Stones were too drained after Exile to attempt #2 and they knew #3 was a death rattle, hence the awkward attempt at #1.

    Sucked for the Stones, because Bowie in ’73 openly had them in his crosshairs. You put Aladdin Sane next to Goat’s Head and, with the exception of 1-2 songs, Bowie takes the Stones formula and blasts it into the future, leaving the Stones hungover and hoping the new shade of eyeliner would distract fans from the stale, recycled riffs. Hard to think of a clearer example of someone stealing someone else’s moment so brazenly.