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The Rolling Stones – Too Much Blood (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on 2nd October 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

A. Front

“Too Much Blood” is a single released only in the United States by The Rolling Stones taken from their 1983 album Undercover.

Credited to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, “Too Much Blood” is largely a Jagger composition. The song is a reflection of the many influences the Stones would have during their career in the mid-1980s. Jagger said at the time of its release, “I had made out a very honest burden of mind before everyone had arrived one night. It was just Charlie [Watts] and Bill [Wyman]. And one of our roadies called Jim Barber, he was playing guitar on it too. And I just started playing this riff I had, with this middle part, I didn’t have any words to it and then I just suddenly started rapping out these words which are the ones you hear.” (“Mick asked me if I could do an ‘Andy Summers’ on the track” – Jim Barber).

The song itself deals with the growing depictions of violence in the media at the time and the case of Issei Sagawa, with Jagger saying, “Well there was this scandalous, murderous story in France – it was a true story – about this Japanese guy who murdered this girl and it sort of captured the imagination of the French public, and the Japanese. The Russians wanted to make a movie out of it. So that was the first bit and then I started becoming more light-hearted about it, movies and all. …it came out as a sort of anti-gratuitous cinema of violence. And it’s a kind of anti-violent thing.”

“Did you ever see “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”? Horrible, wasn’t it. You know, people ask me “is it really true where you live in Texas, is that really true what they do around there, people?” I say, “yea, every time I drive through the crossroads I get scared, there’s a bloke running round with a fucking chain saw. Oh! Oh! oh No, he’s gonna cut off, Oh no. Don’t saw off me leg, don’t saw off me arm.”

Jagger uses a half-hearted rap delivery for some lines, saying at the time, “I’m not a great rapper… It’s just made up on the spot as well. It’s completely extemporized, as well, most of it. A couple words I cleaned up. I don’t mean clean up, just made better sounds. That was just rap off the top of my head. I didn’t write it down, even.”

Recording took place at Paris’ Pathé Marconi Studios and New York City’s Hit Factory between October and November 1982. With Jagger on lead vocals, he also performs electric guitars with Barber and Richards. Horns are provided by Chops and percussion by Sly Dunbar.

A dance version of “Too Much Blood,” remixed by Arthur Baker, was released as a twelve-inch single in December 1984. A music video, directed by Julien Temple, was produced in support showing the band performing the song as well as Richards and guitarist Ron Wood chasing Jagger with chainsaws. The trio also appear, without chainsaws but still in character, on the record sleeve for the single. The video opens with an excerpt from the first movement of the String Quartet Number 3 by Béla Bartók. “Too Much Blood” has never been performed live by the Stones and appears on no compilation albums.

In the US the singles peaked at #44 on the Billboard Dance Chart and #38 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.

SIDE A:
Too Much Blood (Dance Version) 12:46
Edited By – Latin Rascals, The
Engineer [Remix Assistant] – Tom Lord-Alge
Engineer [Remix] – Chris Lord-Alge
Producer – Glimmer Twins, The
Remix – Arthur Baker

SIDE B:
Too Much Blood (Dub Version) 8:00
Edited By – Latin Rascals, The
Engineer [Remix Assistant] – Tom Lord-Alge
Engineer [Remix] – Chris Lord-Alge
Producer – Glimmer Twins, The
Remix – Arthur Baker

Too Much Blood (Album Version) 6:13
Mixed By – Chris Kimsey
Producer – Chris KimseyGlimmer Twins, The

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1983 Too Much Blood U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #38
1984 Too Much Blood U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #44

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Rolling Stones Records ‎– 0-96902
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Dub
Credits: Art Direction – Bob Defrin
Mastered By – Greg Calbi
Recorded By – Chris Kimsey
Written-By – Jagger-Richards

NOTES:
From the album “UNDERCOVER”

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B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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