The Rolling Stones were recorded in multitrack stereo in early recording sessions at Chess Studios in Chicago and RCA Studios in Hollywood. Tracks for Decca #2 and "Rolling Stones Now" have the earliest true stereo material. Early BBC tracks were also broadcast in stereo but this is a bit of a different subject since these tracks have not been officially released. The focus of the arrangement of the music on the newly released CD "Could You Walk On Water?" is based on an unreleased Rolling Stones LP with this working title. The existence of this LP was first written about in the great Roy Carr "Illustrated Record" book published in 1976. The song list for this LP was first listed in the book "The Rolling Stones A to Z" by the knowledgeable Lisa Howard and published in 1983. The track list is accurately reproduced on the Sister Morphine release. Decca wanted nothing to do with a title such as this or the proposed LP cover that would have the Stones pictured on the edge of a lake apparently ready to "walk on water". There is a different CD put out by Vinyl Gang which reproduces the title and cover that was proposed for this record, but the musical content is related to the subject of 1970's outtakes and not the precursor to "Aftermath". This is an alternate shot from the same photo shoot that produced the cover for the US "Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)" compilation. The cover used for the Sister Morphine release is a colorized photo of Keith Richards floating on his back in a swimming pool. A black and white source of this photo is found in David Dalton's masterpiece "An unauthorized biography in words, photographs, and music" published in 1972. Found on page 319. Twice the price of commercial releases is typically commanded of somewhat limited production runs. These prices may justify the risk in cases where the recording has to be "pressed" by an outside source, but not in the case of CD-R's where selling for the most part presents its only risk. In the case of this CD-R label printed covers have been used, the gold Mitsui discs are professionally silk-screened, and special effort has been made to provide the best possible sound. But to quote my old pal Mick Jagger: "keep the price of bootleg records DOWN!".
Censored by a controlling under powered label we have finally released the album as it was intended. Altamont was no joke, it changed the world, it changed rock n roll forever. We covered at least one song every band that participated in Altamont...minus The Grateful Dead, who went home scared. Every song has a lords twist that is like a solid punch between the eyes. This was one of the hardest and funniest albums to record. It was great seeing all the past members come together for a session. Burrito Bros, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Santana, Crosby Stills Nash and Young...how did we do it???? Dec 6th 1969 forever changed. 17 former Lords recorded this album in Los Angeles at the Glory Hole wih Nic Jodoin Gabe Hammond, John Tyree, Max Eisdon, Johnny DeVilla, Spencer Robinson, Wic Coleman, Dave James, Harry Drumdini, Kevin Starr, Harlen Spector, Warren Eaton, Christian Martucci, Nic Jodoin, Jake Cavaliere, Shawn Medina, Lights Out Levine, John Saletra.
Back in December of 2010, I went into a house in Joshua Tree California to record another solo record. About 4 days into the sessions, I decided to abandon the 8 songs I was working on, told my long time friend and engineer, Tony Mason, to start rolling tape and I proceeded to play drums in my natural improv style. After multiple drum track performances were captured, I then started layering guitars, bass and percussion in the same improvisational spirit. I essentially decided to "jam" by myself for the rest of my scheduled sessions. When the recording session had finally come to an end, I put the 8 unfinished tracks on the "shelf" as well as my "solo jam session" tracks. I was much more content with the "jam" tracks as it was a creative release that was needed at that time. I decided to call the collective tracks, Jacoozzi. At the time, it reminded me of the feeling of my first solo recording sessions for my first solo release, Jalamanta.... only more "free". At that time in 2010, I had no formal plans to release any of the music from those sessions....Jacoozzi included. 2b1af7f3a8