Mick Jagger, She’s The Boss (1985)
I think that Mick Jagger gets a hard time where Keith Richards tends to get a bit of a free ride. To me The Rolling Stones work on whatever level they do now – greatest rock’n’roll band in the world/best live touring act, dinosaurs, whatever – because of Mick Jagger more so than any other Stone. Watch the band live, now – or any time over the last two decades (and probably ever, really) and it’s because of Jagger that they work. He is the lifeblood. Well, him and Charlie Watts’ bass drum foot – and that un-played hi-hat eighth note of his (can he actually claim to own it, can we call it his if it’s just left there hovering? Anyway…) Part of me being some sort of Jagger apologist/defender has always been that I’ve thought his solo albums really weren’t that bad at all. And by solo albums I really mean the first two. But, while the revisiting of Primitive Cool was successful (I’ve never really stopped listening to that album) I wasn’t quite so lucky with She’s The Boss. It really isn’t much at all. That big single, Just Another Night, still stands up. It’s more memorable than anything, post-Tattoo You by the Stones. And it has that wonderful, mangled Jeff Beck guitar solo to help it along. But the rest of the album is not really anything you’d ever really want to hear. I hang on to my vinyl copy because, well, why not. And because, well, really I guess I can justify it for at least Just Another Night.
Sample Track: She’s The Boss
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