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2010: 15 of the Best. #3 . . .

December 15, 2010


#3: The Rolling Stones – Plundered My Soul

From: “Plundered My Soul” 7″
Released: April 17, 2010
Label: Universal
Buy it: Here.

Is it fair to include a song originally written and (in some parts) recorded almost 40 years ago? Well, here’s the thing about “Plundered My Soul”: a lot of what you’re hearing is actually fresh addition to a basic track purported to have been done during the Stones’ original Exile on Main St. sessions. Whether or not that’s actually the case is up for argument — Mick and Keef don’t have the sharpest of memories these days, but the surprise of the song is that vaulted or not, this is the best thing the Stones have put out since Some Girls. Apparently the drum, bass and some of the guitar tracks date back to French villa days, but the song features a fresh vocal from Mick (who sounds better than he has in ages), some new guitar parts from Keef and likely (the boys are being coy about this) some fresh new leads from Mick Taylor. Why this sat unfinished as the Stones released stuff like “Anybody Seen My Baby?” or “Sweet Neo Con” is far beyond me, but kudos to the boys for dusting it off and giving a fans a legitimate reason to buy yet another version of Exile on Main St. This is a huge treat and actually stands proudly alongside the best stuff on Exile.

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