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Dirty Work (Rolling Stones album)

Studio album by The Rolling Stones
Released24 March 1986
Recorded5 April - 17 June and 16 July - 17 August 1985
StudioPathe Marconi, Boulogne Billancourt , RPM & Right Track (NYC)
GenreRock, rock and roll, blues rock, reggae
Length40 : 03
LabelRolling Stones , Columbia
ProducerSteve Lillywhite , The Glimmer Twins

Most people will agree that the Rolling Stones are the greatest rock band of all time-mostly because for longer than some of us have been alive, they have been making music and touring. Actually, they have been at it for more than 50 years and counting. Like any close knit family, band has had its share of problems. Often those tensions arise due to contrasting directions of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Jagger, being man about town, seems interested in contemporary trends, while Richards likes keeping it real and close to blues. In one instance, tension grew so great that the band was on the verge of breaking up after 1983s Undercover, album that was all over the place stylistically. When tempers cool, Dirty Work was released a few years later, attempt to return to the sound that made them famous. I remember liking Undercover, so when the new animated video for Harlem Shuffle came out I was intrigue, if not mildly amused by its big-lipped stereotypes of Negros. Dirty Work was a halfhearted effort by the Stones ' own standards, mostly because Jagger had just released a solo album and was busy promoting it. Despite having that against it, Dirty Work does have its merits. The Album opens With One Hit, One of the album highlights. It features all the hallmarks of a great Stones song: driving rhythm, wicked blues style guitar riffs and Jaggers ' passionate delivery. Another great track was Winning Ugly, With its soulful backup voices. Here Jagger was back in old form. There were other tracks that almost connect. Had It With You sounds bit like a speed up version of Hang Ten, complete with harmonica solo and albums only single Harlem Shuffle, which was a remake of a classic 1963 Bob & Earl song. Co-produce by Steve Lillywhite, Dirty Work is by far not considered the best Rolling Stones album. It is a slick production with a host of big-name contributors whose contributions seem to lack any signature stamp. Perhaps contributions from artists as diverse as Tom Waits and Bobby Womack encourage broader scope of styles, but Dirty Work was not as successful as Undercover in that regard. When Dirty Work took chances like on reggae flavor Too Rude, the results were out of character for the Stones or at least the 70s era version of the band. Still, there was a pothole on the road to get band on the right path. Keith Richards would show way on his excellent solo effort Talk Is Cheap little more than a year later. After that, the Stones were back on track with the sound its fans expect and casual ones like me would learn to appreciate.

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Recording

Sessions for Dirty Work, first album under the Rolling Stones' recording contract with CBS Records, began in April 1985 in Boulogne Billancourt, running for two months before breaking for a short spell. Mick Jagger had just released his first solo album, She's Boss, much to Richards' annoyance, since Richards' first priority was the Rolling Stones and he was stung that Jagger was pursuing a career as a pop star. Jagger was often absent from Dirty Work sessions while Richards recorded with Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts; Jagger's vocal parts were added later. The Divide between Jagger and Richards was on public view on 13 July 1985, when Jagger performed a solo set at Live Aid while Richards and Wood supported Bob Dylan's set on acoustic guitars. Charlie Watts' involvement in recording sessions was also limit; in 1994, Watts told Ed Bradley on 60 Minutes that during the 1980s he had been addicted to heroin and alcohol. Steve Jordan and Anton Fig play drums on some tracks; Ronnie Wood plays drums on Sleep Tonight. Jagger would later cite Watts' personal state as one of the reasons he veto tour in support of Dirty Work in 1986, preferring to start Work on his second album, Primitive Cool. Four of the album's eight original compositions are credited to Jagger / Richards / Wood and one to Jagger / Richards / Chuck Leavell. Only three are credited to Jagger / Richards, lowest number on any Rolling Stones album since Out of Our Heads. Dirty Work is the first Rolling Stones album to feature two tracks with Richards on lead vocals. Following further months of final recording in July and August 1985, co-producer Steve Lillywhite supervised several weeks of mixing and creation of 12-inch remixes. On 12 December, Ian Stewart, one of the Stones' founding members and their longtime pianist and road manager, died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 47. As tribute, hidden track of Stewart playing Big Bill Broonzy's key to Highway was added to close the album.

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Artwork and packaging

The original vinyl release of Dirty Work came shrinkwrapped in dark red cellophane. Breaking with Rolling Stones tradition, Dirty Work was the first of their studio albums to contain lyrics sheet in the US, apparently at the insistence of then-distributor CBS Records. Also included was a comic strip, drawn by Mark Marek, called Dirty Workout. In 2005, Pitchfork Media included an album cover in their list of Worst Record cover of All Time, with Brent DiCrescenzo saying that no other cover goes so far to completely tarnish the reputation of the Valhalla-ensconce band while demonstrating the crushing awfulness of 1980s aesthetics.

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Release and reception

Professional ratings

SourceRating
Christgau's Record GuideA
MusicHound Rock2.5/5
Tom HullB+
Uncut3/5

Template: Album reviews in March 1986, Rolling Stones' cover of Harlem Shuffle was released to a receptive audience, reaching 13 in the UK and 5 in the US. The follow-up single one Hit, was a US Top 30 hit and featured revealing video of Jagger and Richards seeming to trade blows. Dirty Work was released the week after Harlem Shuffle, reaching 4 in the UK and US, but critical reaction was less than enthusiastic. Some reviewers felt the album was slight in places, with weak, generic songwriting from Richards and Wood and puzzlingly abrasive vocals from Jagger. Some felt Jagger was saving his best material for his solo records, though critical reaction to those releases was mute as well. People name it one of the worst albums of 1986, denoting the worst fears of Baby Boomers come true: If the Stones are sounding this old and tired, what does it say about their original fans? However, in 1986, Robert Christgau called Dirty Work a bracing and even challenging record innovate without kowtowing to multi-platinum fashion or half-assed pretension. It's honest and makes you like it. In 2004, Stylus Magazine's on Second Thoughts feature assessed the album as a tattered, embarrassing triumph, by far the most interesting Stones Album since Some Girls at every level: lyrical, conceptual, instrumental. Re-evaluation of the album finds that despite its change of style to then current 80s-style production and experimentation, album features the most venomous guitar sound of the Stones' career, and Jagger's most committed vocals. Keith Richards said that songs on the album were structured so they could be played live with a view to touring to support the album, before Jagger decided he wasn't going to tour after all. Dirty Work went on to sell close to 4 million copies worldwide, good number considering the bad vibe around the band back then, with no tour support and lack of promotion from band members. The Album produced US Top 5 Hit for Rolling Stones, cover of Harlem Shuffle, and features a number of guest appearances, including contributions by Tom Waits, Marku Ribas, Patti Scialfa, Bobby Womack, and Jimmy Page on one Hit. In 1994, Dirty Work was remastered and reissued by Virgin Records, and again in 2009 by Universal Music. It was released on SHM-SACD in 2011 by Universal Music Japan.

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Track listing

Side one

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1." One Hit (To the Body) "Mick Jagger, Keith Richards , Ronnie Wood4:44
2."Fight"Jagger, Richards, Wood3:09
3." Harlem Shuffle "Bob Relf, Ernest Nelson3:23
4."Hold Back"Jagger, Richards3:53
5." Too Rude "Lindon Roberts3:11

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Side two

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Winning Ugly"Jagger, Richards4:32
2."Back to Zero"Jagger, Richards, Chuck Leavell4:00
3."Dirty Work"Jagger, Richards, Wood3:53
4."Had It with You"Jagger, Richards, Wood3:19
5." Sleep Tonight "Jagger, Richards5:10
6." Key to the Highway " (uncredited excerpt)Big Bill Broonzy , Charles Segar0:33
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