mick jagger got a call from his label recently with some news: while working on a reissue of the rolling stonesgoats head soup, the crew found some unreleased tracks. "i remember thinking, 'oh, no,'" jagger says. "unreleased tracks, to me that always means a lot of work. it's like, 'things that you didn't like and didn't finish!'"
jagger's mind changed when he heard the music. "actually, it's not bad at all" he says. soon, isolating at his home in the european countryside, he wrote new lyrics to "all the rage", rocker he'd started writing 47 years earlier. "you finish [tracks] like you would if you recorded them last week,Ã‚Â says jagger. " 'where are my maracas? surely i must have my maracas around here.'"
goats head soup emerged from a period of deep uncertainty for the stones. after their successful tour for exile on main street, they'd splintered across the world; a few months later, in late 1972, they reconvened in kingston, jamaica, to cut a set of dark grooves that sounded like nothing they'd ever released. there were drony experiments (can you hear the music?), strung-out ballads (coming down again), and snarling rockers (dancing with mr. d). critics didn't like it at the time, and the stones quickly dropped many of the songs from their live set. "it's not an album that's revered as much as exile on main street in people's minds," says jagger. "i suppose including me."