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"Gimme Shelter" is so freaking awesome

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Pringle, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. Pringle

    Pringle Active Member

    After watching "The Departed" yesterday then seeing it win best picture, I love the movie, but I am reminded again how much I love the song.

    I don't know if this is actually thread-worthy - the reaction will tell - but as I was listening to it this morning, the adjective I came up with was "urgent." I don't know if there's a more "urgent" song in existence.

    Can anyone think of any others that mine the same well of adrenaline that this one does, because I really can't.
  2. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    If you like the original Gimme Shelter, check out the live version off the Live Licks album (album? Do we still say album?) from the Forty Licks tour. Chills.
  3. Pringle

    Pringle Active Member

    21, my favorite memory of the song comes from Sept. 16 (I think), 2001. I saw John Mellencamp in his home state, in front of about 30,000 people at an outdoors show. And he opened with "Gimme Shelter" - it was so powerful, because it was really the first time we had all come out of our self-imposed bunkers for a few days to be communal again, yet there was also this black cloud of dread and fear of what was ahead that hung over us. And Mellencamp picked the perfect song to capture that.
  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    I don't know. I'd probably go with Foreigner's "Urgent."

    I'm sorry. As one of the board's two Foreigner fans, that was a batting practice fastball. Junkie must still be in bed.
  5. I can't take any version of Gimme Shelter that doesn;t have Merry Clayton exploding into the "rape, murder" passage after the guitar break.
    One of the greatest moments ever recorded.
    (So is Junior Walker's sax break on "Urgent," BTW.)
  6. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    How 'bout the live version played over the end credits of the movie Gimmie Shelter?

    I have an ungodly version from a '72 Stones tour bootleg. Audio quality sucks, but its amazing.
  7. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    "Gimme Shelter" is "awesome," Pringle says

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Gimme Shelter," the 1969 Rolling Stones song prominent in the opening credits of the Oscar-winning film "The Departed," is "awesome," says Pringle, the sportsjournalists.com music critic.

    "Can anyone think of any others that mine the same well of adrenaline that this one does, because I really can't," Pringle said.
  8. Pringle

    Pringle Active Member

  9. DisembodiedOwlHead

    DisembodiedOwlHead Active Member

    Speaking of the song and Oscars, everybody should see that documentary.
  10. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Great thread, better song. Gimmer Shelter is one big adrenaline rush. Must have heard it thousands of times and it never fails to get my heart racing.

    As 21 has said the live version is great. Lisa Fisher has some set of pipes - as mick says "sing it Lisa"

    It's interesting the Good Fellows , Casino and The Departed all have Gimme Shelter as part of sound track

    21 is too modest to say but she does amazing version of Gimme Shelter.
  11. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Which part--Mick or Merry?

    Fantastic tune--the Stones finest, which says something in itself right there.

    Guitars were all Keef; Brian jones was dead and Mick Taylor only played on 2 songs on "Let It Bleed"

    And "Gimme Shelter" just celebrated a birthday of sorts. Was recorded on Feb 23rd, 1969, so it just hit 38 last Friday, although the Merry Clayton vocals weren't added until November of 69.
  12. terrier

    terrier Well-Known Member

    Actually, Jones didn't die until that summer. However, Jones, as John Doe gracefully put it in X' "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline," wasn't what you'd call living, really.
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