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The Rolling Stones — Heaven
Album: Tattoo You
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Released: 1981
Length: 4:20
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Smell of you baby, my senses, my senses be praised
Smell of you baby, my senses, my senses be praised

Kissing and running, kissing and running away
Kissing and running, kissing and running away
Senses be praised
Senses be praised

Your my saving grace, saving grace
Nothing will harm you
Nothing will stand in your way
Nothing, Nothing
Nothing will stop you
And nothing will stand in your way
No one will harm you
No one will stand in your way
No one will bar you
Nothing will stand in your way
Nothing
There's nothing
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I have to bump this most excellent tune to a 9. Great stuff. It takes me back to the time I was newly divorced and discovering every drug I hadn't already tried.
Good times.
Very cool , odd gem by the Stones.....thanks RP again 
Goodish song that sounds very much unlike the Stones.  Almost everything else they do manages to leave one or another tell tale trademaks.  Not this one.
 h8rhater wrote:


You might consider checking out more of their work from the period 1971-1981.  You may find that you are a fan of a specific Stones era.
 

One forgets not everyone was born in 1953 and grew up listening to all
the Stones "genres" come and go like presidents and prime ministers along the way. Good advice, h8rhater

 h8rhater wrote:
You might consider checking out more of their work from the period 1971-1981.  You may find that you are a fan of a specific Stones era.
 
Good call.  I am a BIG fan of the Stones mid-60s to mid-70s, and a modest fan of the Stones outside those time frames.  Like all artists of any genre, their art  and subject matter changes over the years.
 eveliko wrote:
Basically not a Stones fan, but this song is a pure genius emanation.
 

You might consider checking out more of their work from the period 1971-1981.  You may find that you are a fan of a specific Stones era.
Huh?
Magic. Surprising fine tune from a band who were on a downward slide and never recovered. Their last quality album.
I wish they would just decide whether it's in major or minor already.
Wonder if Mick still feels the same way.
Ahhhhh.....best Stones song....best album also
Every track from Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky is a gem.
Now see Javelin Unlanding by Bill Callahan. Love them both!
 kilroyjoe3 wrote:
Did a double take listening to this.  Nicholas Jaar sampled the "senses erased" line into one of his compositions.  Always fun to find the origin of some of the samples in electronic music.
 

"Senses Be Praised"
not a fan but i like this tune lots {#Zip-lip}
Such a good album. Start Me Up got a lot of attention but there were so many gems on it like this one.
Yet another song showing the Stones versatility.
A crazy tune, didnt know the Stones had this in em, thanks RP thats an 8
: )    beautiful piece/BAND OF FABULOUS ARTISTS  

'Smell of you baby, my senses, my senses be praised'
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Cool song, even without Keith.
{#Meditate} always liked this track and this album !
Billy Bob and Beck

You hit the ball out of the park with this track...a classic in the Stones canon
The second 'side' of this record is one quiet gem after another.
Happy Happy - Thank you, Bill for the Stones song of the day!  {#Dancingbanana_2}
Did a double take listening to this.  Nicholas Jaar sampled the "senses erased" line into one of his compositions.  Always fun to find the origin of some of the samples in electronic music.
 dkwalika wrote:
A compilation, but a great album anyway.

 
Not exactly a compilation of past tracks as some suspect.  The album is comprised of material that was begun during the Stone's previous 4-5 albums.  Most of the stuff was instrumentals and unfinished outtakes, rather than completed songs.  Jagger had to write lyrics, melodies, and record vocals in order to finish the tracks.  Thus, the songs were completed in their final form for the album in 1980-81, just prior to the album's release.

 dickmahoon wrote:
Best track on an album that is pretty average......


tulfan wrote:

Worried About You.

 
Tops
 dickmahoon wrote:
Best track on an album that is pretty average......

 
Worried About You.
 dkwalika wrote:
A compilation, but a great album anyway.

 
One of my favorite albums and yes it was compiled from a few earlier sessions if I recall correctly...
 h8rhater wrote:

It was not my intent to put down Bjork.  I will admit, though, that it might have come across that way.  I saw her once at Bonnaroo and found her music to be very interesting and innovative. 

Something tells me that her music goes way over the head of rdo, hence the comment.

If you liked Heaven by the Stones, you might check out the Emotional Rescue album, from the same time-frame.  Or maybe the B-side of the Goats Head Soup album.  Also, the song Fingerprint File from the It's Only Rock and Roll album.

 
I've loved Emotional Rescue from the get go, thx for the reminder
 dkwalika wrote:
A compilation, but a great album anyway.
 
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A compilation, but a great album anyway.
I have a headache, this was just the perfect medicine.
 fedtho wrote:

 h8rhater wrote:


Well go on and put on some Bjork for yourself and quit cryin' when RP plays classics from the Greatest Rock and Roll Band of All Time. 

(....see below for full comment on comment on comment)
 

Let me start by the following confession: I know so little of the Stones' production that I was actually about to mail Bill about a wrong title to a song I didn't know, but which was, as I would have put it, "definitely NOT by the Stones". Hehe... {#Eek}

It was only by listening to said title on GooTube that I discovered that what I had indentified as an indie, low-fi-minimalistic-band-with-high-pitched-male-lead-voice of recent years actually was the *Stones*, wow!

NOW, the Stones are not my cup of tea (I'm sure they favored other kinds of drinks.) I respect them and understand fully how they were essential in pop history, but I know about five hits by them, tops.
STILL, this song sounds so incredibly *modern* (I tried to come up with something less vague, didn't, apologies for lack of vocabulary) that the last word that would come to my mind would be stuffy, and the first thing would be (pretty much) "highly innovative and experimental" {#Cheesygrin} !
I'm only half-joking: I'm really stunned by how much some bands of today sound exactly like what the Stones were doing in 1981!

So I really don't agree with rdo putting down the Stones... but h8rhater's answer puts down Björk (yep, I insist, it's spelled with a so-called "diaeresis" {#Eek} on the 'o'), and I'm a huge fan.
So h8rhater has every right to reply to rdo's mocking him, but not to give Björk as a bad example. Respect needs to go both ways. ...unless there's any serious grounds for denying Björk having made a worthy contribution to pop (and I don't care AT ALL that she was this hugely famous child of MTV who sold millions of albums; I only care about her music.)

Anyway: thanks guys! Now I'm tempted to listen to more stuff from that Stones album and those years to hear what else they came up with I would have qualified as "definitely NOT by the Stones ! {#Cool}


 
It was not my intent to put down Bjork.  I will admit, though, that it might have come across that way.  I saw her once at Bonnaroo and found her music to be very interesting and innovative. 

Something tells me that her music goes way over the head of rdo, hence the comment.

If you liked Heaven by the Stones, you might check out the Emotional Rescue album, from the same time-frame.  Or maybe the B-side of the Goats Head Soup album.  Also, the song Fingerprint File from the It's Only Rock and Roll album.
Great tune on an average album, but I never did think that they did anything of note after Mick Taylor left.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Well naw, I'd give 'Slave' a much higher than average rating if Bill played it here.

 
Worried About You or Tops too!!
" I want an amplifier that goes up to ELEVEN!"

Ten is not enough for this masterpiece. 
Definitely one of the best, by anyone.
 I have a good mind to  tattoo 'praise' accross my skin.
 ronniegirl wrote:
Still my favorite Stones tune. 

 
A Big YES!!!!
Still my favorite Stones tune. 
 dickmahoon wrote:
Best track on an album that is pretty average......

 
Well naw, I'd give 'Slave' a much higher than average rating if Bill played it here.
Best track on an album that is pretty average......


So many good memories listening to this song....
Love Jagger's guitar as well as vocals on this great song.
Kissing and running away.... Senses we pray.... Fantastic voice, fantastic guitar, awesome song, a 9 no doubt!
 treatment_bound wrote:
You are correct.  Mick Taylor had been out of the band for about 6 years when this album came out, and I read where he threatened litigation against "The Glimmer Twins" for some cash compensation as he had played on several of the tracks. 
I thought that sounded more like Mick Taylor - thanks for the info.
This is the Stones? What were they oh this time?  {#Eyes}
This is one of my all time greatest hits. 
The playlist page doesn't seem to be updating.

{#Ask} 
{#Doh}This is a Peter Gabriel song....
From what I am hearing I don't think that this is the Rolling Stones version.
Basically not a Stones fan, but this song is a pure genius emanation.
Hmm...very sensual song.
This whole album is a 9
 
 {#Roflol}blades wrote:

weird old gem by now. thx



 

 OHMish wrote:

"To be is to do" - Socrates

"To do is to be" - Sartre

"Do be do be do" - Sinatra  

"De do do do, de da da da" - Sting 
  
"Lob lob me doop" - Beatles
 

 
{#Lol}

weird old gem by now. thx


oh yeah that's nice.. {#Yes}
 MusiqueMusique wrote:
PSD. Plu-heeze...
 
"Plu-heeze"??
Somebody's had a little too much poutine.
PSD. Plu-heeze...
 tulfan wrote:

I read once that many of these tracks (particularly side 2) were written back in 1974-5 era).

 
You are correct.  Mick Taylor had been out of the band for about 6 years when this album came out, and I read where he threatened litigation against "The Glimmer Twins" for some cash compensation as he had played on several of the tracks.
 scrubbrush wrote:
 Stingray wrote:
Great song on a mediocre album!
  
Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

.... totally agree  {#Clap}


I LOVE 6 of the 11 songs on this album... hard to think of many albums I can say that about
Start Me Up
Slave
Worried About You
Tops
Heaven
Waiting On A Friend

 
I partially agree as well considering that it is two distinct sides and much is actually filler. Start Me Up is horrid but the others are quite solid. I read once that many of these tracks (particularly side 2) were written back in 1974-5 era). I believe it was a Rolling Stones themed book that credited and cited all the songs they did. My brother may have it now.
These guys have such a wondrous and varied body of work.
 rdo wrote:

Oh, dear! h8rhater is commenting.  Cue the violins!  It's the diva bawling act of the opera!

If this were a popularity contest, (....see below for full comment on comment)

 
 h8rhater wrote:


Well go on and put on some Bjork for yourself and quit cryin' when RP plays classics from the Greatest Rock and Roll Band of All Time. 

(....see below for full comment on comment on comment)
 

Let me start by the following confession: I know so little of the Stones' production that I was actually about to mail Bill about a wrong title to a song I didn't know, but which was, as I would have put it, "definitely NOT by the Stones". Hehe... {#Eek}

It was only by listening to said title on GooTube that I discovered that what I had indentified as an indie, low-fi-minimalistic-band-with-high-pitched-male-lead-voice of recent years actually was the *Stones*, wow!

NOW, the Stones are not my cup of tea (I'm sure they favored other kinds of drinks.) I respect them and understand fully how they were essential in pop history, but I know about five hits by them, tops.
STILL, this song sounds so incredibly *modern* (I tried to come up with something less vague, didn't, apologies for lack of vocabulary) that the last word that would come to my mind would be stuffy, and the first thing would be (pretty much) "highly innovative and experimental" {#Cheesygrin} !
I'm only half-joking: I'm really stunned by how much some bands of today sound exactly like what the Stones were doing in 1981!

So I really don't agree with rdo putting down the Stones... but h8rhater's answer puts down Björk (yep, I insist, it's spelled with a so-called "diaeresis" {#Eek} on the 'o'), and I'm a huge fan.
So h8rhater has every right to reply to rdo's mocking him, but not to give Björk as a bad example. Respect needs to go both ways. ...unless there's any serious grounds for denying Björk having made a worthy contribution to pop (and I don't care AT ALL that she was this hugely famous child of MTV who sold millions of albums; I only care about her music.)

Anyway: thanks guys! Now I'm tempted to listen to more stuff from that Stones album and those years to hear what else they came up with I would have qualified as "definitely NOT by the Stones ! {#Cool}

SWEET!
See, this is why I love Radio Paradise. Nice choice!
 Stingray wrote:

 On_The_Beach wrote:

"To be is to do" - Socrates

"To do is to be" - Sartre

"Do be do be do" - Sinatra

"De do do do, de da da da" - Sting

---------------

 

DADA - Art (says Stingray)

 



 
try this on for size, sorry I don't know how to upload the clip. https://youtu.be/6bWyhj7siEY
 rdo wrote:

Oh, dear! h8rhater is commenting.  Cue the violins!  It's the diva bawling act of the opera!

If this were a popularity contest, a contest to see which bands were the coolest and hippest (like in high school), then there is no doubt that we would crown the Stones kings of the world.  They are the coolest band ever -- there is no doubt about that.  

Now, when you are ready to discuss music... 

 
This is the written equivalent of, "I know you are, but what am I?"
 Stingray wrote:
Great song on a mediocre album!
  
Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

.... totally agree  {#Clap}



I LOVE 6 of the 11 songs on this album... hard to think of many albums I can say that about
Start Me Up
Slave
Worried About You
Tops
Heaven
Waiting On A Friend
 h8rhater wrote:

Well go on and put on some Bjork for yourself and quit cryin' when RP plays classics from the Greatest Rock and Roll Band of All Time. 

Hipster-y pretentiousness is your right and clearly your ideal.  Especially when you utter things like, "the whole 60's thing" and, "stuff I like by them is not very highly regarded by the old guard", and "I like highly innovative and experimental music". 

I like to imagine the "stuffy" voice these lines would be uttered in.  Maybe something like that of Thurston Howell the 3rd (although that might be too much of a "whole 60's thing" reference for you).

 
Oh, dear! h8rhater is commenting.  Cue the violins!  It's the diva bawling act of the opera!

If this were a popularity contest, a contest to see which bands were the coolest and hippest (like in high school), then there is no doubt that we would crown the Stones kings of the world.  They are the coolest band ever -- there is no doubt about that.  

Now, when you are ready to discuss music... 
 rdo wrote:
I have very little to comment on the whole 60s thing.  I really like some Beatles, but the stuff I like by them is not very highly regarded by the old guard.  Stones dont do a whole lot for me.  I like highly innovative and experimental music.  Stones too stuffy for me
 
Well go on and put on some Bjork for yourself and quit cryin' when RP plays classics from the Greatest Rock and Roll Band of All Time. 

Hipster-y pretentiousness is your right and clearly your ideal.  Especially when you utter things like, "the whole 60's thing" and, "stuff I like by them is not very highly regarded by the old guard", and "I like highly innovative and experimental music". 

I like to imagine the "stuffy" voice these lines would be uttered in.  Maybe something like that of Thurston Howell the 3rd (although that might be too much of a "whole 60's thing" reference for you).
I have very little to comment on the whole 60s thing.  I really like some Beatles, but the stuff I like by them is not very highly regarded by the old guard.  Stones dont do a whole lot for me.  I like highly innovative and experimental music.  Stones too stuffy for me

 On_The_Beach wrote:

"To be is to do" - Socrates

"To do is to be" - Sartre

"Do be do be do" - Sinatra

"De do do do, de da da da" - Sting

---------------

 

DADA - Art (says Stingray)

 


 Stingray wrote:
Great song on a mediocre album!

 
.... totally agree  {#Clap}
Great song on a mediocre album!
nice vocal sound - way over done but it works in this tune.
one of my most favourite songs of all time
 oldfart48 wrote:

nope, totally different types, beatles were buddy holly , stones were muddy waters

 
I never could understand why people want so badly to compare the two bands.  As if you could like only one or the other.  Insanity.

"To be is to do" - Socrates

"To do is to be" - Sartre

"Do be do be do" - Sinatra  

"De do do do, de da da da" - Sting 
  
"Lob lob me doop" - Beatles
 
Yummy cut
Can you also almost feel the warm sun rays from this track?
 Stingray wrote:

These are the moments when I KNOW the Stones are better than the Beatles!



 
nope, totally different types, beatles were buddy holly , stones were muddy waters
 On_The_Beach wrote:

De do do do, de da da da - Sting

 

be bop a lula
who wodda known mick cared this much......
Love this somewhat untypical Stones song.  That's Mick on guitar for those that may not know.  This song shows the wide range of the Stones that "classic radio" listeners would not likely know.

Love this song soooo much...  reminds me of this poem...
 Hannio wrote:
"To be is to do" - Socrates

"To do is to be" - Sartre

"Do be do be do" - Sinatra  
 
De do do do, de da da da - Sting
 h8rhater wrote:

It is way beyond pointless to argue over which of the two best bands in rock and roll history is THE best. 

Also, it is a fallacy to say that the Stones put out a lot of "crap" and "fillers" over the years.  This very song might be considered a "filler" by many but is in fact a gem just like almost everything the Stones have ever done.  Sure, every album ever put out has a song or two that aren't as good as the rest on the disc and the Stones might be no different (the same could be said for the Beatles).  There are at least 5 or 6 rock solid tracks on every single album the Stones have ever done (including the ill fated Dirty Work disc of 1987).

Take a listen to their last album, A Bigger Bang, and you will find that nearly every track is quality.  They just aren't played anywhere because radio is so fragmented nowadays AND there is this completely irrational belief (given decades of proof to the contrary) that rock music cannot be played by aging musicians.  The Stones are rumored to be working on a new disc for release next year.  There won't be any "filler crap" on that one either.

Today's bands shill their fresh-off-the-presses latest hits directly to commercials and no one seems to care but the Stones sold Start Me Up, 14 years after its release, to Microsoft and you cry about it.  Get over it.

 
Ye-aah...

rdo, is that you? 

"It is way beyond pointless to argue over which of the two best bands in rock and roll history is THE best."

Agreed. I just think that the Beatles put out a lot of great work in the eight or so years they were together as a studio-recorded band. The Stones have been around a lot longer. I can't recall people raving about a Stones studio album since "Tattoo You."

Pretty sure that Mick and Keith have said in interviews that they've written a lot of crap songs. I gonna give their thoughts about their work a little more weight than your notions. And my own opinion counts just as much as yours, h8rhater. 

"There are at least 5 or 6 rock solid tracks on every single album the Stones have ever done (including the ill fated Dirty Work disc of 1987)."

And the other songs after those 5-6 "rock solid" tracks are...what? Firm as chalk, or perhaps a stale bran muffin? But we mustn't call them filler or crap. They're just...whatever. {#Rolleyes} 

Oh, and was "Dirty Work" ill-fated because there were so many great tracks on it? Was that it? Yeahmaybenot. 


"The Stones are rumored to be working on a new disc for release next year.  There won't be any "filler crap" on that one either."

Gosh! Guess you've listened to all the unreleased songs already then. If you're so big a Stones fan that you can't/won't admit that they've put out some poor songs, well enjoy your happy world.  Maybe you can shuffle off and help the Glimmer Twins finish the album up. Because you know what the fuck they're going to do. What they haven't done yet. What they're rumored to be doing next year.

{#Ass} {#Roflol}

"the Stones sold Start Me Up, 14 years after its release, to Microsoft and you cry about it.  Get over it." 

Crying? No. Annoyed that a good song got used to shill a lousy OS? Yes, and rightly so. Win95 was a dog. Or is Microsoft in your shit-doesn't-stink fantasyland with Mick and Keef's past, present and unfinished/not even begun songs? 

 
 mauguima wrote:
Wouldn't be surprised if I knew this was produced by Brian Ferry. Does anyone know about that? 

I'm not sure that Bryan Ferry had much of an association with Mick Jagger after losing Jerry Hall to him.
 kcar wrote:

Well...consider that the Stones didn't break up 40+ years ago. They've had more time to eke out a few hits and reinvent themselves frequently. The Beatles as a major band lasted about eight years. 

You also have to remember, Stingray, that the Stones have put out a lot of crap over the years. Many albums had more filler than gems. 

We could discuss which band's recordings we'd rather have on a desert isle, but fortunately I doubt any of us will have face that either/or choice. Apparently the bands liked and respected each other FWIW. 

This is still an amazing song, maybe the best on the album. "Start Me Up" is OK but for me it's forever tainted as the anthem for Microsoft's ad campaign for Windows 95. 

 
It is way beyond pointless to argue over which of the two best bands in rock and roll history is THE best. 

Also, it is a fallacy to say that the Stones put out a lot of "crap" and "fillers" over the years.  This very song might be considered a "filler" by many but is in fact a gem just like almost everything the Stones have ever done.  Sure, every album ever put out has a song or two that aren't as good as the rest on the disc and the Stones might be no different (the same could be said for the Beatles).  There are at least 5 or 6 rock solid tracks on every single album the Stones have ever done (including the ill fated Dirty Work disc of 1987).

Take a listen to their last album, A Bigger Bang, and you will find that nearly every track is quality.  They just aren't played anywhere because radio is so fragmented nowadays AND there is this completely irrational belief (given decades of proof to the contrary) that rock music cannot be played by aging musicians.  The Stones are rumored to be working on a new disc for release next year.  There won't be any "filler crap" on that one either.

Today's bands shill their fresh-off-the-presses latest hits directly to commercials and no one seems to care but the Stones sold Start Me Up, 14 years after its release, to Microsoft and you cry about it.  Get over it.
 Stingray wrote:

These are the moments when I KNOW the Stones are better than the Beatles!



 
Well...consider that the Stones didn't break up 40+ years ago. They've had more time to eke out a few hits and reinvent themselves frequently. The Beatles as a major band lasted about eight years. 

You also have to remember, Stingray, that the Stones have put out a lot of crap over the years. Many albums had more filler than gems. 

We could discuss which band's recordings we'd rather have on a desert isle, but fortunately I doubt any of us will have face that either/or choice. Apparently the bands liked and respected each other FWIW. 

This is still an amazing song, maybe the best on the album. "Start Me Up" is OK but for me it's forever tainted as the anthem for Microsoft's ad campaign for Windows 95. 

The Rolling Stones are onstage at TD Garden in Boston right now...  my dead best friend's younger brother is there with his woman...  dang, I wish I were there with my womens...
Slice of heaven, this song Heaven.
 fredriley wrote:

'Kinell! I didn't expect Nietzsche quotes on RP - we are going intellectual ;)

Reminds me of the old graffito:

God is dead - Nietzsche
Nietzsche is dead - God


I'll get me coat...


 

"To be is to do" - Socrates

"To do is to be" - Sartre

"Do be do be do" - Sinatra   

Who's better...? The Beatles?


Ooohh, never heard this. I likey.
Quality gem from the Stones, thanks.

Originally just an outtake - infact a 10!

 


These are the moments when I KNOW the Stones are better than the Beatles!


{#Sleep}Snooze. 
Nothing will stand in your way — except, perhaps, the lack of a beat. And some of the old Paint It Black balls on fire sound. 
The Stones! Who woulda thunk? Lovin' it!
 cShaggy wrote:

..looky here..wb, dude..hope yer church attendance keeps ya on the straight & narrow (heh!)..
 
Thanks!  Hope you are having a fantastic evening right this minute...

this cool song is about paradise in the present tense... 
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...

 
 



..looky here..wb, dude..hope yer church attendance keeps ya on the straight & narrow (heh!)..
 gypsyman wrote:
Only the greatest rock-n-roll band of all time.
 
Right on!

Everybody in my church loves this song...

 
This song is great because it shows the diversity of the band and of Mick's voice!
Only the greatest rock-n-roll band of all time.
I recall that when this came out, while I was at Engineering School, my girlfriend at the time was really into this. I was way into Some Girls and earlier stuff, and I liked this trippy song well enough, but the rest of this particular album of theirs just didn't move me...but she sure did, and so every time I was over there, if she insisted on playing it again and again, I tried not to mind...and now I really like hearing this one to remind me!
Is this the same band that did Time Waits for No One ? IN NAME ONLY. 
 
Funny....I remember really disliking this song when the album came out (only track on the album I didn't like)....now I'm loving it.  Tastes change.
 
Wouldn't be surprised if I knew this was produced by Brian Ferry. Does anyone know about that?
 Baketown wrote:
I have heard this song several times on RP and I never realized it was the Stones, crazy!
 
Exactly!
I have heard this song several times on RP and I never realized it was the Stones, crazy!
 Stingray wrote:

The STONES CAN BE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!

 

10!!!!

 
11 fo' sho' !

The STONES CAN BE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!

 

10!!!!