(midnight. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
The featured number this week was released on May 24, 1968, and was referred to as “supernatural Delta blues by way of Swinging London” by Rolling Stone. This song was hailed as evidence of the band’s return to their blues roots after the psychedelia of their preceding albums. This hit reached #1 on the UK charts, #3 in the United States, and was the most played in concert of this group’s extensive and impressive repertoire.
In 2004, Rolling Stone rated this song 124th on its list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In March, 2005, Q Magazine placed this superhit at #2 in its list of 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. VH1 placed it at #65 on its show “100 Greatest Rock Songs.”
So, without further ado, the featured original this week is the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin Jack Flash.”
Here’s the original version from 1968 by the Rolling Stones, along with a fascinating slide show:
George Harrison and Friends performed a great cover version at the Concert for Bangladesh, held on August 1, 1971 at Madison Square Garden. Among the friends: Leon Russell, Eric Clapton and Carl Radle.
“Jumpin Jack Flash” comprises about the first four minutes of this medley:
Here’s one of Johnny Winter’s many great renditions of this song, assisted by Dr. John on piano and vocals. Look for a bit of a surprise from 6:45 to 7:30 mark:
And for just a slightly different twist, check out this interpretation that includes the incomparable Aretha Franklin AND Keith Richards appearing with Whoopi Goldberg in video footage from the 1986 film, “Jumpin Jack Flash”: