1/11/18: The Rolling Stones “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin'”

I awoke this morning to the sound of the alarm clock. I hit the snooze button, and immediately Keith Richard’s guitar kicked in with the opening riff of a Stones song. Right away, I knew I was listening to “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’,” which is one of the great tunes from the Stones’ 1971 album “Sticky Fingers!”

It’s one of those songs that incorporates elements of rock and blues and jazz, and it sounds like the guys were just having fun playing it! It’s definitely Keith with the opening licks, but there’s also some great saxophone playing on this song from the late Bobby Keys, who often sat in with the Stones. And there was Billy Preston, a star in his own right, who once was known as “The 5th Beatle” — since he sat in so often on his magic keyboard when lending his talents to the Fab 4. Most obvious, though, is some stellar guitar work from Mick Taylor, a member of the band before the days of Ronnie Wood. Taylor just takes over the song about 2/3 of the way through, laying down an amazing, extended guitar solo that demonstrates how important he was in the history of the group. In fact, it seems that everybody on this track was just showin’ off!

I think it shows that The Rolling Stones could play pretty much whatever they wanted to play. These guys have been together since 1963 and they’re still out there making music!  Some people look at ‘em now and call ‘em “old geezers,” or “The Dinosaurs of Rock.”  Just take a look at Keith , the heart and soul of the band, and you have to ask yourself… “How is that dude still alive?”  Good question. Maybe it’s time for us all to start thinking, “What kind of world are we all going to leave for Keith Richards?” Rarely have the guys sounded more alive!