Main Offender (2021 Deluxe Edition Remaster) Keith Richards
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Info for Main Offender (2021 Deluxe Edition Remaster)
“Main Offender,” the second solo album by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, was released in 1992. To mark the record’s 30th anniversary, BMG is re-releasing “Main Offender”. Beyond the original album, which has been remastered for the re-release, the deluxe versions also include the previously unreleased concert “Winos Live In London ‘92”. “Main Offender” is the third Keith Richards album to be released by BMG, following the re-release of Richards’ first solo album “Talk Is Cheap” (2019), and the live recording “Live At The Hollywood Palladium” (2020).
“Main Offender” was originally released in October 1992, four years after “Talk Is Cheap,” and features Richard’s Band, the X-Pensive Winos, comprised of drummer Steve Jordan, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Charley Drayton, keyboard player Ivan Neville, singer Sarah Dash, and backing vocalists Bernard Fowler and Babi Floyd. The album was produced by Keith Richards, Waddy Wachtel, and Steve Jordan, with the newly remastered edition under the supervision of Jordan. The bonus live album was mixed and produced by Jordan as well. The X-Pensive Winos accompanied Keith Richards from 1988 to 1993; he released two studio albums and one live album with them.
Commenting on “Main Offender” thirty years later, Richards says: “This is the second time around and the Winos are kind of developing…If I hadn’t have taken the Winos on the road, this record would probably have been totally different than it is. I tried to avoid making too much sense on this record because to me that ambiguity and mystery, and a little provocation to make you think, is something far more powerful and more important than just wagging your finger and saying, ‘I know what he’s saying don’t do this, do that.’ If you’re a musician, silence is your canvas, and you never want to fill-in the whole thing because then you’ve just covered it all… One of the most interesting parts about music is where you don’t play.”
Keith Richards, vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion
Steve Jordan, vocals, organ, drums, conga, percussion, castanets
Ivan Neville, bass, piano, organ, harpsichord, clavinet, vibes
Waddy Wachtel, vocals, guitar, piano, celesta
Sarah Dash, vocals, backing vocals on "Bodytalks"
Charley Drayton, vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, organ
Babi Floyd, vocals
Bernard Fowler, vocals
Arno Hecht, woodwind
Jack Bashkow, woodwind
Crispin Cioe, woodwind
Recording Studios: Master Sound - Astoria, New York; The Site - San Rafael, California
Additional Studios: Studio 900 - New York; Giant Recording Studios, New York
Mixed at The Hit Factory, New York
Mastered at Sterling Sound
Produced by Keith Richards, Steve Jordan, Waddy Wachtel
Even as a child, Richards knew he wanted to play rock and roll. He would pose in front of the mirror and practice "getting down his moves," as he called them. These moves most likely didn't help him much as a choirboy (he once sang for the Queen), but his angelic voice helped mask the miscreant lurking just beneath the surface. When he was 15, his mother bought him his first guitar, and from that moment, it became the most important thing in his life. A rekindled friendship with Mick Jagger (they were sandbox mates) and a mutual love of American blues led to the formation, in 1962, of a band called the Rolling Stones. Their guitarist, Brian Jones, came up with the name, which he borrowed from the Muddy Waters classic "Rollin' Stone Blues." The group began playing gigs around London, doing mostly covers of songs by their heroes — Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, and Willie Dixon to name a few.
Richards' edgy guitar style set the band apart, and once he and Jagger discovered that they could actually write songs, there was no stopping them. One of their earliest collaborations was the classic "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," which Richards wrote during a bout of insomnia while on tour; Newsweek called the song's chord progression "five notes that shook the world." The song made a name for the band in America, and was the first of a long string of hits. The band stood in stark contrast to the shiny, happy Beatles — even white sailor suits could not make them look less menacing — and soon their off-stage antics garnered as much press as their music. Jagger and Richards were the bad boys of rock and roll, and were soon dubbed the "Glimmer Twins." Keith was at the forefront of a gathering cloud of controversy, which began with a 1967 arrest on trumped-up drug charges. Over the next decade, he was arrested ten times, with the most serious charge leveled in March of 1977, when he was arrested in Toronto, Canada, for heroin possession. He narrowly escaped jail, partly due to the pleas of a young blind woman, who told the court how Richards had made sure she was returned home safely after a Stones concert. He worked out a plea bargain that included a benefit show for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and he was allowed to enter the United States for drug treatment.
Several years ago, Keith Richards made a public service announcement urging the youth of the world to stay off drugs. Jokes abounded, mostly about how the kids couldn't do any more drugs, because Keith had already done them all. But who better to serve as the poster child for the dangers of drug use than a hugely talented, but faintly crumbled, middle-aged man who survived a heroin addiction that would have killed the heartiest of men. Richards survived it all — the drugs, the women, the Boy Scouts (he joined at 13 but soon dropped out), Altamont, a 40-some-year friendship with Mick Jagger — and came through with most of his faculties intact.
The love-hate relationship between Richards and Jagger, which more closely resembles a marriage than a brotherhood, borders on the schizophrenic: for Jagger, the music was a vehicle for girls, fame, and big business; Richards played because he could not imagine doing anything else. Richards is also fiercely loyal to the Rolling Stones and, in contrast to Jagger, he never wanted to make a solo record. A mid-eighties feud that erupted between the pair was very public, fueled by such Richards rhetoric as, "To me, twenty-five years of integrity went down the drain [when Jagger released a solo album]." He drove that point home further in the song "You Don't Move Me," off his own first solo record, the critically acclaimed Talk Is Cheap. He went out on the road with his backup band, The X-pensive Winos, and released a live album and video of the tour.
The Stones have had an incredible run, and they obviously are not quite ready to slow down, if their extensive tour in support of their 1997 album, Bridges to Babylon, is any indication. Richards seems indestructible at this point, although he doesn't recommend anyone live life as he has; he chalks up his durability to "sturdy stock." Richards will most likely go the way of the great bluesmen he admires so much, who continued to play the music they loved right into their old age. As Richards says, "To me, the main thing about living on this planet is to know who the hell you are and be real about it. That's the reason I'm still alive." (Source: Mr. Show Biz)
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