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February 4, 2012 • Music Diary

Watch The Rolling Stones Rehearse and Record ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ in 1968

Back in 1968 there was not the tendency to capture everything on video in the same way we do now – in fact it is not uncommon to learn that we have lost master recordings or out-takes from some of the great recording sessions of rock, pop and jazz. So finding this gem – a video showing the development and shaping of the classic ‘Sympathy for the Devil’.

You see the basic track grow, the rhythm change, you hear Keith Richards (and not bassist Bill Wyman) develop the classic bass part, and we see one of the last contributions by founding member Brian Jones. It is also interesting that in the early vocals you hear ‘who killed Kennedy’ but in the final track it is ‘who killed the Kennedys’ – the initial recording session took place the day before Bobby was shot.

Here is the first part:

And it continues for another 15 minutes!

Source: Guitar World

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