New DVD focuses on Mick Taylor’s Rolling Stones Years

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HED: New DVD Focuses on Gibson Les Paul Legend Mick Taylor?s Rolling Stones Years

If the recent tricked-out reissue of Exile On Main St. didn’t make the point, the new DVD The Rolling Stones 1969 — 1974: The Mick Taylor Years puts a spotlight on Gibson Les Paul Standard virtuoso Taylor’s contributions to the band’s so-called “Golden Era.”

During that period, the Stones recorded Let It Bleed, where Taylor’s slide guitar playing on “Country Honk” and his licks on “Live With Me” were part of his audition for the band, as well as the masterpieces Sticky Fingers, Exile, Goats Head Soup and It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll — a roll call of their greatest studio works, with the possible omissions of Beggar’s Banquet and Let It Bleed.

The DVD, which features Taylor in concert playing a Gibson ES-335 alongside Keith Richards and Mick Jagger on its cover, blends live performances with analysis from music journalists including Barney Hoskyns of Mojo and the Village Voice’s Robert Christgau, the recollections of Taylor’s pre-Stones mentor John Mayall, Exile session musicians Al Perkins and Bill Plummer, and music historian Alan Clayson, among others — including, of course, Taylor himself. When the conversation turns to the excesses of the arena-rock ’70s, of which the Stones were major architects, there’s even a cameo by Led Zeppelin, with Jimmy Page wailing on a live performance of “Black Dog” with his Les Paul slung low.

The first hour of the DVD focuses on Taylor’s arrival in the band. In mid-1969, British blues legend John Mayall was about to disband the electric-guitar-centric version of his Bluesbreakers that launched the careers of Gibson Les Paul gods Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Taylor in favor of a more acoustic and experimental sounding group. Mick Jagger called, fishing for leads on a guitarist to replace Brian Jones, and since 21-year-old Taylor held Mayall’s lead guitar chair at the time and was about to lose his gig, Mayall suggested him.

Taylor explains that his playing with Mayall “did me a lot of good,” thanks to the considerable freedom the bandleader gave his musicians. During his Bluesbreakers years, Taylor also experimented with jazz and Latin music, on which he’d draw for such Stones tunes as “Heartbreaker” and “Time Waits for No One.”

As the film details the making of Exile, Goats Head Soup and It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, Taylor is depicted live and in a series of photographs with the armada of Gibsons he used during his Stones years. These include an array of gorgeous Sunburst Les Pauls from the original 1958 to 1960 run, expertly reproduced today by the Gibson Custom Shop as the 50th Anniversary 1960 Les Paul Standard.

Taylor purchased his first ’Burst in 1965 when he was a member of short-lived rock outfit The Gods, and acquired his second from Keith Richards in 1967, when he was in the Bluesbreakers. That Sunburst was outfitted with a Bigsby vibrato arm and can be seen in Richards’ hands on another DVD, the recent reissue of The T.A.M.I. Show.

Other Gibsons employed by Taylor during his tenure in the Stones include the ES-335 he used for the Exile and Sticky Fingers sessions, and an SG he may have used for Exile and carried on the road from 1969 to 1971.

As the tale of Taylor’s Stones years unwinds, the experts discuss Taylor’s lack of writing credits — Taylor has claimed to be co-author of “Time Waits for No One” and a number of other Stones classics that seem to pivot on his playing — and purposeful omissions from Keith and Mick’s decisions regarding the group plus rumors of Richards jealously erasing Taylor’s tracks and replacing them with his own. They offer various reasons for Taylor’s departure to bass giant Jack Bruce’s band in 1974, but Taylor provides his own perspective.

“After five-and-a-half years I’d had enough,” he tells the camera. “I can’t give you one overriding reason for leaving. I can’t say it was totally due to being frustrated artistically. A lot of people say I’m crazy for leaving. ‘Why didn’t you just stay where you were? You could be a millionaire by now.’ But I’ve never really looked at it that way. To me they peaked then, and I don’t think they’ve done as many good albums or written as many good songs as they did while I was with them and prior to the period I joined them.”

 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjaYgH3ijbE&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - DRIVIN' SIDEWAYS (1967) by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring Mick Taylor on guitar[/ame]
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWqvRTq11EE&feature=related]YouTube - Mick Taylor & His British Allstar Band ( special guest : Tobias Hillig ) " I Wonder Why"[/ame]
 

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I'm looking forward to seeing this DVD. Sounds like there might be some interesting stuff on there! I saw him playing in Bob Dylan's band live here in '84, and i hope he will come with his 'all star' band. Great player, IMO.
 

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hard to tell Gibson wrote that article huh ?
 

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Mick Taylor interview 1973

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEQezuRCT9E]YouTube - GTK: Mick Taylor 1973[/ame]
 

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Cool, not a stones fan but mick taylor rocks! hope he gets payed!
 

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the stones without taylor is like corn on the cob without butter, not very tasty
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLxr9GFXfXI]YouTube - Rolling Stones w Mick Taylor - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame[/ame]
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vn-ET41Wnk]YouTube - Mick Taylor Interview 10 july 1992[/ame]
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNU9BLsvI08]YouTube - rolling stones angie live with mick taylor[/ame]
 

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTnLYhL8pCY&feature=related]YouTube - Mick Taylor ~ Blind Willie McTell[/ame]
 

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