Songs of the Week: Prodigal Son – The Rolling Stones (1968)

“Prodigal Son” is one of my favorite songs of all time. It offers an enriching listening experience that indubitably has that “alive” factor I often ramble on about. “Son” is a song entirely mired in diametrically opposing states: melancholy and hope. Melancholy for the son’s current condition; hope for his eventual betterment. That right there makes this song so special to me. It sums up the very essence of life and the human condition rather convincingly.

A beautiful and earnest homage to Robert Wilkins. Possibly the Stones’ best (or at least up there).


Songs of the Week: Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (Alternate Take) – The Rolling Stones (1971)

I’ve always loved the first three minutes (or so) of the original. But that damn instrumentation. Ugh. Very rarely do I find instrumentation impressive or even necessary; “Knocking”, unfortunately, isn’t the exception.

This alternate take, off of their infamous (and entirely imperfect) “Sticky Fingers”, kicks some serious rock n roll ass. And I mean that wholeheartedly. It encapsulates everything I want out of a stellar Stones song: sexy, grimy and gritty tendencies. Lovely, just lovely.

Songs of the Week: Just Want to See His Face – The Black Crowes (2010)

A marvelous cover. That’s for god damn sure. I consider the Crowes’ version to be the preeminent version (yes, better than the Stones, even!). A lively, rambunctious hard-rocker that gets me relaxed (sensing a constant theme this week?).