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100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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"The Last Time" (1965)


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The Stones' second American Top 10 single was also the first great Jagger-Richards song – a crystallization of their confrontational magnetism. And it had the first classic-Stones riff, a steely, gliding lick, played by Jones. Richards admitted the chorus lyric came from "This May Be the Last Time," a 1955 single by the Staple Singers. Everything else is the Stones: the taunting locomotion, Richards' slicing high-treble guitar break, Jagger's dismissive electricity. Andrew Loog Oldham also credited the stormy live sound of L.A.'s RCA Studios: "It's the voodoo of space and tone."


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