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180g Half-Speed Master
Reuniting after three years and one solo album from Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones crafted a comeback with Dirty Work. It’s full of 80s gloss from start to finish but the guitars are rough and the riffs are fun …
Released on 24 March 1986 Dirty Work is the 18th British (and 20th American) studio album by the Rolling Stones.
The album was recorded during a time of turmoil for the band, as its two principal songwriters, Richards and Jagger, had been feuding over the band’s direction during most of the 1980s. Almost all of the band members had spent the previous few years working on solo albums or side projects. Some band members, including guitarist Ronnie Wood, drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman, were often absent from the studio during recording sessions; it was rare that all five principal members were together at the same time.
It would be the last album to feature former member and frequent piano contributor Ian Stewart, who died shortly before the album’s release. As a result, number of guest musicians appeared on the album, including guitarists Jimmy Page and Bobby Womack. Keyboards were played by Ivan Neville and Chuck Leavell, who would remain with the band for decades. Unlike most Stones albums, there was no supporting tour, as the level of animosity among band members prevented them from being able to work together live onstage.
This LP is remastered and cut at revelatory half-speed at Abbey Road Studios from vinyl specific original tape transfers designed to get the very best possible sound from the format.
- One Hit (To the Body)
- Harlem Shuffle
- Hold Back
- Too Rude
- Winning Ugly
- Back to Zero
- Dirty Work
- Had It with You
- Sleep Tonight
- Key to the Highway