At the end of a week of hard primal rockin’ it’s time to shift it down a gear. Now I don’t mean to let you all in on more than you wish to know. But this is how we unwind at Steve For The Deaf. Beast Of Burden is The Stones doing their other thing imperiously.
The groove is everything on Beast Of Burden. The drum track alone a master class in less being more. The ethereal scope of the guitar line dismantles disco and brings it home to funk during the era Disco was still finding it’s feet. It’s like these rock and roll leaders were saying ‘don’t go that way, bring it on home’ to music as it entered a newly plasticised era.
That’s not to say Beast of Burden isn’t fun. Mick is positively taking the piss left right and centre with his pronunciation alone.
Who hasn’t sung along to this and delighted in the contortions you have to go through to in order to get ‘Hurtin” and ‘Burden’ and ‘Curtains’ to rhyme? If you haven’t you’re missing out.
As for the ‘Ain’t I rough enough?, Ain’t I tough enough?’ bits. I do love to hear my favourite bands having fun while they play. The Stones were clearly having a ball recording this.
So we conclude Rolling Stones week on a sexy time groove that should be the aural equivalent of a foot rub and a bubble bath.
‘I don’t need no beast of burden, I need no fussing, I need no nursing, Never, never, never, never, never, never, never be’