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Just Your Fool

by The Rolling Stones

For the most part, I have to confess that the Stones leave me cold. However, I did perk my ears up after the middle section here, when the band rather disconcertingly drops half a bar from Sir Mick’s third verse (around 1:39), having been trundling out predictably 8/12-bar blues patterns up to that point.

Once that had drawn me in, I also noticed the narrowness of the stereo image, and would have preferred at least 6dB more stereo Sides level myself, but I dare say their choice is justifiable on ‘retro aesthetic’ grounds. Whether that same argument excuses the overall image ‘lean’ (the left channel seems about a decibel too hot) is perhaps more questionable…