Listen to an Extended Version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Bitch’
The latest is an extended version of side-two opener "Bitch," which adds nearly two and a half minutes to the one found on the original album. You can listen to the song below:
This take on the horn-fueled song is rougher than the familiar version, almost coming off like a demo, rehearsal or first pass at times, especially in Mick Jagger's vocal, which plays around with words and asides that would be smoothed out on the released take. There's also more guitar here, making it more of a jam than a tightly constructed soul-kissed number.
According to Stereogum, which premiered the track, "The alternate version of 'Bitch' is a longer, looser, earlier take that, like the final version, was recorded at Stargroves, Mick Jagger’s country home in October 1970. This alternate take has the horns tying different lines and fills and it has not the 'attack' of the final version on Sticky Fingers."
The alternate version of "Bitch" follows two other previously unheard tracks from the upcoming Sticky Fingers reissue, an acoustic take on "Wild Horses" and a shorter, jam-free run-through of "Can't You Hear Me Knocking."
The deluxe edition comes out on June 9, a couple weeks after the Stones launch their latest North American tour, which starts on May 24 in San Diego and winds down on July 15 in Quebec. In between, the band will play cities it missed the last time it swung through the continent, including stops in Dallas, Atlanta and Detroit.
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