Flashpoint (album)

Flashpoint (album)

Flashpoint is a live album by British rock band The Rolling Stones. It was released in 1991, having been recorded throughout 1989 and 1990 on the mammoth Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour. It was the first live album by the group since 1982's "Still Life" (American Concert 1981).

History

Recorded across North America, Europe and Japan, Flashpoint is also the first Rolling Stones release of the 1990s and, unlike previous live sets, is bolstered by the appearance of two exclusive new studio tracks: "Highwire" and "Sex Drive"; the former was released as a single earlier in 1991 and was a comment on the Gulf War.

Although the live selections are mostly familiar hits mixed in with new tracks from Steel Wheels, Flashpoint does offer up a few obscure songs: "Factory Girl" from 1968's Beggars Banquet and "Little Red Rooster", originally a #1 UK hit single in 1964 featured here with special guest Eric Clapton on guitar.

Flashpoint was also The Rolling Stones' final release under their Sony Music contract, with the band signing a long-term and lucrative worldwide deal with Virgin Records in 1991 - where they remain presently - all, that is, but Bill Wyman. After thirty years with the band, the 55-year-old Wyman decided that he had other interests he wanted to pursue and felt that the enormity of the Steel Wheels project and tour was fitting to bow out with. Although he would not officially announce his departure until January 1993 - during which time the rest of the band repeatedly asked him to reconsider -he had talked about leaving the band for at least ten years. After his departure, Ronnie Wood was finally taken off salary and made a full member of the Rolling Stones partnership, 18 years after he joined the band.

Flashpoint was released in April 1991 and was generally well-received - with "Highwire" becoming a rock radio hit - and managed to reach #6 in the UK and #16 in the US where it went gold.

In 1998, Flashpoint was remastered and reissued by Virgin Records.

Track listing

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

CD VERSION

  1. "(Intro) Continental Drift" – 0:29
  2. "Start Me Up" – 3:54
  3. "Sad Sad Sad" – 3:33
  4. "Miss You" – 5:55
  5. "Rock and a Hard Place"
  6. "Ruby Tuesday" – 3:34
  7. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" – 7:26
  8. "Factory Girl" – 2:48
  9. "Can't Be Seen" – 4:17
  10. "Little Red Rooster" (Willie Dixon) – 5:15
  11. "Paint It, Black" – 4:02
  12. "Sympathy for the Devil" – 5:35
  13. "Brown Sugar" – 4:10
  14. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" – 5:00
  15. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" – 6:08
  16. "Highwire" – 4:46
  17. "Sex Drive" – 4:28

VINYL VERSION SIDE 1

  1. "(Intro) Continental Drift" – 0:29
  2. "Start Me Up" – 3:54
  3. "Sad Sad Sad" – 3:33
  4. "Miss You" – 5:55
  5. "Ruby Tuesday" – 3:34

SIDE 2

  1. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" – 7:26
  2. "Factory Girl" – 2:48
  3. "Little Red Rooster" (Willie Dixon) – 5:15

SIDE 3

  1. "Paint It, Black" – 4:02
  2. "Sympathy for the Devil" – 5:35
  3. "Brown Sugar" – 4:10

SIDE 4

  1. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" – 5:00
  2. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" – 6:08
  3. "Highwire" – 4:46
  4. "Sex Drive" – 4:28

Personnel

Miscellanea

Interestingly, the Rolling Stones lifted a female fan's famous request of "Paint It Black... Paint It Black... Paint It Black, you devil(s)" from their second live album, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! (1970), and included it on this album, between the tracks "Ruby Tuesday" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

Charts

Album
Year Chart Position
1991 UK Top 75 Albums 6
1991 The Billboard 200 16

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Highwire" The Billboard Hot 100 57
1991 "Highwire" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1991 "Highwire" Modern Rock Tracks 28
1991 "Highwire" Hot 100 Airplay 70
1991 "Highwire" UK Top 75 Singles 29
1991 "Ruby Tuesday" UK Top 75 Singles 59
1991 "Sex Drive" Mainstream Rock Tracks 40

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