Listen Down: The Rolling Stones Unearth 46 Year-Old Track with Jimmy Page

The Rolling Stones release 1974 recording with Zep’s Jimmy Page.

By Bubba Krishnamurti

Photo by Terry O’Neill

In between sessions, a loosely planned recording with Jimmy Page and The Rolling Stones laid dormant since 1974.  46 years later, the song titled “Scarlet,” was recently released by the Stones. The track will be featured on the highly-anticipated reissue of their 1973 album Goats Head Soup. Looking back on the production of the tune, frontman Mick Jagger said, “I remember first jamming this with Jimmy and Keith in Ronnie’s basement studio. It was a great session. ”

Guitarist Keith Richards added, “My recollection is we walked in at the end of a Zeppelin session. They were just leaving, and we were booked in next and I believe that Jimmy decided to stay. We weren’t actually cutting it as a track, it was basically for a demo, a demonstration, you know, just to get the feel of it, but it came out well, with a line up like that, you know, we better use it.”

The mid-tempo tune plays like a jam between 2 rock giants in 1974 and features some signature Stones grooves as well as tell-tale Page guitar playing. There are even a few moments of ‘guitarmony’ between Page and Richards. 

The Rolling Stones’ Goats Head Soup reissue is available September 4.


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