What does it sound like?:
What a difference 20 years makes. Back in the mid-90s the Unplugged craze was in full swing and the Stones were already the butt of threadbare old geezer jokes in the dad mags. Yet here they are as 50-somethings, suspiciously black of hair and (relatively) youthful of countenance running through semi-unplugged versions of their early and mid-period material.
Recorded in 1995 at studios in Tokyo and Lisbon and small live venues in Amsterdam, Paris and London during breaks in the Voodoo Lounge tour, Totally Stripped showcases the band at their bluesy, rustic best. Since Ronnie and Keith play their electric guitars for much of the show, it’s not a true unplugged performance by any means, but with acoustics always at hand, it’s probably as close as we’ll ever see. Freed from the theatricals required by the giant stadium stages and without the need to run around so much, Mick delivers a fine, focussed performance, although he still does that annoying Kermit the Frog flapping hands routine almost throughout.
The original Stripped CD arrived like a breath of fresh air in late 1995 and it’s still my favourite, ahem, “recent” Stones album. That’s probably » Continue Reading.