It’s not every day you get a new, old Rolling Stones track. Today is that day.
A “holy-grail” release from the rock veterans’ golden age, “Scarlet” breaks out of the vault for the multi-format and deluxe reissue of Goats Head Soup, due to drop Sept. 4 via Universal Music Group.
“I remember first jamming this with Jimmy and Keith in Ronnie’s basement studio,” recounts Mick Jagger in a statement. “It was a great session.”
It’s a free-spirited blues-rock number with layered guitars and hooks galore.
On it, Jagger sings: “Scarlet, why you wearing my heart, on your sleeve/ Where it ain’t supposed to be/ Scarlet, why you tearing my heart, all to pieces, it ain’t the way it’s supposed to be/ Scarlet, why are you keeping my heart, to yourself, it ain’t the way it’s supposed to be.”
The rereleased special packages will feature 10 bonus tracks, including previously-unreleased track “All The Rage” and the recently-surfaced “Criss Cross.”
The Stones’ Keith Richards has his own recollections on how “Scarlet” took shape and how “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.”
“Scarlet” was a freak accident. “We weren’t actually cutting it as a track,” enthuses Richards in a statement, “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.‘’
Stream it below.