Archive for May 18th, 2011

Sleeve Notes: Not Guilty

18 May 2011

Now that’s what I call a bootleg! The cover of this 1980 boot certainly references Richard’s famous February 1967 bust that resulted in a one-year prison sentence for possession of cannabis — a verdict that was overturned on appeal. The album (pressed on green wax of course) compiles studio outtakes that run the gamut from bluesy tracks with Peter Green to reggae tunes like ‘Shine Eye Gal’ and ‘The Harder They Come‘ that feature Black Uhuru and Sly & Robbie. The music’s so-so, but that cover smokes. Alas, if Keith had stuck to pot and stayed off smack, the Stones’ mid-70s output might be worth revisiting. It would take another bust, this time in Toronto in 1977, to scare him semi-straight enough to take the music seriously again…