Friday, November 14, 2014

Rolling Stones Friday: No Expectations

"No Expectations" was the last song in which Brian Jones played a meaningful role. It was recorded in June 1968 and Jones died a year later. His slide guitar defines the mournful mood of the song.  

It's an acoustic blues song stylistically recalling their hero Robert Johnson. Keith Richards plays an open tuning on acoustic guitar. The song was reportedly recorded while the band sat in a circle on the floor playing together.

The song hasn't been performed live very often by the Stones, perhaps because it is so closely associated with Brian Jones. Perhaps the most memorable versions of it are with Jones in the Rock and Roll Circus film, and this live version performed in London's Hyde Park at a free concert on July 5. 1969 staged as a memorial to Jones just 2 days after his death:  

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