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Saxon - "Paint It Black" (The Rolling Stones cover)

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colours anymore, I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love, both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a newborn baby, it just happens every day

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door, I must have it painted black
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
It's not easy facing up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the setting sun
My love will laugh with me before the morning comes

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colours anymore, I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I wanna see your face, painted black
Black as night, black as coal
I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black


Το "Paint It Black" είναι από τα ωραιότερα, κλασικότερα και εμβληματικότερα τραγούδια στην ιστορία της rock μουσικής. Φέρει την υπογραφή του Mick Jagger και του Keith Richards. Κυκλοφόρησε αυτόνομα (ως single) τον Μάιο του 1966 (7 Μαΐου στην Αμερική με το "Stupid Girl" στην δεύτερη πλευρά του βινυλίου - 13 Μαΐου στην Αγγλία με το "Long, Long While" b-side).

Ηχογραφήθηκε σε διάστημα μόλις τεσσάρων ημερών (6-9 Μαρτίου) στην Καλιφόρνια. Έχει γνωρίσει χιλιάδες διασκευές. Μία από αυτές είναι και η απόπειρα των Saxon. Οι Βρετανοί metallers θα κυκλοφορήσουν δίσκο με διασκευές σε τραγούδια που τους ενέπνευσαν και τους επηρέασαν ("Inspirations") το νέο έτος (19 Μαρτίου 2021) και η προσέγγισή τους στον ύμνο των Rolling Stones είναι το εναρκτήριο τραγούδι...

Δελτίο τύπου: «British Heavy Metal legends Saxon will deliver a full-roar-fun-down set of covers with their latest album Inspirations, which drops a brand new 11 track release featuring some of the superb classic rock songs that influenced Biff Byford & the band.

Set for release on March 19th 2021, via Silver Lining Music, Inspirations gets things rolling with the release of Saxon’s crunching take on The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’.

Biff Byford comments: “Loved this band since I first saw them and heard them. I liked the Beatles, but the Stones appealed to my rebel side; their iconic look… so many great songs, such a great attitude in the music!”

Inspirations was recorded at Brockfield Hall near York in the UK, which was built in 1804 and holds the largest collection of paintings by Yorkshire’s impressionist artists – the Staithes Group. For Byford, recording Inspirations all together within such a rich historical environment was a major ingredient of the project.

“The warmth and feel of Inspirations had so much to do with being together in this magnificent place and doing it ‘old-school’ style,” Byford explains. “This is how many bands back in the day -including some of the ones covered here- made such great albums, so it just felt really good to be able to do this somewhere like Brockfield Hall.”

The results speak for themselves. From the super-charged melodic romp of The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ to their freeway mad take on Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Stone Free’, Saxon show their love and appreciation with a series of faithful, raw and ready tributes.

Maintaining a firm eye on the old school way using Marshall cabs, Marshall amps, real drums and produced by Biff Byford with Jacky Lehmann recording and mixing, Saxon approach the likes of Motörhead’s ‘Bomber’ (with added whistle!), AC/DC’s ‘Problem Child’, Black Sabbath’s ‘Evil Woman’ and a raucous Deep Purple’s ‘Speed King’ with refreshingly warm, unfiltered, “vintage” sounding renditions.

“We wanted to do an album based on our influences, the songs and bands that inspired us to write what we did and still do,” continues Byford, “and it was also interesting to see what my voice could do as I haven’t sung many of these songs before.”

Byford does, indeed, take on some new vocal challenges, which he duly smashes on the likes of Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Rocker’. The net result is that whether cranking up a heavyweight take on Led Zeppelin's ‘Immigrant Song’ or throwing down AC/DC’s ‘Problem Child’, Saxon does a supreme job of entertaining both themselves and their audience throughout Inspirations.

"We didn't want to change any of the songs too much, just play them more like Saxon,” concludes Byford, “and we also think it’s very important to have -and share with the fans- some fun in these dark times."

You want even more proof of the validity behind that statement? Wrap your ears around their sparkling take on Toto’s ‘Hold The Line’ and consider Saxon’s Inspirations a mission accomplished. Saxon’s Inspirations is available on Vinyl, CD, digital formats and limited edition D2C products.» 

Band: Saxon
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England
Formed in: 1978
Genre: NWOBHM, Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes: History, Mythology, Motorcycles, Rock / Metal
Years active: 1970-1976 (as Blue Condition), 1976-1977 (as SOB), 1977-1978 (as Son of a Bitch), 1978-present

Ο δίσκος των Saxon "Inspirations"
Video: "Paint It Black"
Album: "Inspirations"
Type: Full length
Release date: March 19th 2021
Label: Silver Lining Music
Format: CD, LP

Track listing:
01. Paint It Black
02. Immigrant Song
03. Paperback Writer
04. Evil Woman
05. Stone Free
06. Bomber
07. Speed King
08. The Rocker
09. Hold The Line
10. Problem Child
11. See My Friends

2 σχόλια:

  1. Δίσκος της επόμενης χρονιάς από τώρα αν και η διασκευή δεν μου πολυαρέσει. Πέραν της πλάκας δεν είμαι υπέρ των δίσκων με διασκευές αλλά στην περίπτωση των Saxon θα κάνω εξαίρεση και θα τον αγοράσω.

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