Bridges To Babylon
Bridges To Babylon
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Bridges to Babylon is the 21st British and 23rd American studio album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1997. It would prove to be their final studio album of the 1990s and their last full-length release of new songs until 2005's A Bigger Bang. The album was supported by a massive year-long worldwide tour that met with much success.

Following the Voodoo Lounge, Voodoo Lounge Tour, and Stripped projects of 1994/1995, the Stones afforded themselves a brief respite before leaders Mick Jagger and Keith Richards began composing new songs together in the summer of 1996 with demos to follow at the end of the year. Although the band would use Don Was as a producer again, Jagger wanted to bring The Dust Brothers in to work with the band, having been impressed with their work on Beck's Odelay. Richards wasn't keen on the idea and brought in Rob Fraboni for his solo material, such that the only tracks that would bear their influence were "Anybody Seen My Baby", "Saint of Me" and "Might as Well Get Juiced"; it was thus the first, and so far only, Stones album to feature sampling. Additional producers would also contribute, giving the project a more rounded feel.

Bridges to Babylon was recorded during the spring into summer months of 1997 in Los Angeles in a matter of four months, one of their most concise periods of recording in years. As it was being mastered, the projected lead single "Anybody Seen My Baby?" was found to resemble k.d. lang's 1992 hit "Constant Craving" in its chorus, a discovery brought to Richards' attention by his daughter Angela. Seeking to avoid possible future legal entanglements, lang and her co-writer Ben Mink were credited along with Jagger and Richards on the new song. Upon its release, it would reach #22 in the UK and become a US radio rock hit.

Bridges to Babylon, containing an unprecedented three solo vocals by Keith Richards, was released to mixed reviews. It reached #6 in the UK, #2 in France and #3 in the US, where it was certified Platinum by the RIAA in November 1997. As of January 2010, Bridges to Babylon has sold 1.1 million copies in the U.S.Christman, Ed, et al. . Billboard. January 23, 2010 Further singles "Saint of Me" and "Out of Control" were also minor hits.

Eight different musicians played bass on the album: Jeff Sarli, Jamie Muhoberac, Blondie Chaplin, Don Was, Danny Saber, Darryl Jones, Me'shell Ndegeocello, and Doug Wimbish.

The Stones had become a touring phenomenon by this point. The Bridges to Babylon Tour in 1997 consisted of 108 shows, making it the second largest grossing North American tour of all time.

Cover art by Stefan Sagmeister.

In 2009, Bridges to Babylon was remastered and reissued by Universal Music.


;The Rolling Stones

*Mick Jagger – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica

*Keith Richards – guitar, backing vocals, piano

*Ronnie Wood – guitar, slide guitar, pedal steel guitar, dobro, backing vocals

*Darryl Jones – bass guitar

*Charlie Watts – drums

;Additional musicians

*Kenny Aronoff – bucket

*Blondie Chaplin – backing vocals, tambourine, piano, bass guitar, percussion, shaker, and maracas

*Matt Clifford – piano and organ

*Pierre de Beauport – six-string bass and piano

*Bernard Fowler – backing vocals

*Jim Keltner – percussion and shaker

*Darrell Leonard – trumpet

*Biz Markie – rapping

*Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards and bass guitar

*Me'Shell Ndegeocello – bass guitar

*Billy Preston – organ

*Danny Saber – bass guitar, electric guitar, clavinet, and keyboards

*Jeff Sarli – bass guitar

*Wayne Shorter – saxophone

*Joe Sublett – saxophone

*Benmont Tench – organ, piano, and keyboards

*Waddy Wachtel – electric and acoustic guitar and backing vocals

*Don Was – piano, bass guitar, and keyboards

*Doug Wimbish – backing vocals and bass guitar

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Category:Albums produced by The Glimmer Twins

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