The Rolling Stones Release 'Stripped'
Stripped is a live album by The Rolling Stones released in 1995 during the Voodoo Lounge Tour.
The album is notable for being unlike any previous live release by the band in that it features a mix of intimate club recordings and live-in-the-studio reinterpretations of some classic and obscure recordings from their extensive catalogue.
The in-studio sessions were recorded in two parts: from 3–5 March 1995 in Tokyo, Japan and 23–26 July in Lisbon, Portugal while the live club dates are spread out from performances in London, Paris and Amsterdam.
As a bonus for the Compact Disc package, some versions of Stripped came with bonus data tracks viewable only through computer containing rehearsal performances of "Tumbling Dice" and "Shattered" and an alternate performance of "Like a Rolling Stone", with the addition of interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.
Released in November 1995 as their second album with Virgin Records, Stripped (a play on the title of Unplugged) was well-received with its relaxed and natural feel and reached #9 in both the UK and US, going platinum the latter territory. The lead single, a cover of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone", reached #12 in the UK, becoming a rock radio hit in the US, and was followed up by "Wild Horses" in early 1996.
Accepting--nay, embracing--the necessity of performing as a unit, they rehearsed. Ditto his responsibilities as a member of Great Britain's ruling class, Mick enunciated--except on the sole words not reproduced in the lyric booklet (that's right, lyric booklet), which go, approximately, "She was [n?]ifty, [sh?]ifty, she looked about 50." And macabre though it may seem, they all went out and cut not merely another unplugged recap, but a live album that reprises their classic material and groove in an honorably autumnal spirit--an album that might tell you something a decade from now. Muddy Waters would be proud.