The Rolling Stones today release the second single, ‘Sweet Sounds of Heaven’ from their upcoming album Hackney Diamonds, set to be released on October 20. The track features a bravura vocal performance by Lady Gaga, alongside Stevie Wonder on Fender Rhodes, Moog and piano.
A gospel infused Stones epic in the lineage of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and ‘Shine A Light’ — ‘Sweet Sounds of Heaven’ came about in a spontaneous fashion. Jagger was at his home in London one sunny afternoon, the leaves were rustling as the wind blew through the trees around outside, and he started playing a chord pattern of C, F and B Flat on his piano.
The track was recorded at Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles; Metropolis Studios, London; Sanctuary Studios, Nassau, Bahamas and written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. During sessions in Los Angeles, The Rolling Stones invited Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga to work on Heaven.
Both Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder have previously performed with The Rolling Stones. Lady Gaga joined The Stones on stage as part of the 50 & Counting tour in 2012. Their performance of Gimme Shelter was eventually released on the GRRR Live album. Stevie Wonder toured with The Stones on their American Tour in 1972 regularly performing a medley of Satisfaction and Uptight (Everything’s Alright) together.
The Stones recently launched Hackney Diamonds at a globally live streamed event from Hackney Empire in East London.
Hackney Diamonds marks The Rolling Stones’ (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood) first album produced by Grammy Award winning producer and musician Andrew Watt.
HACKNEY DIAMONDS TRACKLIST:
DEPENDING ON YOU
BITE MY HEAD OFF
WHOLE WIDE WORLD
MESS IT UP
LIVE BY THE SWORD
DRIVING ME TOO HARD
TELL ME STRAIGHT
SWEET SOUNDS OF HEAVEN
ROLLING STONE BLUES
28 september 2023