Album of the Day: Mick Taylor (7/19/91)

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Guitarist Mick Taylor was in the process of leaving John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in 1969 when the Rolling Stones came calling and offered him a position alongside lead guitarist Keith Richards. Taylor spent the next six years with the Stones until he dropped out of the band abruptly in 1975. During his tenure, the Stones released four of their best albums, Let It Bleed (1969), Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! (1970), Sticky Fingers (1971) and Exile On Main Street (1972), plus the not-so-great Goats Head Soup (1973) and It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (1974). Although he had a hand in some of the songwriting and arrangements, Mick got little credit for his efforts, and his blisteringly hot guitar work will forever be overshadowed by Richards. After the Stones, Mick spent the 70s and 80s doing session work with Bob Dylan, Mike Oldfield, Little Feat and others, then launched a solo career that includes the live duet album Too Hot For Snakes (July 19, 1991) with roots rocker Carla Olson. The album is a blues-rock mix of Taylor and Olson originals intermixed with covers, including their take on the Stones’ “Sway.” Too Hot For Snakes is available for purchase as a CD or individual mp3 files on Amazon, or as iPod tracks on iTunesThe Stones have two sets in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault.

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