The Rolling Stones are still surprising their fans nearly 60 years later as the band release a previously ‘lost’ song ‘Scarlet’. The track also features none other than Jimmy Page.
The song, which was recorded back in 1974, also came in collaboration with the Led Zeppelin guitarist and legendary bassist Rick Grech. Grech had previously worked with Traffic, Blind Faith and Family.
“I remember first jamming this with Jimmy and Keith in Ronnie’s basement studio,” recounts Mick Jagger of the song in a statement. “It was a great session.”
The track is being highlighted as a “holy grail” of lost content and is taken from when The Rolling Stones were undoubtedly the biggest band on the planet. Though Page’s Led Zeppelin may stake a claim to that crown.
Keith Richards remembers how the two bands crossed paths and how the song came about saying, “we walked in at the end of a Zeppelin session. They were just leaving, and we were booked in next and I believe that Jimmy decided to stay.”
“We weren’t actually cutting it as a track,” remembers Richards, “it was basically for a demo, a demonstration, you know, just to get the feel of it, but it came out well, with a line up like that, you know, we better use it.‘’
The new song is being released as part of the new multi-format and deluxe reissues of Goats Head Soup which is due to arrive on September 4th via Universal Music Group. As you might expect, like other songs from the era, it’s a bluesy rock number with hooks coming out of its ears.
Listen to ‘Scarlet’ below: