Bridges to Babylon (1997)
||29 September 1997
||13 March - July 1997, Los Angeles, California, United States
||Don Was, The Glimmer Twins, Rob Fraboni, Danny Saber, Pierre de Beauport, The Dust Brothers
"As well as being a more heavy album, the battle to influence the style of the album is evident between Mick and Keith."
History and recording
Recording started in March 1997, and was finished in just four months, thus making Bridges to Babylon one of the Stones's most quickly recorded albums. Mick's introduction of The Dust Brothers as producers lead to this being the first and only Stones album to feature sampling. They worked on "Anybody Seen My Baby", "Saint of Me" and "Might as Well Get Juiced".
Release and aftermath
The Rolling Stones faced immediate legal trouble after the release of Bridges to Babylon
when Keith's daughter, Angela, warned him that the chorus of the album's lead-single, "Anybody Seen My Baby?", was very similar to that of k.d. lang's 1992 song, "Constant Craving". To avoid any legal confrontations, writing credits were given to k.d. lang and Ben Mink. Despite this slight problem, "Anybody Seen My Baby?" proved to be a successful hit, reaching #22 in the UK and #3 on the Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Saint of Me" and "Out of Control" were also minor hits when released.
The Rolling Stones went on tour in the aftermath of the release of the album. The 1997 Bridges to Babylon Tour was the second largest grossing North American tour of all time, spanning over 108 shows.
The cover artwork was drawn by Stefan Sagmeister.
The album reached #6 in the UK album charts and #3 in the US Billboard 200 charts.
The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger - lead and backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, harmonica, and shaker
Keith Richards - electric and acoustic guitar, lead and backing vocals, and piano
Charlie Watts - drums and backing vocals
Ronnie Wood - electric guitar, slide guitar, pedal steel guitar, dobro
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
Darryl Jones - bass guitar
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