Rollingtimes - Talk Is Cheap (Keith Richards solo album)

Talk Is Cheap

Keith Richards - Talk Is Cheap (1988)

1. Big Enough

2. Take It So Hard

3. Struggle

4. I Could Have Stood You Up

5. Make No Mistake

6. You Don't Move Me

7. How I Wish

8. Rockawhile

9. Whip It Up

10. Locked Away

11. It Means a Lot

Album Info

Released: 3 October 1988
Recorded: August 1987 - May 1988
Genre: Rock and roll
Length: 47:01
Label: Virgin
Producer: Keith Richards, Steve Jordan
"Great debut solo album from Keith Richards."

History and recording

A few songs featured the albums are speculated to have been written about the tense relationship between Keith Richards and Mick Jagger and ensued when the two differed in opinion regarding the direction the Rolling Stones should go in. Keith ventured on this solo project in the wake of the release of Mick Jagger's debut solo album, "She's The Boss" (1985).

Recording of "Talk Is Cheap" began in August 1987 at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec, with visits to Montserrat and Bermuda, and was finished by May 1988. During these sessions, Keith wrote "Almost Hear You Sigh" with drummer/producer Steve Jordan, a song which would later appear on the Rolling Stones' 1989 album, "Steel Wheels".

Release and aftermath

To support the release, Keith played numerous solo shows with the X-Pensive Winos, the band the formed the core of the album's personnel.

Chart Performance

In 1988, the album reached 37th on the UK Top 100 Albums chart and 24th on The Billboard 200. In 1989 it reached 54th on the The Billboard 200. The album went gold in the United States.


Keith Richards - lead vocals, guitar
Sarah Dash - backing vocals, duet on "Make No Mistake"
Charley Drayton - bass guitar
Steve Jordan - drums, percussion, backing vocals
Ivan Neville - piano, keyboards
Patti Scialfa - backing vocals
Waddy Wachtel - guitars
Bootsy Collins - bass guitar on "Big Enough"
Michael Doucet - violin on "Locked Away"
Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural - accordion on "You Don't Move Me", "Rockawhile" and "Locked Away"
Johnnie Johnson - piano on "I Could Have Stood You Up"
Bobby Keys - tenor saxophone on "I Could Have Stood You Up" and "Whip It Up"
Chuck Leavell - organ on "I Could Have Stood You Up"
Maceo Parker - alto saxophone on "Big Enough"
Joey Spampinato - bass guitar on "I Could Have Stood You Up" and "Rockawhile"
Mick Taylor - guitar on "I Could Have Stood You Up"
Bernie Worrell - organ on "Big Enough" and "You Don't Move Me", clavinet on "Make No Mistake" and "Rockawhile"
Jimmi Kinnard - bass guitar on "Make No Mistake"
The Memphis Horns - horns
Willie Mitchell - horn arrangements

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