Rollingtimes - Undercover


Undercover (1983)

Album Info

Released: 7 November 1983
Recorded: November 1975; 11 November-17 December 1982, May-August 1983
Genre: Rock, Disco
Length: 45:00
Label: Rolling Stones/Virgin
Producer: Chris Kimsey, The Glimmer Twins
"Good album to dance to. "Tie You Up (The Pain Of Love)" is definitely worth a listen."

History and recording

Recording began in November 1982 at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France. There was conflict in the studio between Mick Jagger, who wanted to venture into modern dance styles, and Keith Richards, who wanted a vintage-Stones album. Ronnie Wood wrote "Pretty Beat Up", and reportedly Jagger and Richards were very reluctant to include it on the final album.

Release and aftermath

The album went down well with critics, but failed to spawn any major singles. Many Stones fans see this album as the end of the pure vintage-Stones era.


On the original vinyl there were stickers which, when peeled off, revealed other geometric shapes. The image above shows the CD cover which didn't possess such a feature.

Chart Performance

In 1983, the album reached #3 in the UK charts and #4 in the US Billboard 200 chart.


The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger - lead and backing vocals, electric guitar, and harmonica
Keith Richards - electric guitar, backing vocals, and bass guitar
Charlie Watts - drums
Ronnie Wood - electric and slide guitar, backing vocals, and bass guitar
Bill Wyman - bass guitar, percussion, and piano

Additional personnel
Jim Barber - electric guitar
CHOPS - horns
Moustapha Cisse - percussion
Brahms Coundoul - percussion
Martin Ditcham - percussion
Sly Dunbar - percussion
Chuck Leavell - keyboards, organ, and piano
David Sanborn - saxophone
Robbie Shakespeare - bass guitar
Ian Stewart - piano and percussion

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Mick Jagger
Keith Richards
Ronnie Wood
Charlie Watts