Ben Waters – Boogie 4 Stu: A Tribute To Ian Stewart
2011, Eagle Records
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
BOOGIE 4 STU is a fitting and long overdue tribute to one of the founders of The Rolling Stones: Ian Stewart. For this tribute his former bandmates take part to make it more meaningful. Stewart was The Stones’ pianist before becoming their road manager. Now a quarter of a century after his passing this tribute is released that showcases his talent and underrated contribution to The Stones.
As you’d expect this album is piano heavy and very bluesy (which The Stones were in the early days). Each track is a journey into the world of Stu from the title track (which was a Zeppelin tune) through to “Lonely Avenue” which was recorded on Stewart’s old piano before ending off with a live recording of Stu himself at Montreux Jazz Festival with his band Rocket 88. Throughout this album are appearances by Keith, Mick, Charlie, Ronnie and Bill making it the ultimate special tribute and a ‘Must Own’ for every Stones fan.
With a line-up like this how can you go wrong? While some of the songs are not the most interesting for repeated listens they do open your eyes to a different appreciation or view of early Stones material.