The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue

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The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue
Studio album by The Rolling Stones
Released 20 June 1980
Recorded 5 January – 2 March, 23 August – 6 September 1978, 18 January – 12 February, 10 June – 19 October, November – December 1979
Studio Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Genre Rock
Length 41:15
Language English
Label Rolling Stones
Producer The Glimmer Twins
The Rolling Stones chronology
Some Girls
Emotional Rescue
Tattoo You
Singles from Emotional Rescue
  1. "Emotional Rescue"
    Released: 20 June 1980
  2. "She's So Cold"/"Send It to Me"
    Released: 22 September 1980


  "Emotional Rescue" is the 15th British and 17th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1980. Upon release, it topped the charts in both the US and UK.



Recorded throughout 1979, first in Compasss Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, then Pathé Marconi, Paris, with some end-of-year overdubbing in New York City at The Hit Factory, "Emotional Rescue" was the first Rolling Stones album recorded following Keith Richards' exoneration from a Toronto drugs charge that could have landed him in jail for years. Fresh from the revitalisation of "Some Girls" (1978), Richards and Mick Jagger led the Stones through dozens of new songs, some of which were held over for "Tattoo You" (1981), picking only ten for "Emotional Rescue".

Several of the tracks on the album featured just the core Rolling Stones band members: Jagger, Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie watts, and Bill Wyman. On others, they were joined by keyboardists Nicky Hopkins and co-founder Ian Stewart, sax player Bobby Keys and harmonica player Sugar Blue.

Songs left off the album would find their way onto the next album, "Tattoo You" ("Black Limousine", "Hang Fire", "Little T&A", and "No Use in Crying"). "Think I'm Going Mad", another song from the sessions, was released as the B-side to "She was Hot" in 1984. A cover song sung by Richards: "We Had It All", was released on the 2011 deluxe "Some Girls" package.


Packaging and artwork

The album cover for "Emotional Rescue" had concept origination, art direction and design by Peter Corriston with thermographic photos taken by British-born, Paris-based artist Roy Adzak using a thermo camera, a device that measures heat emissions. The original release came wrapped in a huge colour poster featuring more thermo-shots of the band with the album itself wrapped in a plastic bag. The music video shot for "Emotional Rescue" also utilised the same type of shots of the band performing.


Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars
Blender 4/5 stars
Robert Christgau B+
MusicHound 2/5
Rolling Stone unfavourable
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars
Smash Hits 5/10

Released in June with the disco-infused hit title track as the lead single, "Emotional Rescue" was an immediate smash. The title track hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album gave the Rolling Stones their first UK No. 1 album since 1973's "Goats Head Soup" and spent seven weeks atop the US charts. The follow-up single "She's So Cold" was a top 30 hit while "Dance Pt. 1" reached No. 9 on Billboard's Dance chart. The album went on to sell over 5.5 million copies worldwide.


Track listing

All songs composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except "Dance (Pt. 1)" co-written by Ronnie wood.

Side one
  1. "Dance (Pt. 1)" – 4:23
  2. "Summer Romance" – 3:16
  3. "Send It to Me" – 3:43
  4. "Let Me Go" – 3:50
  5. "Indian Girl" – 4:23
Side two
  1. "Where the Boys Go" – 3:29
  2. "Down in the Hole" – 3:57
  3. "Emotional Rescue" – 5:39
  4. "She's So Cold" – 4:12
  5. "All About You" – 4:18



The Rolling Stones

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals (all but 10), electric guitar (2, 4, 6, 8, 9), backing vocals (1, 2, 6), electric piano (8), percussion (1)
  • Keith Richards – electric guitar (all but 5), backing vocals (1, 2, 6, 10), acoustic guitar (5), bass guitar (10), piano (10), lead vocals (10)
  • Bill Wyman – bass guitar (3-5, 7, 9), synthesizer (5, 8)
  • Charlie watts – drums (all tracks)
  • Ronnie Wood – electric guitar (1-4, 6, 7, 9, 10), bass guitar (1, 2, 6, 8), pedal steel (4, 5, 9), backing vocals (6, 10), saxophone (1)

Additional personnel

  • Ian Stewart – electric and acoustic piano, percussion
  • Nicky Hopkins – keyboards
  • Sugar Blue – harmonica
  • Bobby Keys – saxophone
  • Michael Shrieve – percussion
  • Max Romeo – backing vocals on "Dance (Pt. 1)"
  • Jack Nitsche – horn arrangement on "Indian Girl"


  • Chris Kimsey – associate producer and engineer
  • Snake Reynolds, Sean Fullan – Assistant Engineers
  • Ted Jensen – mastering engineer




The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue

UK Rolling Stones CUN 39111 stereo (1980).

Record produced by The Glimmer Twins.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

The original large colour poster insert is perfectly presented.

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