Sympathy for the Devil (6:17)

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“Sympathy for the Devil” is a song by The Rolling Stones which first appeared as the opening track on the band’s 1968 album Beggars Banquet.

The recording of “Sympathy for the Devil” began at London’s Olympic Sound Studios on June 4 1968 and continued into the next day; overdubs were done on June 8, 9, and 10. Personnel included on the recording include Nicky Hopkins on piano; Rocky Dijon on congas; Bill Wyman on maracas. Marianne Faithfull, Anita Pallenberg, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, producer Jimmy Miller, Wyman and Richards can be seen performing backup vocals in the film Sympathy for the Devil by Jean-Luc Godard, but this scene was staged specially for the cameras; the actual backing vocals were overdubbed by Jagger, Richards and Miller. Richards plays bass on the original recording, and also the song’s electric-guitar solo.

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The song has been widely covered since its release, including: September 1973 Bryan Ferry’s solo effort departure from Roxy Music in These Foolish Things (album), a notable version by Jane’s Addiction that was included on their 1987 self-titled live album, a much darker and complex version by jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears, called “Symphony For the Devil”, from the group’s Third Album, Inkubus Sukkubus on the album Science and Nature in 2007, Electric Hellfire Club for their 2000 album Empathy for the Devil, Tiamat on their 1999 album, Skeleton Skeletron, Sandie Shaw for her album Reviewing the Situation.


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  • abunono

    Who's that granny on guitar?

    9 Jul 7:54am Reply
  • KingNoCrown

    Is this the second greatest song ever written?[2] Right behind Stairway To Heaven (lol) in my book.

    3 Jul 8:33pm Reply
  • KingNoCrown

    Fought for ten decades/ For the gods they made/ I shouted out,/ "Who killed the Kennedys?"/ When after all/ It was you and me

    3 Jul 8:32pm Reply
  • mrpaul01

    I have an unwavering hatred for this song. Do not get why it is so popular...

    1 Jul 7:50pm Reply
  • Moonlight__Dawn

    The devil wouldn't mess with the Stones ... he's afraid of Keith. *laughs* Epic awesomeness, in every note. [2]

    21 Jun 9:32pm Reply
  • Jeff_ef

    ....when after all it was you and me.....

    3 Jun 11:13am Reply
  • OldGotti1955

    Live im Hamburger Volkspark gesehen,einfach geil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    22 May 10:23pm Reply
  • zepp4ever

    if you want to see the best reference to this song go to you tube and search for The Stand (pt.2) 'The Dreams downloaded by '(Midnight on the Moors ) and forward to 24 minutes and watch the devil bargaining with an inmate for his life. its a classic scene about 5 minutes long please watch the entire 5 min to fully enjoy the songs reference

    3 Apr 5:43pm Reply
  • cotchfordfarm

    A very poor choice of a day, Good Friday, to review this song. Have some sympathy for professing Christians.

    3 Apr 3:25pm Reply
  • hectorlopezt

    Ladies and gentlemen .... their satanic majesties .... The Rolling Stones

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Liloucat

    One of my fav ;) 666 lol *_*

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Kittifix

    Höllenritt !

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Kira135

    pleased to meet you...

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
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    17 Oct 2014 Reply
  • alfonzoloya

    Endless choruses. ;)

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • vinman76

    Ladies and Gentlemen....The Rolling Stones! Great Tune!

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Druid66

    The devil wouldn't mess with the Stones ... he's afraid of Keith. *laughs* Epic awesomeness, in every note.

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • cyrone

    Them Stones, They won't last

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • o-MacGyver-o

    Please allow me to introduce myself I'm a man of wealth and taste!......thats all..;-)

    14 Jul 2014 Reply
  • hf1809

    cool this stones

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
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