8 April - 17 June; 16 July - 17 August, 10 September - 15 October; 15 November - 5 December 1985: Place: EMI Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France; RPM Studios, New York, USA; Right Track Studios, New York, USA.
Rolling Stones with Jimmy Cliff, Chuck Leavell.
Producer: Steve Lillywhite, The Glimmer Twins.
Engineer: Dave Jerden, Steve Parker, Tim Crich, Mike Krewick.
UK LP DIRTY WORK: 24 March 1986: No. 4 - 10 weeks
USA LP DIRTY WORK: 24 March 1986: No. 4 - 15 weeks
Steve Lillywhite had an excellent pedigree, his most recent production successes being with the Irish rock band, U2 for Chris Blackwell's Island label in the mid-70s. He had also produced British reggae band Steel Pulse and his experience in that field allowed him to step comfortably into the world of dub
mixes and tackle Too Rude. It was written by Jamaican Lindon Roberts, who released it as his second single under his artist name Half Pint and the song title Winsome.
The Stones had attempted the reggae format before but this is their most noteworthy performance. Keith Richards' vocals are used to good effect. Although suitably tempered and layered by Steve Lillywhite, they sound almost too good to be Keith's. Lots of echo tracks are used, particularly on bass and drums, confirming the belief that all good reggae tracks are in the mix. Jimmy Cliff, a well-known reggae artist, assisted in this respect, having supported Keith on the vocals. There is an out-take which has no backing vocals (* a -3.34) and a ten-minute slower, more organ-orientated take (* b - 10.21). Too Rude was provisionally a title of the new album, until DIRTY WORK was selected. Too Rude was covered by Keith's X-pensive Winos when they performed it live in 1988.