19 July 1995: Place: Brixton Academy, Brixton, London, England.
Rolling Stones with Darryl Jones, Chuck Leavell.
Producer: Don Was, The Glimmer Twins.
Engineer: Peter Brandt, Henk Van Helvoirt, Sander Nagel, Rene Suydendorp, Ronnie Rivera, Masaaki Ugajih, Kazuaki Fujita.
Recorded by: Chris Kimsey. Mixed by: Bob Clearmountain. Assisted by: Ryan Freeland.
Mastered by: Stephen Marcussen. Digitally edited by: Ron Boustead.
UK CD Single: 30 October 1995: No. 12 - 5 weeks
UK CD LP STRIPPED: 13 November 1995: No. 9 - 11 weeks
USA CD LP STRIPPED: 13 November 1995: No. 9 - 19 weeks
UK CD box set THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1971-2006: 45 X 45s: 11 April 2011
USA CD box set THE SINGLES COLLECTION 1971-2006: 45 X 45s: 26 April 2011
The track had been destined to be recorded and released as a single due to the enormous potential of Bob Dylan's hook line and it had also been receiving more and more attention in live European concerts. In 1995, Mick Jagger told Jann Wenner, from Rolling Stone magazine, what appealed to him about the song: “Well, melodically I quite like it. It's very well put together; it's got a proper three sections to it, real good choruses and a good middle bit, and great lyrics. It's a really well-constructed pop song, in my opinion.” It was also a number where Mick enjoyed playing the harmonica. The released version was recorded from the Brixton Academy show and attained a respectable No. 12 position in the UK. An edited version was also produced (* a - 4.20). Chris Kimsey was asked to record the concert using the Eurosound Mobile, since Ed Cherney could not make the date. Pierre de Beauport believed that the whole concert recorded by Chris was a fantastic mix and cherishes his copy of it. The released tracks of Black Limousine and Live With Me prove the point.
On 25 September 1995, at Bagley's warehouse in King's Cross, London, a promotional video film was shot to support the single. It was produced by Michel Gondry who was well known for his camera wizardry. The video incorporated “bullet-time” technology, where images stand still as though in a dream sequence as life continues normally. Mick Jagger referred to the method as the chewing gum effect. The technique was used for the film The Matrix. Like A Rolling Stone was one of the first videos Gondry produced and he progressed to many others, including feature films. There were many run-throughs of the track but at least an impromptu concert of 14 songs was held with Little Baby and Keith Richards performing You Got The Silver and an instrumental Street Fighting Man. About 150 guests went home very happy as the band mingled with the audience.