The Rolling Stones have provided a preview of “Scarlet,” the unreleased song that’s part of the September 4th deluxe reissue of their 13th studio album in America, Goats Head Soup.
Keith Richards cut the song with Jimmy Page, Stones piano player Ian Stewart, Blind Faith bassist Ric Grech, and Joe Cocker and Fairport Convention drummer Bruce Rowland in October 1974 at Island Studios in London.
In 1975, Page told Rolling Stone magazine, “It was great, really good. We stayed up all night and went down to Island Studios where Keith put some reggae guitars over one section. I just put some solos on it, but it was eight in the morning of the next day before I did that. He took the tapes to Switzerland and someone found out about them. Keith told people that it was a track from my album.”
While Keith was joking about a Page solo album, it was named after Page’s daughter, Scarlet, who was born in 1971.
In addition to “Scarlet,” the multi-format deluxe reissue of Goats Head Soup also includes two other previously unreleased tracks — “Criss Cross” and “All the Rage.”
Page is no stranger to working with the Stones, having laid down guitar on their demo of “Heart of Stone,” as well as the solo on “One Hit (To the Body).”
And, the aforementioned Ian Stewart played piano on Led Zeppelin‘s “Rock and Roll” “Boogie With Stu,” a tribute of sorts to the keyboardist.