The Rolling Stones – Love is Strong


Maxi Single

Cover NM

Vinyl NM

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, “Love Is Strong” is a brooding number about an encounter between the singer and an unnamed person which leads the singer to a “love/lust at first sight” immediate attraction and longing for the couple to unite despite the obstacles.

The song was written in Ireland by Richards and originally had the name “Love is Strange”. Popular bootlegs of the sessions abound, as Ron Wood, Richards, Ivan Neville and producer Don Was worked the song while Jagger was supporting his record Wandering Spirit. Later takes have Richards changing the title to “Love is Strong”; although the final release was significantly altered by Jagger’s added lyrics and use of a harmonica, a trademark instrument for him rarely utilized in the Stones’ middle period work. Jagger said at the time of its release, “We ran through it a bunch of times and I was playing harmonica, and I started singing through the harmonica mike, so you get this strange sort of sound. And then I started singing down an octave, so you get this kind of breathy, sexy tone… It was good to put harmonica on a track like this. You always think of playing it on a 12-bar blues, and it’s kind of fun to put it on one which isn’t. It’s good to work with another sequence.”[1]