Rolling Stones recruit The War on Drugs for remix of “Scarlet”

The previously unheard track features Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Blind Faith’s Rick Grech.

The Rolling Stones have gotten Philadelphia rockers The War on Drugs to remix their song “Scarlet,” a previously unheard collaboration with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page that they officially released last month.

For the “Scarlet” rework, War on Drugs bandleader Adam Granduciel doesn’t go for drastic changes, instead opting to add layers of sparkling keyboard and up the pace to a fleet-footed tempo.

The Stones originally recorded “Scarlet” with Page and Blind Faith’s Rick Grech on bass in October 1974. Explaining the Led Zep man’s involvement, Keith Richards said in a statement: “My recollection is we walked in at the end of a Zeppelin session. They were just leaving, and we were booked in next and I believe that Jimmy decided to stay. We weren’t actually cutting it as a track, it was basically for a demo, a demonstration, you know, just to get the feel of it, but it came out well, with a line-up like that, you know, we better use it.”

The Stones’ July release of “Scarlet” came after their April track “Living in a Ghost Town,” which was the first original song they released since 2012. “Scarlet” and its remix arrive ahead of the reissue of the Stones’ 1973 album Goats Head Soup, out September 4. Besides rarities, outtakes and alternative mixes, the record will also include two more previously unreleased tracks: “All the Rage” and “Criss Cross.”


While you wait for the reissue of Goats Head Soup next month, stream the remix of “Scarlet” below:

And watch the official video for “Scarlet,” released last week. It stars a drunk Paul Mescal, the Irish star of the television show Normal People:


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