The Rolling Stones have shared “Sweet Sounds of Heaven,” their Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder collab from their upcoming album Hackney Diamonds. You can listen to that below.
Mick Jagger was on Zane Lowe‘s Apple Music 1 show today to talk about it. “It’s all played live,” he said. “And of course we did overdubs, but it’s all played in the room. Yeah, there’s that moment, especially in that session where we had Stevie, and you’re feeling your way out a little bit and then you do that soul ending, which is you do sometimes on stage where you stop and you start.”
As for working with Lady Gaga, Mick said, “She’s a really great singer and I’d never heard her sing quite that style before. Not exactly. We did it live in the room and that was a great experience, her just coming in the room and her just opening up and seeing her bits and feeling her way and then getting more confident. And then we came back and then did some extra parts that we hadn’t done on the day and then we did some tidying up and we were just in the overdub room, really face-to-face, getting them really tight, the parts really tight, and then being slightly competitive and screaming.”
Hackney Diamonds is out October 20 and also features appearances from Paul McCartney and Elton John. As for Macca’s appearance, Mick told Zane Lowe how it came about: “We kind of often text each other and stuff. The thing was that Andy [Watt, producer] had said to me, ‘Look, I’m working on this, Mick. It’s had my complete attention, my complete focus, for six months.’ And then he said to me, ‘I didn’t really tell you completely the truth because I had this week booked with Paul McCartney right in the middle’… right in the middle of the three weeks we got booked for, we only had three weeks booked for cutting tracks. ‘So right in the middle of the three weeks, I’ve got Paul McCartney booked.’ He says, ‘It’s the only thing I couldn’t cancel.’ And I said, ‘Well, it’s all right. We will take a few days off. It’s all right. We’ve got time.’ ‘And we’ve got a lot of great stuff.’ And he said, ‘Well, yeah, but why don’t we invite Paul for one of the days and get him to play?’ And I said, ‘Well, yeah, that’s a great idea.’ So Andy called Paul and asked him if he wanted to come on one of his days that Andy had promised him.
Watch Jagger’s interview with Zane Lowe below.