ROLLING STONES - Dirty Work 12" LP Vinyl Album

The Rolling Stones' 1986 album "Dirty Work" is a rock masterpiece, produced by Steve Lillywhite and The Glimmer Twins. Recorded at Pathé-Marconi Studios in Paris, the album features a stellar team of sound engineers. The farewell to Ian Stewart, the "Sixth Stone," adds emotional depth. With captivating artwork by Janet Perr, Mark Marek, and Annie Leibovitz, "Dirty Work" remains a timeless testament to The Rolling Stones' enduring musical legacy.

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"Dirty Work" Album Description:

The year was 1986, and The Rolling Stones, a British rock band with an already illustrious career, released their 18th full-length official album, "Dirty Work." This album marked a significant chapter in the band's history, both in terms of its time period's context and the remarkable production that went into crafting this musical masterpiece.

Production Credits:

"Dirty Work" bore the imprint of renowned producer Steve Lillywhite and The Glimmer Twins – a collaborative production duo consisting of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, both integral figures in The Rolling Stones. This album stands as a testament to the enduring creativity of the band, with a production team that knew how to capture their essence.

Behind the Sound:

The sound and recording engineering of "Dirty Work" were in the capable hands of Steve Parker, Mike Krowiak, Tim Crich, and Dave Jerden. Notably, Tim Crich's involvement extended beyond The Rolling Stones, as he had also contributed to the debut album of "Kingdome Come." The expertise of these engineers played a crucial role in shaping the album's sonic landscape.

Recording Locations:

The sessions that birthed "Dirty Work" took place at Pathé-Marconi Studios in Paris, infusing the album with a touch of continental flair. The choice of this iconic studio added a unique dimension to the recording process, as the band immersed themselves in the vibrant cultural backdrop of the French capital.

Mixing and Mastering Mastery:

The album's mixing occurred at RPM Studios and Right Track Recording, showcasing the meticulous attention to detail applied to each track. The final touch came from the skilled hands of mastering engineer Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk, ensuring that the sonic quality of "Dirty Work" met the highest standards of the industry.

Album Artwork:

Beyond its musical prowess, "Dirty Work" also made a visual statement with its album cover. Designed by Janet Perr and Mark Marek, the cover art perfectly complemented the album's tone and themes. The striking photography by Annie Leibovitz added an additional layer of artistic depth, capturing the essence of The Rolling Stones in a single frame.

A Farewell to Ian Stewart:

Notably, "Dirty Work" marked the last album on which Ian Stewart participated. Stewart, often referred to as the "Sixth Stone," had been a foundational member of the band since its early days. His absence on subsequent albums lent a bittersweet note to "Dirty Work," making it a poignant farewell to a key figure in The Rolling Stones' history.

Collector's notes for ROLLING STONES Dirty Work ( detailed background information on the persons working on this album)

This ROLLING STONES Dirty Work can be identified / distinguished by the following attributes :

Album Front Cover Details:

  • This album comes in the original dark red cellophane shrink-wrap and has the large illustrated promotional sticker on the front.
  • The album title is printed on the top right corner of the front cover
  • The name of "The Rolling Stones" does not appear on the cover.

Album Back Cover Details:

  • The is NO barcode on the album back-cover.
  • The catalognr "86321" is printed on the top right corner of the album0s back cover.

This album comes with the original light cardboard custom inner sleeve (OIS)

Album Record Label Details:

Record label information:

  • The labels have colourful artwork with photos of the Rolling Stones.
  • The Label Code is "LC 0419" and is printed near 7 o'clock
  • The right societies are "BIEM STEMRA" and is printed near 9 o'clock
  • The rim-text on the label is in the English language
Album Fact Sheet: ROLLING STONES Dirty Work

Music Genre:

 Classic Rock, Blues-Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "ROLLING STONES Dirty Work" was produced by: Steve Lillywhite, The Glimmer Twins

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Steve Parker, Mike Krowiak, Tim Crich, Dave Jerden (Note: Tim Crich also worked on "Kingdome Come"'s debut album)

This album was recorded at: Pathé-Marconi Studios, Paris

Mixed at RPM Studios, Right Track Recording

Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk

Bob Ludwig is an American mastering engineer and record producer. He is widely regarded as one of the best mastering engineers in the music industry, and has worked with a diverse range of artists across various genres, including classical, rock, pop, and jazz.


Ludwig has been active in the music industry since the 1970s and has worked on numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, including records by Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and many others. He has also been recognized for his contributions to the industry and has won several Grammy Awards for his work.

Throughout his career, Ludwig has been known for his technical expertise, attention to detail, and his ability to bring out the best in recordings. He has also been a strong advocate for the preservation of audio quality and has worked to promote the use of high-quality analog and digital technologies in the recording and mastering process.

Overall, Bob Ludwig is a highly respected and accomplished mastering engineer who has made a significant impact on the music industry through his work with many of the biggest and most influential artists of our time.

Album cover design: Janet Perr, Mark Marek

Album cover photography: Annie Leibovitz

Record Label Information:

 Rolling Stones Records – CBS 86321

Record Format:

 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 280 gram  

Year & Country:

  1986 Europe
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: ROLLING STONES Dirty Work
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Mick Jagger – Lead And Backing Vocals, Harmonica
  • Keith Richards – Electric And Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Backing Vocals; Lead Vocals On "Too Rude" And "Sleep Tonight"
  • Ronnie Wood – Electric, Acoustic And Pedal Steel Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, Backing Vocals; Drums On "Sleep Tonight"
  • Bill Wyman – Bass Guitar, Synthesizer
  • Charlie Watts – Drums
  • Guest Musicians:
  • Chuck Leavell – Keyboards
  • Ivan Neville – Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar, Organ, Synthesizer
  • Jimmy Page – Electric Guitar On "One Hit (To The Body)"
  • Bobby Womack – Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar On "Back To Zero"
  • Philippe Saisse – Keyboards
  • Anton Fig (Ace Frehley)– Shakers
  • John Regan (Ace Frehley) – Bass Guitar On "Winning Ugly"
  • Dan Collette – Trumpet
  • Ian Stewart – Piano

    Ian Stewart - Piano (full-name: Ian Andrew Robert Stewart, co-founder of the Rolling Stones and active band-member until 1963. Later he became their road-manager and guest musician on piano, organ, marimba and percussion and has been performed with many other bands including George Thorogood, Led Zeppelin and others)

  • Marku Ribas – Percussion
  • Jimmy Cliff, Don Covay, Beverly D'Angelo, Kirsty Maccoll, Dolette Mcdonald, Janice Pendarvis, Patti Scialfa and Tom Waits – Backing Vocals
Complete Track-listing of the album "ROLLING STONES Dirty Work"

The detailed tracklist of this record "ROLLING STONES Dirty Work" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. One Hit (To The Body) 4:43
  2. Fight 3:08
  3. Harlem Shuffle 3:24
  4. Hold Back3:55
  5. Too Rude 3:18
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Winning Ugly 4:30
  2. Back To Zero 4:12
  3. Dirty Work 3:53
  4. Had It With You 3:18
  5. Sleep Tonight 5:09
  6. Key To The Highway 0:33


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