1987 Mick Jagger – Primitive Cool

Primitive Cool is the second solo album by The Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and was released in 1987. As the follow-up to Jagger’s 1985 success She’s the Boss, Primitive Cool was another attempt by Jagger to make him a solo star. However, the commercial reaction was cooler than expected.

Following the release of Dirty Work in 1986, relations between Jagger and Keith Richards soured after Jagger decided to not tour the album in favour of starting his second solo project. Richards was vocal about his discontent in the media—which Jagger replied to, also publicly; “Kow Tow” and “Shoot Off Your Mouth” were reportedly written in response to disparaging remarks made about Jagger by Keith Richards. Undeterred, Jagger promptly began work on Primitive Cool, recording in the Netherlands and Barbados.

Joining up with David A. Stewart and Keith Diamond in the producer’s chair, Jagger used Jeff Beck as the regular guitarist for the sessions, seeking to have more uniformity in the recordings.


Throwaway (Mick Jagger) 5:05
Let\’s Work (Mick Jagger, David A Stewart) 4:52
3  Radio Control (Mick Jagger) 3:58
4  Say You Will (Mick Jagger, David A Stewart) 5:08
5  Primitive Cool (Mick Jagger) 5:51
6  Kow Tow (Mick Jagger, David A Stewart) 4:56
7  Shoot Off Your Mouth (Mick Jagger) 3:36
8  Peace for the Wicked (Mick Jagger) 4:05
9  Party Doll (Mick Jagger) 5:21
10  War Baby (Mick Jagger) 6:41


BassDoug Wimbish
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarJeff Beck
GuitarGeorge Edward Smith
GuitarMick Jagger
KeyboardsPhil Ashley
KeyboardsRichard Cottle
VocalsMick Jagger

Other Musicians

BassDean Garcia
DrumsOmar Hakim
GuitarDave Stewart
GuitarJim Barber
GuitarJimmy Rippetoe
GuitarVernon Reid
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsDenzil Miller
KeyboardsPatrick Seymour
GamelanErnst Hanes
AutoharpMick Jagger
HarmonicaMick Jagger
FiddleSean Keane
BagpipesPaddy Molony
SaxDavid Sanborn
TrumpetJon Faddis
PercussionMick Jagger
Background VocalsBrenda White
Background VocalsCindy Mizelle
Background VocalsCraig Derry
Background VocalsJocelyn Brown

Liner Notes

Producer – Mick Jagger
Producer – David A. Stewart (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6)
Producer – Keith Diamond (Tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, 10)
Coordinator (Album Co-Ordination) – Tony King
Edited By (Digital Editing By) – Rhonda Schoen
Engineer (Assistant Engineers) – Albert Bucholz, Danny Mormando, Glen Johansen, Michiel Hoogenboezem, Moira Marquis, Scott Mabuchi
Engineer (Engineered By) – Bob Rosa, Ed Stasium, Jon Bavin, Manu Guiot
Mastered By – Greg Calbi
Ed Stasium (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10),
Mixed By – Steve Thompson, Michael Barbiero (Tracks 2)
Mixed By (Assisted By) – Paul Hamingson (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Music Consultant (Creative Consultant) – Roger Davies

Design (Package Design) – Christopher Austopchuk
Design Concept (Package Concept), Illustration – Francesco Clemente

Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Copyright (c) – Promotone B.V.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Grammofoonplaten B.V.
Distributed By – CBS Records
Distributed By – CBS Disques S.A.
Recorded At – Wisseloord Studios
Recorded At – Blue Wave Recording Studios
Mixed At – Right Track Recording
Record Company – CBS Inc.