The song begins with a guitar intro that both Keith Richards and Mick Taylor contributed to, evolving into a rhythm riff played by Richards. At two minutes and forty-three seconds, an instrumental break begins, with Rocky Dijon on congas; saxophonist Bobby Keys performs an extended saxophone solo over the layered guitar work of Richards and Taylor. Taylor then takes over from Keys and carries the song to its finish with a lengthy guitar solo.
The number was part of the Rolling Stones' concert repertoire during their Licks Tour in 2002–2003 and A Bigger Bang Tour in 2005–2007; in these renditions, Jagger played a harmonica solo after Keys' sax solo, and Ronnie Wood performed the extended guitar solo. A live recording was released on the band's 2003 DVD set Four Flicks and on the 2004 concert album Live Licks.
A shortened version of the studio track (without the saxophone solo) is featured in Guitar Hero II. The number has also been featured in the soundtracks of the films Blow and Casino. Rapper Juelz Santana sampled the track on his song "Blow" from Back Like Cooked Crack Volume One.
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed it at #25 on its list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time."
- The Rolling Stones
- Mick Jagger – lead vocals
- Keith Richards – backing vocals and electric guitar
- Mick Taylor – electric guitar
- Charlie Watts – drums
- Bill Wyman – bass guitar
- Additional musicians