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“Exile on Main Street” has weathered astonishingly well given the amount of heroin that went into its creation. — Tim de Lisle


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Feb. 3rd, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
That is pretty clever. It might not bear close examination, but still, it's worthy of Dorothy Parker.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
I've always liked Rocks Off, Tumbling Dice, Happy, and All Down the Line.

But, revisit their just previous albums of Sticky Fingers and Let it Bleed -- what I think are their best albums. Gimme Shelter still gives me shivers; my favorite Stones' tune.

You can't overlook Aftermath and Beggar's Banquet either, however.

Everything after Exile is suspect. (Although there are parts of Goat Head's Soup I like). And don't get me started about Some Girls. This isn't heroin induced -- more of a white wine spritzer buzz.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
It's Only Rock and Roll has some great tracks: the title tune, "Dance Little Sister," "If You Can't Rock Me," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "Time Waits for No One," "Luxury," "Fingerprint File"—that's a solid core.

As far as I'm concerned, the Stones' best years were when Mick Taylor was with the group. He always was buried in the mix, though. His solo at the end of "Bitch" is exquisite; ditto for his solo in "Sway," which is a hugely underrated song.

Goat's Head Soup has got some great songs, but as a cohesive album it doesn't do it for me. "Heartbreaker" is the best cut on the album and certainly among the band's best.

I think Sticky Fingers is their best work. Every cut a gem. "Sister Morphine" is amazing.

Beggar's Banquet is awfully good too: "No Expectations," "Dear Doctor," "Jigsaw Puzzle" and "Parachute Woman" among their overlooked work. And "Sympathy for the Devil" may embody what the Stones stood for back in the day: great music with more than a touch of menace.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
And some would say the best years were before Taylor -- with Brian Jones. Before he was murdered after being ousted by Mick and the boys.
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