Mick Jagger, Keith Richards et al have defined and defied fashion for over 40 years, popularising and adapting the blues into mainstream popular music and making some classic albums along the way. From contemporaries such as Bob Dylan, Hendrix and the Beatles through David Bowie, the Clash, the Sex Pistols and Oasis up to Radiohead and Coldplay, the Stones’ music has inspired and entertained generations of fans.
Exile on Main Street: Recorded while the Stones were in tax exile in France, allegedly with electricity stolen from the French Railway systems, this is the classic late night party record. From reinterpretations of the delta blues to Rocks Off and Tumblin’ Dice, the energy vareis from hyper to exhaustion, and the tunes are classic even if the lyrics are almost unintelligible (but the lyrics aren’t the point).
Let it Bleed (1969): When the 1960s party turned sour. The Stones’ best songs: You Can’t Always Get what you Want, Let it Bleed, Midnight Rambler, plus a honky tonk version of Honk Tonk Woman. Amazing guitar from Keith.
Beggars Banquet (1968): The best blues-rock album ever recorded, worth it for Sympathy for the Devil alone.
Sticky Fingers: Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, the 4th best Stones album…
compilation: The Stones are a singles band after all…
Rolling Stones Albums
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18 October 2005
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