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Monday, 1 March 2010

Beggar's Banquet (Mono) (1968)

The album that returned the Stones to their roots after the psychedelic sojourn of Satanic Majesties! That said, they'd still never made anything like this. It's a return to the blues, sure, but only at it's root, and a largely acoustic flavour is in evidence. 'Sympathy For The Devil', 'Stray Cat Blues' and 'Street Fighting Man' all wander into new territory for the band, and there is also more of a country flavour in songs like 'Dear Doctor', 'No Expectations' and 'Factory Girl'. In my humble opinion, their best album!

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1."Sympathy for the Devil"
2."No Expectations"
3."Dear Doctor"
4."Parachute Woman"
5."Jigsaw Puzzle"
6."Street Fighting Man"
7."Prodigal Son" (Robert Wilkins)
8."Stray Cat Blues"
9."Factory Girl"
10."Salt of the Earth"
Plus assorted bonus tracks

Monday, 14 December 2009

Aftermath (Mono) (1966)

This is the mid 60s masterpiece by the Stones, but it's not an album I've found easy to get into as the stereo mix is awful, and I have never been able to track down a mono version. Until now! The problem is that all the backing tracks are panned into one speaker and the overdubs and vocals are panned in the other at a louder volume. But no longer! So now, feast your ears upon the album the way it was intended. Lovely stuff!

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1."Mother's Little Helper"
2."Stupid Girl"
3."Lady Jane"
4."Under My Thumb"
5."Doncha Bother Me"
6."Goin' Home"
7."Flight 505"
8."High and Dry"
9."Out of Time"
10."It's Not Easy"
11."I Am Waiting"
12."Take It or Leave It"
14."What to Do"
15.Ride On Babe
16.Sittin On A Fence
17.My Girl
18.Out Of Time (US Version)

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The Rolling Stones No.2 (Mono) (1964) (Re-post)

The second Stones album carries on where the first left off, though not as good as the debut, this still has has many great tracks on it. Down The Road Apiece, Down Home Girl, Time Is On My Side, there's plenty to recommend it, but tracks like Solomon Burke's Everybody Needs Somebody To Love or The Drifter's Under The Boardwalk are a little out of their league. For the most part this is a good album, much better than it's butchered US counterparts 12x5 and Now!

1. "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" (Solomon Burke/Bert Berns/Jerry Wexler)
2. "Down Home Girl" (Jerry Leiber/Arthur Butler)
3. "You Can't Catch Me" (Chuck Berry)
4. "Time Is on My Side" (Jerry Ragovoy)
5. "What a Shame"
6. "Grown Up Wrong"
7. "Down the Road Apiece" (Don Raye)
8. "Under the Boardwalk" (Arthur Resnick/Kenny Young)
9. "I Can't Be Satisfied" (Muddy Waters)
10."Pain in My Heart" (Allen Toussaint)
11."Off the Hook"
12."Susie Q" (Dale Hawkins/Stan Lewis/Eleanor Broadwater)

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Monday, 7 December 2009

Got Live If You Want It EP (Mono) (1965)

This is no relation to the US album of the same name. This is an EP that was a UK only release, not currently available in any format. So grab it now!
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The Rolling Stones Ep (Mono) (1964) (Re-post)

The first Stones Ep is a bit of a gem. Fantastic version of The Coaster's Poison Ivy, Arthur Alexander's You Better Move On, Barrett Strong's Money, and Chuck Berry's Bye Bye Johnny. None of these tunes appeared on the UK albums, a must for all fans.

"Bye Bye Johnny" (Chuck Berry)
"Money" (Berry Gordy/Janie Bradford)
"You Better Move On" (Arthur Alexander)
"Poison Ivy" (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)

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The Rolling Stones (Mono) (1964)

This is the first UK album by the Stones, and despite the covers heavy tracklisting, it's one of their best. At the start the band were blues and R&B evangelists, most people in Britain and America were unaware of Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters, the Stones soon changed that by making that music popular and telling their public to check out the original versions. Route 66, I Just Wanna Make Love To You, Carol, Honest I Do, none of these songs were written by the band, but the interpretations are all their own. This is a fine rock and roll album, and one you should get your kicks on...

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1. "Route 66" (Bobby Troup)
2. "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (Willie Dixon)
3. "Honest I Do" (Jimmy Reed)
4. "Mona (I Need You Baby)" (Ellas McDaniel)
5. "Now I've Got a Witness" (Nanker Phelge)
6. "Little by Little" (Nanker Phelge/Phil Spector)
7. "I'm a King Bee" (Slim Harpo)
8. "Carol" (Chuck Berry)
9. "Tell Me" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards)
10."Can I Get a Witness" (Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/Eddie Holland)
11."You Can Make It If You Try" (Ted Jarrett)
12."Walking the Dog" (Rufus Thomas)

5x5 (Mono) (1964) (Re-post)

As the title suggests, this is a 5 track ep from 1964. This features tracks not included on any of the official UK albums, including their homage to Chicago's Chess studios, 2120 South Michigan Avenue, as well as a blinding cover of Chuck berry's Around and Around.

"If You Need Me" (Wilson Pickett/Robert Bateman)
"Empty Heart"
"2120 South Michigan Avenue"
"Confessin' the Blues" (Jay McShann/Walter Brown)
"Around and Around" (Chuck Berry)

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