I've been on a rolling stones kick. The Beatles I think were a more haromonious band and the rolling stones were the hardcore rockers. I love both but for the last two weeks I've been addicted to listening to stones record. Couldn't find a thread anywher else on the rolling stones here. Maybe I missed it but I wrote a small piece on my second favorite record that the stones ever put out. Tattoo You.
Tattoo You: The Last Great Stones Album
Anyone who knows me knows I'm a huge fan of the Rolling Stones. Behind the doors, Led zeppelin, they're my fav. band overall with the beatles and Third Eye Blind bring up the rear as far as my top 5 overall favorite bands go... (This doesn't include of course singer songwriters which have their own catagory).
Sure, now they are known as dinosaurs and trying to see the sexuality of Mick jagger now you would need at least a poud of LSD and a box of chocolate to do such a thing but in the time that this album was put up you could still see Mick as a sex object. That would certainly help tour sales.
The stones in the late 70's early 80's were falling apart, keith with his addiction and mick with his ego which is still as big as montana now. They weren't getting along and after the dismal response of Emotional Rescue and the mountain of bills they needed to go on tour again but they needed a album to tour with, as with most bands had to do those days.
So, an engineer started digging, scrounging through the rolling stones archives looking for gems and my god, did he find them. He presented them to the group (I forgot his name) and they accepted. Although some dubs had to happen for mick to sing over and some lyrics needed to be written for some other songs, the majority of the songs were done.
To be honest this is to me, the last great stones album overall (cohesively). After this they stones didn't really feel completely like themselves. Although, theres at least one or two tracks on each album after 'Tattoo you' that I love to death this is the last solid aIbum overall by mick and the gang that mattered where it didn't feel like they were going through the motions. It really works, for what it is, a collection of b sides and scrapes of songs that feel right. All of side one is really rocking with tracks like 'Hang Fire'. Side two is relaxing, extremely relaxing. So mellow I believe you could die of cancer with side 2 of this album playing the background and be okay with it, as okay as you can be when it comes to having cancer. Put on 'Heaven' right before you smoke a joint of medical mariquana that your doctor perscribed for your 'back pain' and you'll know what I'm talking about...
Sure, 'start me up' has been over played but if you want to introduce your child to the rolling stones but you don't know where to start dig into areas: 1964-1973 (they were out of world in the late 60's though) and 1978-1981. Look at the discography and pick and choose which ones again if you like but this is a strong recommended album and it really is slowly becoming fav. 'sticky fingers' always beating it out in the last second.
Another under-rated stones album is goats head soup because it came out after the epic 'exile on main street' so its not as well known but also worth a listen but I digress.