The Rolling Stones

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Jack de Nijs / Anefo, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Except for one unfortunate detour into acid land, The Stones compiled a very impressive catalog from 1965 to 1971. After surviving as an R&B cover band for a couple of years, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards discovered they could write songs, too, and many of their best songs not only rocked but featured incisive lyrics full of perceptive social criticism. When they stayed close to their R&B roots and played to their strengths—lyrics with anti-conformity attitude combined with the reliable rhythm section of Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman—they created some truly great rock ‘n’ roll.

Then they became a stadium band and fucked it all up. Their music became more about marketing than substance, producing predictable music fully consistent with their brand. The Stones shouldered on as rock celebrities, capitalizing on name, reputation and the Baby Boomers’ ravenous appetite for reliving the 60’s. Only a few solid songs and the Some Girls album served as reminders of just how good they were in their prime.

Here are the albums I’ve reviewed:

3 responses

  1. 100% correct. You could, perhaps, compile one CD of good songs from the band’s post-Exile discography, with, as you have said, Some Girls being an outlier. Having grown up with the band I’m partial to the first three albums (in mono, of course!). I like Flowers a lot and think that Between the Buttons is an over-looked gem. Ya-Yas is a terrific live album that reflects exactly why live Stones were a treat.


    1. I really should have done Ya-Yas before calling it a day. Sigh.


  2. I just want to say how much I’ve enjoyed these weekly posts. I’m going back to read the reviews and thoroughly enjoying them. Thanks for doing this!

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