The Rolling Stones, from left to right: Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. Photograph: PR handout. 11. Rolling Stones No 2 (1965). The early 60s blues scene was a purists’ movement, but their second album demonstrates how eclectic and boundary-blurring the early Stones were, boldly defining a space of their own somewhere between blues, rock’n’roll and soul, amping up the pace and the attitude of each to thrilling effect. 10. Blue & Lonesome (2016). At the point where even the most committed fan despaired of them ever making an unequivocally great album. But in truth, it suited them. Virtually from the moment they started writing songs, Jagger and Richards were drawn to darkness: certainly, they were better at depicting decay and decadence than delivering pie-eyed hippy beatitudes.
The Stones' most downbeat, druggy album, with new guitarist Mick Taylor stretching into jazz and country. Key Track: "Brown Sugar" was the big hit, but "Sway" is one of the band's spookiest pro-evil anthems. Best Keith Moment: His guitar battle with Taylor throughout "Bitch. Their great R&B album – by now the Stones could write their own classics as well as pick them. Mick struts through the grooves with a sullen edge of seduction, his voice dripping with sex, while Keith and Brian keep hitting new twin-guitar highs. Key Track: "Satisfaction" – if they quit the day after they cut this, they'd still be legends.
The Rolling Stones circa 1972. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images. The truth is, the Stones could be every bit as musically adventurous as the Beatles. The Stones’ 1972 double-album messterpiece was born in a heroin-induced haze of glamor and squalor, as the Stones hid out from the taxman in the dank basement of Keith’s French Riviera mansion, letting the tape roll into the wee hours. Amid Exile’s burnt-spoon blend of blues, country, soul, and rockabilly, the uncanny I Just Want to See His Face raises you from the moldy cellar like a fleeting out-of-body experience
Produced by Keith Richards & Mick Jagger. Lies by The Basement Wall. Some Girls The Rolling Stones. 1. Miss You. 2. When the Whip Comes Down.
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