Friday, July 18, 2014

I like it, yes I do.

The Rolling Stones - It's Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)

Although the title track of this album is a well known classic, the rest of it has been left behind as "album tracks". I always thought of it as a "murky" album, it has a mysterious, sludgy kind of vibe to it. Of course, being 1974, a lot of that probably had to do with drugs. Just check out the crazy Guy Peelaert painting on the cover.

It was also a transitional time for the band, Mick Taylor left during the recording and doesn't play on 3 of the tracks. Plus, it was the first Stones record to be produced by "The Glimmer Twins", Mick & Keith. Over time, the songs have been overtaken by the Stones myth and sheer cultural dominance of the title track. 

Of course, I really like the record! Tunes like "If You Can't Rock Me", "Luxury", "Time Waits For No One", "Short & Curlies", "Dance Little Sister", "Till The Next Goodbye" and their second Temptations cover, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" are all fantastic! Then there's "Fingerprint File", my personal fave. It's dark, funky, weird and catchy as anything. Only the Stones could get away with a song like that.

"It's Only Rock and Roll" is a great album that you should listen to right now!

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