Friday, 20 November 2015

What we're listening to. Stones 'Back & Blue'


You nearly have to have a Rolling Stones Album in there somewhere.

Arguably 'Exile on Main street', 'Let it Bleed' or 'Sticky Fingers' (all interestingly, pre-dated Black and Blue) but 'Black and Blue' is a good place to start from 1976, their 13th record. 

They've released 29 studio Albums alone and the next Album they produced after this, was 'Some Girls' which was their biggest seller ever - bizarrely. 1968-72 is considered their Golden Age where all the big singles came from. 

When Jagger/Richards started in circa 1961, they called themselves 'The Blue Boys' and although we are making it up, assume some link to this Album's title. The name 'The Rolling Stones' comes from a Muddy Waters song, 'Rolling Stone'. So there.

You'll like this, not just because it's the first Album to feature Ronnie Wood (from The Faces and a great pal of Rod Stewart) who replaced Mick Taylor, although Irish man Rory Gallagher was auditioned, but because it's so different. More funky, more reggae.

'Fool to Cry' was the big single from the Album but 'Memory Hotel' is a stand out track as well as, 'Melody' featuring the great Billy Preston

Generally though, it's not what you expect - more "produced" than the raw sound of their other records. And for that reason, it's well worth a listen, because it's different.

Clearly, very officey! Here's the great 'Melody' and you can hear Billy Preston all over it. Enjoy.