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I've posted this before on an Exhibitionism thread.
". . . There's a section on Stones in the studio where you can listen to several tunes with a fake studio mixing board. You can adjust the faders up or down for vocals and instruments. Listen to Rocks Off with just Nicky's piano. A true revelation of his subtle but important contribution to the band's sound in those years. Lovely."
I'm pretty sure one could also strip off the horns and answer the question posed by this thread.
I believe the Stones added horns to Sympathy on the No Security tour since it was the encore finale, and they were really into incorporating the full horn section into whichever song closed out the set in the late '80s and '90s (Satisfaction, JJF, Brown Sugar).Quote
It wouldn't be as good, although if there were never horns to begin with it's hard to say.
Flip the coin and ask what would Sympathy, Gimme Shelter, or Midnight Rambler be like with horns?
Probably not as good, but if they were there from the beginning and I was conditioned to know the tunes that way, they would have been great?!