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I can’t. It’s like asking a parent to pick their favourite child!
Palace Revolution 2000
EXILE - IMO it is the greatest rock'n roll album ever done. The supposed "weaker" cuts are what makes it special. Lyrics are stellar.
STICKY - It is lean and mean. Not one bad wasted note on the album. It is hard to put this at #2 because it is perfect and also has that monster single
Brown Sugar/Bitch. Plus two of the greatest Stones ballads. The insane jam of CYHMK; soul and Blues and Country. I think I just slightly prefer the sheer decadence of "Exile".
BANQUET - The acoustic album. What I love about the album among other things, is how they created massive sound using imagination. Or "Thinking outside the box" as they say. The engineering of SFM. And "Sympathy" - the power of that song is fueled only by Piano, Bass and congas, shaker and drums. Plus a scorcher of a guitar solo.
BLEED - It opens with Gimme Shelter" and ends with YCAGWYW. Incredible bookends. The slight drawback IMO is the studio versions of Rambler.
... Just swollow 'em as they come ….
……. Beggars … Bleed.... Sticky …….. Exile …….. what a dose .......
Oh boy. This is the toughest conversation for any Stones fan but here are my Golden Four:
1) Let It Bleed - LET IT BLEED was the perfect end to the harrowing dark 1960's. Gimme Shelter screams of war and death, while Let It Bleed tells us of how we all need someone to lean on with affection and mocking at the same time. It has my favorite side to any Stones album, and for that matter any album I've ever listened to by any artist. Side 2 is a 4 song masterpiece (Midnight Rambler, You Got The Silver, Monkey Man, YCAGWYW). It's the first Stones album that showed just how nasty, raunchy and sexual they could be. It's the album that came out at the same time they were titled, "the greatest rock and roll band in the world."
2) Sticky Fingers - The Stones at their nastiest and dirtiest. Brown Sugar and Wild Horses make the album, but it's other tracks like Sway, Can't You Hear Me Knocking, Bitch and closer Moonlight Mile that could make the case for the top spot as well. The Stones were beginning to live in a more comfortable rock life style, until they were Exiled to the South of France. Here though, they never sounded so tight on an album.
3) Exile On Main Street - Often regarded as the best Stones album, it comes in at #3 for my Golden Four. The most wild mix of genres on maybe any album ever in the history of music. Exile takes you on an 18 song journey through the jungles of rock 'n roll, boogie, country, calypso, blues and gospel. Even the filler tracks on this album work to make it the definition of the greatest rock album of all time.
4) Beggars Banquet - Coming in at #4, BEGGARS BANQUET was made after the Stones took a trip into psychedelia. Going back to their roots, The Stones sounded brand new again. Sympathy For The Devil drives for a top powerful samba piece, with many acoustically played numbers like No Expectations, Street Fighting Man, Prodigal Son. The album touches country, folk and blues that made the Stones feel like they were something more than the pop Beatles. BEGGARS BANQUET was the one that started it all. The start of a streak that no artist has ever come close to surpassing and probably never will.
I'm not the biggest Beatles fan, but I can't stand it when people try to dismiss them as a lightweight pop group. No, they never got as dark or as sleazy as the Stones (obviously) but they could rock out.Quote
by 1968 the Beatles were not a pop group. Just listen the 1968 White Album
Sticky Fingers - sublime, supreme, lean and mean
Exile - all together, GREATNESS
Let it Bleed - Americana
Beggars - Big Britishness (apart from No Expectations)