Monday, July 16, 2012

Top 10: Rolling Stones albums

The Rolling Stones celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first official gig last week, prompting me to write this Sunday column about how the album 'Steel Wheels' saved the group.

I wrote while "Steel Wheels" might be the most important LP in regard to the group's survival, the Stones have issued at least a dozen better studio albums over the years.

Here are my favorites.

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1. "Sticky Fingers" (1971)
Key tracks: "Can't You Hear me Knocking," "Dead Flowers," "Wild Horses"

2. "Exile on Main St." (1972)
Key tracks: ""Rocks Off," "Happy," "Tumbling Dice"

3. "Let it Bleed" (1969)
Key tracks: "Gimme Shelter," "Monkey Man," "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

4. "Beggars Banquet" (1968)
Key tracks:  "Sympathy for the Devil," "No Expectations," "Street Fighting Man"

5. "Aftermath" (1966)
Key tracks: "I Am Waiting," "Paint it Black," "Under My Thumb"

6. "Some Girls" (1978) Key tracks: "Before They Make me Run," "Beast of Burden," "Some Girls"

7. "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" (1974)
Key tracks: "If You Can't Rock Me," "Fingerprint File," "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"

8. "Goats Head Soup" (1973)
Key tracks: "Star Star," "Silver Train," "Angie"

9. "Tattoo You" (1981)
Key tracks: "Waiting on a Friend," "Start Me Up," "Little T & A"

10. "Between the Buttons" (1967)
Key tracks: "Let's Spend the Night Together," "Connection," "Ruby Tuesday"

Bonus: "'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!' The Rolling Stones in Concert" (1970)  is my favorite official live Stones album (key tracks: "Stray Cat Blues," "Jumpin' Jack Flash,""Carol.") Actually, it's the only live Stones album really worth owning. Except, it's not really live. Lots of overdubs. That's why I prefer the bootlegs, especially from that killer 1969 tour.

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—Photo from inside of "Sticky Fingers" album of (from left) Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman.

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