Top 10: The Rolling Stones

TJR presents… Top 10: The Rolling Stones

  • 10 tracks, runtime: 35m.
  • A playlist for the 10 highest rated tracks in my collection, compiled on 02-Oct-2019.
  • Fantasy Album Rating: 9.67 “An elite masterpiece”
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The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man by The Rolling Stones (1965)
(Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman)

10.0 “Utterly perfect” Blues Rock / Soul Rock
TJR saysB-side brilliance digging on Buster Brown's “Fannie Mae”. Flipping over their “Satisfaction” 45 in June '65, fans in the US were treated to this 'group composition', directly inspired by George Sherlock, a promotions man at Decca Records who was assigned to travel with the Stones when they were on the West Coast of the States. He deserves a slice of the royalty action for that abuse! What a stunning track it is though; the Stones absolutely nailed down one of the strongest blues rock beats you could ever hope to hear. And what a harp; go Brian go! Complete perfection.

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Rocks Off by The Rolling Stones (1972)
(Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)

10.0 “Utterly perfect” Rock
TJR saysRecord one of “Exile On Main St.” has all the best action, opening on a high via the intoxicating debauchery of “Rocks Off”. By this stage, Mick and Keith are pushing 30 and, although darker and denser, a youthful swagger remains, perhaps with more panache than ever before.

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Little Red Rooster by The Rolling Stones (1964)
(Willie Dixon)

9.9 “All-time classic” Blues / Rhythm n Blues
TJR saysIncredibly, they took the blues all the way to the top of the UK charts; their version of “Little Red Rooster” was even better than Wolf's classic original of 3 years earlier, and there can be no higher compliment than that.

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Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones (1968)
(Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)

9.9 “All-time classic” Rock
TJR says“Beggars Banquet”, for me, was their highest watermark, and this was the outstanding highlight on the LP. Never ones for being overtly political, this was a real statement from the group, joining in the anti-Vietnam sentiment which was everywhere at this time: “But what can a poor boy do, 'cept sing in a rock and roll band.” Wow. It’s certainly doing something Mick.

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Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones (1966)
(Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)

9.8 “All-time classic” Psychedelia
TJR saysBrian Jones takes the sitar to the top of the charts on both sides of the pond in this stomper, full of eastern delight. Wyman reckons he and the others were robbed of a writing credit. Uncool man.

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Child Of The Moon by The Rolling Stones (1968)
(Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)

9.5 “All-time classic” Psychedelia
TJR saysTheir psychedelic last-gasp was partly inspired by Marianne Faithfull and appeared on the b-side to “Jumpin' Jack Flash”. Talk about value.

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Sweet Virginia by The Rolling Stones (1972)
(Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)

9.5 “All-time classic” Blues Rock / Soul Rock
TJR saysThe down-home beauty of “Sweet Virginia” opens side two of “Exile On Main St.” as Jagger takes to the harmonica in the relaxed atmosphere.

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Parachute Woman by The Rolling Stones (1968)
(Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)

9.5 “All-time classic” Blues Rock / Soul Rock
TJR saysNow distanced from the psychedelic craze of ’67, the ten territorial pissings of “Beggars Banquet” left no doubt as to where this beast stood in '68 – firmly entrenched in Rock Valley, Bluesville.

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She’s A Rainbow by The Rolling Stones (1967)
(Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)

9.3 “Classic” Psychedelia
TJR saysThings got experimental on “Their Satanic Majesties Request”; this one sure is pretty, with strings by John Paul Jones and piano by Nicky Hopkins. Love how it nearly falls apart at the end. Trippy! Selected by John Peel for his Peelennium, 1967.

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That’s How Strong My Love Is by The Rolling Stones (1965)
(Roosevelt Jamison)

9.3 “Classic” Soul Ballad
TJR saysIn my affections, second only to “Under Assistant” on the excellent “Out Of Our Heads” LP. Their good taste led them to immortalize O.V. Wright’s ’64 ballad with a genuine feeling for southern soul music. Their raucous reading is virtually the equal of Otis Redding’s interpretation, but in a unique way that only these brash young Englishmen could pull-off.




TJR presents… Top 10: The Rolling Stones (via Spotify)

  • 10 tracks, runtime: 34m
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