Not only the greatest but all Stones UK studio releases and a few live ones.
The Stones first album was recorded during only five days in the beginning of 1964. You can clearly hear the groups early influences here. The record consists of blues and rhythm & blues standards, such as "I'm a King-Bee", "Route 66" and the Chuck Berry classic "Carol" . Only one song," Tell Me", is credited to Jagger/Richards. The album was only released in mono, no true stereo mix was ever made.
THE ROLLING STONES No. 2 1965
After the success of the first album, the second release, less than a year later, followed the same track, mostly blues, R&B and soul standards. But here are also three tracks written by Jagger/Richards. The album was a huge hit and spent 10 weeks at #1, making it one of the year's biggest sellers in the UK.
THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST 1967
This album was a return to roots rock, following the psychedelic experimentation on the previous records. The material was far better than anything they'd ever done before. The whole mood of the record was far stronger musically. A strong acoustic Delta blues flavor colors much of the material. This is one of the top blues-based rock records of all time.The original "toilet cover" was rejected by Decca in 1968
GET YER YA-YA'S OUT! 1970
IT'S ONLY ROCK 'N' ROLL 1974
This was the Rolling Stones last album to mostly rely upon covers. Here you will find soul covers like Marvin Gaye's "Hitch Hike," Solomon Burke's "Cry to Me," and Sam Cooke's "Good Times". The US version of the album had a slightly different set of songs, e.g. included were the hit singles "The Last Time" and "Satisfaction".
This album is considered an artistic breakthrough for the band: it is the first to consist entirely of Jagger/Richards compositions. Much of the music is still rooted in Chicago blues though, but you can also hear influences of psychedelia and Dylan here. Brian Jones can be heard playing a variety of insturments, such as sitar, marimbas and dulcimer as well as guitar, harmonica and keyboards.
Here is the Stones brief foray into psychedelia much more evident. Many critics felt that they were compromising their raw, rootsy power with trendy emulations of the Beatles, Kinks, Dylan, and psychedelic music. But many regard this album as one of their strongest, most eclectic records, with many fine songs that remain unknown to all but Stones devotees.
The Stones psychedelia album, it drew mixed reviews from the critics as well as some mixed reactions within the group itself. Released in the footprints of The Beatles, many dismiss it as a sub-Sgt. Pepper posturing. Featured here is "In Another Land", written by Bill Wyman and the only Rolling Stones song to feature Wyman on lead vocals.
The last record to feature Brian Jones, he only plays on two tracks here, his replacement Mick Taylor can be heard on two tracks. The record extends the rock and blues feel of the previois album into slightly harder-rocking. Keith Richards first solo vocal can be heard here on "You Got the Silver" and here is also "Gimme Shelter", one of Stones very best songs
This is a live album recorded in New York and Maryland in November 1969, just before the release of Let It Bleed. It was the first live album to reach number #1 in the UK. Many regard this as one of the the best rock concerts ever put on record. This was Mick Taylor's first tour with the band. The album is centered around live versions of material from the two previous records.
This was the first release on the band's newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records. The record is widely regarded as one of the Stones best albums Here is the classic opener, "Brown Sugar" (a tune about slavery, interracial sex, and lost virginity), the long workout "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and the mean-spirited "Bitch," The whole album is a slow, bluesy affair, with a few country touches. The classic cover was designed by Andy Warhol.
Although it originally received mixed reviews, this record has since been ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. Released as a double LP, encompassing rock & roll, blues, soul, and country. The album stands not only as one of the Stones best records, but set a remarkably high standard for all of hard rock. Here you find, "Rocks Off," "Tumbling Dice," "Happy," "Let It Loose," and "Shine a Light," all terrific songs.
After the string of terrific records, this album was a bit of a disappontment, some think it marked the end of the Stones golden age. This is a bit more funk and soul inspired than previous albums. Some good songs here though, "Angie" that became a megahit worldwide, also "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" and "Starfucker" (labelled "Star Star" on the album cover).
The last album to feature Mick Taylor and the first album to be produced by The Glimmer Twins (a pseudonym for Jagger/Richards). Reviews were slightly more positive than for the previous record. The title track has became a permanent staple of the band's live setlists. Here you also find the reggae flavoured, "Luxury", and the beautiful "Time Waits for No One".
The first record with Ronnie Wood. The album received mixed reviews, one critc called it: "The first meaningless Rolling Stones album". There is not so much straight-ahead rock & roll here, the music leans more on reggae, funk and disco. The songs are more longer grooves and jams, than songs,
Released as a live double LP, where material on the first three sides are drawn from the 1976-77 world tour. Side four is recorded live at the El Mocambo nightclub in Toronto 1977. Mixed reviews on this one, it's regarded as an adequate live album though. Another cover by Andy Warhol here.
By 1978 when disco and punk music had put a decline to the groups popularity, they responded with their best album since Exile, six years earlier. The record is focused, and exciting, full of hooks and energy. It was a major critical success, becoming the only Stones album to be nominated for a Grammy. The opening disco-blues thump of "Miss You", became a mega hit.
By 1978 when disco and punk music had put a decline to the groups popularity, they responded with ther best album since Exile, six years earlier. The record is focused, and exciting, full of hooks and energy.It was a major critical success, becoming the only Stones album to be nominated for a Grammy. The opening disco-blues thump of "Miss You", became a mega hit.
After the success of the previous album, Stones offered more of the same with this release. Much of the material consist of leftovers from the previous record, but the album topped the charts in both the US and UK. The disco-infused title track was an immediate smash hit.
A live record from performances during the band's American tour 1981. Commercially successful, but the critics did not agree. It sounded too slick and lacking the rough edges expected. Not as good as any of their previous live albums.
The LP was divided into a rock & roll side and a ballad side. It starts off with "Start Me Up" that has become a classic Stones rocker, regularly performed on stage. The ballad side ends with "Waiting on a Friend". Critically and comercially a success, definitely their best album of the '80's.
One of the groups most ambitious albums. It's a wild mix of hard rock, new wave pop, reggae, dub, and soul. At this time Jagger/Richards had a disagreement over the bands future: Either keep the band current and experimental or focused on the band's rock and blues roots. Critically and comercially it was a disappointment, breaking a streak of eight #1 albums in the US and no hit singles.
At this time there were lots of tensions within the group, mainly due to Jagger's solo career. The attempt was to make a return to the band's rock & roll roots after several years of dance experiments. But the album is hampered by uneven songs and undistinguished performances, leaving it as one of the group's most undistinguished efforts.
This is Stones' reunion album, after band members had tried solo careers, with varied degree of success. The record was designed to emulate the classic Stones sound, singels like "Sad Sad Sad," "Rock and a Hard Place," and "Mixed Emotions" were drawn from the album. It is not regardedas a great Stones album, but not a bad one either. It felt like a comeback for the band.
Another live album, recorded throughout 1989 and 1990 on the mammoth Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour. Apart from the live material, there are two studio recordings here, "Highwire" and "Sex Drive", the last tracks to feature long time bass player Bill Wyman.
Another attempt to strip their sound back to its spare, hard-rocking basics. Includes some of the groups best material in years, but the critics also saw too many fillers to make it a great album. The album received strong reviews though and it became the groups first #1 in the UK since 1980.
A mixture of live and studio recordings, this is the Stones unplugged album. The idea was to take the group back to small clubs and extend on the acoustic sets the group had introduced on the previous tour. Includes two covers, never recorded before: Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" and Willie Dixon's "Little Baby".
Here is an attempt to bring the band into the 90's, it's the only Stones record this far to feature drum loops and sampling. But it's still much of the classic Stones here, the music is tight and energetic. Although the reviews were mixed at the time, it is regarded as a fine latter-day Stones record.
Eight years after their previous studio recording, the Stones were back in fighting form. The album rocks really hard, from the first track "Rough Justice," the toughest, sleaziest, and flat-out best song Jagger/Richards had come up with for a long time. The rest is a rough mix of tough blues, garage rock and a number of ballads. The album is regarded as the groups best in years.
The Stones' first studio album in over 11 years. The Stones' first album to feature only cover songs. An album of entirely blues songs, from artists like Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and Muddy Wayters, among others. Recorded over 3 days in London a year earlier. Eric Clapton is heard on two tracks. A big success, the album went top of the charts in over 40 countries within a week of release.