The Rolling Stones Thread Oct 9, 2019 18:29:49 GMT
Post by Dark Star on Oct 9, 2019 18:29:49 GMT
This thread is for any and all discussions on The Rolling Stones.
Arguably rock's most durable band, The Rolling Stones are about to complete their 57th year as a band and despite their age and the abuses time has wracked on their bodies, they seem to intend on going until they drop. They are best known for their raw, hard driving pure rock sound, largely powered by guitarist Keith Richards' long resume of classic riffs and Mick Jagger's unpolished but endlessly charismatic vocals, as well as their dynamic live shows and string of classic albums in the mid 1960s' into the 1970s', as well as iconic hits such as "Satisfaction," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Brown Sugar," and many, many others. I didn't discover them until I was eight or nine, when I read an article on "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and its influence, and asked my father to buy me a Stones cd (I think it was the Hot Rocks compilation).
My favorite era for the band is the lauded 1968-72 run of Beggars' Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main Street, not just for their overall quality but for the presence of Mick Taylor on rhythm guitar and how well he complimented Keith. Plus the bulk of my favorite songs ("Brown Sugar," "Gimme Shelter," "Can't You Hear Me Knocking,") come from this period. Even after the relative dip in quality from 1973 onward as well as Taylor's departure and replacement with Ronnie Wood, I really enjoy the majority of their output going forward, with Some Girls stacking up well against the Taylor records especially. Most recently, their 2016 blues release Blue and Lonesome showcased them as shockingly virile sounding.
As a live act, the Rolling Stones have always been a top tier act in terms of energy and consistency, and even as they inch closer to 80 than 70 they still perform with an energy that betrays their age. I've seen them three times in 2003, 2005 and earlier this year, and each show was excellent.
They may not be as polished or innovative as some their peers (namely The Beatles and Led Zeppelin), but for gritty, bluesy rock and roll in purest form, I still posit them as the best in their field; in any case they've carved an indelible legacy that won't fade away any time soon.
I know there isn't as big an audience for them as some other artists on this site, but if anyone else wants to share their our own thoughts on the band, feel free.