Musical Experiment: The Rolling Stones


This is part of a continuing series, find out what it’s about here.

Thoughts on The Rolling Stones “Let it Bleed”:

Taylor: well it was wayy wayy different than i thought it was gonna be. some of it was really bluesy/bluegrassy.. and i did not expect that. I thought forsure it’d be just good ole rocknroll. And while i do greatly enjoy some bluegrass, they definitely succeeded more when they just played rock. also, the two tracks that i ended up enjoying the most were the ones that are the most well known. That “You can’t always get what you want” choir that opens up the track…. amazing. that’s a very good song. As for “gimme shelter”, I find this track oddly out of place on this album. It is an excellent song, but I think i might enjoy the album more had the other songs fallen in line with this one. what about you?

Jacob: Yeah, you’re right, a lot of bluesy countrified tracks on this record. I was definitely expecting more of the “rock your face off” feel of “Gimme Shelter”. Speaking of which, I’ve come to see this song as one of the best rock ‘n roll songs of all time. Seriously could anyone today get away with screaming “Rape! Murder! Its just a shot away…” nobody could, at least not in a popular forum, with the tone in their voices. It’s a great protest song.

As far as the rest of the album, you’re right “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” is great, as well as the title track “Let it Bleed”. The whole thing did grow on me, but I think more songs in the vein of “Gimme Shelter” would have made me more interested in it. Though I guess they have plenty of albums that will take care of that in the future…

Taylor: was this the first album that they made?
also interesting about the thought of protest song. i feel as though it may be a lost art… and that song really does an excellent job with it.
Again, i don’t even have a problem with the bluesyness off it all. I just think theyre more talented in the rock genre (which i’m sure they realize)

Jacob: I think that this was a couple albums into their discography, but I’m not sure how many (NOTE: Wikipedia lists this as their 8th British studio album). I don’t have a problem with the bluesyness either, except for the fact that I find it kind of bland and really not that engaging. Maybe I’ve just heard stuff that their predecessors and followers have done to make it better. To hear the epic “Gimme Shelter” be followed by a song called “Country Honk” two tracks later just feels really lame to me.

Taylor: I think i totally agree with you.

I’ll just end by saying that i come out of this with higher regards for the rollings stones than i went into it with.

Taylor’s favorite tracks: “Gimme Shelter”, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

Taylor’s rating: 3.5/5

Jacob’s favorite tracks: “Gimme Shetler”, “Let it Bleed”, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

Jacob’s rating: 2.5/5

Listen to “Gimme Shelter”

Next time we continue through the 60’s…

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