The Rolling Stones emerged into the post-flower power age with this declamatory selection. Producer Jimmy Miller was instrumental in rekindling a musical power that possessed renewed forcefulness and focus. R&B remained rooted at the group’s core - their reading of Robert Wilkins’ ‘Prodigal Son’ is enthralling - while menace and anger ooze from what remain some of their finest compositions. Lascivious, malevolent, even politically impotent, they articulate a group freed from indecision and assured of direction. Their career as ‘the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band’ properly began with this release. Worth it alone for the strumming of electric chords, that is the unforgettable intro to ‘Street Fighting Man’ when Charlie’s drums come in on the off-beat.
Tracks: Sympathy For The Devil; No Expectations; Dear Doctor; Parachute Woman; Jig-Saw Puzzle; Street Fighting Man; Prodigal Son; Stray Cat Blues; Factory Girl; Salt Of The Earth....