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  1. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    But yeah, Goat's Head Soup is the closest you'll get to a Stones record without Keith: Dancing With Mr. D (no Keith - Mick Taylor on guitars and bass) 100 Years Ago (Mick Taylor on guitar only, Keith plays bass) Coming Down Again (Keith on guitars, Mick Taylor on bass) Heartbreaker (Taylor on lead guitar, Richards on minor rhythm) Angie (Taylor and Richards on guitars, Taylor on bass) Silver Train (Taylor on all guitars, Keith on bass) Hide Your Love (Taylor on all guitars, no Keith, Wyman on bass) Winter (Taylor on lead guitar, Jagger on rhythm guitar, no Keith, Bill Wyman on bass) Can You Hear the Music (Taylor on guitars, no Keith) Star Star (guitars by Richards and Taylor, bass by Keith)
  2. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    The peak for Keith, I mean the peak of the low, was during the Goat's Head Soup sessions. He's actually not on most of that record on guitar because he would be missing for days on end or turn up to the studio high and unable to function. He handles mostly bass parts or basic rhythm parts on that record (Bill Wyman's wife was raped in Jamaica and he was in court, so he only plays on like one or three songs). I mean his major contributions to it are Star Star and Angie, which really are basic guitar playing with Mick helping a lot with the songwriting (Mick has said Keith didn't write a single complete song by himself between Happy, on Exile, and Before They Make Me Run on Some Girls). In 1973, people in and around the Stones were thinking Keith was becoming how Brian was toward the end and Mick began actively cultivating a relationship with Mick Taylor just in case Keith needed the boot. Similarly, when Keith was busted in 1977, and it wasn't clear if he'd be going to jail or not, Mick had Taylor's number essentially on speed dial, ready to continue the Stones without Keith if need be. During the 1981 tour, George Thoroughgood was on standby. Ronnie Wood was HEAVILY doing coke and it was to the point he was becoming a liability. He was basically told show up high one more time and you're fired - and they had George waiting in the wings ready to replace him. Going back further, in 1969, it was actually really uncertain whether the Stones would break up. Mick and Keith weren't talking because of the whole Anita debacle, Brian had lost all interest in the band, Bill was sick of the toxic atmosphere. Mick began focusing on his film career (he wrote Brown Sugar - the words, the music, the entirety of the song) by himself in preparation for a solo career (Memo from Turner had shown him he didn't really need Keith to make a great song). Meanwhile, Keith was so bitter he wrote Gimme Shelter while Mick was in the studio fucking Anita. Brian turned up here and there for sessions and contributed one last memorable part - autoharp on You Got the Silver, which Keith wrote for Anita: The autoharp comes in at 35 seconds and is on the left channel - the lightly strummed instrument. That's Brian's last contribution as a Stone, recorded in February 1969. Things were so unclear that they even did a whole photoshoot for the upcoming tour on May 20th 1969, with Brian as the centerpiece of the shoot as he had been always: Mick Taylor began playing with them on May 30th, and the Stones as a group and made a mutual agreement about Brian's exit on June 3rd. It's been painted as a firing, but it really was more like a breakup of a relationship gone sour - both parties wanted out. Brian was reportedly relieved and people around him said it was like a weight had been lifted off his shoulders. He had been wanting for a year but didn't actually wanna quit. He actually was gonna quit in 1967 but Mick Jagger convinced him to stay. The band didn't wanna sever their relationship with him because he was useful in the studio and was arguably with Mick the star of the band visually and in terms of the fans. The reason they separated wasn't drugs, or an inability to function, but mostly Brian being uninterested to contribute and also being unable to tour legally.
  3. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    Severe alcoholism. The whole band was in terrible shape, physically, except Mick. Keith was using smack again, Bill was fucking a 12 year old girl, Charlie was at his worst in terms of drinking, and Ronnie was freebasing coke. I believe Mick said of this period, that they couldn't run the Champs-Elysees, much less tour. Mick and Keith were barely speaking. This is a very rare video of them in this period, 86, and they all look rather terrible.
  4. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    By the way, check this out, a little stuff from the old days: This is when they were a band. But Mick was always so calculated and press friendly.
  5. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    And? What did you think? I personally feel as an album it's got too much killer, but if you trimmed it down to an EP it'd rock: 1) One Hit to the Body, classic mean Stones 2) Winning Ugly 3) Back To Zero 4) Dirty Work 5) Sleep Tonight This is the Stones' album Mick had the least to do with. At this point in his life, being a Stone was his boring day job. He actually wrote the band a note in this period saying they were old and he didn't need them anymore. He was focusing on his solo career. Most of the music was composed by Keith and Ronnie Wood, and Mick just layed a vocal over it. Keith felt pissed because he felt he gave his better writing to his solo record which came out the same year.
  6. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    Where Keith beats a fan with his guitar mid song, love it.
  7. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    1966 live, a VERY heavy Satisfaction
  8. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    Another mid 70s live gem. People love the 72 tour, but I love them live 67-69 and 75-76. Sloppy and raw Another great sloppy performance, 1969: When they became a precise live act in 1972-1973 it got boring.
  9. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    My Top Stones Tracks by lineup (no order) Brian Jones Years: I Wanna Be Your Man Dandelion Jigsaw Puzzle Citadel 2000 Light Years From Home Little Red Rooster Heart of Stone Get Off My Cloud Child of the Moon Jumpin' Jack Flash It's All Over Now You Got the Silver Yesterday's Papers Lady Jane Mick Taylor Years: Can't You Hear Me Knockin' Silver Train Dancin' With Mr. D 100 Years Ago Winter Dance Little Sister Short and Curlies Rocks Off Ronnie Wood Years: Miss You Dance Part 1 Send It To Me When The Whip Comes Down Too Much Blood Shattered Back To Zero Winning Ugly Sad Sad Sad Mixed Emotions Rock in a Hard Place Thru and Thru Favorite performance of Sympathy, 1975 Tour.
  10. I would imagine YCBM (since NO demo has ever surfaced) could be one of those songs, Shotgun Blues is another I suspect Steven never did, Get in the Ring as well since that song wasn't even completely finished until June 1991. I know that approximately six songs were recorded during the UYI tour itself, so maybe those 6 plus YCBM?
  11. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    My first Stones record was the Compilation, Through the Past Darkly, which mostly is their 1966-1968 period. I guess as a result to me that's always just struck me as, not really belonging to any cultural custom. Yeah, Exile is a very American album, but then so is Some Girls, so is the run from Some Girls through Emotional Rescue really and I take that over Exile. I love the Stones early material - the covers era - and the their two experimental eras (65-68 and 78-86). Sticky Fingers is probably my second favorite album by them. But if you took all the rest of the Taylor years in terms of albums, there's not really a full album I listen to there after Sticky Fingers until Black & Blue. It's just, if I want what Mick Taylor brought to the band, I could easily find that listening to Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith or the Kinks on Lola. I'm not knocking songs like Dance Little Sister or Dancin' With Mr. D or 100 Years Ago, but after Sticky Fingers, for me the Stones sound more an amalgamation of whatever was big in hard rock. And yeah, Mick didn't totally mature as a lyricist until Beggar's Banquet.
  12. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    I like a certain type of English music, and a certain type of performance. Like I said, I'm not familiar with the Kinks beyond Lola really, but I put on the Village Preservation Society just now and so far so good. I just dislike shit like, Penny Lane, When I'm 64. A lot of it comes down to arrangement and performance. I can listen to old Irish music and old English ballads and enjoy it. It's just there's a certain, to use a more English word, twee way of sounding which The Beatles in their later career sounded like - that's the aspect of British music I hate. British tastes are a lot different than American ones, I think; like, there's shit about British culture I can't stand - you guys might've pioneered the psychadelic movement, but I prefer American or even American-esque takes on it more than the British one, it's just too Austin Powers for me, and that mid/late 60s Beatle type sound is just Disney shit to me, Pooh Bear crap. I guess also, I know with the Stones, that even at their most British, the whole thing is done with tongue firmly planted in cheek. It's a pisstake. Whereas I'm listening to the Kinks stuff and it's done deadly serious. The only stuff by the Stones I don't like is when they went all self serious on some of the lesser tracks of Satanic Majesties.
  13. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    Who is doing the lead guitar lines on this version of Street Fighting Man? It sounds way too fluid to be Keith. I didn't mean to exclude Sweet Virginia, I like that one and added it back. But I maintain that All Down The Line was done better as Silver Train (Mick Taylor even said something about feeling the two songs were quite similar)
  14. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    Yes, I cleaned the filler out of it. Casino Boogie sounds like what would turn up on an unreleased songs compilation more than a really well thought out song. Torn and Frayed sounds like typical late 60s-early 70s blues/southern rock you'd hear from The Band or the like. All Down The Line was done better as Silver Train Ventilator Blues is just plain filler, which is why they gave Mick Taylor a co-writing credit Stop Breaking Down is more of a jam than a song Turd on the Run is another half baked thing
  15. What is the most underrated Stones record?

    I actually think Exile, like most double albums, could use some trimming: 1) Rocks Off 2) Rip This Joint 3) Shake Your Hips 4) Tumbling Dice 5) Sweet Virginia 6) Sweet Black Angel 7) Loving Cup 8) Happy 9) I Just Wanna See His Face 10) Let it Loose 11) Shine A Light 12) Soul Survivor That's a perfect album there. On the filler tracks you can see the rot start to show which would become more and more evident with each record of the rest of the Taylor years.