30/6/14 – The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter – 1969

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The Rolling Stones 1969 with Mick TaylorThe Stones when they were great with Gimme Shelter from Let It Bleed. This is the  crossover album from Brian Jones to Mick Taylor but neither of them played on the track – it’s all Keith. The band play in Stockholm tomorrow night and it seems like Mick Taylor will be there – and Brian Jonestown Massacre were here last week. Now what was the last great Stones album? Discuss…

The Rolling Stones 1969





5 Responses to “30/6/14 – The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter – 1969”

  1. Beefheart Smiles June 30, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    I’m gonna go with the obvious: for me the last great album is Some Girls.

    Tattoo You is very good and in every record, even in the worst ones (Dirty Work, Bridges to Babylon) there are at least three great songs.

  2. simone July 1, 2014 at 4:08 am #

    Gimme Shelter is my all time favourite Stones song. I love Merry Claytons backing vocals that meld so easily with Jaggers, and Richards swirly hypnotic guitar intro. It has taken me a long time to finally settle on this song .Growing up I would’ve said songs like Paint it Black or Ruby Tuesday were favourites (1966/67 respectively). Gimme Shelter ( Let it Bleed) is definitely their golden era,however, Sticky Fingers had Brown Sugar in1971 and Goats Head Soup spawned Angie in 1973 and that’s a beautiful track too. I will stick my neck out and say Tattoo You is their last great album. I was about 11 years old and Start Me Up blew me away. I still love it. As for Jaggers solo work I love the album She’s The Boss and the single Just Another Night. That was a highlight of my early teens.

  3. vitrack July 1, 2014 at 4:15 am #

    “Exile on Main St.” was a supernova where the Stones expanded old, others’ and own ideas. It seemed impossible to equal something like “Sticky Fingers” and they succeed. Obviously, it was their last hurrah ’cause their following records are not bad, but they belong to a different league.

  4. Finn July 1, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

    Tattoo You is the last “solid” Stones record, probably since it is mostly a rehash of songs thrown away from earlier in the 70s. There are still the occasional glimmers after that, but no albums I would recommend. I’m not actually that big on Some Girls, maybe it’s just that the radio stuff has played out for me. I will say that “Gimme Shelter” is sort of the ultimate Stones tune. Has anyone heard the earlier version that Keith sang?

  5. delay plus chorus July 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    The last great Stones record? Eh, probably “Some Girls.” Those first 15 years, they were pretty much untouchable — the next 35, not so much…

    I agree with Finn, Gimme Shelter is a landmark tune both for their catalog and for the era. It’s hard to imagine anyone more perfectly capturing the social disorder and violence of the 1960s in a pop song than this one. A scary song for scary times, and I mean that in the best possible way. Always gives me shivers, with Monkey Man a close second in that vein.

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