Saturday, November 28, 2009

 

Album of the Day: Rolling Stones (11/28/69) 40 Years!

The Rolling Stones (playlist at DrRock.com) released Let It Bleed on November 28, 1969. It’s the second in the string of five great Stones albums that together represent the best of the band’s music and the peak of their influence on rock music and culture: Beggar’s Banquet (1968); Let It Bleed; Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! (1970); Sticky Fingers (1971) and Exile On Main St. (1972). It contains some of their best songs, including the smoothly rolling title track, the near-anthem “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” the dark “Gimme Shelter” and the rocking “Midnight Rambler.” While the album charted at #1 in the U.K. and #3 in the U.S., it’s not surprising that only one single came off Let It Bleed (“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” peaked at #42 in the U.S., and then not until 1973). Considering the rough themes and edgy music (quite typical of the other Stones’ albums of the time), there just weren’t any upbeat, pop-rock tracks that could drive the broad radio airplay and 45 rpm sales that make hit singles.

Let It Bleed is ranked #32 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 albums of all time. It’s available as a CD from Amazon (click here) and as download tracks on iTunes (click here).

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