Following their exhausting, drug-fueled North American "STP" Tour, The Rolling Stones gathered in Jamaica in late November to begin sessions for their follow up to Exile On Main St. Although the Stones would never admit it, something was missing. Sure, the single "Angie" would hit #1 in the US in 1973 and so would the album Goats Head Soup. But this hit and miss record marks the end of the classic Rolling Stones album era which began with Beggars Banquet in 1968 and included Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile.
Writing for Creem, Lester Bangs said
"There is a sadness about the Stones now, because they amount to such an enormous 'So what?' The sadness comes when you measure not just one album, but the whole sense they're putting across now against what they once meant..."
Who's Angie about? David Bowie's wife? Richards has said Angie is heroin : ("Heroin, you're beautiful/ But ain't it time we said goodbye").