Saturday, August 31, 2013

40 Year Itch: Angie, Ahyyynnnnn -gee!

"There is a sadness about the Stones now, because they amount to such an enormous 'So what?' 
-Lester Bands Creem

The most remarkable thing about The Rolling Stones Goats Head Soup is how unremarkable it is. Outside of some "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo"s , the tune "Silver Train" (which dedicated rock fans had already heard performed by Johnny Winter on his Still Alive And Well album) and a line about a groupie giving Steve McQueen head , this is about as uninspired as the world's greatest rock band can sound. Naturally it shot to #1 worldwide and wnet triple platinum,  thanks in large part to the #1 simpering single that preceded it, "Angie", written by Keith for his daughter Dandelion.

The Stones were due a let down after a four album winning streak consisting of some of the best albums ever made in the rock era ( Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main St). It didn't help that Keith Richards was a full blown heroin addict and Mick Jagger a jet setter preoccupied with his new rival David Bowie.

Recorded mostly in Jamaica, with percussionists roaming in and out of the studio and Billy Preston playing clavinet,  Goats Head Soup had a few noteworthy leftovers that appeared on Tattoo You: "Waiting On a Friend" and "Tops"

It would be three years before the Rolling Stones would do something interesting again. By then Ronnie Wood would replace Mick Taylor but that's a story for another day,

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