Artist: The Rolling Stones Title Of Album: Let It Bleed Year Of Release: 2014 Label (Catalog#): Universal Music Country: UK Genre: Rock,Blues rock,Rock and roll,Rhythm and blues Quality: DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 192 kHz / 4999 kbps / 24-bit Time: 00:42:25 Full Size: 1,48Gb
The first studio album to be released following Brian Jones departure from the band and subsequent death, it includes his replacement, 20 year old guitarist Mick Taylor. Like Beggars Banquet it was produced by Jimmy Miller and it’s also similar in that both sides of the LP open with two stone cold classics, “Gimme Shelter”, with Merry Clayton’s wonderful backing vocal, and “Midnight Rambler”, songs that have been a part of Stones live shows for the last four decades. In another similarity to the band’s previous studio album it also features a blues cover, this time, “Love in Vain”, written by the King of the Delta Blues Singers, Robert Johnson. The last track on the record is the ambitious and very different “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. featuring the London Bach Choir arranged by Jack Nitzsche and Al Kooper, late of Blood Sweat & Tears on keyboards and French horn. And finally… the future queen of British TV cookery shows, Delia Smith, baked the cake on the front cover.
Mostly recorded without Brian Jones -- who died several months before its release (although he does play on two tracks) and was replaced by Mick Taylor (who also plays on just two songs) -- this extends the rock and blues feel of Beggars Banquet into slightly harder-rocking, more demonically sexual territory. The Stones were never as consistent on album as their main rivals, the Beatles, and Let It Bleed suffers from some rather perfunctory tracks, like "Monkey Man" and a countrified remake of the classic "Honky Tonk Woman" (here titled "Country Honk"). Yet some of the songs are among their very best, especially "Gimme Shelter," with its shimmering guitar lines and apocalyptic lyrics; the harmonica-driven "Midnight Rambler"; the druggy party ambience of the title track; and the stunning "You Can't Always Get What You Want," which was The Stones' "Hey Jude" of sorts, with its epic structure, horns, philosophical lyrics, and swelling choral vocals. "You Got the Silver" (Keith Richards' first lead vocal) and Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain," by contrast, were as close to the roots of acoustic down-home blues as The Stones ever got. --Richie Unterberger
#32 on the "List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time"
Tracklist: 1 Gimme Shelter 4:30 2 Love In Vain 4:18 3 Country Woman 3:00 4 Live With Me 3:35 5 Let It Bleed 5:27 6 Midnight Rambler 6:52 7 You Got The Silver 2:51 8 Monkey Man 4:12 9 You Can't Always Get What You Want 7:28
Mick Jagger - lead vocals (except "You Got the Silver"), harmonica on "Gimme Shelter" and "Midnight Rambler" Keith Richards - guitars on all tracks, bass guitar on "Live with Me", backing vocals on "Gimme Shelter", "Country Honk" and "Monkey Man", lead vocals on "You Got the Silver" Brian Jones - congas on "Midnight Rambler", autoharp on "You Got the Silver" Mick Taylor - slide guitar on "Country Honk", guitars on "Live with Me" Charlie Watts - drums (except "You Can't Always Get What You Want") Bill Wyman - bass guitar (except "Country Honk" and "Live with Me"), autoharp on "Let It Bleed", vibes on "Monkey Man"
Additional: Ian Stewart - piano on "Let It Bleed" Nicky Hopkins - piano on "Gimme Shelter", "Live with Me", "You Got the Silver" and "Monkey Man", organ on "You Got the Silver" Byron Berline - fiddle on "Country Honk" Merry Clayton - vocals on "Gimme Shelter" (credited as "Mary Clayton" on the LP and 2002 CD remaster) Ry Cooder - mandolin on "Love in Vain" Bobby Keys - tenor saxophone on "Live with Me" Jimmy Miller - percussion on "Gimme Shelter", drums on "You Can't Always Get What You Want", tambourine on "Monkey Man" Leon Russell - piano and horn arrangement on "Live with Me" Jack Nitzsche - choral arrangements on "You Can't Always Get What You Want" Al Kooper - piano, French horn and organ on "You Can't Always Get What You Want" Nanette Workman - backing vocals on "Country Honk" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (not actress Nanette Newman as credited on the LP) Doris Troy - backing vocals on "You Can't Always Get What You Want" Madeline Bell - backing vocals on "You Can't Always Get What You Want" Rocky Dijon - percussion on "You Can't Always Get What You Want" The London Bach Choir - vocals on "You Can't Always Get What You Want"