Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 32/500!
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 its also similar in that both sides of the LP open with two stone cold classics, Gimme Shelter, with Merry Claytons 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 bands 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 Cant 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.
"...[S]ome 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, allmusic.com
"This album made superstars of the group. Even with the first personnel change (Mick Taylor), the music soared to new heights. With all all-star line-up of session players, these nine songs include some unforgettable standards... Abkcos re-mastering of Let it Bleed is triumphant. It is the epitome of prominent mixing and precise separation. The lower-end power of the mix (especially on the bass and drums) is powerful. The density of the instrumentation never overpowers the acoustic tonality of the guitars or piano. Jaggers voice is ragged but clear. The sleeve and vinyl disc proclaim: This Record Should Be Played Loud. And when you do, Let It Bleed sounds even better." - Robbie Gerson, audaud.com, 5 Stars!
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180g Virgin Heavyweight Clear Vinyl
Re-mastered at Gateway Mastering
Re-mastered by Bob Ludwig
Cut at Trutone Mastering by Carl Rowatti
Cut From High Resolution Digital Audio Files Sourced From Original Master Tapes
Pressed at RTI
Mick Jagger, vocals, harp
Keith Richards, vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, bass
Charlie Watts, drums
Bill Wyman, bassm, autoharp
Nicky Hopkins, piano, organ
Jimmy Miller, percussion, tambourine, drums
Ry Cooder, mandolin
Mary Clayton, vocals
Nanette Newman, vocals
Mick Taylor, slide guitar, guitar
Byron Berline, fiddle
Leon Russell, piano
Bobby Keys, tenor saxophone
Ian Stewart, piano
Brian Jones, percussion, autoharp
Al Kooper, piano, French horn, organ
London Bach Choir
Rocky Dijon, percussion
1. Gimme Shelter
2. Love In Vain
3. Country Honk
4. Live With Me
5. Let It Bleed
1. Midnight Rambler
2. You Got The Silver
3. Monkey Man
4. You Can't Always Get What You Want