-Sway is just another awesome song to me, still an A+ and a top 15 song of theirs but not loony over it like I was.
-top 5 songs of theirs would be Gimme Shelter at 1 for sure followed by in some order Paint In Black, 100 Years Ago, Wild Horses, Rocks Off
-haven't got a chance to listen to all their recent live re-issues but the Sticky Fingers live CD they released from a couple years ago is surpisingly potent for geezers. Great sound quality too, intimate club show I read.
-One album I'm still as loony as ever over is Goat's Head Soup. Sorry, not sorry about having it as their 3rd best after Sticky Fingers and Exile. Not saying this to put down Beggar's Banquet or Let It Bleed either as those immediately follow Goat's Head Soup. All have Jimmy Miller as a producer in common. Always dug the sleazy, druggy vibe. Yeah, I still like music that's sleazy, fiery, decadent, anthemic which also makes me a fan of most 70s mainstream prog/Elton John/Billy Joel/Styx/ELO which is missing the sleaze and decadence but makes up for it in other ways. I'm biased towards colorful, expressive music but not too cheesy like Andrew Lloyd Webber/Trans Siberian Orchestra/Savatage. Also dig roots-rock on the opposite end, but when it's boring it's really boring so less inclined. I'm ranting. Coming Down Again Keith's best soulful ballad. Dancing With Mr. D despite it being worst opener of their Jimmy Miller albums is still awesome cuz' it reminds me of prime Alice Cooper. Angie great soft-rock ballad. Silver Train always bothered me as an inferior All Down the Line re-write but I never complain when it's on. Can You Hear the Music psychedelic groove that could have only been written by post-exile Stones. Hide Your Love only filler but don't hate it, in fact if it would have been replaced with Black and Blue's Hand of Fate which always sounded like it belongs here, oh my! I view both Goats Head Soup and Beggars/Bleed as whole greater than sum of parts albums, just like the colorful satanic vibe more than the black and white roots-rock vibe of Beggars/Bleed. 100 Years Ago and Winter easy A+s too.
-respect their pre-Aftermath albums for their historical importance but I'd rather listen to Muddy and Wolf (did I say I'm biased against boring rootsy stuff...not when it's the best!) or 60s Motown/Marvin Gaye do these type of songs. Some classic Jagger/Richards/Nanker Phelge original tracks don't get me wrong, but rarely put these albums on. I'm more likely to want to put on something "flawed," but entertaining like Satanic Majesties/Black and Blue/Bridges to Babylon over this era. Would rather listen to stuff like Heart of Stone as a single track.
-She Was Hot is one of best music videos ever. In fact She Was Hot >>> the overrated generic blues She's So Cold.
-Ya-Ya's is no Live at Leeds but not overrated. Kinda slow but whatta performance from Mick T/Keith on guitar on there
-Clapton (the bigot...sorry I couldn't resist) is God graffiti should be replaced by Mick Taylor is God graffiti
-My Obsession is the best song on Between The Buttons and a top 25 Stones song for me. Never noticed before in my "glory" days being an obnoxious troll. Very bass-heavy song.
-Mother's Little Helper a top 10 Stones song.
-who doesn't dig the fuzz tone on Satisfaction? Glad for how influential it is and that it exists. Still maybe only a top 50 Stones song for me.
Finally, Stones albums ranked/graded/tiered (Blue and Lonesome unranked cuz' only listened twice):
1. Sticky Fingers A+ (what else could it be?)
2. Exile on Main Street A+
3. Goat's Head Soup A+
4. Beggar's Banquet A+ (while Gimme Shelter their best, it's the other tracks on here that beat some of their similar Let It Bleed counterparts plus Let It Bleed has no analogy to Jig-Saw Puzzle!)
5. Let It Bleed A+ (Has Gimme Shelter and Midnight Rambler and Monkey Man, don't wanna pick on it too much!)
6. Aftermath A (songs that comprise both the British and American versions including the underrated Out of Time)
7. Some Girls A (lean, mean, un-PC too a cringe-worthy point at times, and has Keith's best rocker the FU Before They Make Me Run (over Happy).)
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8. Between the Buttons A- (songs that comprise both the British and American versions
9. Tattoo You A- (overrated and a shitty cover I'm never adding to my small vinyl collection, but still good with nary a filler.)
10. Voodoo Lounge A- (only reason for Steel Wheels to exist is that it gave them a dry run after the nadir of Dirty Work to get them to come up with this professional, entertaining product. Could have cut out a song or four.)
11. Bridges To Babylon B+ (even more filler than Voodoo Lounge but the best songs here are their best since mid-70s, yes even better than best Tattoo You songs. Anybody Seen My Baby I like in the same kind of way I like Angie. Has Flip the mother####in' Switch!)
12. The jumble that is their pre-Aftermath catalogue B+
them ####ing around-
13. Black and Blue B+ (Hand of Fate and Memory Motel only classics, but every other song has something to add to the party.)
14. Their Satanic Majesties Request B+ (40% of album bullshit but still entertaining if you take it as performance art and not songs, 60% classic including the Barret-like In Another Land and uber-classics Lantern and 2000 Light Years from Home
15. Emotional Rescue B (always a fun listen in background, doesn't measure up if magnifying song-by-song though)
16. Undercover B- (She Was Hot best song they wrote mostly in the 80s. Used to like this album more, but now see it for what it is which is still an admirable attempt to keep current but sleazy/fiery to use my own buzzwords. Songwriting lacking though for most part. She Was Hot could have been written in any post-Exile era of Stones. Too Much Blood great Alice Cooper impression once again like the earlier Dancing With Mr. D)
17. It's Only Rock N' Roll C+ (3 classics in title track, Time Waits For No One, and Fingerprint File. Okay Luxury is decent too. Should have saved for Black and Blue sessions or could have made Tattoo You even better. Rushed out lazy product)
18. Steel Wheels C+ (listenable but none too memorable)
19. A Bigger Bang C (like Axl sang or sings to this day nothing lasts forever...running backs effectiveness falls of a cliff and fast downhill and fast when they reach 30/certain amount of career carries and it's no different for hard-rock songwriters. Did not need to be 16 songs long. Rough Justice pretty decent actually if pale imitation of Flip the Switch. Streets of Love and Rain Fall Down decent pop songs too. Don't care if the rest exists)
20. Dirty Work D (The Survivor Eye of the Tigerish One Hit To The Body only thing that keeps it from an F).