I have very mixed feelings regarding The Rolling Stones as a live act. On one hand the Live In England 1965 is a tremendous live album that kinda makes the cover band era of The Rolling Stones obsolete. If you are sceptical regarding pre-Aftermath Stones than give that live performance a spin. It completely sums up John Mc praised of the early era "they were able to be fast, aggressive and tight all at the same time." Route 66 was a magnificent live performance
Get yer Ya ya is another good live album. However after that Mick Jagger became a self-caricature rock and roll vocalist completely unwilling to sing in tune and more interested in rock and roll energy and strut and barking rather than professionalism. It's like the stereotype of rock vocalist unable to sing. I find Brussell Affairs or Ladies and Gentleman is closed to unlistenable.
The stones did redeem themselves in the 90's when Mick Jagger returned to proper singing but everything in between there kinda sucks.
"-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. "
I agree it's A+ although I'm not entirely sure top 15 as they have many A+ songs but yeah it's great, the solo by Mick Taylor is awesome
"-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 "
All worthy songs
My Top 5
You Can't Always Get What You Want (I think it's the most transcendental spiritual song in the history of pop music)
2000 Light Years From Home
Route 66 (Live In England 1965)
She's A Rainbow
"-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. "
I'm currently listening to it. Surprisingly Mick Jagger actually hits the notes so it may actually be a listenable live album
-"One album I'm still as loony as ever over is Goat's Head Soup."
Hey it's pretty good. Every song in the album is gold especially 100 years ago. My only issue of GOat's Head soup is that while all the songs are well written they are perhaps are overly long song length that don't quite justified it. However a healthy 12/15 type album
"-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. "
Listen to Live in England 1965
"-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. "
The fuzz tone is fine. The songwriting in terms of lyrics and vocal melodies is fine. However I HATE THE RIFF. It's just going up and down the first three notes of a B minor scale.
Only Mick Taylor rescued Satisfaction in terms of riffage in the Ya-Ya live album by creating variations of the riff and changing it up.
"Finally, Stones albums ranked/graded/tiered"
1. Let It Bleed
2. Sticky Fingers
3. Exile On Main Street
4. Beggars Banquet
5. tattoo you
6. satanic majestie
8. between the buttons
9. Goats Head Soup
10. The Rolling Stones
11. Some Girls
12. Bridges to Babylon
13. It's Only Rock and roll
14. Voodoo Lounge
15. A Bigger Bang
16. Out of our heads
17. The Rolling Stones No. 2
18. Black And Blue
19. Steel Wheels
21. Lonesome and blues
22. Emotional Rescue
23. Dirty Works