Goats Head Soup (2009 Remaster)
By 1973 the Rolling Stones had asserted themselves as the self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Rock n' Roll Band" with a powerful live show that played up the strengths of their extensive and varied catalog and capitalized on the presence of guitar whiz Mick Taylor and a funky and capable horn section. On record, the band added keyboard whiz Billy Preston for two numbers and overall polished up their raw tones with the latest studio technology. As the album's keynote single, the Mick Jagger ballad "Angie" set a subdued tone that's also reflected in the sublime "Winter" and Keith Richards' drug-inspired "Coming Down Again." Goats Head Soup could never live up to the ambitious double-album sprawl of its predecessor, 1972's Exile on Main Street, a now revered classic that was given mixed reviews upon its initial release, but it contains several classic Stones rockers, including the harrowing "Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)," "100 Years Ago," (both with Preston guesting on keys and clavinet,respectively), "Dancing With Mr. D." and the playfully risque "Star Star." The '60s were long over and the Rolling Stones were not about to be left behind.