10 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mick Jagger spent the ‘70s trying on new styles and trying to keep his band together. This would be guitarist Mick Taylor’s last album with the group, and his fluid playing enhances the band’s slash-and-burn aesthetic throughout most of it. There’s a ferocity to “If You Can’t Rock Me,” but Taylor can be best heard on the gorgeously melodic “Time Waits for No One.” The album is deliciously diverse, from the Motown swagger of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and the classic Stones rip of “Dance Little Sister” to the hard rock reggae of “Luxury” and the striking ballads “Till the Next Goodbye” and “If You Really Want To Be My Friend.” The Stones intuitively understood what was demanded from a band in the ‘70s and found a way to deliver it without losing their signature sound. Jagger emerges as the prototypical rock ‘n’ roll singer, phrasing ingeniously and leading with a well-deserved smirk, especially on the Ron Wood–inspired title track. They have a laugh with the backroom goof of “Short and Curlies” and tighten up for the apocalyptic funk of “Fingerprint File.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Mick Jagger spent the ‘70s trying on new styles and trying to keep his band together. This would be guitarist Mick Taylor’s last album with the group, and his fluid playing enhances the band’s slash-and-burn aesthetic throughout most of it. There’s a ferocity to “If You Can’t Rock Me,” but Taylor can be best heard on the gorgeously melodic “Time Waits for No One.” The album is deliciously diverse, from the Motown swagger of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and the classic Stones rip of “Dance Little Sister” to the hard rock reggae of “Luxury” and the striking ballads “Till the Next Goodbye” and “If You Really Want To Be My Friend.” The Stones intuitively understood what was demanded from a band in the ‘70s and found a way to deliver it without losing their signature sound. Jagger emerges as the prototypical rock ‘n’ roll singer, phrasing ingeniously and leading with a well-deserved smirk, especially on the Ron Wood–inspired title track. They have a laugh with the backroom goof of “Short and Curlies” and tighten up for the apocalyptic funk of “Fingerprint File.”

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Ratings and Reviews

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Capitalism and Freedom ,

It's Only Rock N' Roll

This is one of my personal favorite The Rolling Stones albums. This album has a great flow, track after track. Also, this album has great vocals, great drum solos, and great guitar solos as well. Finally, the instruments wrap around the vocals like no other, and intertwine perfectly. Definitely looking forward to the next limited play album, and extended play album from The Rolling Stones.

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