A warm welcome to the third instalment of my series that aims to help you add some top quality music to your record collection. And I mean collection, in a physical form. It’s all well and good simply downloading music straight to your iPod or PC, but in my opinion, there’s still a little bit of added ‘cool’ when you actually have the album, along with the cover and any notes etc. Something to read on the bus or train back from town, building the anticipation to a point where all you want to do when you get home is head straight for the stereo and whack on your new purchase. Ask your parents/grandparents about the wonder that was vinyl(raise the subject tactfully though, don’t just go up to grandad and say “you’re old, tell me about those big black round things”), and they’ll no doubt go all misty-eyed and drift away on a sea of rose-tinted reminiscence. But anyway, on to the latest classic album that you simply MUST have:
Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones
Released in 1969, this is the last Stones album to feature the late Brian Jones before his final swim in July of the same year.
The album kicks off with the classic ‘Gimme Shelter’, easily one of the best songs written by the Jagger/Richards partnership to date. It has a sort of echoey distance about it, perhaps summing up the mood of the times, after the ‘Summer of Love’ in ’67 and the widespread riots in ’68, the world was in a dark place.
From there, you get the country blues sound of ‘Country Honk’ a country re-working of ‘Honky Tonk Women’, which, while being essentially the same song, has it’s own charm.
Adios music fans. Until next time.