Beggars Banquet Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
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Limited edition vinyl pressing of this beloved Stones album featuring the original artwork. Decca.
Beggars Banquet is among the Stones two or three greatest albums, so it's also among the very best rock & roll albums ever made. Though known for its twin anthems of social decay, "Sympathy For The Devil" and "Street Fighting Man," it's actually the album's gritty yet beautiful acoustic country and country-blues numbers--"Dear Doctor," "Prodigal Son," "No Expectations," "Factory Girl"--that has helped Beggars stand up so effectively through the years--that and the fact that Keith Richard's lyrics here often come as close to sincerity as he's capable. When he sings "Let's drink to the hard working people," for once you almost believe him. --David Cantwell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Recently, a friend of mine asked me to tape the best Stones albums for him and, of course, the absolute essentials of the Stones albums are their Big Five: "Between the Buttons," "Beggars," "Let it Bleed," "Sticky Fingers" and the piece de resistance: "Exile on Main Street."
But in going through them all, I found myself paying more attention to "Beggars," which I usually throw over in favor of its big city cousin, "Let it Bleed," and which is arguably the one of the five I listen to the least.
What an incredibly strange album for the Stones to have releaed in 1968. Yes there's lots of typical Stonesian stuff here ("Sympathy," "Stay Cat Blues," "Jig-Saw Puzzle") but clearly, "Satanic Majesties" purged them of their urge to be trendily psychedelic because this is an album full of acoustic and steel guitars, stocked with jugs of Jagger's acre-broad drawl. And, yes, it wasn't unusual to see an electric band head into acoustic territory in the late 60s but still... the year after the summer of love, what did people make of fashion plates like the Stones recording material along the lines of "Dear Doctor" and "Prodigal Son" ?
Founding member Brian Jones may have been in a holding pattern over Heathrow at the time, but fortunately other ingredients coagulated: Jimmy Miller's chunky production, the session playing of Nicky Hopkins and Ry Cooder, and influences on Keith Richards, who was clearly listening to lots of diverse blues and R&B records at the time.
Strange, beautiful record. I've started listening to it in my shower-stall CD player in the mornings and it sounds just like a cold beer with breakfast after a late night.
Most recent customer reviews
Superb album but the sound quality is poor. I give it a 4 out of 5 because this Stone's album is a classic...poor sound quality or not. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joanne L. Korek
This is an amazing album as many probably know the sound on the record is amazing and smoothe. The clear vinyl looks amazing while being played. Read morePublished 11 months ago by matt
Stones getting back to basics and kicking off 4 or 5 glorious albums from here. Vinyl played flawlessly. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Alejandro S.
It was well packaged and I couldn't wait to hear this one. I had the one that my dad gave me (Original) but the crackling and skipping, made it difficult to enjoy it lie I did with... Read morePublished on May 17 2013 by Daniel Champagne
One of the finest Stones albums. Street Fighting Man, with its slurred anarchistic lyrics, is possibly the most meaningful, emotional Stones track ever.Published on April 25 2013 by eeyoore
I may be going out on a limb here, but I think Beggar's Banquet was the first true Stones CD of their modern sound. Read morePublished on May 20 2011 by LeBrain