- Audio CD (July 26 1994)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: EMI Music Canada
- ASIN: B000000W5D
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
|1. Hot Stuff|
|2. Hand Of Fate|
|3. Cherry Oh Baby|
|4. Memory Motel|
|5. Hey Negrita|
|7. Fool To Cry|
|8. Crazy Mama|
The glimmering exception to this observation is 'Hey Negrita' - a guitar-driven jam that does not overstay its welcome. Mixing elements of reggae, surf rock and funk, this track demonstrates the Stones' ability to embrace new musical styles without losing their distinct sound.
Overall, I would encourage every Rolling Stones fan to listen to this album. It would not be long before Mick & the boys would refine the elements presented here into a wildly successful follow-up album.
BLACK AND BLUE is up there with the best of the Stone's body of work. It's not as daring or encompassing as Exile on Main St., not as bluesy as Sticky Fingers, but it's also just as inspired as Beggar's Banquet or Let It Bleed, and after listening to those four impeccable masterpiece albums, I'd encourage you to add BLACK AND BLUE to the collection. It is a much better than IT'S ONLY ROCK N' ROLL, and is a good introduction to the brilliance that would continue to surface with SOME GIRLS
The craft of songwriting and recording is as palpable as the rest of their amazing work from the late 60s and early 70s. The biggest highlight of the album, by far, is MEMORY MOTEL. It's definitely one of the most beautiful rock songs ever written. It's epic, but not in the grand stratosphere of arena rock as say- STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN. It's subtle, charming and brilliant. In the same vain is FOOL TO CRY, which turned out to be the album's most popular song. It sounds very similar to MEMORY MOTEL in some aspects, but each song can stand on its own. There are other gems such as HAND OF FATE and CRAZY MAMA which can stand as the epitome of all hard rock Stones songs. It served as a precedent for many of the songs that would be heard on SOME GIRLS and TATTOO YOU, with less blues and more of what would be known as 70s Classic Rock. In addition, cuts like HOT STUFF, HEY NEGRITA and CHERRY OH BABY are all pseudo-reggae jams that are decent jams, but slightly redundant. However, they're above the rank of throw-away songs. Lastly, MELODY is my least favorite but it's not terrible, it's an ideal song that would be right at home in smokey bars everywhere.
So do yourself a FAVOR and buy a rock n' roll classic from the Rolling Stones - get BLACK AND BLUE.