First it should be said that this is one of the Stones' best sounding albums to this date as they were never really known for producing great "sound quality" albums. ...To our benefit, the recordings feature some of the best guitarists of the day particularly Wayne Perkins who has [great] Mick Taylor like solo in Hand Of Fate. As a player, he definitely outshines Ron Wood, who got the gig. The only so-so song is Oh Cherry Oh Baby, and I'm not that strong on Hot Stuff either. The best songs are Hand Of Fate, Memory Motel, Hey! Negrita, Fool to cry, and Melody, where Billy Preston shines as he sings very soulfully with Mick. Excellent piano from him too. There are only 8 tracks as well which did not bother me when I had the album but bothers me a bit now that I have the CD. Wish it was longer. All in all a great work by the Stones and definitely recommended. Oh, I forgot to mention - One of the best classic rock album sleeves you'll find here which shows the studio track layout for each song and documents all the overdubs etc...better with the album but good here too.