What's this about Let It Bleed not being consistent? I beg to differ! While songs like Live With Me and Country Honk took a while for me to warm up to, I eventually developed appreciation for all these tracks. And MONKEY MAN, which was considered subpar by another reviewer, is my favorite track here. Too often folks overlook the value of Jagger's lyrics, and here they shine: "I'm a fleabit peanut monkey, all my friends are junkies - that's not really true!" "I'll stick my knife right down your throat and it hurts!" "You'd look good pram-pushin' down the high street!"
And if they were pushing buttons before with Satisfaction and Sympathy for the devil, they took the whole control board and threw it out the window when Mick begged repeatedly at the end of the title track: "You can come all over me!"
But to get serious, I don't think any other album released during the late 60s captured the late 60s the way Let it Bleed did. I was but a zygote (that means "not born") when this album came out, but I'm sure older Stones fans will agree that this record has all the blood, sweat, tears, and turmoil that was the late 60s. Beatles arguably released better albums, but none that depicted the "sweeping fire" like this one did. Bob Dylan's voice was missing from the music scene at this time as well. He was busy experimenting with introspective country songs. Simply put, The Stones picked up the torch, and started their best tour. Then, life imitated art at Altamont. The rest is history.