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Tattoo You [Import]

Rolling Stones Audio CD
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1. Start Me Up
2. Hang Fire
3. Slave
4. Little T & A
5. Black Limousine
6. Neighbours
7. Worried About You
8. Tops
9. Heaven
10. No Use In Crying
11. Waiting On A Friend

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Often viewed as the band's last great album, Tattoo You contributed one true classic, "Start Me Up," to the Stones' canon. The song, still used as a concert finale, begins with a fat Keith Richards guitar riff and ends with a leering Mick Jagger murmuring about a woman who could "make a dead man come." The rest isn't as consistent as, say, "Sticky Fingers," but the fast-paced "Hang Fire," the surprisingly non-sexy "Waiting on a Friend," and Richards's "bitch"-filled "Little T&A" make this the Stones' best '80s release by far. Released in 1981, it was the right album at the right time, with strong singles just after MTV began. With typical savvy, the Stones maneuvered gently into the video age. --Steve Knopper

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good effort from a great band March 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Tattoo You proved the stones could still write and play good music. This album showed the stones playing a variety of styles. The first side is very solid. 'Slave' is a bit grating, but the other songs make for great listening. On side two, 'Worried About You' is a neat soul number with Mick using his falsetto voice. 'Waiting On A friend' is an underrated tune that has Mick showing a softer side of himself and some sax work by the great Sonny Rollins. I think it stands up alot better than other Stones albums from the eighties. Emotional Rescue, Undercover, Dirty Work, and Steel Wheels (to a lesser degree) pale in comparison to Tattoo You. They aren't complete disasters, but it's easy to separate the few gems from the filler. Yes, I know Tattoo You is comprised mostly of material not used (or perfected) on previous albums. That's what impresses me about this album. The songs were taken from various recording sessions and in some cases completely overhauled (Start Me Up originally had a reggae beat!). It resulted in an album that's still a pleasure to listen to 23 years later. Is it a classic stones album? Well, it's no Exile On Main Street, but if you want to hear a very good sounding stones album from the early eighties, Tattoo You is the one to get.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Visceral rock and moving ballads Sept. 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
Tattoo You contains some raucous rock 'n roll and a couple of beautiful, soulful ballads. Although not considered to be amongst their very best albums, there is enough here to make it a worthwhile purchase.
The opener, Start Me Up, is the Stones at their high powered best with its killer riff and insistent rhythm, whilst the melodic Hang Fire with its impressive vocals comes a close second. These were big hits and can be found on many Stones compilations.
The bluesy Black Limousine and the reggae-influenced Slave aren't bad either, but ballads like Tops and Heaven fall somewhat beneath their high standards. This may be forgiven though, since the closing number, the poignant Waiting On A Friend sees them at their soulful best. It's a moving ballad on a par with earlier great moments such as Wild Horses and Dead Flowers from 1971s Sticky Fingers album.
Overall Tatto You is thus an uneven work but the aforementioned highlights more than make up for the few tepid and uninspired ballads. I give it four stars but that is judging it by the high standards of their own work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars don't let TATTOO YOU pass you by . . . March 21 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
(corrected, Mar. 26,'03)
My Lord, when will people stop misjudging this CD ?
Forget the complaints that START ME UP and LITTLE T & A are just commercial shucks. If they are, they put many other commercial shucks to shame. ... GET this CD, and ROLL with it ...
HANG FIRE isn't any slacker-rocker either. Listen again.
... to appreciate, you gotta get INTO much of TATTOO YOU. It takes time. And time well spent ... great lines, repeated, "don't let the world pass you by ...don't let the world pass you by ..." : think about it. It's another 'Time Waits for No One,' another one of their best tunes ... ( see 'only rock and roll' CD.)
GET this CD, dudes, and rock 'til it sinks IN ...
SLAVE and TOPS are repititious, but damn GOOD. Three cheers and a hip-hip-hooray! for a band that can make repitition sound DGOOD, like the Stones do here. Think: how many bands get away with it ? these are MESSAGE songs, dam it .. be patient, and listen ... (there are worse homework assignments, believe me ...) ... good rock meditations/contemplation ...
GET this CD dudes ... and let it SINK IN ...
you ain't heard NUTHIN' yet, if you only give this EXCELLENT disc just a lick and a promise, and then 'dismiss it with a jest ...'
the intially lukewarm sounding WAITING ON A FRIEND reminds listeners of the need to think of a woman as a FRIEND, even if she is your lover. "Makin' love and breakin' hearts ... it is a game for fools ..." Preach it, Mick!!!! (check the Keno's Stones lyrics websites, and others, for this album ... it's WORTH it ... you'll be Stone-cold 'TATTOO YOU' sold ...)
so the Stones matured ...so, they ask you to listen a little bit longer ... IT'S WORTH IT !
OWN THIS CD ... and catch the deeper meaning of these tunes ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Stones, yes! July 1 2002
By Jinkyu
Format:Audio CD
When I first put on Tattoo You I was happy that it had the more familiar Stones sound, without the disco, punk, and experimentation of their albums of the previous few years that had been less than appealing, at least to me. Well, maybe "Heaven" is experimental, but the result is very nice, a lovely ambience. But for the most part, the rockers and ballads on this CD are a return to the basics, while at the same time having little redundance with respect to earlier songs. C'mon detractors, Keith Richards' "Little T & A" is really cool, one of the most quintessential Stones-sounding songs. The group also came up with one of their signature tunes here in "Start Me Up," not as strong as their classic rockers but certainly as catchy. "Hang Fire" is another good potent number. The more mellow stuff is on the latter part of the CD, and the last two tracks, the ballads "No Use in Crying" and "Waiting on a Friend," are very evocative. There are a few so-so cuts, but for the most part it is a solid lineup. Not only is "Tattoo You" authentic Rolling Stones, but it represents a latter-day high-water mark--they have not come up with anything better since.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE STONES
Published 5 months ago by dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great CD by the Rolling Stones that can stand up to any of the CDs from the classic period. Of course, as we all know, the Stones would never even come close to the quality of... Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by saxmaster3
4.0 out of 5 stars Stone's come a reckoning
In a decade that would produce a massive amount of outstanding music, what better way to start it than with this Stones' Milestone? Read more
Published on April 10 2004 by Damian P. Gadal
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Effort
This is a middle of the road album from the Stones. Waiting On A Friend, Start Me Up, Black Limousine, and Little T&A are noteworthy. The rest are lackluster efforts. Read more
Published on April 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars They Never Lost It!
We thought they lost it. What is it? The Flar, the talent, the emotion, and we thought they lost it because they made a bad disco album or two. Who were we kidding? Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars It's one of the nicest gems of the Stones
Tatto you is the best record that the Stones released in the 1980s and one of the best records they ever made. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by Riccardo Pelizzo
4.0 out of 5 stars "Twenty-Four Hours a Day........."
You could put this CD together with "Some Girls" and have a good double. Both remind me of the other. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2003 by Jerry Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars Best most modern of their long string of albums
Given that I'm a child of the 70s, not the 60s, I consider Tattoo You to be the Rolling Stones at their finest. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2003 by AbbieNormal
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockers to the front, ballads in the backseat,
And as usual, Mick is behind the wheel of the whole thing.
It's funny - if any other Stones album were organized like Tattoo You (rockers on side a, ballads on side b) I would... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003 by A. Webster
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
This album just doesn't work for me.
A collection of outtakes and half-finished songs from the past decade, "Tattoo You" came out in 1981, and produced two classic songs, the... Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2003 by Docendo Discimus
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