Goats Head Soup Import, SHM-CD
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Japanese only SHM-SACD pressing. Universal. 2011.
Exilés fiscaux, pourchassés par toutes les brigades des stups du monde occidental, les Stones finissent par s'installer à la Jamaïque pour mettre en boîte Goat's Head Soup. Les cinq années précédentes, ils n'ont enregistré que des chefs d'oeuvre et sont un peu attendus au tournant. Keith Richards est trop occupé à tester toutes les spécialités illégales de l'île pour être efficace. Mick Jagger prend donc les affaires en main et décide d'enregistrer plusieurs ballades, dont le futur tube planétaire "Angie". Longtemps considéré comme un album moyen, Goat's Head Soup a bien passé l'épreuve du temps : c'est un grand disque malade et schizophrène, partagé entre riffs poisseux ("Doo Doo Doo Doo", "Dancing With Mr D.") et ballades poudreuses ("Coming Down Again", "Winter"). --Hubert Deshouse --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If it were not for the overplayed and highly overrated "Angie" and the absence of Brian Jones, this album may have been placed in the pantheon of the top five 'Stones albums. Alas, this album is lucky to break into the top ten.
Compared to most of the rest of the Stones' output after this point however, Goat's Head is a veritable triumph. Many critics gave Tattoo You a better rating than this album out of nostalgia, but had this album been released in 1981 in Tatoo's stead, it would have been deservedly rated much higher.
If you are a Rolling Stones fan this album is a necessity. Not as much so as Exile, Beggar's, Let it Bleed and about seven more albums, but it's up there.
This is a Rolling Stones album from the high point of their career - don't penalize it because it's merely excellent.
There were 23 songs recorded during the Goat's Head Soup sessions between Nov 25-30 and Dec 6-21, 1972 at Dynamic Sound Studios in Kingston, Jamaica. Only 8 of them made it onto Goat's Head Soup. Keith had made strong connections with the Jamaican reggae musicians and had recently bought a house in Jamaica, so he was the driving force behind the sessions. The band included Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins (piano), Billy Preston (organ), Bobby Keys (sax), Chuck Finley (trumpet), Jim Horn (horn), and of course Ian Stewart on piano. Sonny Rollins played sax on Waiting On A Friend. Final mixes were done at Island Recording in London May 28 - Jun 20, 1973. Hide Your Love was recorded in separate sessions on May 23 & 26 at Olympic Studios in London. Silver Train was recorded during the mixing at Island in London.
Interesting notes include:
.....The UK version of the album had one verse censored and deleted from Star#$!Read more ›
The album's groove picks back up with the goodtime roadhouse sound of "Silver Train," a classic sounding jam that seems to find its way on every Rolling Stones record. Complete with a great guitar solo, a faraway harmonica, classy background vocals, and typically oblivious lyrics like, "I did not know her name!" "Silver Train is the Rolling Stones at their finest. "Hide Your Love" is a bluesy piano track with more smoking guitars, handclaps, and a drawling Mick Jagger at the helm. A sense of typical soul finds its way on "Can You Hear the Music," but the rollicking "Star Star," the album's closer, is the best on the record. Chock full of Hollywood sleaze, with lyrics that are shocking even by today's standards, this song proves once more that these guys don't care what anybody thinks.
All of these songs are somewhat unknown except for the album's biggest hit "Angie". It is overlooked and doesnt deserve the respect as an album that it should. Really, it's no worse than "Beggars" although I like Beggars better.
But when you come down to it, this is the Stones. The Stones will always be the Stones so even from the spooky opener to the album "Dancing With Mr. D" to the closer "Star Star" this album is a great piece of work. The riff's are good too. If you listen to the Mr.D riff it is almost the same as Jumping Jack Flash backwards.
I guess what I am trying to say is ignore the critics and other Stones fans that put this album down. It is an album to own and if you buy it you will found out why.....
Most recent customer reviews
Fun, eclectic album. Not as airtight as some of their earlier stuff but still very strong. Critics who say this album is "not as good as Exile" are missing the point. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jimbo Jones
This is pretty typical of the albums that the Stones put out in the 70's. Some great tunes, some hidden gems and filler thrown in on top. Read morePublished on May 21 2013 by Sir Steven
I brought this home the day it appeared in the local record store.As a huge Rolling Stones fan,bought it in the belief that it would be as great as others of the period,that I... Read morePublished on April 27 2013 by Jim Campbell
Goat's Head Soup was originally released Aug 31, 1973 and went to #1 in both the US and the UK. I have found it quite rewarding that over the years this one has gained respect and... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Richard R. Carlton
Goats Head Soup isn't as good as Exile on Main St., but really.. what IS? I personally think it's a fitting follow up to the power that Exile held. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Victor
This album is not under rated. The songs "Angie" and "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (heartbreaker)" are very good indeed and might be a reason to get the album, but the rest of the material... Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by L. B. Ivarsson
'Goat's Head Soup' is an album where I could tell The Rolling Stones were losing grip. All the drug used was finally starting to get to them. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
Goats Head Soup is one of the best albums that The Rolling Stones ever recoreded. It came out right out after Exile On Main St. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Morton
Okay, it's not one of the Stones' best, but 'Goats Head Soup' is still a fine rock album to own. The problem with is, I suppose, is that's it's not a very good album for hardcore... Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Itamar Katz