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Tattoo You Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (June 9 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0024RID6U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
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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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Product Description

Digitally remastered reissue of the veteran British Rock band's 1981 album. 11 tracks including 'Start Me Up', 'Hang Fire' and 'Black Limousine'.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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, 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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About 20 years ago, when I first got this album, I went into my basement room, put the stereo speakers on the floor facing each other, turned off all the lights, then reclined on the floor in total darkness with my head between the speakers, and listened to the whole thing. I was blown away. I love this album. Love it! From opening riff of the reggae song "Start Me Up" (yes, it's a REGGAE song!) to the soulful finish of "Waiting on a Friend," this Stones album is fine through and through. It's essentially a collection of outtakes from the Stones '70s albums, which Mick reworked somehow in the studio. He did a wonderful job. Charlie's drums, all three guitars, Mick's harmonica, plus the sax and other instruments are recorded in such a way that each instrument stands out with crystal clarity. Side one is snappy. Side two is more introspective. Listen closely for the lyrics in "Start Me Up," they are a lot of fun. "Hang Fire" is a real gem, and I especially like the opening drum roll. (Sometimes I play the opening three seconds to that one over and over again...try it sometime!) "Slave" is crunchy, groovy and soulful all at the same time. I think "Black Limo" is super, especially Mick's harmonica playing. And Mick's singing on "Worried About You" shows what he can do with his voice, from gentle falsetto to really belting it out. That one song is his best vocal performance ever recorded, in my opinion. This is Mick's album. (If you want to hear Keith's album, check out Undercover.)
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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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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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