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Editors’ Notes

By 1973 the Rolling Stones had asserted themselves as the self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Rock n' Roll Band" with a powerful live show that played up the strengths of their extensive and varied catalog and capitalized on the presence of guitar whiz Mick Taylor and a funky and capable horn section. On record, the band added keyboard whiz Billy Preston for two numbers and overall polished up their raw tones with the latest studio technology. As the album's keynote single, the Mick Jagger ballad "Angie" set a subdued tone that's also reflected in the sublime "Winter" and Keith Richards' drug-inspired "Coming Down Again." Goats Head Soup could never live up to the ambitious double-album sprawl of its predecessor,1972's Exile on Main Street, a now revered classic that was given mixed reviews upon its initial release, but it contains several classic Stones rockers, including the harrowing "Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)," "100 Years Ago," (both with Preston guesting on keys and clavinet,respectively), "Dancing With Mr. D." and the playfully risque "Star Star." The '60s were long over and the Rolling Stones were not about to be left behind.

Customer Reviews

Tragically underrated Stones.

People who hate on this album are typically the ones who expect the Stones to be a straightfoward, heavy blues rock band 100% of the time, and nothing else ever. This is one of the most varied albums they ever put out; from the funk rock of "Heartbreaker" and "100 Years Ago", to the great ballads of "Coming Down Again" (one of Keef's best vocal performances) and "Angie", to the borderline psychedelic "Can You Hear the Music", back to the straight-up hard rock of "Star Star" and "Silver Train".

This is a sorely underrated album. Had it not been the direct succesor to classics such as Let It Bleed and Exile, it might have fared much better critically. But who knows. Either way, if you're a fan of the Stones, you NEED this album!

A huge surprise waiting to be discovered

No doubt one of the lesser appreciated Stones album, nonetheless it more than delivers a solid punch. Is it comparable to Let it Bleed, Exile or Sticky Fingers? No but how few albums do compare. Take it for what it is on its on merits. For an even deeper appreciation read about the making of this work while Keef was basically exiled to Jamaica and hid to record in a local studio.


Mick Taylor makes this album what it is with his virtuosity on the guitar.


Formed: April, 1962 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time the Rolling Stones began calling themselves the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the late '60s, they had already staked out an impressive claim on the title. As the self-consciously dangerous alternative to the bouncy Merseybeat of the Beatles in the British Invasion, the Stones had pioneered the gritty, hard-driving blues-based rock & roll that came to define hard rock. With his preening machismo and latent maliciousness, Mick Jagger became the prototypical rock frontman, tempering...
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