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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.

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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.

Underrated Masterpiece

I thought the Stones had written descent music till coming into their own in "AfterMath". Their Psychedelic era had some great songs too but never reached the quality of what came before or what would come after in their peak years. In their peak years my favorites are "Let It Bleed" and "Exile On Main Street". The big reason I believe most of the reviews of this were negative or mixed was that it could be argued most of the new and up and coming music critics were the ones that grew up with the older stones. They had preferred Exile much more than the band did because it had a mix of their rise to fame and peak years' style in its beats. Herre they were trying to expand the horizons to both the 70s blues already there with the funk rock scene and very well in my opinion.

Despite what you might year definitely give this one a listen.


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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