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Editors’ Notes

The Stones awoke with a start from their psychedelic dream, both musically and spiritually. Beggars Banquet is the sound of that start, a decisive move toward their roots that would color the next five or so gloriously creative years. The record is best known, of course, for the brazen statements "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Street Fighting Man," but its skepticism and humor pervade nearly every cut. "No Expectations" is more proof of Jagger and Richards' ability to deliver heartrending ballads, while a cover of the Rev. Robert Wilkins' "Prodigal Son" shows how commandingly they'd mastered pre-electric blues. Even at its lightest, this is tough, smart music that remains endlessly listenable and challenging. Those wondering how they got to be called the greatest could begin learning the lesson here.

Customer Reviews

The beginning of the glory years

1968 to 1972 was the Stones artistic peak,and this album started it all.
After a less than stellar attempt to make their own Sgt. Pepper with "Their Satanic Majesties Request",the Stones needed to get back to what they do best.This is it.
Of course "Sympathy for the devil"is the best known track,but this album is loaded with classics
"Street fighting man"..."parachute woman"and "no expectations" to name a few.
This album is also significant because it is the last album the original lineup played on.Brian Jones was pushed out and Mick Taylor joined in the summer of 69.
Buy this won't be disappointed


One of the all-time great rock masterpieces & all you have to say is "don't sell fake covers". For your information this was the original cover art but the record company recalled it & went with the plain vanilla version of the cover. Yeah it's true.

Extremely Underrated

While Sympathy For The Devil is widely known, other gems on this record don't typically get the credit they deserve. The piano part in "Jigsaw Puzzle" gets me everytime and there's something hauntingly beautiful about "No Expectations". Anyway, a must-buy for any Stones collection.


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,...
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