9 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Galvanized by their favorite American records, The Rolling Stones ripped the top off rock attitude on 1969’s Let It Bleed. With its ominous, patterned intro, “Gimme Shelter” heralds a whole new genre: apocalyptic soul-blues. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” is a luminous gospel-soul finale that’s balanced by “Country Honk” and “You Got the Silver,” a pair of scruffy acoustic jams. For all its grandeur, the album’s lifeblood is its pungent, snakelike grooves: “Midnight Rambler,” “Live With Me,” and the churning, lascivious title track.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Galvanized by their favorite American records, The Rolling Stones ripped the top off rock attitude on 1969’s Let It Bleed. With its ominous, patterned intro, “Gimme Shelter” heralds a whole new genre: apocalyptic soul-blues. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” is a luminous gospel-soul finale that’s balanced by “Country Honk” and “You Got the Silver,” a pair of scruffy acoustic jams. For all its grandeur, the album’s lifeblood is its pungent, snakelike grooves: “Midnight Rambler,” “Live With Me,” and the churning, lascivious title track.

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