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  posted on 3/1/2010 at 10:30 PM
We hear a lot of great things about the Stones' 60s and early 70s era (Brian Jones and Mick Taylor). But apparently not a lot of love for following decades when Ronnie Wood came aboard. The mid 70s was when their live shows became more extravagant, and their music even started to embrace the emerging disco trends.

From the period starting with LOVE YOU LIVE, and ending with STEEL WHEELS, what were the Stones' best musical moments?

LOVE YOU LIVE 1976
BLACK AND BLUE 1977
SOME GIRLS 1978
EMOTIONAL RESCUE 1980
SUCKING IN THE SEVENTIES 1981
TATTOO YOU 1981
STILL LIFE 1981
UNDERCOVER 1983
DIRTY WORK 1986
STEEL WHEELS 1989












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  posted on 3/1/2010 at 11:15 PM
Some Girls was a great album. After three dissapointing LPs in a row people were believing they were through. On the '78 tour they played all but one song off it. It sold 10 million and really gave their career a new life.
 

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  posted on 3/1/2010 at 11:35 PM
I love every Stones disc, but of the ones you mentioned, Some Girls and Tattoo You are my faves. Of course, Tattoo You is a collection of old tunes polished up.

"Black and Blue" does have some great stuff. They picked the wrong radio singles. They should have gone with "Hand of Fate" - I do love "Crazy Mama" even if it borders on self-parody (like Rod's "Hot Legs.") The album has great grooves, though it neglects the blues.

In more recent years, I also really like Stripped and Voodoo Lounge. I do consider "Steel Wheels" the start of a new era, post-Ian Stewart. I think of Dirty Work as the end of the era that you list.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2010 at 11:38 PM
I think that anything after Tatoo You was just ok, if not downright dissappointing. I feel that at that point, they kind of felt that they could put out anything & people would buy it. When they started doing those really big extravagant shows, the music sort of became secondary, which is a shame.
 

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  posted on 3/1/2010 at 11:41 PM
"Some Girls" was my first & is still my favorite Stones album! It covers just about everything punk, soul, disco, country, rock. "Black and Blue" is my least favorite and to me "Love You Live" is their best live album. Mick Taylor was great but to me Ronnie Wood fits in better with the boys!

 

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  posted on 3/1/2010 at 11:49 PM
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"Some Girls" was my first & is still my favorite Stones album! It covers just about everything punk, soul, disco, country, rock. "Black and Blue" is my least favorite and to me "Love You Live" is their best live album. Mick Taylor was great but to me Ronnie Wood fits in better with the boys!


Ron Wood must fit better, being he's been there for 35 yrs., but the Mick Taylor era was the best. They were the baddst of the bad boys and just could flat out play some damn fine music back then. To me anyway.

 

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  posted on 3/1/2010 at 11:55 PM
i love a lot of those albums. the stones are my favorite band
 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 02:13 AM
Well, I want to comment on all those albums, but, IMO, I think "Waiting On A Friend" on Tattoo You is one of the best studio recordings they have ever done. Another nod to the Mick Taylor nods too, "Time Waits For No One" off of Its Only Rock and Roll (Not mentioned , I know) is one of they're best tunes ever too.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 09:53 AM
I'm a fan of all Stones music....

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 10:38 AM
Two of my favorite Stones albums are Some Girls and Tattoo You

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 10:52 AM

I honestly don't know the albums (other than Some Girls) all that well after 1974 or so....but what I've heard, despite occasional good tunes (Start Me up, ...waiting on a friend, Beast of Burden, etc.) just doesn't come close to '68 to '74, and especially the Taylor records. It's not just Taylor, I think he brought a great sound to a band that was hitting it's stride with song writing, etc. Just a perfect storm during that time....

For those who caught the live tours in the late '70s and early '80s, I'm sure you were not disappointed, they were still the Stones and had plenty of material to draw from.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 11:36 AM
"Waiting on a Friend" and "Tops" are actually Mick Taylor-era tracks that they added overdubs to and put on "Tattoo You." I believe Taylor eventually got some credit or compensation for them.

Though I love all of the Stones stuff, I prefer the Mick Taylor era for many reasons, and I certainly have to argue with the idea that Ron Wood fits the band any better than Taylor did. Image-wise, perhaps, Woody has the sleaze thing down pat, which has helped the Stones caricature themselves; chops-wise, he has crafted a sound similar to Keef's, though as an Allman Brothers fan, I would certainly say I see more merit in having two interestingly distinct guitarists rather than two incredibly similar ones!!! Personality-wise, Woody has helped keep the Stones alive because he is a merry chap who gets along well with others. He is a rock'n'roller for sure.

Mick Taylor got too into playing lead guitar for Keith's taste - or so Keith claimed AFTER Mick quit the band!!! I do hear times in their live work where you can say he was excessive. However, when I listen to "Sticky Fingers" and "Exile," I certainly hear a guitarist who fit the Stones very well! Don't you?

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 11:44 AM
I can still see/hear/smell the day that I purchased Some Girls as the first record to play on my brand new Phillips Turntable (with the orange elevator type heat sensor controls) and cranked up Miss You. What a day; what a record. One of my favorite Stone's records (perhaps second only to Let it Bleed
 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 11:59 AM
I love the Stones.
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IMO, I think "Waiting On A Friend" on Tattoo You is one of the best studio recordings they have ever done. Another nod to the Mick Taylor nods too, "Time Waits For No One" off of Its Only Rock and Roll (Not mentioned , I know) is one of they're best tunes ever too.
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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 02:11 PM
it is interesting to consider how the thematic saxophone melody line (which Mick also sings in falsetto) in "Waiting on a Friend" sounds like a cousin to Mick Taylor's recurring lead guitar melody line in "Time Waits for No One", especially considering his role in both songs.
 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 04:12 PM
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I'm a fan of all Stones music....


Me too!

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 04:13 PM
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I can still see/hear/smell the day that I purchased Some Girls as the first record to play on my brand new Phillips Turntable (with the orange elevator type heat sensor controls) and cranked up Miss You. What a day; what a record. One of my favorite Stone's records (perhaps second only to Let it Bleed



Without a doubt, it was a classic!!

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 04:15 PM
All this being said, Get Your Ya Ya's out will always be my favorite Stones album.

After that I'll go Let It Bleed and then Some Girls.

My least favorite Stones song is Start Me Up.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 08:15 PM

My least favorite Stones song is Start Me Up.


Really?? I know it loses something when you hear it all of the time.....but I still prefer it to say.....

"Between a Rock & a Hard Place" among others.....

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 09:32 PM
Some Girls is definitely one of if not my favorite Stones album. We used to crank that one on our way back and forth to Robert Moses Beach the year it came out.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 09:55 PM
I remember listening to Some Girls on Philly radio in 1978 with my mom. She turned me on to rock and roll and my friends couldn't believe she was so cool to like "our" music.

This was a fertile period for the Stones as they released the under appreciated Tattoo You in 80 or early 81, I don't exactly recall.

On another note, we all went to see the Stones @ JFK on September 26th 1981, the previous day there was a "sick out" as most everyone else went on Friday and ditched school. What fun those days were. That was my 1st outdoor show. The Stones, Thorogood and Journey, although I kinda remember Journey being booed even though they were touring on their Escape album.

Ticket price for this extravaganza? $15.75

 

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I remember listening to Some Girls on Philly radio in 1978 with my mom. She turned me on to rock and roll and my friends couldn't believe she was so cool to like "our" music.

This was a fertile period for the Stones as they released the under appreciated Tattoo You in 80 or early 81, I don't exactly recall.

On another note, we all went to see the Stones @ JFK on September 26th 1981, the previous day there was a "sick out" as most everyone else went on Friday and ditched school. What fun those days were. That was my 1st outdoor show. The Stones, Thorogood and Journey, although I kinda remember Journey being booed even though they were touring on their Escape album.

Ticket price for this extravaganza? $15.75


I was at that JFK show too. In 78, me & 2 friends came back from Wildwood during senior week to see the Stones, only to find that the show was cancelled. We turned around & partied the whole way back.

I remember walking out on Journey at the Tower around the same time, right after Steve Perry joined the band. They were a great hard rocking band before he came along. They came out in spandex pants & high heeled sneakers. Me & my buddy looked at each other, laughed, listened to about 3 songs & couldn't take it anymore.

 

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I remember listening to Some Girls on Philly radio in 1978 with my mom. She turned me on to rock and roll and my friends couldn't believe she was so cool to like "our" music.

This was a fertile period for the Stones as they released the under appreciated Tattoo You in 80 or early 81, I don't exactly recall.

On another note, we all went to see the Stones @ JFK on September 26th 1981, the previous day there was a "sick out" as most everyone else went on Friday and ditched school. What fun those days were. That was my 1st outdoor show. The Stones, Thorogood and Journey, although I kinda remember Journey being booed even though they were touring on their Escape album.

Ticket price for this extravaganza? $15.75


I was at that JFK show too. In 78, me & 2 friends came back from Wildwood during senior week to see the Stones, only to find that the show was cancelled. We turned around & partied the whole way back.

I remember walking out on Journey at the Tower around the same time, right after Steve Perry joined the band. They were a great hard rocking band before he came along. They came out in spandex pants & high heeled sneakers. Me & my buddy looked at each other, laughed, listened to about 3 songs & couldn't take it anymore.


How funny is that, don't want to send this forum in another direction, but I suppose Journey was trying to hit it big with the masses, kinda lost touch with their roots after this.

Hard to believe this was almost 30 yrs ago. Forgot to mention that these shows in Philly opened the Stones tour that year, they had been on hiatus for 3 years and were embarking on a huge stadium tour.

Anyway, maybe we can share stories over beers @ an Allmans' show sometime.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 10:28 PM
maybe we can
 

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maybe we can


I'm still in the Philly area

 
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