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Beggars Banquet

The Rolling Stones

1968

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Beggars Banquet

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3.69

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"Beggar's Banquet" is a bit of a roller coaster of an album. It's blues, it's rock, it's got some country-ajacent moments ... it's kinda all over the place but everywhere it goes is good. It's a raw sound in all the best ways. This is where The Stones came back to their roots, tried a bunch of stuff out, and decided who they wanted to be musically and culturally. These songs are objectively great. The recording, however ... well, there are some significant issues with the production which pulled it back a star for me.

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5

Was listening to this fairly regularly from 04-07. The songs sparkle just as much now as they did then. Great storytelling, wonderful slinky and spare guitar work. Everything on this album works and feels lived in while feeling just slightly rough. It's like visiting an old friend.

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5

A classic album. Sympathy for the Devil is incredible - the lyrics, the intricate and uncommon musical arrangements, Jagger's delivery. It's a great kickoff to an album full of different styles that show the depth of ability of this band. The Stones aren't one of the greatest bands of all time for no reason. Hugely talented and man do they play on this album. Love the blues sound on Parachute Woman - simple, stripped down, and forceful. Prodigal Son is also has a cool bluesy sound. If you like Street Fighting Man (which I do), check out Rage's version of it on their cover album Renegades (also very good). Salt of the Earth is a beautiful song to end the album; great lyrics too.

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5

The first album in the Stones golden period (68-73). They went from a rock and roll/bluesy cover group to worldwide stardom. Their honky tonk influences are starting to show up here, but the heart of this album is still blues. Obviously has one of their biggest hits in Sympathy for the Devil, but has some good deep cuts that combine Keith Richards’ marvelous guitar composition with Jagger’s passionate vocals. This would also be the last album to feature founding member, resident douchebag genius Brian Jones playing on all songs (he would play on Let It Bleed for two tracks but was basically tuned out because of alcohol and drugs) before he drowned in 1969. Not my personal favorite of this period or their music, but has some of my favorite songs. Favorite song: Street Fighting Man Least favorite song: Factory Girl

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5

My favorite Stones album with my favorite Stones song opening it. I recommend the mono box set version. The mix has a much stronger rhythm section and piano. No Expectations is a sentimental ballad and the perfect choice for the track that comes after. The slide guitar the Brian Jones adds to the track is what takes the song from ordinary to extraordinary. I could go on for paragraphs but I'll just highlight a few more things that make this album great. Jigsaw Puzzle has some great bass playing by Bill Wyman and the coloring that mellotron adds at the end is great (Brian Jones again!). Street fighting man is another stones classic. The Sitar makes this song stand out by being just being in the right spot in the mix so that you know it's there but not dominating the track. Stray cat blues has that great instrumental in the last minute and a half of the song. Love the fiddle in Factory Girl. Salt of the Earth is one of those rare moments that feature Keith on lead vocals (if only for a bit) and the song is a fine tribute to the common man and makes a great closer to the album. Easy easy easy 5 stars here!

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5

Last Stones album with Brian Jones (who had become almost useless by this stage), and the beginning of their imperial period. The mix of blues, country and rock was really what made the Stones of this period what they were at their best. Some great songs (and, of course, Sympathy for the Devil). generally, the recording has enough grit in it to catch my attention, the arrangements are becoming more ambitious (choir on Salt of the Earth, exotic percussion all around), without sounding too much like they are just trying hard to be the Beatles. there was better yet to come, but this really is a classic album, and the first of the Stones records I really love.

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5

Already the most disingenuous band of the age, this is where the Stones outgrow any notion that their songs are about them, throw on the gaudiest costumes they can find, and take their heroic rock theatre to a grander stage than anyone else. Their world-beating revue features everyone from Satan to Bob Dylan to abdicatin' sweethearts to revolutionaries to perverts to Alan Sillitoe protagonists to everyday proles.

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Maybe I’ve taken their albums for granted.

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This may be sacrilegious to say but this was just an okay album for me. None of the songs really stood out, except for a couple of the tracks were incessantly long.

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s'alright

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Out of the blocks fast, before belly flopping. They should steer clear of the ballads. Hey, you hear that, Mick? It's probably too late. Yeah, just checked it out, The Rolling Stones have had loads more songs since this. How can you have an album with Sympathy for the Devil as the opener and the follow it up with such filler crap? It picks up again a bit, but I was angry after tracks 2 and 3.... well not angry, but disappointed.

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woo woo, woo woo, woo woo, woo woo,woo woo, woo woo, woo woo, woo woo,woo woo, woo woo, woo woo, woo woo,woo woo, woo woo, woo woo, woo woo. that ones really good. not so keen on noncey mick and his 15 year old. take the singles off and there are a couple of alright tracks, but stuff you'd expect from some no name, nothing to back up the reputation this album has that consitently gets it into top 100s of all time. but yeah woo woo woo woo woo woo woo woo is dead good.

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Genre: Roots Rock 2/5 It's 1968. Rock 'n Roll is continuing to progress at an alarming rate. The Beatles are experimenting with heavier instrumentation in songs like Happiness Is a Warm Gun and Helter Skelter, forecasting the psychedelic blues movement that was about to explode out of the UK with acts like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Jimi Hendrix is breaking down the rock barriers in an even bigger way, writing and playing some of the most influential pieces of guitar music ever written and played. The Velvet Underground was also foraying into new-fangled territory: a more raw, dissonant, experimental sound that would influence musicians for ages. And then you have The Rolling Stones, who are still making songs with harmonies that sound like choo-choo trains. Beggars Banquet is an album with one big fat, juicy single, Sympathy for the Devil, which features the aforementioned choo-choo's, and 9 other completely stale blues rock offerings that really make you wonder what the heck was going on. As the rest of the music world was progressing and moving forward, the Stones did the exact opposite, and they did it in the most bland and milquetoast way possible. The album does one thing right, it's immaculately produced and mixed, and sounds wonderful, but nothing is happening that leads me to believe this album belongs on the list besides its name recognition. Decent solos here and there, too, but really not enough to make it worth it. Sorry to any Stones fans, this just wasn't for me.

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0.5/5 Worst Album I’ve listened to yet, worst album I’ve ever listened to

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5

Best rolling stones album

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5

So bluesy

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5

Not my favourite Rolling Stones but definitely a good one I didn't really know. Deserves my 5 stars!

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5

maneiro

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5

Great Album! Classic Stones!

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5

Excellent.

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5

pretty good album. it is the rolling stones after all

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5

Love this

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5

Incredible album. It makes me wonder how I never heard much of the Rolling Stones before this. Loved the storytelling on Dear Doctor. Favorite song is Jigsaw Puzzle, no least favorite?

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5

I really like the kind of blues influence that was present throughout this whole album. Also this is the first time I listened to a whole Rolling Stones album, I liked it!

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5

Really great album; some hits, mixed with great lesser-known tracks. Most tracks I had never heard before. Highlights: -Sympathy for the Devil -Jig-Saw Puzzle -Street Fighting Man -Prodigal Son

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5

Enjoyed listening to the Rolling Stones. Would listen to more of them.

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5

Been a long time since I've listened to this record, it's just not one of my go-tos for the Stones. But it's a great one, kind of a sleeper even though only a couple of their bigger songs.

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5

Smithers, have The Rolling Stones killed.

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5

It tells the story of a man that forgot his own name, and he keeps asking people to guess it...

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5

Niceeee

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5

Very good

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5

Classic.

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5

a bluesy album, epic storytelling, tongue in cheek at times as per the Stones, a rootsy comedown from mind altering styles of the times. Like they sat in a room and went right back to their own influences alongside experiences gained from fame so far.Love it.

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5

I love a good period drama so WitchCraft was the best song for me

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5

Happy buzz, Jigsaw Puzzle is a tune

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5

I have to buy this

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5

The beginning of the most fertile period for the Stones. ‘68-‘72

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5

Great album. Stones at the best

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5

yes and hell, yes.

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5

[Sympathy For The Devil] Н: "Срочно, найдите дешёвый способ сделать нашего злодея обаятельным!"

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5

No Expectations and the final track automatically make this a 5 star album.

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5

Loved it. More bluesy/“country” than I imagined but awesome to listen to.

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5

Very good

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5

Great album one The Stones best. 5 stars as far as I'm concerned but I'm a fan. Favorite songs... Sympathy for the Devil No Expectations Jigsaw Puzzle (love this song) Street Fighting Man Prodigal Son 5-star album

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5

Obviously a great album, but I don't think it quite hits the heights of later Stones records. It's the beginning of their golden era though. This through maybe Goat's Head Soup are all just great records.

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5

Un dels discos de rock més creatius i inspirats dels '60. No hi ha tema que no sigui excel.lent, però és que a més hi són puntals del génere com 'Street Fighting Man', 'Sympathy for the Devil', 'No Expectations'... Una joia a disfrutar sovint

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5

More toned down, real acoustic greatness. Awesome songs and a great album

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5

I saw The Rolling Stones live a week ago and was hoping for an album of theirs. I had never seen them in concert before and I had a whole new appreciation for their music and their energy (especially for a bunch of really old dudes). Thus, I've been going through their albums and this one was really the beginning of when they cemented themselves into history as the greatest rock and roll band ever and went back to more of a blues rock based sound. This isn't my favorite Rolling Stones album, but I have to give it a 5 to lift it above other albums I've given 4's to. Woo hoo, woo hoo, wooo hoo!

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5

A solid album from the band's strongest period. I've listened before but not in full for maybe 15 years. I seem to be in a minority but the only song I really didn't like was Jig-Saw Puzzle. The rest was consistently good to excellent roots rocks and blues rock. The stand outs have to be Sympathy For The Devil and Street Fighting Man and years of rock radio exposure has reinforced that but Parachute Woman and Salt Of The Earth the other highlights for me.

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5

Excellent!!!

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5

No soy muy fan de Los Stones pero este se me hizo un excelente disco

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5

One of the best Stones albums. Easy 5.

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5

Sympathy for the Devil is such a damn good song, but I don't think I've listened to this whole album before so I'm excited. I do love the Rolling Stones a lot.

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5

One of the Stones best albums, it was the last time Brian Jones had some real input for the songs and it shows.

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5

Great!

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5

Interesting to see the different play counts on this album. Classic.

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5

A great album from a great band

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5

I enjoyed this album through and through. Two recognized songs

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5

Most of the tracks were amazing. And I’ve put several of them on playlists to listen to over again.

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5

Whole album flowed really well.

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5

Proper album, they don't make them like this anymore

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5

Love the Stones. Sympathy for the Devil is one of my faves

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5

Classic

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Classic

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5

Rolling Stones oder Beatles - ich war immer eher Beatles Fan, aber diese Lieder sind unsterblich, vor allem Sympathy For The Devil

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5

Marvelous, geniuses....Personally I prefer other Stones album but the blues on this is great

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5

My first purchase, this album holds a special place in my musical heart. Terrific Stones from start to finish.

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5

This is the start of the peak period of creativity for the Rolling Stones. A great rock album that explores the roots of the genre, with blues rhythms, and also some early examples of hard rock. "Sympathy for the Devil" is a anthem, a masterpiece that embodies everything that rock could be, and "Street Fighting Man" has such beautiful layers of acoustic guitar and sitar, and a very unique riff.

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5

Please allow me to introduce myself I'm a man of wealth and taste I've been around for a long, long years Stole million man's soul an faith - Sympathy for the devil

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5

So much blues

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5

My first full stones album. Loved the variety in style, which somehow came together well as a whole.

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5

Some classics here and if anyone says otherwise they’re wrong

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5

The last album to feature a significant contribution from Brian Jones, it's also one of their best. It has the classic stones sound mixed with some interesting experiments, some memorable songs and a great production. Everyone knows tracks like 'Sympathy For The Devil' and 'Street Fighting Man' but I equally love genre experiments like the lengthy Dylan-ish 'Jigsaw Puzzle' and folky 'Factory Girl' (featuring an unusual fiddle and mandolin arrangement). Some of the lyrics are a bit, ahem, risque ("parachute woman land on me tonight"). The Stones became a lot less experimental and a lot more generic after this album, which is a shame.

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5

Real excitement, fun rebellion. Stones on fire

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5

Any record that opens with “Sympathy” has a huge headstart, but it builds from there; just the transition to “No Expectations” points to the mostly mellow and sometimes lovely journey ahead. “Parachute Woman,” “Jigsaw Puzzle” and “Factory Girl” are all underappreciated gems. The playing feels loose, almost tossed-off at times, but it’s actually quite crisp and controlled – what the Stones did best, not exactly making it look easy but looking cool and insouciant while doing it well (and sometimes wild). All that plus “Street Fighting Man,” the awesomeness of which is easy to forget somehow and a truly great closer (\"Salt of the Earth\"), a fitting and graceful crescendo. The straightforward approach and seemingly narrower ambition paid out an incredible yield – the best-ever Stones record (no mean feat, that). 4.8 / 5

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5

CLVSSIC. Not my favorite stones album but probably top 3

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5

Return of the real Stones some super songwriting and arrangements on this their final Album with the original line up just before Brian Jones died. Favourite tracks "Sympathy For The Devil" (Whooo Whooos by Anita Pallenberg & Marian Faithfull.) and "Street Fighting Man". Great album well produced by Glyn Johns and the band.

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5

Stones going back to their bluesy roots. Loved the obvious singles and Jigsaw is fantastic.

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4

I've never really giving The Rolling Stones the respect they apparently deserve. This album was great.

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4

Enjoyed Mick Jagger's singing and the rough cut guitars.

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4

Great album, used to hearing the hits vs the album, really liked it!

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4

I only listened to the first couple of songs, but I did like it!

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4

decent chill vibes, may listen again

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4

Classic

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4

Pretty good, It gets a lot of praise because of Sympathy for the Devil

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4

Das gut mane

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4

It must mean that I am not a true Stones fan if there are several songs on this album I've never heard before. Great classics on it too.

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I'm listening to Beggar's Banquet by the Rolling Stones, it was released in December of 1968. I looked it up to see how it fit in with other album releases by the Rolling Stones. My favorite Stones album 'Exile on Main St.' would come out about 4 years later in 1972. I would consider myself a fan of the Rolling Stones, and they've had quite a long and amazing time as one of the greatest rock bands ever. My wife doesn't enjoy them as much, so I don't really get much chance to listen to them. So far, I'm enjoying this album. It's not as clunky as some of the other albums of this era. It felt like Queen has quite a distance between the great songs on "Night at the Opera" and their lesser tracks. I've not heard this album in it's entirety. It flows better. Each song feels whole and complete comparatively. The blues feel real and I can connect to this better than I thought. It's what happens to a band that has been together and around for so long. Classic rock stations ruined a lot of this music already for me. Instead of nostalgia rock, this feels pretty fresh. I've been dismissive of the Stones because of how large they loom. And whether their later output cements or tarnishes their legacy. I think this is amazing, and I hope people can get past thinking of them as a lame older band. Maybe I would start with myself.

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4

Rolling Stones are good but still not a favorite

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4

I liked this

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4

Classic.

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4

Jeg er nok mer Stones enn Beatles ja...

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4

Yea

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4

I really look the Stones foray into country rock which you're starting to see on this album. It's not my favourite of their's though so only a 4.

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4

I mean, Sympathy for the devil is great. Most songs on this album are actually great. Enjoyable to listen to the whole album.

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4

Mye blues-referanser. Men til tider litt i overkant mye Jagger i monitor. Pluss: Sympathy for the Devil og cover'n Prodigal Son.

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Muy a gusto los Rolling, aunque de pronto suenen repetitivos, sin embargo, la mayoría de los sonidos en este disco me maravillan. No soy tan afecto al country, pero siento que cuando se mezcla como lo hacen los Rolling (o es folk, o luego qué es)) con rock, blues, pues sí me atrapa. Igual hay algunos skips. Me quedo con "No Expectations" y sobre todo "Jigsaw Puzzle". También creo que las canciones que abren y cierran son buenazas. 8/10

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4

Solid

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4

Cuando era joven, los Rolling no me gustaban nada. Ahora cada vez me gustan más.

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4

Muy bien. Pero no es para 5. Está Sympathy for the Devil

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7

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Solid stones

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Por qué en mi mente los RS no eran tan folk?, pero pues al parecer sí eran. Una muy buena canción inicial, parachute woman y jigsaw puzzle, no me entusiasmaron mucho las baladas. Mood: hecho la mocha comiendo gomitas en la ruta 66.

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4

Pretty much straight up r&b, very good examples of it. Elevated by sympathy for the devil which is a classic

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4

For a band with such an immensely huge back catalog the Stones only ever managed to string together 5 decent albums (Beggars, Let it Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile and Some Girls). Granted that is 5 more than most bands manage but the Stones have had 30 studio albums so its not a great strike rate. This the first time they managed it and was a real coming of age. Its not perfect but I don't want The Stones to be perfect- It'd ruin them. The thing I love most about the stones is the filler tracks. The bits in between the hits that the stones do so well. You see it in their live shows and you see it on the their best albums. There are no skips. The Beatles Highs are probably higher than the Rolling stones. But their lows are absolute dogshit. The Stones remain consistently listenable through all their albums. Also they're the greatest Rock N' Roll band ever so they can't get less than a 4. Even if its not my favourite. They're also immortal which is impressive considering the excess. Highlights: Street Fighting Man, Stray Cat Blues. Solid 4/5.

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4

Superb

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4

Lots to love here, reminds me of summer

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4

Great stuff. Very Bluesy?

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4

Good album. 1 amazing song, 1good song and the rest are enjoyable. Like the blues influences.

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4

Sympathy For The Devil is amazing and the rest of the album is full of tasty little bluesy numbers that I enjoyed.

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4

Wasn't really a fan of the Stones but really liked some songs on the album (eg. Stray Cat Blues, Factory Girl)

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4

Classics! And some new ones I hadn’t heard. Amazing it came out in the 60s it sounds freshhhh

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4

false

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6/10

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4

Very good

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4

Couple of standout tracks but not exceptional

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4

An amazing Rolling Stones album here! It's the most instrumentally experimental album for the band, and it started a huge wave of creativity into their next few albums. All of the sub-genres of rock seem to find their way into this album in one way or another, so there is a song for everyone!

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4

3.5 if I could, but is definitely more of a 4 than a 3. good music through and through but also sort of just "there".

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4

Great listen. Love the energy and the pace throughout the album. A very blues/folk/blue collar vibe. Sympathy is an all-timer.

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4

I'm not a fan of blues rock in general but The Rolling Stones are different. I don't know why but I can always find something to latch on to and enjoy.

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4

While not entirely my thing, Beggar's Banquet had enough classics to keep up the momentum.

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4

Great album

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4

The Scorsese soundtrack of our lives.

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4

A good rock album starts off great second half not quite not quite as good as the first half but still a great classic rock album 4/5

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4

Great music

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4

this album cover is way better than the 50th anniversary one that spotify shows.

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4

I don’t like The Rolling Stones… don’t like Jagger, songs are too simplistic, vastly overrated. Beatles > Stones, always. That said, there’s some nice album tracks here. I might have to consider that it’s just their hits I’m not a fan of. “No Expectations” and “Dear Doctor” are perfectly fine songs. Hmm… Deserves further examination.

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4

Dadrock boomer music

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4

Toda una auténtica banda. Melodía, ritmo, rock pausado... Un gran disco de una gran banda

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4

The Stones are back and found their sound. Sympathy for the Devil is an all-time favorite.

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4

Really excellent album.

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4

Liked this album…. Songs bring back memories of my cousins older than me that played on their stereo

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4

Probably my fave stones album we’ve listened to on this

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4

Pretty decent Stones album. Two singles are the BIG hitters here. Other tracks pretty decent. Have heard this a few times before. Good one to revisit every few years. 3.5/5

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4

Great album starts off strong but gets weaker as it continues, still reccomended

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4

Sympathy for the Devil is one of the most amazing songs (fascinating music style/layering and great lyrics). In addition to street fighting man, there are quite a few other strong tracks i wasn't previously familiar with, jigsaw puzzle and stray cat blues. Very enjoyable.

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4

Super rugged and dirty R&B sound. Nice album front to back.

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4

Opening song is so iconic and themed perfectly as an intro. Great bass. Dear Doctor…country? What? Very nice.

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4

One of the Stones' best.

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4

Started a bit slow but the last few songs were really good. First time listening to the Stones.

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4

As much as I joked about Exile On Main Street, Beggars Banquet was actually VERY GOOD and VERY ENJOYABLE. The Stones hit kind of a country twang here and I totally dig it, plus Sympathy for the Devil is my favorite track of theirs.

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4

Evidently Bobby Gillespie's favourite album ever

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4

I’m not a Stones fan but you gotta appreciate the fact that their music is woven into most music since. Can’t escape that.

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4

There are two sets of songs on this album. The songs that you've heard before because they're good songs and played on the radio (or used in Martin Scorsese films), and the foundational songs that give those others meaning. The foundational songs are innate, born from dark empty dive bars with makeshift stages and played differently each time. They are barely commercial and exist as authentic extensions of some guys that just like to play music. Sure, Jagger's buxom lips are alluring, drool-worthy even, and his androgynous stage prancing has unmatched sexx appeal, but it's really Keith Richards and his schlong that keep the band honest.

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4

Finally, Brian Jones is sidelining himself and the true talent of this band can come forward. I wanted the Stones to be a great 60s band for a long time, and then I realized, they were at their best starting with this record and carrying through the 70s. For me, the peak starts here. They had great songs before this, but this starts the great run of records for this band, IMO.

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4

I not a big fan of the Stones. I think growing up I got in my mind I had to choose between the Stones or the Beatles, and I chose the Beatles. But as I grew up, I began to appreciate them more and more. This album has a few well-known pieces to it, but I really encourage you to watch the youtube version. The lyric videos are really cool. "Sympathy For The Devil" has one of my favorite lyrics of all time: "I shouted out who killed the Kennedys, when after all it was you and me." So even with me not being into the Stones, this ws still real good. The slide guitar in "No Expectations" was ok, and little things bothered me, but it's really on the edge of being a 5-star for me.

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4

I was never a Rolling Stones fan but I can see from this album why they were innovative & important.

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4

Pues si empiezas con Sympathy for the Devil ya mal no puede salir nada. Junto con Dear Doctor, Jig-Saw puzzle y Street Fighting Man, son las canciones que más me han gustado pero el conjunto es muy bueno. Increíble imaginar a alguien escuchándolo en 1968.

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4

Li ho sempre snobbati. Avevo torto.

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4

not bad

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4

A very clean sounding mix of some of their best songs and a few surprises. A good listen

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The true salt of the earth.

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Surprisingly good, quite hit and miss like many albums of the time. Very soft, not really rock and roll. nice tones , sympathy for the devil great, 3.5/5

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A lot more blues and folksy than I was expecting.

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-"Sympathy For The Devil" is certainly a classic. The solo is cool with the super high pitched clean melody stuff -"Street Fighting Man" is solid -Not crazy, but it does have the advantage of being The Rolling Stones

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Sympathy for the Devil and Street Fighting Man are the standouts on a solid release.

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Va beh, chi non conosce 'Sympathy for the Devil'? Una delle miglior canzoni di sempre, probabilmente top 3 per la intro. Per il resto 'No Expectations' e la stessa mi sorprende di già. 'Street Fighting Man' è un altro classicone: wow! Purtroppo qualcosa non mi convince del tutto, quindi è un 4 molto alto, ma pur sempre un 4.

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Sympathy for the Devil is a banging opener for an album. Tonally this album is all over the map. But I did enjoy it, a lot. It was a very pleasant classic rock listen this morning, I listened to it end to end several times. There’s something about it that just feels like a good Stones album. Like if you were alive when it came out and bought it you’d be happy with that purchase.

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2 classic songs from The Rolling Stones here, with Sympathy for the Devil is an epic and Street Fighter Man featuring fantasic instrumentation and politically charged lyrics. The rest of the album is good but not as great as those two songs. I do appreciate the variety on here, bit of blues, country, and rock. Jig Saw Puzzle and Stray Cat Blues are the best of the album cuts.

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Just couldn't stop thinking "This really sounds like the Rolling Stones". Which is good I suppose.

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We love the stones; sympathy for the devil and street fighting man are absolute classics

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Never heard the Stones like this. Very different than I expected but I really enjoyed it.

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4/5 very nice album!

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This album is has the jams you love and some songs you don't know but are charming.

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Day 1

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Como começa é pra ser definitivo.

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4

Stunning album.

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Great album, 4 stars

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I actively dislike 'Sympathy for the Devil' - those background hoots really grate. The sexual politics of 'Stray Cat Blues' are grim. 'Prodigal Son' is the closest Jagger got to outright minstrelsy. Yet, I love the album - and those latter two tracks are superb, in their own way. Hell, I don't think I'd have ever tried open tuning were it not for 'Prodigal Son'. Elsewhere, 'Street Fighting Man' swaggers around, whilst my favourite track is the iridescent slow blues of 'No Expectations'. Not quite my favourite Stones album, but close.

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4

This is where the silly voices started. Some world-class tracks, but too much filler.

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4

Solid album

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Already knew this album. Sympathy for the Devil alone makes this a fantastic album.

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4

Classic

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awesome sound, bluesy rock.

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Some hits but solid deep cuts too

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This album surprised me. I’ve never been the biggest Stones fan. It starts off with one of their most iconic songs but I don’t even think it’s the third best track here. A FANTASTIC listen.

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So, this is the first time I have ever listened to a Rolling Stones album. I know this band is legendary but due to some indelible marks made during my formative years from being bombarded with the song 'Start Me Up', I had put a mental block on them. Now that my time had come, I was glad to find out that I had the wrong impression. What struck me the most throughout the album, is how varied and diverse the song arrangements were. This is made loud and clear with the opening track. 'Sympathy For The Devil' is slow-to-boil perception bending tale, with a catchy piano progression, a bass guitar, a collection of utility percussionists, some people saying "woo-woo" over and over again, a couple of guitar cameos, and Mic giving it his all on top. Just brilliant. Songs like 'No Expectations' layer and build and are constructed as they play out. Others tracks, while straight forward in their structure, flourish in that they are built on non-pop roots like delta-blues ('Dear Doctor', 'Prodigal Son') and bluegrass ('Factory Girl'). This is definitely much more than just another classic rock album, and with the one exception of 'Stray Cat Blues', doesn't align (in a great way) with what I was expecting.

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good album

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Very consistent album from the stones here. I enjoyed this. Favourites: "Synpathy For The Devil", "Jigsaw Puzzle", "Salt Of The Earth"

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Ei oo Rollarit rokkiklassikoita turhaan. Tasapainoinen, teknisesti tarkka ja monipuolinen levy, 4/5.

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Pirskatti mä kyllä tykkään Rollareista! 4/5

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Has some of their best songs, not quite their overall best album tho.

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I agree that there are some ordinary songs on this album, but Sympathy for the Devil alone rates a 4. Street Fighting Man and Jig Saw Puzzle are pretty great too.

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Always enjoy The Stones, they're classics for a reason but don't often listen to complete albums. I really enjoyed this, particularly the definite blues feel on some tracks. Great album.

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Great stuff all round, the hits are some of their best.

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The Rolling Stones are one of the biggest bands of all time but I always keep forgetting they exist for some reason. I really only listen to two songs by them ("Gimme Shelter" and "Paint It Black") over and over again. This was my first full Rolling Stones album, and it was pretty damn good. The songs are all solid, with "Sympathy for the Devil" being the standout track. The worst ones are not bad, just kind of forgettable. I don't really remember what "Dear Doctor" or "Prodigal Son" were about.

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Perfectly enjoyalbe, but kinda borring at times (maybe im just not a big Rolling Stones guy, although I did like it). I think its a rare case where an album gets better the deeper it goes, and the last few songs were really strong. Probably closer to a 3.3 or 3.5.

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Strong individual tracks, but tends to blend together as an LP.

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Listened to it a few weeks back, okay. It has Sympathy for the Devil which is a top 5 stones song for me, so I can't rate it less than 3/4

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слишком много роллингов ну камон...

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Some good songs. Classic Stones

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Good album. Not my favorite from the Stones, but still a good one.

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Nice one, with a few classics! Factory Girl is a new discovery.

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Again I'm pleasantly surprised. I generally can't take much of the Stones as Jagger's voice gets annoying real fast. However, Sympathy For The Devil has always given me chills, and the rest of this album is very much like that first track. Obviously, nothing stands out like Sympathy does though.

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Not my favourite stones album

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Little too bluesy but not substantial

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metade do album é country, sympathy é outro nivel

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I’m just not a huge stones fan. They’re fine, just not my fave.

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6.5

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<voice style="Waterboy">whoo whoo ... The Rolling Stones sound like a choo choo train </voice> Don't consider myself a Stones fan, but I like a lot of their catalog. This album is not their best. Would not put on repeat.

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I've always been more of a Beatles guy than a Stones guy, but this is pretty good as far as Stones records go.

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Not the best Rolling Stones album

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sympathy for the devil is a gem. lots of country sounding stuff, otherwise forgettable.

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I just don't like the Stones. I can appreciate why "Sympathy for the Devil" is considered a classic track and I wouldn't complain if somebody was listening to "Street Fighting Man" near me, but they just don't do anything for me.

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I haven't listened to much of the stones, but that was a lot more bluesy than I was expecting, it was good, just nothing super special past the opening couple songs

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Mick Jagger’s voice ruins The Rolling Stones. Fight me. The quality of the instrumentals and lyrics are the only reason I didn’t yank this album.

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Haven’t heard much acoustic Rolling Stones, or much beyond their big ones. Street fighting Man my fav. Keith Richards is the strongest hellion

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Powinny być 2, ale Sympathy for the Devil

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iyi albüm rock n roll blues tarzı biraz. albümün en sevdigim şarkısı sympathy for the devil. Vokali mütiş iyi ve çok sıradışı bir solosu var. Şarkının sevmediğim özelliği aynı tempoda çok ilerlemesi. şarkıya puanım: 7/10. rollingstones sewerim.

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3/5

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couple of bangers and a few tracks i'd never picked up on before that i liked (factory girl) but i'm up and down with the stones. Not the classic they'd have yoiu belive but decent. 6.5/10

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Sympathy for the Devil is great, not that excited by the rest of the album.

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Very good, amazing in parts but not their best.

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Grand. But to country/blues-y for me though.

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Fair. Not their best, but great start.

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Couple of bangers but largely left me cold.

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Classic Stones. A couple of great tracks but overall ***

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do... do I just not like the stones that much????

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Enjoyed this more than I thought I would was decent.

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OK. Over-rated.

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Se dice que este disco está muy chido pero yo siento que tiene un poco de relleno. Se la ví.

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Some nice stuff

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Decent, but prefer the Beatles!

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Decent, real enjoyable. Never really listened to them before, despite how almassive they are. This seemed a bit of a country style album. 3 seems harsh but 4 seems too high....

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At less than 40 minutes, this album is mercifully short. Not that I'm saying it's otherwise a bad album. I bet some people love it.

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Good album, not their best.

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I actually almost fell asleep to The Rolling Stones when they played orange stage at Roskilde some years ago, hehe.. I think it says a lot about how I feel about them. I understand that RS are huge and they have a huge following, and this album from 1968 is very nice and easylistening indeed. If you like classic 60’s Rock/Blues or maybe artists like Mac Demarco and his newest album and you haven’t listened to The Rolling Stones, give it a listen.

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Gute Jams, nicht mein Geschmack im großen und ganzen.

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Seems like a Good album, not that into the Beatles.

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First time listening: 5/10 songs liked It was pretty good, some of the blues-ey songs are more my speed, but sometimes the theatrics of mike jagger throw me off. That one song "stray cat blues" would NOT be released today, let me tell you lol One song saved

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Good, love Sympathy for the devil

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Pretty cool

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Very blues-ey, at times felt like I was at a southern US country music festival. Overall, a good album by one of the most iconic bands in music history. Best: Sympathy for the Devil, Stray Cat Blues and Salt of the Earth. Worst: No Expectations, Factory Girl

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Average

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Not the kind of energy I am looking for. I like the musical diversity and enjoyed listening to it overall.

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I've never been a big Stones fan and I don't really get the hype. For me it's all about the character, but the music itself always feels a bit longwinded, boring or forgettable. However, BB does have a lot of great production, and Mick Jagger is great. On this one, the songs do kind of blend into each other. I do think this is in part because they're not overly distinguishable or memorable, but the key to the album is Jagger's storyteller vocals, which makes the rambly nature of the album kind of work. They're telling you a story, you're along for the ride. RocknRoll

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vähän mitäänsanomaton; odotin enemmän

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Enjoyed this one. Love the more raw sound of it but some songs certainly stood above others for me, namely street fighting man and salt of the earth

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Yeah ok this wasn't too bad. Considering it's 1968 it could be way worse - at least this is based in rock n roll and not fucking folk rock or whatever nonsensical whimsy-filled bullshit the Beatles were putting out at the same time. But overall it's not a classic, it's mostly just kinda bluesy jams. The first song was the best by a mile (it's an advertising jingle these days lol), and the rest is hard to remember apart from the other song I'd heard on the radio a kazillion times. 3/5.

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The only song I knew was the opening Sympathy With The Devil which is a great track. After that things got a bit unexpected. The album is a lot more bluesy and folky than I expected. It was also a lot less good than I expected, only knowing the greatest hits of the Rolling Stones so far. On the whole I was quite disappointed.

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A lot of heavy hitters recently...Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, now our second album from the Stones. It opens with one of my all-time favorite RS tracks, so already an improvement over the humdrum of Exile on Main St. Still quite bluesy, but with a few interesting songs mixed in here and there that break the monotony. Yet again, I can't say that I'm wowed by the Stones. Maybe that will come with some other album. I still want to give them a chance. Favorite tracks: Sympathy for the Devil, Factory Girl, No Expectations, Stray Cat Blues. Album cover: I like this one. Nothing crazy, but a cool look and bathroom graffiti is always funny. Interesting that this cover wasn't allowed in certain markets? The plain cover shown as the "original" on wikipedia is terrible. 3.5/5

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Blues rock

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Sympathy for the devil

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Definitely more blues-y than I thought it would be, which was a nice surprise. I love factory girl.

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The bongos at the beginning of "Sympathy for the Devil" is pure genius. The same for "Street Fighting Man". Some hits and misses the rest of the album.

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I enjoyed some of the songs but felt that much of the album was generic. It was still interesting to listen to it.

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I'm giving this a 3 simply for Sympathy for the Devil, one of the few Stones tracks I like. The rest is a weird rock-country mix.

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Not a fan of the twangy vocals/guitar, but I like the driving piano and the harmonies. I liked the piano. Much more folksy compared to normal Rolling Stones. Not really my style though- sounded too much like white people blues.

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udmærket, fortjener mere opmærksomhed, men står bag bedre

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Some classic songs. 3/5

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It’s the Rolling Stones

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Early Rolling Stones is a hoot of different styles and influences. Fun, easy, not too full of itself

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Parachute Woman Street Fighting Man Prodigal Son Stray Cat Blues

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Country + blues + rock... Would listen again.

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First time listening to the whole album. There are a couple of classics there.

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I’m renaming this album Sympathy For The Devil + Mediocrity. After the opening track, I found nothing remarkable. To put this is context, mediocre Rolling Stones songs are still an easy listening experience. I like the bluesy overtones in general. The rhythm guitar and the slide guitar do not sound synched up in No Expectations. And the high pitched singing voice in Dear Doctor is odd.

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We previously reviewed "Sticky Fingers." It was great. "Beggars Banquet" is not as great. Not even close. It starts out with one of the best openings ever. The drums and primal screams, followed by "Please allow me to introduce myself," sets a hopeful tone for "Beggars Banquet." This is gonna be so cool and have so much attitude! But that doesn't last. It doesn't even last the full six minutes of "Sympathy for the Devil," because that song is great for 4-5 minutes, but the fifth minute of "woo woos" is just a bit too much. Six minutes of "Jigsaw Puzzle" was too much too. And in between those two tracks were three boring songs that were hard to recover from. "Street Fighting Man" is great, and "Factory Girl" is ok, but there's just not a lot here that stands out in a good way. The Stones were incredibly prolific in the late 60s. Were there even any B-sides or tracks left on the cutting room floor? Because some of these should have been.

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if i was a beggar why would i listen to this? just give me money and mind your own fucking business!

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Heard it before. Didn’t listen to it again

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Tasaisen hyvä levy. Lähti aamu hyvin käyntiin, mut mieluummin kuuntelisin ”best of”-levyä

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Ihan kelpo rallattelua

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Opens strong with Sympathy for the Devil. Very US Bluesy feel that I can dig, but I miss the more produced feeling from the Greatest Hits on 40 Licks. Parachute Woman feels particularly roadhousey. Jig-saw Puzzle has a kind of Beatles vibe to it that I like. Street Fighting Man works much better as the slow introduction song in 40 Licks than it does as the mid-point of this album. Salt of the Earth ends the album and it's good - hypey.

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Makes me think of The Who Folk, blues and bluegrass vibes

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I liked it. Sympathy for the Devil is great

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More bluesy than expected

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6/10

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6/10

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Thats a low 3 Pretty good But not very It just kinda has to be on the list you know But also I never wanna listen to this again Ok and then the last two songs are masterpieces comeon high 3

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A good album, full of violent fun sound. Not the best Stones album, not by far. But I had fun listening to it.

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I really only recognized the first track. Overall, I liked the music. The singing style is enjoyable for a little while, but then gets old. My ears wanted to ignore it enough that I didn't pay much attention to lyrics. I was surprised that there was so much of a southern/blues sound given that they are British.

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I enjoyed the stripped down sound of the album. Not a big stones fan, so I found it to drag on a bit.

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I liked this album. In the context of the British Invasion, I'd much rather listen to The Beatles or the Who or others, and as a result I just haven't spent as much time with the Stones' discography as some of those others. Sympathy for the Devil is awesome, as always (and - in these covid world music streaming days, I realized it's actually been a long time since I heard it). I had on pretty good headphones, and realized how much I love the piano work in that song. I was drawn to the following track, No Expectations, for the same reason. In my usual Wiki page browsing, I learned that Nicky Hopkins (frequent Stones collaborator/ pianist / organist) did the piano for both of those songs (and he's also one of few musicians to be featured on a Beatles track - Revolution). He also did piano on Nilsson Schmilsson, an album I first listened to this year as well (but independently from this project- no idea of that one is on this 1001 list or not).

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Standard fare from the Stones with blues and country infused, a couple of standouts

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“Songs such as "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Street Fighting Man" became rock radio staples for decades to come.”

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Gefällt mir nicht so schlecht wie die meisten anderen Platten der Stones.

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The Stepping Stones album. Figuring out what they are good at and to concentrate on that. The album where Brian Jones fries. There are some deep cuts here that only Stones fans will love but really an interesting and patchy LP. I feel like it’s more of a snapshot of the Stones whilst the pull away from psychedelia and into the blues rock majesty of the next 3 LPs they make. Although not as forgettable as some Stones 80s LPs, probably really for the deep fan and stones collector.

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Tem uma pegada meio folk, mas senti as músicas meio parecidas

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Starts exceptionally strongly such that the rest simply of the album doesn't maintain. Nevertheless there is much to enjoy, the playing is more than solid, the vocals are variable.

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Well, it'll never be my favorite Stones album, but there are a few treasures on it.

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'Sympathy for the Devil' is just one of those songs. One of the greats. Then there's this long stretch. And then 'Street Fighting Man'. And then some more songs. So then I made a playlist where I took out those two songs that I know too well and just listened to the songs around it. And that helped a lot! I really liked No Expectations and Salt of the Earth much more when it wasn't sort of obscured by the two greatest hits songs on this album. Still, I don't love this one as a whole. Great work here, but it still leaves me pretty cold.

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A good one, but didn’t hit me like it seems to do to everyone else.

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Sympathy for the devil if he has to listen to the filler

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Some solid stones tunes on here and altough a good listen the stones never take me to the heights.

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Extrem okayes Album, zum Teil ein bisschen spaßig — oder ich habe einfach gute Laune heute.

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Nicht schlecht aber auch nicht besonders spannend. Schätze mal das was ziemlich am Anfang deren Karriere so organisch wie das alles noch klingt.

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This album had some good moments, and then it had some "meh" moments. I didn't really dig the heavy blues songs. For me, the standout tracks were Sympathy for the Devil, Stray Cat Blues, Street Fighting Man, and Salt of the Earth. I make a point to specifically call these out because I feel like they were the most interesting tracks on the album due to having some musical aspect giving them an extra "kick" out of average bluesy purgatory. I would be remiss not to dedicate some discussion to the iconic Sympathy for the Devil -- one of the most well known and regarded songs in music history. It feels like a Bob Dylan song in that the lyrics aren't afraid to tell a long story, but I admittedly find the topic and the music surrounding it is so much more interesting than most Dylan tracks, from the hand drums down to the iconic "woo woo" vocalizations.

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"sympathy for the devil," what an album opener. possibly one of the best album openers of all time. but the album takes such a quick turn into blues! it was shocking how blues heavy it was. the stones did a good job with that, especially the subject matter. "salt of the earth" in particular stuck out to me. blues isn't really my thing, but i can recognize that this was blues well done! i do admire a band that can jump around genres.

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Some classics, but the stones have never been a favorite of mine

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2 fabulous and wildly successful songs, and a bunch of meh songs. So glad to see this album, but not stellar in any way. C+

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Pretty fun but I still wouldn't call myself a Stones fan. Songs about wanting to sleep with underage girls are also not a great look.

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Ihan hyvä, mut kyl ne 70-luvun alun levyt on mulle selvästi parasta rollaria.

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6/10 Best song - Sympathy for the devil

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Bit samey bluesy for me, apart from sympathy for a devil and Brown Sugar which are both bangers.

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Felt derivative tbh.

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Not bad. Not really my cup of tea but more tuneful than other stuff by them

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I had one song saved already (sympathy for the devil) I kind of liked street fighting man too, the rest I either didn’t listen to or listened passively.

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Meh, but rolling stones never were my thing. 2. Still not my thing.

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Катящиеся камни из говна

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Meh

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Not their best

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Meh. Not gonna listen to this actively ever again.

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I'm being perhaps a little provocative but...

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Meh

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One great song, the rest - meh.

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I'll say this much, I love Sympathy for the Devil. I had this album on while I was working and breezed through it but don't remember any of the songs. I skipped a few too that bored me but this did not fee like the stadium rock I know from these stones which makes sense since this was one of their earlier albums. And I'll skip out on that bathroom in the cover.

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Too much of the same thing

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Was looking forward to listening to this, as I haven't really listened to much of The Rolling Stones. Unfortunately, this was rather underwhelming.

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the rolling stones never seem to live up to their reputation. this album is no exception, it just feels like an album full of rock n roll that never really reaches the heights of any of its competition

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I didn’t know there would be stones songs I actively disliked. I disliked dear doctor. Jigsaw puzzle went on way too long. Factory girl was out of place. The intro to sympathy for the devil is iconic and got me all pumped but the rest of the album was a let down.

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Stones can be better

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Rolling Stones? More like Rolling Jones. Brian Jones’ influence (and slide guitar) definitely drive this album. That’s not a horrible thing - the country/western/blues sound is cool and definitely drives the rest of what the Stones would go on to do - it’s just clear they (or, at least most of them) were starting to break away from that sound in this album and it seems a little chaotic at times. Plus - I would have thought the production value on a stones album in 1968 would have been a bit better.

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3/10

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Boomer rock just isn’t my thing all that much

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Would not recommend, 2/10

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Contains some of my favorite Stones tracks (the multi-layered 'Sympathy for the Devil' and rollicking 'Street Fighting Man'), but the good here is greatly outweighed by the gratuitous honky-tonk of the remaining tracks.

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Da la sensación de que este álbum es famoso y reconocido por el simple hecho de que es de los Rolling Stones y que, si no lo fuese, pasaría desapercibido. Parece como si la motivación que tenían a la hora de grabarlo fuese la de intentar ver cómo sonarían si llevasen viviendo toda la vida en Arizona; quizá sea para hacer las delicias de los granjeros estadounidenses o quizá por pura diversión, pero es precisamente eso lo que falta a la hora de escucharlo: diversión. “Parachute Woman” se sale un poco de esta tónica y se agradece. “Sympathy For The Devil” seguro que ha servido de apoyo para alguna que otra canción de Primal Scream. “Street Fighting Man” es pobre en comparación con la versión de Rage Against The Machine. El resto de canciones me invitan a sentarme en la mecedora del porche con mi mono vaquero de tirantes, el palillo en la boca y la escopeta en el regazo. No estamos ante un gran disco de sus satánicas majestades.

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Never will i understand the appeal of this band . . . i tried hard with this one. Parachute Women and No Expectations r p gud Why constantly compared to the beatles ? i dont know

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Eh. The bluesy style was nice but the songs themselves were meh

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first song is the only good one

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There are two songs on this album that I am very familiar with, and the rest of the songs on the album are easily identifiable as the Rolling Stones. This album is a good representation of the problems I have with the Rolling Stones. Beggars Banquet has an interesting mix of music, including a solid amount of rock and roll that reaches into the blues and even some country. The Stones are good musicians and wrote some catchy songs. But, once the lyrics settle in my ears, I can only think about what a creep Mick Jagger is. I can find rock and roll elsewhere and easily not listen to the Stones. It's too bad that it wasn't the Beatles who had a chance to play well into their old age.

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02/24/2022 Charges out of the gate with "Sympathy For The Devil" but then looses steam with (still good) blues rock. Once classic song doesn't make an album a classic.

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Eh, most of it goes over me.

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Hadn't listened to this album before, Sympathy for the Devil is a classic - great opener - then it went down hill from there, next few songs were so lackluster, derailed the rest of the album. Beggars Belief would have been a better title.

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Not great

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hat schon ein paar coole ideen in der ersten hälfte wird aber immer schlimmer im verlauf, konnte das im endeffekt nicht fertig anhören

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really confuses me how one of the most popular rock bands ever sounds like this it’s kinda disappointing didn’t like a lot of it

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A bit too bluesy/folksy for me on some tracks.

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Bro I didn’t vibe with a single song from this album.

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OMG It's So BORING

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Вообще не мое. коунтри какой то

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Never understood the appeal of The Rolling Stones. This album is just boring to me.

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diese boomermusik nervt echt so hart

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