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A Bigger Bang [Original recording remastered]

The Rolling Stones Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00272NH0Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Two words sum up this long-awaited album: rude health. Revelling in a dubiously un-sexagenarian vibe, A Bigger Bang (forget the risible claims that this refers to the origin of the universe) is stuffed with double-entendres ('I was your rooster, but now I'm just one of your cocks' - "Rough Justice") and dirty talk.

Songs like "Oh No Not You Again" are populated with bad 'boys' (ahem) being chased by badder girls, and delivered with that patent Chuck Berry-in-a-garage style. Charlie Watt's recent recovery seems confirmed by his fiery playing, while the obligatory track sung by Keith ("Infamy") should tug at any gnarly old heart strings.

It's certainly their best record since 1978s Some Girls, (despite Ronnie Wood's absence on 7 tracks) with only the anti-Bush "Sweet Neo-Con" jarring with its easy political target. They remain, thankfully, rock's most disreputable pensioners. --Chris Jones

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2009 remastered reissue of the scorching 2005 album featuring "Rough Justice" & 'Rain Fall Down'.

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refurbished Recent Classic 13 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Newly remastered re-issue of one of the greatest rock albums of the decade & it's still sounding as raw & vital as it did on first release, even though that was just 4 years ago! For me, what makes this album special is the conspicuous creative resurgence of Mick Jagger. Listen carefully & you'll hear another guitar meshing in with Keith & Ron. Yep, that's Mick playing electric rhythm, adding yet more juice to the brew. But there's more . . . Jagger's vocals are among the most impassioned of his career. He's really living these songs, probably because a large proportion of them are his. Indeed, the key that unlocks this collection is Jagger's superb Goddess In The Doorway album of 2001, his finest solo effort by a very long mile indeed, & there are moments here where A Bigger Bang sounds like a follow-up to the latter. Play them back to back & you'll hear the same precision of lyrical composition & similar themes- the dominant one being of what befalls an older man when he falls for a younger woman. Okay, so A Bigger Bang has a few off moments (Sweet Neo-Con still sounds out of place to me) but this is the sound of a band catching fire behind the renewed vitality of its front man. I just can't stop playing this record, with 'Biggest Mistake' rewarding the most replays. More, PLEASE!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back with A Bang 17 Jan 2011
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The Stones show how its done without the over production that is heard on a good number of sounds that are heard these days. Indeed on one track there are only 3 of them. Though listening to people in their 60s singing about women "running round like bats out of hell" sounds quite comical. She probably needs to get out quick and go to bingo before her seats taken.
The CD is back to what the Stones do best with an eclectic range of styles and with panache. The down side is that it is a bit over long and couple tracks could have done with being omitted. Like Infamy (sorry Keith) and Sweet Neo Con.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bigger Bang... for a reason. 10 Oct 2010
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You may expect a band like the Rolling Stones, big in the 60s and 70s, to lose their flare, originality and general awsomeness over five decades, but that would be a complete fallacy. Even though - as of yet - I have only given it one thorough run-through, it is one of the best albums in my (shamefully) incomplete collection: I rate it as highly as Abbey Road. This is a (obviously) more mature Stones sound, and with that they bring more pensive lyrics without losing their distinctive style. A must buy for any music fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ranks High In The Stones Discography - A Blast! 14 Dec 2010
By Rich Latta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In 2005 the Rolling Stones proved once again that they've still got it. In their sixties they can rock as hard as they ever did. A BIGGER BANG is arguably the best album they've made since the 70's. It's truly amazing that they're still churning out new, vital rock n' roll in the 21rst century. This album is straight-up, grade-A Stones; their distinctive, funk-tinged rock n' roll swagger is in full effect. Mick sounds raw and dirty and he sings his heart out. Charlie swings and Keef cranks out loads of fantastic riffs. Mick's underrated guitar playing is all over the album as well. A BIGGER BANG is full of humor and heartache, sweet sentiment and raunchy sex. It's classic Stones yet it still manages to sound fresh and contemporary. No, there's nothing here that can match a song like "Start Me Up" or "Shattered," but everything here is at least good and it all adds up to a great album. A must for any Stones fan!

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"Rough Justice" - kicks off the album in full-throttle rock n' roll overdrive. First impressions had me thinking it was a little forced to fit the bill, but now I just think it's great. The first line is classic: "One time you were my baby chicken/ Now you've grown into a fox/ Once upon a time I was your little rooster/ But now I'm just one of your c$$ks" ****1/2

"Let Me Down Slow" - a more laid back rocker sporting some tasty slide from Ron Wood. Although it is indeed laid back, the tempo is relatively quick. Has a slight country feel. ****

"It Won't Take Long" - rings out with a killer riff before the full band kicks in with the distinctive sound of interlocking Stones guitars. This crashing rocker finds Mick Jagger sloughing off a lover like a snake sheds its skin. *****

"Rain Fall Down" - without a doubt one of the most impressive tracks here, this song finds the Stones in a whole new groove - sort of a quasi funk/raggae. It paints a vivid picture of intimacy and the guitars are atmospheric yet tough. Listen closely and you'll hear all kinds of interesting sonic touches including vibes and keyboard accents from Mick and a pumping bass from Darryl Jones. I've never heard them do a song quite like this one. *****+

"Streets of Love" - a fantastic ballad with a surging chorus full of heartache. *****

"Back of My Hand" - pure blues - old school. Mick plays slide guitar, harmonica and bass (!). As always, he blows a mean harp - simple and spot-on. And baby, he can sing the blues! ****

"She Saw Me Coming" - cool, swinging rocker that finds another woman ripping Mick's life to shreds. ***3/4

"Biggest Mistake" - a melodic, mid-tempo rocker. I like it although it's a little tired sounding and has an ever-so-slight "adult contemporary" sound that every so often creeps into their later work. Possibly the weakest track - which is really saying something cuz it's still quite good. The guitar playing is excellent as it is throughout the entire album. ***1/2

"This Place Is Empty" - the first of two tracks sung by Keith Richards, this is a sweet song. Nice piano from Don Was. ****

"Oh No Not You Again" - a pumped up rocker with funny lyrics. ****

"Dangerous Beauty" - killer guitar, killer staggered rhythm, this song is full of sexy swagger. *****

"Laugh, I Nearly Died" - This is a compelling song, full of anguish and sorrow. It's bleak and it sounds so good. Mick pours his guts into this one. *****+

"Sweet Neocon" - I don't think I've ever heard such an overtly political song from the Stones. This one is guaranteed to tee off Republicans. The lyrics are clever (if occasionally lazy) and the song is very catchy. ****1/2

"Look What The Cat Dragged In" - a fun rocker with more funny lyrics. ****1/4

"Driving Too Fast" - is a driving rocker with a particularly catchy bridge to the chorus and loads of great guitar riffage. ****1/4

"Infamy" - The last cut finds Keef on lead vocal again and it's good. Sports a spiraling guitar hook with an unusual tone. Mick once again blows some excellent harp. ****1/2

Highly recommended!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Please Now...This Album Has Great Moments 28 July 2009
By Aaron Leffler - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok well let me start off by saying that the Stones best recording days are far bahind them. Never again will they release a classic like...well you know...THE CLASSICS, and yeah Voodoo Lounge...Yes I called Voodoo Lounge a classic...because it is...Ok enought about the past on to "A Bigger Bang." Not a bad album but not a classic either. I would classify it along the same lines as Goat's Head Soup, Emotional Rescue and Steel Wheels...all good albums but they all do miss that certain something, but "A Bigger Bang" seems to meander just a tad. Great songs including Rough Justice, She Saw Me Coming, the politically sensitive Sweet Neo-Con and one of Keith's best songs, Infamy are among the best. If you like the Stones you will enjoy this album!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please, ignore the other reviews... 26 April 2010
By B. G. Ball - Published on Amazon.com
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This the Rolling Stones! Anything from them deserves 4 stars and above. This album isn't as good as their 70's and 80's, but it's the modern stones. What did the others expect? The stones still has a great taste in music, "Anybody Seen My Baby" was the first song I fell in love with. The song is very brillant. Brillance stains this album from beginning to end. If you disagree, you fell into the hands of currently popular artists.

I would give this album 4.5 out of 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biggest Bang for your buck. 29 Dec 2012
By Gus - Published on Amazon.com
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A Bigger Bang is no Tattoo, but it is pretty darn good. I will go out on a limb and call it their best since Undercover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stones Break No New Ground -- Better than Same Old, Same Old 10 Nov 2009
By Socrates Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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First, for their second album in a row, they've managed to come up with one of the stupidest songs they've ever recorded. If their horrible attempt to sound trendy with "Anybody Seen My My Baby" wasn't bad enough on "Bridges to Babylon," they've out done themselves trying to please the Hollywood left-wing idiot political crowd with "Sweet Neo Con." Ah, the beauty of modern technology, just program that stupid song out.

The album opens with one of the best Stones' rockers since "Tattoo You" with "Rough Justice" full of lots of great Keith riffs and Ronnie slides. "Let Me Slow Down" is a conventional Stones rocker -- nothing bad, but nothing to want to hear a million times like their great numbers. "It Won't Take Long" is another Keith attitude piece with meaningless Jagger warbles laid down to make it a Stones song, another throw away unless you turn it up real loud and just want to hear the guitar interplay.

"Rain Fall Down" is one of the most unique tunes on the album, a mixture of reggae and contemporary pop touches. it's a fun listen. This one is actually a new sound unlike anything the Stones have recorded before.

"Streets of Love" is a marvelous power ballad with Jagger showing how he can still command a very emotive lead vocal. Clearly embracing R&B influences of the late 70's and early 80's, this is one of the freshest sons on the album, no kid's stuff for sure, a mature love song. Ronnie Wood's guitar solo is pure heaven. This might have made a strong single in the 80's.

"Back of My Hand" is pure blues, perhaps one of the most authentic real blues numbers the Stones have done since "Exile on Main Street."

"She Saw Me Coming" just noise, skip it. "Biggest Mistake" is a fast paced ballad that is pretty typical Stones material from "Steel Wheels" forward. It's a good listen.

"The Place is Empty" is the first of two Keith vocals. This one is a good old Keith ballad sounding like he took singing lessons from Bob Dylan and Lou Reed. Keith fans will love it. Others might skip it.

"Oh No, Not You Again" is a concert ready rocker. It's the standard fare of the Stones for ages. Stones fans should like it even though they've been down the same road before with better results.

"Dangerous Beauty" is another guitar riff workout. Nothing special but a nice dose of Keith and Ronnie engaged in their "ancient art of weaving."

"Laugh I Nearly Died," Jagger silliness with some pretty good guitar work supporting it in places, pretty much filler.

"Neo Con" is perhaps the worst song the Stones ever did.

"Look What the Cat Dragged In" plays like another cut and paste Stones rocker. Nothing new, perhaps could benefit from a more inspired performance. Guitar riffs pretty good towards the end.

"Driving Too Fast" sounds like rehashed mish-mash, just filler. They've played this formula to better results many times before.

Keith closes out the album with "Infamy" which seems to be a play on words for "In for Me." Jagger usually goes into hiding for most Keith numbers but plays a pretty nasty harp on this one..the featured instrument that drives most of the tune over some sleazy rhythm guitar. Once again, this is a pleaser for Keith's fans but won't win any converts.

"Bigger Bang" might feed the appetite of hard core Stones fans who'd relish a fix of new material after a long hiatus, but for most listeners there are so many great albums to chose from. This is not one of them. While it got pretty good reviews upon release, it's not aging well. It's likely to gather dust on the shelf with "Undercover" and "Dirty Work" though it's probably a better album than either of those two choices.

Of late career Stones albums, "Voodoo Lounge" is the best having some rockers that stand up to their best and some interesting diversions. "Bridges to Babylon" is a sloppy album, very inconsistent, but when they're on, they do some great tunes, some new departures, others just good old Stones. For listeners wanting to sample what Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie have been doing since "Start Me Up" either one of those albums would be a good place to turn. "Steel Wheels" is okay too, but perhaps a little too polished to age well.

We keep hoping the Stones still have a great album left in them. Surely, Keith and Ronnie have all kinds of guitar tricks left in their hands and Charley never fails. Their song writing just doesn't create much that grabs the listener any longer though "Rough Justice" is a hot hoot. They've also become almost too professional for their own good in the studios.

Surely, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to buy the "remaster" if one owns the original. There's just no new ground to be broken in just a few short years.

The Stones need a kick in the inspiration department to do better than just another Stones album which "Bigger Bang" represents.
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