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Beggars Banquet [CD]

The Rolling Stones Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca - Pop
  • ASIN: B00006RT50
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sympathy For The Devil
2. No Expectations
3. Dear Doctor
4. Parachute Woman
5. Jig-Saw Puzzle
6. Street Fighting Man
7. Prodigal Son
8. Stray Cat Blues
9. Factory Girl
10. Salt Of The Earth

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The album that set the template for the Rolling Stones as we know them today, Beggars Banquet was an exercise in getting back to basics after the redundant excesses of their previous album, 1967's psychedelic Their Satanic Majesties Request. Working for the first time with American producer Jimmy Miller, the Stones are here at their sharpest. Keith Richards reclaimed responsibility for the group after a troubled year, recording several basic tracks at home on cassette; hence the gloriously wonky backings on several cuts.

However, Beggars Banquet sometimes struggles to meet the standard set by "Sympathy For The Devil", its opening track. From its shimmeringly effective piano, bass and conga introduction, its marriage of highly sensual music and provocative lyrics has to be one of the greatest in rock. The lyrics still have the power to chill and many legends have arisen concerning its recording, such as pluralizing the name 'Kennedy' when news of Bobby Kennedy's death came through on 6th June during the sessions and the way the song's trademark 'woo woos' came from nowhere, led by Anita Pallenberg from the control booth. With this track, the Stones' demonic reputation was sealed.

There is much to enjoy; "Street Fighting Man" conflated Jagger's imaginary hard-done-by blues man momentarily confused and out of step with the political climate of 1968. The self-referencing and mocking "Jigsaw Puzzle" is a treat; "Factory Girl", is folky and pastoral; "The Salt Of The Earth", poignant by its performance in the Rock'n'Roll Circus film, closes the album. Preceded by the single "Jumping Jack Flash", Beggars Banquet established the Stones as 'The Greatest Rock And Roll Band in the World.' --Daryl Easlea

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Note: CD was re-issued in 2006 with label as Decca - Pop however the art work was not ammended for the re-issue. CD is labelled as Abkco which is 2002 version.

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(2002/Abcko) 10 tracksMedium 1
  1. Sympathy for the Devil
  2. No Expectations
  3. Dear Doctor
  4. Parachute Woman
  5. Jig-Saw Puzzle
  6. Street Fighting Man
  7. Prodigal Son
  8. Stray Cat Blues
  9. Factory Girl
  10. Salt of the Earth

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic banquet from 1968 18 Aug 2013
By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After the 1967 pop-psychedelic `Satanic Majesties' project, the Stones returned to their rock/blues form in style with `Beggars Banquet' featuring some storming tracks which subsequently became all-time concert favourites. BB introduced the `main sequence' of classic Rolling Stones albums including `Let it Bleed', `Sticky Fingers' and the epic `Exile on Main Street'. BB was also the last time Brian Jones recorded with the band, though his contributions to the album are sporadic and generally unmemorable because for much of the time, he failed to show up at the studio.

The opener `Sympathy for the Devil' sets the tone with ironic and edgy lyrics sung from the Devil's point of view, backed by a simple samba rhythm played on congas and vocal `whoops' to give it a primitive, raw feel. The high standard never lets up, with `No Expectations' the sole track where Jones' contribution really shines as he plays some mean slide guitar.

There are no fillers on this collection but the defining track is `Street Fighting Man' which came to embody the spirit of student rebellion in 1968, and even now is often deployed as a soundtrack for film pieces about the political unrest of `summer 68'. In 40 years, there has probably not been a single live stones concert where SFM has not been performed. Other highlights are the R&B `Dear Doctor', the raunchy `Stray Cat Blues' with its overtly sexual lyrics, and the folk-themed `Factory Girl'.

On BB the Stones finally found their definitive style as composers and performed with a new maturity & confidence. It still sounds fresh even in the 21st century, and is perennially voted into the `top 100 greatest albums of all time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth buying again!!!! 3 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant album and contains some of the absolute best Stones tracks, not all that well known. Having seen them talk about Brian's brilliant and probably last contribution in No Expectations in the new video Crossfire Hurricane, I got out my vinyl only, to my horror, to find a scratch on it. Aaaaargh. Just bought it on CD along with Let it Bleed, another absolute classic with brilliant tracks not all usually included in compilations. Both recommended. And Crossfire Hurricane when it comes out. Compensating myself for failing to get Stones ticket!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Hear! 11 Nov 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I remember getting in trouble for comparing this album with later efforts from the Grateful Dead. Whether you agree or not, this is a must hear! "No Expectations" features some fine slide from Brian and some nice bass lines from Bill. Keith sings his 1st solo on the 1st verse of "Salt of the Earth" (a song which starts out slow and mellow and winds up fast and raucous) and features a cool guitar solo at the end of "Stray Cat Blues". Charlie's drumming is at his finest on "Street Fighting Man". Mick is at his most poetic on "Jigsaw Puzzle".
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Beggar's Banquet is a great album that I'm only recently beginning to appreciate, despite the fact that I first bought it in 2003. I'm no great fan of The Stones, as yet (always preferred the Kinks when it comes to 60's British rock) but I can certainly understand why their peak albums, such as Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and this, are so well respected, with Mick and Keith really creating a melting pot of different rock n' roll elements that are advanced upon wonderfully by the other members of the band.

The overall style of the album is loose rhythm and blues, with nods towards country, folk and bluegrass thrown in for good measure. There's also that legendary opening track, Sympathy For The Devil, a song that has been covered, sampled and trotted out onto the soundtracks of so many films (most notably, Interview With The Vampire) that it must be recognisable even to people who think they've never heard the Rolling Stones in their life. From that exotic and sexually charged opening epic, the album moves into the more obvious country-inflected rhythm and blues numbers (the standouts amongst them including No Expectations, Parachute Woman and the immense Street Fighting Man). Jigsaw Puzzle is a nice piece of epic blues-rock with a great overall performance from the band and Jagger on fine vocal form, whilst the later Prodigal Son (a song credited to Rev. Wilkins) is a disorienting piece of carnival blues-rock in the same vein as Dylan's Rainy Day Women No's 12 & 35 from a few years before.

Stray Cat Blues is a great piece of rock and roll in the traditional sense of the word; with those swaggering vocals leading a top-notch band performance in which every member of the group seemed to be playing at their absolute peak.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An embarrassment of riches... 17 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
The first time I ever heard "Sympathy For The Devil" I was 15 and it absolutely blew me away. It was all too much - the slyly witty lyrics, the strident bark of Jagger's delivery, the creepy ambience...and when the indecently distorted guitar solo kicked in it was the coolest thing I'd ever heard. It more than deserves its reputation as one of the Stones' finest hours, and repeated listening does nothing to dull the magic. And that's just the first track.

The rest of the album is stuffed with tremendous songs, from the beautifully wistful "No Expectations" to the yearning lyricism of "Jigsaw Puzzle" to the strutting classic "Street Fighting Man" to the seamy celebration of the joys of jailbait that is "Stray Cat Blues" (these were more innocent times), the Stones could do no wrong on this record. It's that rare thing, an album that sounds so damned amazing on a first listen that you know you've just found a new friend for life.

Along with "Sticky Fingers" and "Exile..." this is one of my all-time Stones favourites, and if you've never experienced its seedy pleasures then you're in for a treat. Enjoy!!
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