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Beggars Banquet CD
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ROLLING STONES Beggars Banquet (2002 UK 10-track CD album set featuring a digitally remastered version of their classic 1968 album including the classic hits Sympathy For The Devil and Street Fighting Man housed in the title-stickered jewelcase complete with a picture sleeve featuring alternate artwork)
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.
Top Customer Reviews
This is an album chock full of instant classics. From the catchy opener `Sympathy For The Devil', the seemingly autobiographical `Jigsaw Man', the raucous `Streetfighting Man' through to the album closer, the paean to the working man `Salt of The Earth', there is no filler to be found here.
Finally the Stone's back catalogue is being given the treatment it deserves in this series of re-mastered SACD hybrid discs. On a normal CD player the sound is excellent, with a great mix that brings out so much more detail than the old, murky, releases. On a SACD system these will just blow you away. You really feel like you're in the studio with the band. My only complaint is the lack of any kind of liner notes. Some recording details and an essay about the band at the time would have been nice, but hey - it's the music that's really important, and that is superb.
Highly recommended to all.
In 1968, Beggars Banquet was released on the Decca record label. It marked a return to the essence of what Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are all about. With Beggars Banquet they returned to the sound that got them into music in the first place, demonstrating a passion and purpose to their writing, which I think to some extent, was missing from their 1967 release. It also marked the end of Brian Jones fully contributing to a Rolling Stones album.
Produced by Brooklyn born Jimmy Miller, producer for great Blues connoisseurs The Spencer Davis Group as well as later landmark Rolling Stones albums, the sound on Beggars Banquet is very primal in nature and could be straight from 1930's Chicago, with many of the songs featuring sliding acoustic elements like No Expectations and the unbelievably underrated Jigsaw Puzzle
There are some Rock and Roll numbers to be had on this record as well. Whilst John Lennon was promoting a more passive revolution in the troubling times of 1968, Mick Jagger was right in the thick of London's antiwar protests. The result of his feelings towards these troubling times was the song Street Fighting Man, arguably one of their finest moments as a band.
The opening track to the album also stands out as one of the bands finest moments.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a long time since I listened to many of these tracks, but I had a craving to listen to the whole collection - not quite my favourite (Let It Bleed earns that accolade) but... Read morePublished 3 months ago by A K
A true Five Star album. For my money the Stones at their best. The band went on to record heaps of albums, but few of the later collections stood-up to Beggars Banquet. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rlgorton