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|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|
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.