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Black And Blue [Original recording remastered]

The Rolling Stones Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B001WCN23M
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hot Stuff
2. Hand Of Fate
3. Cherry Oh Baby
4. Memory Motel
5. Hey Negrita
6. Melody
7. Fool To Cry
8. Crazy Mama

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The Rolling Stones went through the process of auditioning several guitarists, including Wayne Perkins and Harvey Mandel, who both guest on Black And Blue, the album which debuted at number one in the US in 1976. But Wood was always the favourite and duly joined Charlie Watts on the back of the gatefold sleeve. Recorded in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the US, Black And Blue features the wonderful ballads "Fool To Cry" and "Memory Motel" and some top notch riffing on "Hand Of Fate" and "Crazy Mama". The irresistibly funky "Hot Stuff" became a club hit, a sign of things to come for a formidable band equally at ease with blues, rock, country, reggae or dance.

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2009 remastered reissue of rockin' 1976 album featuring "Fool To Cry", 'Hot Stuff' & "Memory Motel".

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Stuff 12 Nov 2012
By colcon
Format:Audio CD
After the dreary, auto-pilot of 'It's Only Rock And Roll' the Stones re-grouped (hello Ron Wood, goodbye Mick Taylor), re-thought their musical strategy and for the subsequent two albums - this and 'Some Girls' - they were magnificent.

'Black And Blue' isn't your typical Stones album; for starters there are far more riffs, grooves and jams than 'proper' songs. There are only two really traditional rock songs, 'Hand Of Fate' and 'Crazy Mama' whilst much else delves into the realms of funk/disco ('Hot Stuff'), reggae (a surprisingly good version of 'Cherry Oh Baby') and even jazz with the slinky 'Melody'. There's a wonderful, organic groove to them all.

There are two ballads and both are excellent. 'Fool To Cry' was the hit single and Mick hams it up to great effect, whilst 'Memory Motel' is awesome. The latter track begins with a wonderful, wistful organ sound that underpins the entire song; Jagger's vocals are superb, evoking the ache and angst of the lyrics whilst there's a killer chorus.

This then is one of their very best albums - up there with 'Let It Bleed' and 'Exile' - containing one of their best ever songs in 'Memory Motel'. You won't regret buying it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have 8 May 2012
By Ben D
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been listening to this album for more than 20 years, first on tape (from LP), then on a CD-copy and now it was time to contribute to Mick and Keith's pension plan and buy the official CD, that is the remastered version.
Frankly, I value vinyl over CD and I can't hear the difference between the old Dolby recording on good old TDK SA-X and this CD. Not that it matters.
There are only 8 songs on the album, but quality rules over quantity. Some Girls might have been in the spot light recently, but every single piece on this album is worth buying. Hot Stuff has a touch of disco, but it's rougher. Hand Of Fate is the unknown classic with a solo by Wayne Perkins that should have merited more contributions. Cherry oh Baby is rasta Keith at his best. Unpolished, simple and pure. Memory Hotel has great lyrics. Mick's voice was great before he needed a vocal coach. No crooning, just singing. The guitars on Hey Negrita are something. Steaming, hurling, leading the rhythm section. Mick keeps on grumbling. I love it. Melody is jazzy tune where the guitars are left behind. No need.Fool to cry, classic Stones ballad. Crazy mama: not my favourite, but it doesn't matter, this album is in my top 10.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars That difficult 13th album! 11 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
Post-Taylor and pre-Wood this is very much the audition album and provides a snapshot of a band that is a slightly out of kilter. Only having 8 tracks makes me thinks that recording was a bit of a struggle, and the lack of Mick Taylor's technical ability and melodic beauty is definitely missed, with the Stones looking around for inspiration from their guests.
"Hot Stuff", the opener, has a great riff, which makes up for a lack of lyrical substance. "Hand Of Fate" has a classic Stones rock n'roll feel to it, as does "Crazy Mama", while "Memory Motel" is a very fine slow ballad with nice Keith vocals in the chorus. "Fool To Cry" is a bit too saccharine but actually quite un-Stonesy and interesting, although I can't listen to it too much. "Melody" is a real departure, and that's because Billy Preston wrote it - good track and I can see why Bill Wyman still plays it with his band. "Hey Negrita" is innovative but frankly not very good - and introduces both Mr Wood's guitar playing and songwriting. Finally, "Cherry Oh Baby" is a pretty corny cover version that just doesn't work. This a really a 3.5 stars album but I can't give it a 4 because it doesn't quite gel as a whole and has too few tracks. But, the title and cover picture are great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed bag 21 Jan 2012
By Graham R. Hill VINE VOICE
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I've always really liked 'Fool To Cry', but that must say more about my lack of taste than about the quality of the song. Much of the rest of the stuff here would sound fine if it was a filler on a different album, but there's too much of it all together here. 'Hand Of Fate' in particular is one of those tracks that has all the ingredients, but doesn't quite work. 'Memory Motel' and 'Melody' are the best songs here I think and the less said about 'Cherry Oh Baby' the better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VASTLY UNDERRATED!!! 2 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this album and not just with hindsight.
I loved it when it was first released and couldn't (and still can't) believe how negative fans and the fickle rock press were about it.
The tracks are solid, raw and funky and Jagger's vocals are strong and inspired.
Hand of Fate and Crazy Mama are up there with Tumbling Dice and a lot of the Exile stuff.
It all rocks just like it should because the unbeatable rhythm section of Watts and Wymn are still in place.
Memory Hotel and Fool To Cry are both wonderful, classic Stones ballads, the latter having been a single and at least a minor hit.
Maybe it was all the auditioning guitar players like Wayne Perkins and Harvey Mandel, before settling on Ronnie Wood (they were so sure about him he made the cover!), that kept them on their musical toes.
My least favorite track is Melody featuring Billy Preston trading vocals with Mick, but it doesn't come close to spoiling this great album for me.
Not quite a 5 star effort but it gets a BIG 4 stars for sure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Back when this first came out the critics hated it and though I loved...
Back when this first came out the critics hated it and though I loved Fool to Cry I never brought it, though I had brought Goats Head Soup and went on to buy Some Girls. Read more
Published 3 days ago by simonpth
4.0 out of 5 stars The most underated stones alb in my humble opinion. ...
The most underated stones alb in my humble opinion. Even if you just buy this for the Hand Of Fate it's worth it ;)
Published 1 month ago by Joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars A great one
I think this is a very underrated album. Many critics savaged it when it came out (not the audiences, of course! Read more
Published 5 months ago by michele realini
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
I first bought this on vinyl, many years ago. Decided to get it on CD with no regrets at all. I saw the Stones in the early sixties at the Station Hotel in Richmond, and this album... Read more
Published 8 months ago by noahs dad
3.0 out of 5 stars Another mid period stones album, worth buying if you love the stones...
A pretty fair album from one of the greatest bands of all time- best track is probably memory motel but to be honest its not in their top 10 albums
Published 10 months ago by richy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This album was under rated by lots of critics. personally I think it shows the Stones versitility. Love all the tracks. make a great gift for stone fans.
Published 13 months ago by wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Black and Blue.
I have this album on vinyl and really enjoy the songs Memory Motel, Crazy Mama, Fool To Cry etc, now i can listen to them in the car.
Published 15 months ago by dave
2.0 out of 5 stars One to forget
The recent purchase of this album completed my personal collection of Stones' studio albums on CD, 22 in all ranging from 1964 to 2005. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Al-13
2.0 out of 5 stars A great example of how to ruin an album
The original sound of this album has been slaughtered. It is over compressed giving it a cold harsh sound. Read more
Published 21 months ago by John Barnet
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