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Goats Head Soup [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

The Rolling Stones Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Aug 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000W5B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dancing With Mr. D
2. 100 Years Ago
3. Coming Down Again
4. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
5. Angie
6. Silver Train
7. Hide Your Love
8. Winter
9. Can You Hear the Music
10. Star Star

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex 'n' satanism 6 Sep 2003
By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
"Goats Head Soup" doesn't quite reach the same heights as it predecessor, the magnificent "Exile On Main Street", but it is a good album in its own right.
It opens with the self-conscious aren't-we-bad-tune "Dancing With Mr D." (the gentleman in question being the devil), followed by the solid, folkish "100 Years Ago" and the slow, slightly eerie "Coming Down Again" ("I really like the [songs] I did when I was on smack", Keith Richards once said. "I wouldn't have written Coming Down Again without that".)
One of the best songs on "Goats Head Soup" is undoubtedly the acoustic ballad "Angie", but the slide guitar-driven "Silver Train" rocks very well also, and "Hide Your Love" is a good, swinging blues tune.
There is really nothing bad on "Goats Head Soup". The slower, slightly, eh, alternative tunes like "Can you Hear The Music" and "Coming Down Again" may not appeal to everybody, but fortunately "Goats Head Soup" closes with one of the Stones' best, toughest rockers.
It hasn't gotten a lot of publicity, and even less airplay, but "Star Star" (as it was prudently re-titled on the cover) grooves with a vengeance, opening with a Chuck Berry-esque riff, and culminating with the supremely catchy chorus. Not everybody may be inclined to sing along (the song's actual title is "Starf***er"), but it certainly rocks with its own mean vulgarity.
And, honestly, who doesn't love mean vulgarity? Eh?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Beautiful 27 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's the popular view that the Stones somehow came to the end of their run of classic albums with the release of 'Goats Head Soup' and that the album proved quite a disappointment. This view is quite understandable (although i don't quite agree) as it does often lack the clarity and focus of the Stones albums released in the five years prior to its release. However what it tends to lack in conventionally great songs it more than makes up for in mood.

With 'Goats Head Soup' the Stones sound becomes more mellow and sophisicated and a little more experimental where there's less emphasis perhaps on rock 'n' roll (although it is still present). Much of this change is due to a greater involvement by Mick Taylor who collaborates more closely with Jagger than he has previously. His guitar playing contributes to some of the Stones most beautiful moments such as the songs '100 Years Ago' and 'Winter' which become richly intoxicating on repeated listens. There are also more typical Stones numbers which some fans may find more palatable such as 'Star Star' and 'Silver Train' which are also highly entertaining but these aren't perhaps the songs that leave the most lasting impression.

Many of the songs do tend to sound quite jaded as though the Stones are coming down from some enormous high yet at the same time so many of them are transcended into moments of such great beauty thanks in the main to Mick Taylor's beautiful guitar lines.

While it's probably difficult to make a case for 'Goats Head Soup' belonging with the Stones most highly regarded albums ('Beggars Banquet'- 'Exile On Main Street') it an album that is nevertheless quite unique. The Stones future output (post Mick Taylor) would never again incorporate such beautiful sounds which means ultimately 'Goats Head Soup's uniqueness will always remain exclusively its own.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misjudged and misunderstood 17 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
Coming, as it did, on the back of Exile On Main Street, arguably the Rolling Stones masterpiece, Goats Head Soup never really stood a chance. However, those that dismiss it are missing the point. To their credit, the Stones didn't try to recreate the dirty sound of Exile, but took a new approach entirely - a much more pensive, melancholic approach, showcased to full effect on the likes of Angie, 100 years ago, Coming Down Again, and the epic, sweeping ballad Winter.
If it's rockers you're after, you may feel a little short-changed here. Indeed, the only track that rocks convincingly is Heartbreaker, and even that's unconventional. However, the one-two punch of Silver Train and Hide Your Love represent the bluesier end of the Stones spectrum, and they do it well. In fact, the only tracks that aren't convincing are opener, Dancing With Mr D, and closer, Star Star. The latter is a very tame Chuck Berry wannabe, the lyrics of which seem rather contrived, as if intended to stir controversy, and as such come off looking merely foolish.
These two tracks ensure that Goats Head Soup is not a classic album. But to be fair, it's not far off. It's only real crime was that it came after a genuine classic against which it will always be judged. But judged unfairly. You'd do well to remember that.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vastly underrated 15 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
I personally adore this album and can't see why it has such a bad rep. Yes it came after an amazing run of flawless albums but the only real flaw this album has is the expectation of living up to the previous albums. Listen to 'Winter' and 'Coming Down Again' and tell me you're not blown away. The Stone's are at their peak and doing what they do best. On another note, I'm just reviewing the album not the reissue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carrying on the classics 2 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, ignore the critics. Secondly, buy the album and see how cohesive the songs are. All Stones fans should own this album, it's probably not for the casual fan...look beyond the faceless reviews and you will find some of the Stones best work. IMHO, it's the guitar genius of Mick Taylor and the songwriting of Jagger (usually Richards was mashed) that pull the album through to make it a fine follow-up to "Exile". "Winter" is without doubt the best ballad, it has aged better than "Angie" which is fast becoming my least fave song. "Star Star" is, contrary to the reviews that rip it up as lame Berry rock, a fun stomper of a tune driven by Taylor's boogie-woogie rhythm with a catchy chorus. "Hide Your Love" keeps up the Stones heritage as a blues band with some excellent piano from Jagger and some soaring licks from Taylor. "Silver Train" moves well and has some magic slide guitar. "100 Years Ago" begins whimsically but fast becomes a thumping rocker, driven by Taylor's new-found interest in the Wah-Wah pedal vizzavi "Heartbreaker" with its pounding bass/drum combo from the legendary Watts/Wyman rhythm section. "Coming Down Again" is one of the most pensieve songs Keith has ever is beautiful and goes to show what Mr. Richards can do when he puts his mind to it. "Can You Hear the Music?" harks back to the Brian Jones age, with its Eastern influenced rhythms and murky guitars...a fine Taylor solo cut short by mixing however...The opener "Dancing with Mr. D" begins well, a new exciting riff and some brilliant lead from Taylor...however that new riff fast becomes boring after it is repeated over 4 odd minutes. Perhaps it should have been a shorter song. Well, that about covers the album, go out pick it up for less than a tenner and give it a play keeping in mind that it came off the back of one of the greatest albums of all time
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brightly polished Stones, with more finesse
`Goats' Head Soup' was the Stones' 1973 follow-up to the epic `Exile on Main Street', widely regarded as one of the greatest rock albums of all time and a tough act to follow. Read more
Published 10 days ago by The Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars Just exceptional
One of the best.
There are many great songs incl. Heartbreaker, 100 years ago & hide your love.
Published 26 days ago by Patrick B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff.
Not one of the great albums, I think, but worth a revisit. There are some great numbers if it does not quite match the consistent heights of Beggars Banquet.
Published 4 months ago by james henry witham
1.0 out of 5 stars s***e
After waiting for a long delivery period the cd casing was cheap and flimsy, the product as a whole- i. Read more
Published 5 months ago by woody
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent album
excellent album with mellow vibes dancing with mr d one of my favorites it reminds me of when i first left home
Published 7 months ago by craig harper
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied customer
i consider this to be one of the Rolling Stones best. I specifically bought this album for "Wild Horses" as it was my daughters favourite and i want it played at her... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. Tricia Wakefield
5.0 out of 5 stars Under rated Gem
In my early teens I sent my sister out on her shopping trip to buy the Stones Hits LP and she returned with what was their latest LP. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nic
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Stones Album in the 70s
The hard-rocker "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" alone fully justifies top-rating (as often with the Rolling Stones, the best songs are not the ones that reached the charts). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Al Most
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly brilliant
I've loved this album since I first heard it thirty five years ago. Rediscovered it on Amazon the other day and it hasn't lost a thing.
Published 12 months ago by voltimand
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great
Another great from the stones as a fan can't be disappointed with this one highly recommend this one great cd for the money
Published 13 months ago by maureen copson
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