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It's Only Rock 'n' Roll Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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The Rolling Stones were formed in London in April 1962 by Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica, guitar), and Keith Richards (guitar, vocals). Bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts completed the early line-up. R&B and blues cover songs dominated the Rolling Stones' early material, but their repertoire has always included rock ... Read more in Amazon's The Rolling Stones Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Aug. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000W5H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. If You Can't Rock Me
2. Ain't Too Proud to Beg
3. It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It)
4. Till the Next Goodbye
5. Time Waits for No One
6. Luxury
7. Dance Little Sister
8. If You Really Want to Be My Friend
9. Short and Curlies
10. Fingerprint File

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ROLLING STONES Its Only Rock N Roll (1994 UK Dutch 10-track CD album originally released in 1974 picture sleeve & tracklisting back inlay CDV2733)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Bell on 18 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Let me say straight out that I am a lifelong Stones fan and I have had this album since it was released in October 74. To be honest for me, it has never been in the class of their purple patch (Beggars Banquet through to Exile on Main St) but of all the recent remastered albums I think this one has come up with the biggest shine.

It has its high spots; the title track, the Philly inspired "If you really want to be my friend," Fingerprint FIle with its echoes of post Watergate paranoia, and the fabulous Time waits for no one with My Taylor playing some beautiful guitar are all excellent. If you can't rock me, Ain't too proud to beg and Dance Little Sister are all more than credible as album tracks and considerably sharper thanks to the remastering process. All that said, Till the next goodbye is toe curdling bad and Luxury despite a great review from the writer Roy Carr, is an attempt at reggae cross over which doesn't quite get there - in fact Jagger's attempt to sound vaguely Jamaican doesn't help proceedings. As for "Short and Curlies" well along with the album cover I think it might have been better left for another day.

In summary, some high points, a sparky intro / opening to the album, Mick Taylor's playing on Time waits for no one and the overall quality of the remastering make this worthy of further investigation. At time of writing this can be purchased for less than £7 from Uncle Amazon which in my book is good value for money.

If you have all of their albums from the aforementioned purple patch then this is worth buying - more to this album than one might initially think on first listen and on balance it would compare quite favourably with most of their output post "Tattoo You."
I hope the above helps
Roger Bell
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Two albums after the great Beggars to Exile run ended, ‘It’s only rock and roll’ is Mick Taylors last, but Mick and Keith’s first as producers. In the years following its release, I wondered if side one was the best side of any Rolling Stones album … It might lack the bluesy rootsy-ness of Beggars Banquet and Let it Bleed, but it has fantastic songs played with great verve.
IORAR has been much criticised for its murky production, but I’m not sure. The title track is notable for its wonderful swampy groove – production more than making up for a very basic chord structure and ‘Time waits for no one’ succeeds magnificently partly because of the way the piano and lead guitar playing have been recorded and mixed. As regards the rest of side one - ‘If you can’t rock me’ is kicked along by the simplest but sharpest of riffs, the stomping ‘Aint to proud to beg’ proves that a worthy rock cover of a Motown classic is possible and ‘Til the next time’ is a classic piece of Jagger romantic balladry – used in the recent Hyde Park concert film, which shows it still has some resonance with the Stones people.
So, what of side two? Certainly, we have some problems in the middle. It gets off to a solid start with ‘Luxury’ - mock Jamaican beat, but a strong song. ‘Dance Little Sister’ tries to find a more stripped down arrangement but has too few chords and too many repeats to work well. ‘I really want to be your friend’ is a keyboard driven ballad, with some production murk but is lifted twice by a gorgeous bridge. ‘Short and curlies’ is harmless but throw away, leaving the mighty ‘Fingerprint file’ to remind us of the glories of side one – genuine funk groove and paranoia about the authorities over interest in the life of rock stars.
So, where does it rate with the rest of the Stones 1970s catalogue? I would like to say that it is no more inconsistent than Goats Head Soup, but that its best bits do reach the dizzy heights of the peaks of the Beggars to Exile series.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As I stated in my review of Sticky Fingers 2009 remaster I got the rest of this current batch of remasters. This one is a real relevation. Once again the new technology has allowed more information and less dirt/noise to get through.

I always beleived that there was no excuse for a duff sounding record since about 1950 as the technology and talent to nail a great performance onto tape was out there. The proof is in the loads of stunning jazz and classical recordings that folk have in their collections eg. Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. Giles, Giles and Fripp 1968 "The Brondesbury Tapes" is a testament to the ingenuity of Peter Giles' abilities with a Rvox F36 two track recorder in the modified front room of their flat in London, and sounds stunning.

So where did the Stones go wrong? The only reason I can think of to explain away the muddy sound that this album suffered under until now is the wholehearted joining of all involved in "recreational" pursuits. The music was presented in a sonically murky and limited way.

The last remaster, Apogee chiz chiz by Bob Ludwig, went a long way to redressing this problem, however this version is noticeably better again. Jaggers singing really stands out, the guitars all sound well separated, previously unnoticed keyboard parts make themselves known.

At last the album can be heard as it ought to be, bright and shiny lively music and not a grimy trudge. The overall sound on this album is improved by a larger margin than Sticky Fingers.

Disappointing sleevenotes, uplifting music!
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