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Tattoo You [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Sonny Rollins, 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: B000000W5F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Start Me Up
2. Hang Fire
3. Slave
4. Little T&A
5. Black Limousine
6. Neighbours
7. Worried About You
8. Tops
9. Heaven
10. No Use in Crying
11. Waiting On a Friend

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
With the old Virgin 1994 remaster and this new 2009 Polydor version 'both' clocking in at exactly 44:26 minutes, I immediately had my suspicions about this latest rehash masquerading as something new for soppy Stones fans like me and a million others. But this 2009 Polydor CD is a FANTASTIC IMPROVEMENT in sound over its 1994 predecessor - it really is...

If I were to nail down what's different - it would be the BASS and DRUMS. They're suddenly so clear now - and in some cases like "Worried About You" - it's truly startling how good they sound. In fact if feels like every single track has been uplifted out of its former rhythm section muddiness. The clarity and punch is great on everything really. STEPHEN MARCUSSEN and STEWART WHITMORE at Marcussen Mastering in Hollywood, California did the transfers and they're to be praised for their work...

As you've no doubt already read, "Tattoo You" was a ragbag of outtakes from previous albums with a few new tunes thrown in - Rockers on the A with Ballads on the B. Yet it worked - I played it to death on release - loved it - especially the soulful Side 2.

Unfortunately, the new packaging is a bit of a joke. The 'furry boot' inner sleeve that came with the original LP is reproduced in a paltry gatefold inlay, but there's no lyrics (there's a European LP that has a lyric sheet insert - they could have used that). The startling Christian Piper tattooed 'Three Paintings' are reduced to a point where the credits on the green-coloured rear sleeve are barely legible. The inlay beneath the see-through CD tray is blank - wow - push the boat out boys! But much worse - and like so many Stones LPs - guest musicians who contributed incredible work at the time are now not mentioned on reissues at all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VISCERAL ROCK & MOVING BALLADS 26 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Tattoo You contains some raucous rock 'n roll and a couple of beautiful, soulful ballads. Although not considered to be amongst their very best albums, there is enough here to make it a worthwhile purchase.
The opener, Start Me Up, is the Stones at their high powered best with its killer riff and insistent rhythm, whilst the melodic Hang Fire with its impressive vocals comes a close second. These were big hits and can be found on many Stones compilations.
The bluesy Black Limousine and the reggae-influenced Slave aren't bad either, but ballads like Tops and Heaven fall somewhat beneath their high standards. This may be forgiven though, since the closing number, the poignant Waiting On A Friend sees them at their soulful best. It's a moving ballad on a par with earlier great moments such as Wild Horses and Dead Flowers from 1971s Sticky Fingers album.
Overall Tatto You is thus an uneven work but the aforementioned highlights more than make up for the few tepid and uninspired ballads. I give it four stars but that is judging it by the high standards of their own work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making their mark 15 Jun 2009
By Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
So this is the album that consisted of tracks that were left over from other albums and a couple of new ones, a filler perhaps in the bigger scheme of things. But it all hangs together so well, so well, in my humble opinion, that as an album it was the last great Stones album. There is not a track on it that I do not like, or rate as being amongst the best 30 they ever wrote(how many rock bands have so many to pick from?).

Start me up, a clarion call to the male undead, well not quite,(how did this get past the BBC censors?), an instantly recogniseable classic with an intro as good as any ever written. Slave, a leftover from Black and Blue as far as I remember, a great lolling funky number. Black Limousine, a great bluesy rocker and one of the very few songs with a writing credit to someone other than the Glimmers themselves-well done Woody!

The last five numbers are stunning slow numbers, possibly the strongest tracks on the album. I love them. Great soulful singing and emotive playing by all. Waiting on a Friend - a stunner!! The sax solo by Sonny Rollins just tops off what is already a truly wonderful song and makes it essential.

The remastering has really brought out every last drop of music from an already super sounding album. Bills bass playing has tune rather than thud and is a relevation in certain numbers. Charlies brushwork on Heaven is sublime, the jazzer in him really pays off here.

The artwork is the most disappointing aspect of this release. The green chosen for the back cover is too dark to easily read the track listing, unlike the original, or even the Virgin reissue, and the image of Keef resplendant in tribal tattoo pattern looks like fourth generation photocopy, all nasty pixelated noise and stuff. The attention to the artwork has been less than average across this series of remasters. I would have done better myself if they had asked!

A sonic masterpiece! Only just pipped at the post by Some Girls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Little Record 7 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD
'Tattoo You' is a Rolling Stones album I had been toying with getting for a while, but had put off. I finally bought the record yesterday (at the time of writing) and the first thing I have to stress is that this is a great little record.

Secondly, I also want to point out that I would not class myself as a big Stones fan - not at all. So, to be frank, I would actually class 'Tattoo You' as my starting point to their music, bar some of their staple tunes I have on my iPod.

Anyway, enough of me ranting, onto the album. Basically, having listened to the album last night, I can tell you that it has a bit of everything to keep everybody happy - a little bit of rock, a bit of blues and some ballads. The record also features two tracks that everyone would know in 'Start Me Up' and 'Waiting On a Friend', the latter being quite possibly the best song you will ever listen to about the topic of friendship. Just my view there.

However, aswell as the above mentioned two songs, I feel that the record contains some more instant classics like 'Slave', 'Little T&A', 'Neighbours' and 'Tops'. All of these tracks ensure that you, the customer, are buying a great little record indeed here.

Lastly, I am reviewing the 2009 Remasters release of this album, so the sound (for the most part) is top quality. Everything is fresh, crisp and clear. The only problem with this area would be that, at times, Jagger's vocals can be a bit quiet, to use the expression. Overall, it wasn't a big issue.

So, to conclude, 'Tattoo You' is an album that I had put off buying for a long time and, all things considered, I cannot help but ask myself 'why?'. It is a great little record, one that I was very happy with in the end and one that I will definitely listen to again. Overall, I highly recommend the purchase.

Thanks for reading my review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic!
Great songs! Brought back memories and I needed some new songs for my workout routine! I am sorted now for the gym!
Published 12 months ago by Stella Bella
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Remaster
I'd almost forgotten Tattoo You, although I love the Stones, Start Me Up, which is probably the best known track on this album is not one of my favourites and somehow the vinyl... Read more
Published 12 months ago by P. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stones
A great Cd which should be played every day. It was easy to source and I look forwards to playing the tracks
Published 14 months ago by Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reissue!
Crystal dirty sound!
The titles are printed very small, I would like some extra information, but it is still a great record.
Published 15 months ago by Nikolaos Orfanos
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST
I bought this to replace my vinyl copy bought 32 years ago. Side A is exclusively Rock & Roll and side B exclusively balads. Quite an innovative idea but it works rather well. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Like Meeting an Old Friend Again
When I was at university I got a copy of this album on tape. That was 26 years ago! I recently chucked all my tapes as they were stretching and not worth listening to. Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2011 by J Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Tmeless classics
Brilliant to hear again after so many years... only thing is it will not play in my car, albeit my car stereo is ten years old. so i have put in on my i pod sounds great. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2011 by jocy
4.0 out of 5 stars grab the "Virgin" releases now they're still available
The thing I want to stress in this review is that I advise everybody to buy the Virgin releases as long a they are available. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2011 by Music and Film fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Tatto You
This is one of the Stones' better efforts in their Ron Wood era. The Stones were at their peak with the release of Beggars Banquet, Let it Bleed and Sticky Fingers. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by Foxy
4.0 out of 5 stars Odds and ends a fine album do make...
As has been mentioned elsewhere, 'Tattoo You' was constructed from various odds and ends, unfinished backing tracks and studio material dating back to the early seventies. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2009 by Og Oggilby
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