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The Last Spark Of The Old Stones Magic,
This review is from: Tattoo You (Audio CD)
'Tattoo You' along with 'Some Girls' is often considered by the critics to be arguably the last Stones album that really matters. Unfortunately i believe there's a fair bit of truth in that view.
The album doesn't have the most promising origins (most of the songs being cobbled together from outtakes stretching back almost a decade to the 'Goats Head Soup' sessions) but fortunately these songs do form a surprisingly effective album which certainly disguised for a while the fact that by the turn of the eighties the Stones creative juices were running dry.
The album is probably a little more patchy than 'Some Girls' although the best of the songs are much richer sounding and more sophisticated. This is largely due to the fact that guitarists (and former Rolling Stone) Mick Taylor and Wayne Perkins sat in on the original sessions. Their playing is a lot more technically proficient than the Stones more recent guitarist Ron Wood was able to achieve. This does mislead the listener, however, to believe this is how the Stones sounded at the time of the album's release.
The songs that form the real backbone of the album are from the earlier sessions - 'Goats Head Soup' - 'Black And Blue' and these include 'Start Me Up', 'Slave', 'Tops', 'Worried About You' and 'Waiting On A Friend'. Some of the other songs aren't bad either such as 'Hang Fire' and 'Little T And A' but they are a little less inspiring. Only 'Neighbours' sounds like a serious misstep mainly due to the song's booming eighties drum sound.
'Tattoo You' while not a classic is the last Stones album to contain songs of a high enough calibre to be able to sit alongside the Stones earlier classics without fear of intimidation.
The only disadvantage was with the fans expectations. They were blissfully unaware at the time they were listening to songs that had been written and (partly) recorded when Mick and Keith were still capable of greatness which means those succeeding albums eventually proved all the more disappointing. 'Tattoo You' didn't afterall represent the dawning of a new age as some fans may have thought - rather the closing of a chapter.