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Black And Blue (Remastered 2009)

Black And Blue (Remastered 2009)

1 Jan 2009
4.1 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2009
  • Release Date: 18 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.
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  • Total Length: 41:17
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  • ASIN: B002K3HFXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,133 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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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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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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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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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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I think this is a very underrated album. Many critics savaged it when it came out (not the audiences, of course!), but "Black and Blue" has been rediscovered and it still wins the test of time.
The album explores the black music of the Seventies (disco, funk, reggae, jazz) as "Exile" did with blues, rock'n roll, gospel.. So what's the problem? Some might not like it, but many others -like me- definitely enjoy it. Maybe it' s not among their best albums, but "B&B" is a very good one indeed. It proves that Rolling Stones have always been able to do something new in being faithful to themselves at the same time.
If today a band delivered an album like this we would probably say that it' s a masterpiece...
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