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  • Audio CD (4 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B001WCN232
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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Originally issued in 1973, Goats Head Soup was another transatlantic chart-topper for the Stones. Recording started at Byron Lee’s Dynamic Sound Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, in late 1972 and was completed in London and Los Angeles the following year. Packaged in another iconic sleeve shot by photographer David Bailey, it’s fondly remembered for the ballad "Angie", a US number one, and the swear words on the raunchy closer "Star Star". The ominous opener "Dancing With Mr. D", the funky "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" and the gorgeous "Winter" have been a tad overshadowed by the rest of the group’s mighty canon and are well worth rediscovering.

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There may be a smidge of nostalgia here, but Goat's Head Soup will always be my favourite Stones album. I have had the vinyl record since it was first released in the 70's and it has been played countless times. Silver Train starts the second side with a flourish, after the soulful Angie, and I've always felt this album's running order lent itself well to a short break after the hit song. But there is so much to this album besides Angie! In those days the Stones experimented with the longer track and more complex musical structures; the sublime Coming Down Again, Winter and Hide your Love are proof enough. This is a real album and should be enjoyed end to end!
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Many years ago on Channel 4, as part of its art strand, there was a programme called 'J'accuse..'which took potshots at cultural icons and debunked legends. One such programme concerned the Stones and their musical output from the early seventies onwards was dismissed.
If 'Exile On Main Street' was the creative highpoint of the Stones Mark 2 (and it's far from perfect for some - vocals mixed badly, Keith cutting into Jagger's vocals off key) why should everything that followed be so easily dismissed.
'Goats Head Soup' has finally started to get its due respect as other reviews on this site have clearly seen fit to give it 5 stars.
Approached as a companion album to 'Sticky Fingers' rather than a follow up to 'Exile...' things to start to make more sense. Some of the songs follow the more sophisticated arrangements of 'Sticky Fingers' numbers - eg 'Winter' could be a sister to 'Moonlight Mile'. The rock ballad '100 Years Ago' features some of Mick Taylor's most expressive guitar playing as Billy Preston brings the song to a funky conclusion.
In spite of the good taste on show, the Stones still get lowdown dirty rude on a Chuckesque riff (see Star Star and it's lyrical content which wonderfully evokes everything right and wrong about the seventies.)
Don't take too much notice of the critical consensus of the time regarding the Stones seventies output or you'll miss out.
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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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So the first batch of Stones remasters are upon us and what are we getting for our hard earned cash?

The packaging is the same as the previous Virgin issues from 1997, no extra photos from the cover shoot or sessions. No insightful sleeve notes from someone like Roy Carr or Charles Shaar-Murray whose long out of print Rolling Stones - An Illustrated Record is still required reading.

The mastering is an improvement over previous issues especially the bass and drums but in this case the original American master tape has been used complete with sloppy vocal overdub to mask the reference to "feminine freshness" that appears on Star Star. A case for retaining the previous Virgin issue which has the overdub missing and is as intended.

On the down side the discs have not been issued as hybrid s.a.c.d. like the A.B.K.C.O. issues of the Stones' Decca back catalogue from a few years back which set the bar higher for Stones issues.. The c.d. cases are also those flimsy super audio jewel boxes which seem to be the fashion these days and they break all too easily.

I don't have too much to say about the music other than that this is a much under rated album having initially been viewed as a major disappointment after the majestic hedonism of Exile On Main Street. It is worthy of reappraisal as it does still contain much of what The Stones do superbly; just not as up tempo as other albums.

A Stones nut like me will buy without hesitation. Others will have to decide if the sound improvement is worth the extra outlay. An opportunity missed?
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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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