I finally bought a Rolling Stones CD, 40 Licks.
I'm not a big fan of the Stones.
Some songs are cool, but the band kind of sucks. Jagger is a great showman, but a mediocre singer. He was able to get away with it (he was handsome, was the first one, it was the 60's and he and Richards could write a nice tune), but after him millions of morons had the brilliant idea of starting a rock band regardless of having no singing abilities whatsoever with the excuse that Jagger couldn't sing either. I wonder how this influenced the birth of punk music.
To tell the truth I already owned a Stones album and I really like it: it's Their Satanic Majesties Request. I always liked it because it's a kind of copy of the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band so it doesn't sound like an Stones album at all. It features arrangements and some level of experimentation.
Most Stones fans hate Their Satanic Majesties Request. It probably makes too evident for them that this guys were one day a secondary band that tried to catch up with what the Beatles came with.
The quality of some of the tracks is horrible... We're talking about a "Digitally Remastered" double album... The band was not very good. Just compare these tunes with properly recorded pop tunes from that era (not only Beatles' songs, but with other bands like the Beach Boys, or even some country music...) The Stones sounded like a band that was rehersing.
And a big part of this is the vocals: they are simply bad. The Beatles and others had nice voices and wonderful and careful arrangements. The Stones just screamed.
Anyway, they're the Rolling Stones and if they sold millions and millions of copies of their albums there must be a reason. OK, Jagger is a sexy guy and they sell the rock thing like maybe no other band.
My favorite tunes (IN MORE OR LESS OF AN ORDER)
1) She's a Rainbow
2) Lady Jane (Not in this CD)
3) Ruby Tuesday
4) Play With Fire (Not in this CD)
5) Paint It Black
6) Mother's Little Helper
I guess it's a strange list... Not very riff/ lick-ridden... OK, it's just the mood I'm in...