Black and Blueby The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones recorded Black and Blue while auditioning Mick Taylor's replacement, so it's unfair to criticize it, really, for being longer on grooves and jams than songs, especially since that's what's good about it. Yes, the two songs that are undeniable highlights are "Memory Motel" and "Fool to Cry," the album's two ballads and, therefore, the two that had to be written and arranged, not knocked out in the studio; they're also the ones that don't quite make as much sense, though they still work in the context of the record. No, this is all about groove and sound, as the Stones work Ron Wood into their fabric. And the remarkable thing is, apart from "Hand of Fate" and "Crazy Mama," there's little straight-ahead rock & roll here. They play with reggae extensively, funk and disco less so, making both sound like integral parts of the Stones' lifeblood. Apart from the ballads, there might not be many memorable tunes, but there are times that you listen to the Stones just to hear them play, and this is one of them.
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Performance CreditsRolling Stones Primary Artist
Mick Jagger Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Harvey Mandel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Billy Preston Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Ronnie Wood Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Watts Drums,Bass Drums
Nicky Hopkins Organ,Keyboards
Bill Wyman Synthesizer,Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Ollie E. Brown Percussion
Arif Mardin Horn
Wayne Perkins Guitar,Electric Guitar
Keith Richards Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Technical CreditsBilly Preston Inspiration
Ronnie Wood Inspiration
Glimmer Twins Producer
Arif Mardin Arranger
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Although a fine album, a factor sorley missed is Mick Taylor. In my opinion the Stones best work was with Mick. That edge was just missing. Any true Stones fan will tell you.
Black & Blue may not be the definitive Stones album, but there's something about it I like. It has a dark, 3-in-the-morning mood, an overall tough, hard rocking groove. It's one of the best fusions of funk, blues & rock I've ever heard.
This is by far the BEST Stones ever. Memory Motel being the BEST song. I can say no more, the best is the best.