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Black and Blue
     

Black and Blue

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by The Rolling Stones
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/2009
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602527015613
catalogNumber:
001279802
Rank:
15412

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rolling 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 Credits

Billy Preston   Inspiration
Ronnie Wood   Inspiration
Glimmer Twins   Producer
Arif Mardin   Arranger

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Black and Blue 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the BEST Stones ever. Memory Motel being the BEST song. I can say no more, the best is the best.