The Rolling Stones, Black and Blue (1976)
Some days this is my favourite album by The Rolling Stones because it was the first original album by them that I owned – on tape. Took a punt. Funny, the only song I knew from it was Fool To Cry and though it’s true I’ve never been a huge fan of that song it was easily my least favourite track when I heard this whole album. Okay, so it kinda dips out toward the end with that and Crazy Mama (not bad, but not really anything) but man the hot stuff here is hot. Take, er, Hot Stuff as the opener and then Hand Of Fate (an underrated gem) and then Memory Motel is the kicker; goddamn that song blew my mind when I first heard it. Every time after feels like the first time listening to it. That’s my memory of Memory Motel. Such a special song. And Hey Negrita – those pricks really made Ronnie work for his spot (crediting him only with “inspiration by Ron Wood, cruel). Damn fine song. So much goodness on this record. Of course I had to buy the LP – my tape disappeared long ago. But I spun that a heap – bus-rides up to Gizzy as a kid; car-trips later on too. Man that was one good driving tape. I almost never listen to this record – just looking at the cover I can hear the whole thing in my mind. Every song comes up, is conjured, effortlessly.
Sample Track: Melody
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