For a lot of people this album is where The Rolling Stones started to go sour. The four albums before this are regarded as their best and – yep – it’s a great run of records. But some days Goats Head Soup is my favourite stones album. Dancing With Mr D is a great opener, Winter and Coming Down Again are superb, among the best songs the band wrote as far as I’m concerned. In fact the big hit, Angie, is my least favourite song on this album. I like everything else on the album more than that track. Maybe that song ruined the experience for some people? My interest in this album came, I guess, from the songs – from thinking they were strong songs, quality songs. But it came about, also, because my brother and I developed a fascination with the Stones, I was following him here, as is the way being the younger brother. And he would buy the CDs and I would copy them – making my own dubbed tapes. Goats Head Soup was on one side of a C-90 and It’s Only Rock’n’Roll was on the other. I far preferred Goats Head. Always. (Part of that might have been for the back-cover image that showed the head of a goat in a pot). I had completely forgotten that I owned a copy of the album on vinyl – it has been years since I have listened to it as an LP, it’s been a regular favourite on my iPod. It is, I reckon, a very good walking album. The swagger of tracks like Mr D and Silver Train and Hide Your Love perhaps help there. I don’t know – but I do know that I consider it the band’s most underrated album. And so often it is my absolute favourite. If you’ve never heard it and are at all interested – and I reckon you should take a hoon on it – here’s a link to hear the whole album. Give it a go. What do you say?
Sample Track: 100 Years Ago
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