The Rolling Stones, Let It Bleed (1969)
We had this amazing journey around the South Island when I was about 8 or 9 and it was soundtracked by The Rolling Stones. Almost nothing else. My brother had gone in deep for the Stones and it was a massive nostalgia-kick for my folks. I had no say, but I was wide-eared and wide-eyed and fucking into it. And it was an education. There were snippets of songs I recognised from ad-jingles and tunes from TV shows and films and just those monumental hits that you assumed – as a kid growing up in the 80s – were simply always there. And shortly after that Greatest Hits introduction my bro bought this album. So it was one of the very first original records by the Stones I heard. And I’ve always loved it. For years I had a sealed copy on vinyl – I had a full crate of sealed records. You visited and got to look through and pick the one album you wanted to open and hear. My version of a cellar. You – the guest – got to choose what we would drink. Then we had a kid and the practicality (and expense) of a crate of records sealed and there for boozy visits just became a nonsense. So bit by bit I opened them up and enjoyed them. Records are to be played after all. And I can’t remember who chose Let It Bleed but it was one of the early ones in the Record Crate Game. I think – from distant memory – it was a good school friend that was staying with us for a weekend. I certainly enjoyed it at the time and now many times since. For this has always been one of my favourite Stones albums. And even when I got through big periods of never really listening to the band this album is one of the ones I always feel like. It’s one of their very best.
Sample Track: Monkey Man
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