The Rolling Stones “Goats Head Soup”: From Wild To Mild

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One of The Rolling Stones best records

The Rolling Stones “Goats Head Soup”: From Wild To Mild

Considered by many as the last of the great Rolling Stones albums, “Goats Head Soup” was released on August 31, 1973.  To be or not the last of the great Stones records can be disputed as they still released good solid hit albums such as “It’s Only Rock N’ Roll” in 1974 and “Some Girls” in 1978, never the less, remains one of the bands absolute classics. The album was recorded in Jamaica and the Netherlands between 1972 and 1973, under the production of Jimmy Miller that had been the bands producer since 1968 “Beggars Banquet”, this would be Miller’s last collaboration with the band though.  This 1973 release of the Stones marks little changing in the band’s musical direction. It reflects the effort of the band trying to stay relevant by doing songs such as “Dancing With Mr. D”, “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” or the smash hit “Angie”. Rich in percussion (Jamaican influenced) and the use of brass instruments on some tracks. A fresh and rich Stones work that goes from wild to mild, swinging between solid rock songs and ballads, featuring the usual gang of collaborators Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart on piano, Billy Preston on clavinet and also piano, Bobby Keys on tenor saxophone makes this an official “Stones golden era” album.

All tracks written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Side 1
1 “Dancing with Mr. D”
2 “100 Years Ago”
3 “Coming Down Again”
4 “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”
5 “Angie”

Side 2
6 “Silver Train”
7 “Hide Your Love”
8 “Winter”
9 “Can You Hear the Music”
10 “Star Star”

Personnel
Mick Jagger: lead vocals, backing vocals, electric guitar, harmonica,piano
Keith Richards: electric guitar & backing vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Bill Wyman: bass guitar
Charlie Watts: drums
Mick Taylor: electric guitar, backing vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar

Produced by:Jimmy Miller
Recorded during: 25 November – 21 December 1972 and 23 May – 20 June 1973 at Dynamic Sound Studio, Kingston, Jamaica, except “Hide Your Love”, recorded at De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Summer 1973
Released:August 31, 1973
Label: Rolling Stones Records

Singles:
“Angie”/”Silver Train” Released: 20 August 1973
“Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”/”Dancing with Mr. D” Released: December 1973

Strongest tracks: “Dancing With Mr. D”, “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” , “Angie”, “Winter”, “Star Star”

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