I know I’ve told the story before but it bears repeating here: discovering the Stones when I was 13 in the summer of 1989, devouring Rewind, Hot Rocks and then the Big Four…stumbling across Goats Head Soup at the Edmonton Public Library (80’s Columbia reissue LP without the gatefold) and signing it out. My mum recognized the album from the cover- “Oh, Goats Head Soup, that’s the one with ‘Angie’ on it. Not one of their better albums…” She was right, rest her soul…I went upstairs and put the record on. “Dancing With Mr D” kicked in, and as soon as those wimpy sounding drums started playing I literally said, “What the f—k is this?” It completely flew in the face of what I expected a Stones record to sound like. No sir, didn’t like it! I didn’t even bother with side two, and back to the library it went! Flash forward another year or so- I picked up GHS on vinyl, mainly for completeness sake in my Stones collection. I had started playing bass and guitar myself by this point. Played the record and found myself focusing on the bass parts. At that point I decided, “Actually, this is pretty cool- it’s the Stones, but it doesn’t really sound like the Stones.” To this day, Goats Head Soup is one of my favourite “bass playing” albums. I play the album a lot more nowadays because it’s one my wife grew up with (“Angie” was her mum’s favourite song). I do believe it was the first Stones album my wife and I listened to when we started dating- not, mind you, that we were listening to it that closely at the time as I recall… So, that’s my story. Welcome to the long promised, long awaited Goats Head Soup song-by-song discussion. Same rules apply as for my Steely Dan thread, to wit: threadcrappers need not apply here! Now let’s get started!