The annoucement of the new Stones mono box has got me to pull out the old Decca records once again. Inspired by our fairly constant debate about Brian Jones' accomplishments on many an instrument, I decided I would put attention to his musical contributions which so often are praised. And I agree, to a certain degree, that he is marvelous to listen to. When I'm writing "to a certain degree", I'll have to explain myself: Almost everywhere I hear people describing him as a "technical superior" musician to his bandmates. I also hear people rant about his ability to pick up an instrument and handle it professionally almost immidiately. While I'm certain that he could create music out of every instrument he touched, I will have to ask: Has those people who claims his "technical superiorness" ever listened properly? Or are they just so blinded by Mr. Jones personality that they forget to be critical? Listening to the intro of "She Said Yeah" (0:09) he comes in wrongly and too late on the guitar. On "Cool, Calm & Collected" (first time at 0:37) his ability to play the sitar part are also marred by bum-notes. The same thing applies to his mellotron part on "2000 Light Years From Home", were he misses several notes (1:25). I will have to state, that this is not a thread were I'm trying to put the man down! He is sorely missed! But I would like to hear people's opinion own my observations. Those claiming he was "technical superior" are in my opinion overpraising him. He plays just as many bum-notes as the others. He could play slide-guitar, but mostly he was copying the blues records they covered. He could play a good harp, but in my opinion, Jagger was just as good at that. Thoughts? And in a good and friendly tone, please.