What are your favourite Rolling Stones albums? *

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MHP, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. bhazen

    bhazen I Me Mine

    Newcastle, WA
    Get Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac to record it.
  2. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Forum Resident

    The Southwest
    It really depends on the day. Historically, Sticky Fingers had the edge, but Let It Bleed and Exile are very close. Also, there are times when Some Girls and Aftermath are in contention. And over the past year, Goats Head Soup has become a sleeper favorite.
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  3. I like it but I feel that it needed to be cut down to one record at the time--10 or 11 strong songs. I also thing that the whole heroin chic type of thing played into the mystique of the album. It's a good follow up to Sticky Fingers but inferior to the two before it and even inferior to some of the albums that follow it. Unlike The White Album (which I thing, flaws and all is perfect the way it is), Exile suffers from material I could easily cut. Maybe it's because there were four singers on the album and the diversity of styles. On the other hand, it's the album that has the most in common with The White Album in the way it was recorded with various members working together but not necessarily all at the same time.
  4. Champagne Boot

    Champagne Boot All-Star Tribute to All-Star Tributes

    My first Stones records were my mom's copies of December's Children, 12x5, and Out of Our Heads. Those are the ones that have always held up for me.
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  5. For me, too. I bought into the comments that it was an inferior album for a long, long time but it's held up remarkably well.
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  6. That's the problem I had with it as well but you have to just accept it for what it is. Boogie blues. It's still not as strong as what came before or some things that came after.
  7. cwitt1980

    cwitt1980 Forum Resident

    Carbondale, IL USA
    Between the Buttons. I like the fuzz, some songs seemed to be whipped up quickly, and I generally just like the sounds of '66 (even though it came out early '67). I'm more partial to the US version since it opens with "Let's Spend the Night Together."
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  8. mschrist

    mschrist Forum Resident

    Madison, WI
    "Exile", absolutely. Blues, rock, country, and gospel, often played at the same time, rock music face-to-face with its root genres, full of unexpected turns and twists (the switch from the cold, abrasive "Ventilator Blues" to the weird, remote "I Just Want to See His Face" is breathtaking), sprawled over four sides that you can get lost in.

    I threw another vote to "12 x 5" because the early Rolling Stones are so exciting and joyful, and that album's the best of the early ones for the material recorded at Chess.
  9. mschrist

    mschrist Forum Resident

    Madison, WI
    Try starting at a different place other than disc one, side one, track one? I struggled at first with "Exile", and in retrospect I think that some of that is that the first four tracks are so grimy that it's hard to approach the album at the start. Maybe start with side two or side three.
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  10. Doug_B

    Doug_B Time Traveler (using a telescope)

    New Jersey
    Over the years, each of the "Big 4" has been my favorite. Late 70's / early 80's it was Let it Bleed and Sticky Fingers. A little Satanic Majesties was sprinkled in there. Exile had the longest run from mid to late 80's into the beginning of the 21st century. When the Abkco SACDs came out, I loved how the acoustic guitar sounded on Beggar's and Let it Bleed the most, so Beggar's became my favorite since. Overall, I think they hit their peak with Sticky Fingers.

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  11. smoke

    smoke Forum Resident

    Good things on all of them, but Let It Bleed is the best.
  12. Archtop

    Archtop Forum Resident

    Greater Boston
    Sticky Fingers by a wide margin.
  13. JerolW

    JerolW Forum Resident

    Between The Buttons for me.

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  14. joethomas1

    joethomas1 Forum Resident

    West Yorks, UK
    1. Sticky Fingers
    2. Exile on Main St.
    3. Tattoo You
    4. Let It Bleed
  15. Guy E

    Guy E Forum Resident

    Antalya, Turkey
    I love your avatar, Musicman1998. Finding that Japanese version of Between The Buttons for $10.00 in Boston was one of my favorite-ever record hunting moments. Boy, do they look miserable on that putting green, especially Mick. I did this graphic for the inner sleeve of my BTB custom edition CDR:
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  16. Guy E

    Guy E Forum Resident

    Antalya, Turkey
    I voted Exile, Beggars Banquet, Their Satanic Majesties Request and Aftermath.

    I think that Beggars Banquet is my very favorite.
  17. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Exile< Second choice.
    Though too sprawling, make superior single album, different cover.
  18. Larry Mc

    Larry Mc Forum Dude

    1. 12x5
    2. Now
    3. Out Of Our Heads (US)
    4. Beggars Banquet
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  19. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    "Beggar's Banquet" straight through to "Some Girls" is one of my favourite decades by any artist. It's mesmerising, it's debauched, it's decadent, it's very, very tempting. And it's foking great music with a terrific image. And a tongue logo:righton:
  20. KevinP

    KevinP Forum introvert

    Wellington , NZ
    Oh, probably Exile, and then Some Girls.

    Believe it or not, Flowers could be next. Sure, it's a hodgepodge of mostly previously released material, but when I was first getting into the Stones, mid or late 80s, I didn't know that. I loved Ruby Tuesday and Let's Spend the Night Together, so I thought that was the album they came from and enjoyed it as such.
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  21. douglas mcclenaghan

    douglas mcclenaghan Forum Resident

  22. stef1205

    stef1205 Forum Resident

    Perhaps the poor votes result from the fact that it has been almost unavailable on CD for a long time (there is still only the Japanese CD from 1986 if you are into physical).
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  23. sami

    sami Mono Rules

    Jersey Shore
    Pick anything from the debut through Exile and your answer is correct.
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  24. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen https://soundcloud.com/porkchops-productions

    Exile, of course. Did you need to ask?:p
    It's definitely my favourite of their early albums...
    In my case the wife sez Black And Blue. It did warm the cockles on our first date when I asked her what her favourite Stones album was...it proved she was no fair weather Stones fan, that's for sure!
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  25. MHP

    MHP Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Nearly. It's also available in the mono box as of now. But seperately, you're right.
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