I'll admit I didn't much like ' Black and Blue ' when it first came out. Didn't take long for me to change my mind though. I was a tad down on the Stones at the time. I thought ' Goat's Head Soup' was weak ( changed my mind about that too ) and didn't care for ' It's Only Rock and Roll ' ( still don't despite a brace of excellent songs). So...when ' Black and Blue ' arrived I wasn' t in the mood or ready for this funked up version of The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band. I played it impatiently and filed it away. I was oh-so-wrong to do so because a few months later I whipped it out and played it and , behold !, it was good. Very , very good. Now one of my favourite Stones discs. I actually prefer it to -dare I say it ? -- 'Sticky Fingers in many ways. I' ve been reading various threads on a number of different topics and noticed that ' Black and Blue' comes up often and gets bashed and abused . So...what's your beef with this record?