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The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed

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Let It Bleed is the eighth British and tenth American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released on 5 December 1969 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States.

Released shortly after the band’s 1969 US tour, it is the follow-up to their 1968 album Beggars Banquet as well as the band’s last album to feature Brian Jones, who played portable harp on ‘You Got The Silver’ and percussion on ‘Midnight Rambler’ ‘ and the first with Mick Taylor who played guitar on ‘Country Honk’, ‘Live With Me’ and ‘Honky Tonk Women’.

According to Don Heckman of The New York Times, Let It Bleed was a “heavy” and “romantically passionate” hard rock and blues album influenced by African-American music. On the other hand Richie Unterberger, writing in AllMusic, characteristically said that it “extends the rock and blues feel of Beggars Banquet with a slightly harder rock feel, into a more devilishly sexual territory. Finally, James McNair, of Mojo magazine, stated that the his feeling for the album was that it had an emphasis on “earthy” country blues.

All songs were written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except “Love In Vain” which was written by Robert Johnson. Early US editions of the album credited the song to the name Woody Payne, which was the pseudonym of the music publisher of Robert Johnson’s songs.

Let It Bleed was the last Stones album to be released in an official mono version, which is rare and highly sought after these days, reaching number 1 in the UK, temporarily displacing The Beatles’ Abbey Road, and number 3 in the US on Billboard Top LPs chart, where it eventually went platinum.

Track List
1. “Gimme Shelter” 4:31
2. “Love in Vain” 4:19
3. “Country Honk” 3:09
4. “Live with Me” 3:33
5. “Let It Bleed” 5:26
6. “Midnight Rambler” 6:52
7. “You Got the Silver” 2:51
8. “Monkey Man” 4:12
9. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” 7:28

From this album we choose the legendary “Gimme Shelter” with the American soul-gospel singer and actress Merry Clayton, in the second voice.

Written by: Dimitris Sigalos

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