The Rolling Stones albums Mick Jagger called a step down

Mick Jagger

Rolling Stones records have a way of coming out in waves. As one of the best bands to ever play live, they were never quite the same on studio albums in the 1960s; fans were never sure if they would hear the raw, unfiltered version of the band they saw live or a polished, counterpart to The Beatles. Mick Jagger believed that things had started to get worse after “Goats Head Soup.” Despite his usual diplomatic approach to every aspect of the band’s career.

But then, after the Exile on Main Street, was there any way that things could have gone better? Although the group was far from going out of style, they appeared to be on the rise after the Beggars Banquet. Their double album of material brought all of their influences together. It included classic rock and roll songs, traditional blues, and country music.

Goats Head Soup was always going to be a letdown because that’s a lot to process already. Even though there are still some amazing songs to be considered, such as “Heartbreaker” and the timeless ballad “Angie,” it seems like everyone was getting sick of constantly being on. When listening to Keith Richards sing songs like “Coming Down Again.”

That continued even after they arrived at Black and Blue. With just seven tracks, it’s evident that the band was experiencing a creative block. “Memory Motel,” one of the album’s standout tracks, is a melancholic ballad. It sounds like it was attempted to be rewritten like “Wild Horses.” However, we lost the appropriate emotion in the process.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jagger recalled that the drug use of Keith Richards made the entire era seem like a step-down, adding, “Everyone was using drugs, Keith, particularly.” Thus, I believe that all of that slightly damaged it. We got a little carried away, in my opinion, with our fame and other things. We did care, but not to the same extent as before. And we neglected the creative process, and our finances were in severe straits.

This is not to argue that the albums lack charm or anything. Although they can be heard frantically trying to piece together songs in the studio, Mick Jagger and Richards’ willingness to let go of the pressure for a few albums is evident. It allows fans to see them as more than just musicians. They craft these songs into something that has the makings of a classic.

And although some believed that the disco version of “Miss You” would only make the slump worse, that was actually when some of the fire returned. Whatever you think of Some Girls as a pop record, songs like “Respectable” and ‘Shattered’ at least showed that they still knew how to write a killer rock song now and again.

There are probably a lot more similarities between Paul McCartney’s first official solo release and this phase of The Stones. Most of the songs feel like fragments that someone has extended to song length. Occasionally, a gem emerges that keeps everything in harmony.


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