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Street Release Date: 08/27/2002

One of the Stones' most beloved albums, 1969's Let It Bleed was a benchmark for several reasons. First, founding guitarist Brian Jones died during the recording process. Second, the Stones take their last significant look at pure blues (Robert Johnson's spooky "Love in Vain") and country ("Country Honk," the two-stepping alter ego of "Honky-Tonk Women") before folding both styles into a cohesive rock & roll vision. Third, it contains some of the band's most eerie hits, such as the flame-enveloped "Gimme Shelter," the drug-reality anthem "Monkey Man," the epic "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and Mick Jagger's menacing "Midnight Rambler." --Steve Knopper

Customer Reviews:

  • Love in Vain.
    This is one of their best. The version of Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain" on this album shows you that Jagger and Richards are not simply pop icons or rock stars, they are virtuoso musicians, transforming a relatively simple blues song into a whole new art form....more info
  • Let it Bleed
    Probably the best Stones album of all time. If you only have one, this should be it....more info
  • My Personal Favorite - And Perhaps Best Stones Album
    I am the Stones Authority. This is my personal favorite. Everything from the album artwork, the inner sleeve that came with the vinyl that admonishes the listener to play the record loud, to the opening track, which in my opinion is not only the best Rolling Stones song, period, but the best representation of what a rock song should be in general - the incomparable "Gimme Shelter". If you could only pick one song as the best in the genre then in my mind "Gimme Shelter" is it. Again, there are others who make the case for the album and the individual tracks - and they do a fine job. So I have nothing to add - be sure to read their reviews for the history and critiques, as most of them are quite good and insightful.

    And I will not debate which is the better album, Sticky Fingers or Let It Bleed - I will leave that debate to others. My position is stated above. It is subjective. The two albums are very different from one another, but there is little doubt that these are the two best Stones albums. People can have their personal favorites, but no serious fan or critic of the Stones can be taken seriously if the say that the best Stones album is not one of these two albums. Period.

    However, what I must address here, as I did with my review of Sticky Fingers, is what kind of rope are the 13 reviewers who rated this album as 1 Star smoking? What sort of scarey and abysmal music collection adorns their rooms and iPods? What, pray tell, rates a 5 Star album in their world? Is there any endeavor in their lives in which they engage in that others actually take them seriously? Are they allowed to influence others? These are the important questions that must be asked. Again, if this album is not in your collectin or you are not at least familiar with this work then you have no business discussing music as a serious subject with others. Period....more info
  • An essential album for any Stone Head
    Considering the Rollings Stones' classic era, there are two albums that represent their most creative, complex, and sophisticated works: "Sticky Fingers," and the subject album here, "Let it Bleed." A major reason Let it Bleed remains very close to, but does not quite equal Sticky Fingers is the simple fact that Honky Tonk Women was not included in this collection, as it rightfully should have been. Instead, Mick and Keith decided to throw some cheese into the fine wine with "Country Honk," a silly little ditty but really belonging more on the countryish "Beggars Banquet" album. In fact, two songs that should have appeared on Let it Bleed were released instead on their compilation album "Through the Past Darkly."

    Honky Tonk Women is perhaps one of the Rolling Stones' top five classics from the 1960s and should have been included on Let it Bleed in lieu of Country Honk. If it had been, then Let it Bleed could then be considered THE top Stones album. As released, it was the last album to include the multi-talented Brian Jones, who died earlier that year. The other '60s classic that could have been added here as well is Jumpin' Jack Flash. If so, it could have replaced "Love in Vain," yet another countryish, kind of slow, but still wonderfully perfomed romantic ballad written by Robert Johnson. Now imagine Let it Bleed with Honky Tonk Women AND Jumpin' Jack Flash! Then you would have had a Jagger-Richards "gem stone" collection that even Sticky Fingers could not have matched, a very tall order!

    Nevertheless, Let it Bleed is essential listening for any Stones fan, and easily rates five stars for classic rock, even outside the Stones catalog. The brooding, ominous "Gimme Shelter" is probably the best opener of any Stones album ever. It starts out quietly enough, almost imperceptably; and then quickly crashes all around you like some montrous tidal wave. "Monkey Man" contains some outstanding keyboard work, the best of which is represented by some beautiful-sounding vibraphones. "Live With Me" begins with a fantastic bass line, and later lets loose with a sexy sax solo by Bobby Keys. This is a tune the Stones were born to play, and like the rest of the album, represents Jagger's vocals at their very finest -- raw, bluesy, and totally in command.

    "Midnight Rambler" is the Head Stone as villain again -- a dark, eerie, and terrifying persona (compare Jagger's dramatic lyrics and performance here with his lightweight "glitter-boy" voice of the latter '70s and '80s.) Even Keith does a respectable job with "You've Got the Silver," probably his best lead vocal of any Stones tune. And who can argue with the majestic greatness of "You Can't Always Get What You Want," with it's wistful opening and soaring, crescendo-like finale?

    Overall, an outstanding arrangement by the Rolling Stones, a timeless album that can be played throughout the years as a prime example of what made this group once-upon-a-time the "Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World." ...more info
  • Great CD
    A classic Stones CD....great songs that sound very "fresh", now that the CD is remastered...a CD that should be part of everyone's collection...more info
  • very good album
    I am a music lover period and The Stones one of the great groups of all time.Had some 45 rmps by them in the sixties and seventys but this is my first album.No complaints here....more info
  • brilliant album by spoiled brats
    Yes, this is one of the greatest masterpieces of the richest era of rock 'n' roll, such as we may never see again. The tragedy of Brian Jones's death adds to the poignancy of this testimony to a bygone era. Now that we've ascertained that this is a piece of music you absolutely mustn't be without, may we address the moronic, appalling sentiments expressed in the song "You Can't Always Get What You Want"? Is no one bothered by the breathtaking obnoxiousness of the famous chorus, "...but if you try sometime, you just might find - you get what you need." Is that a fact, Mr. Jagger? Seldom have more callous, thoughtless words been uttered publicly by a spoiled millionaire who had by then had more of both what he needed and what he wanted than most of us will see in our lifetimes. Look at the world: do you see tons of schlubs like us getting what they need? More likely, some thirty percent of those who are Jagger's age have already suffered coronary emergencies from stress, trying to obtain even a smallest bit of what they needed, having long given up on anything they wanted.
    What a snotty brat! Someone ought to take a stack of old "Let It Bleed" vinyl and break it over his spoiled head....more info
  • too rival the beatles
    the rolling stones the dirty rock and roll band to rival the clean cut beatles and they certainly out do themselves with this release as too say i wasn't born in 1969 i wasn't even a twinkle in my father eye yet!! but nearly 40 years later i've finally picked up this classic remastered and ready to blast out of my speakers and i've done that for the past week since i've got it..
    the stones were always a band you asscoiated with smokin' behind the bike-sheds during break time..or the dirtness dripping from their songs and this is the band who made a song "paint it black" on their first album "aftermath" when the beatles were doing the "love me do" sugar sweet pop singles this band had the charisma from the beginning
    and this album is my first favorite out of their three timeless classics "beggar's banquet" and "exile on main street"
    and as another reviewer has stated this is the first time keith richards has taken the lead vocal spot on "you got silver"

    this album of course features the classics "you can't always get what you want" which they still play now in their live sets
    plus it features my favorite "love in vain" "midnight rambler"
    and "country honk"
    a masterpiece from the band who made the blues dirty
    the greatest the rolling stones ...more info
  • The best Rock N Roll band in the world
    With this album the Stones grabbed that title and effortlessly held the title until sometime after the release of Exile On Main Street. A supreme mix of of blues influenced rock music with a bit of country and the frankly really oddball, but magically catchy "You Can't Alway get What You Want".

    The album starts with one of the Stones best ever tracks "Gimme Shelter", which is nearly four and a half minutes long. The influence of Chuck Berry can still be heard on this track but the Stones have moved the goal posts and although Chuck invented some of the greatest Rock N Roll guitar licks, on Gimme Shelter Keith Richards raises the bar.

    Following the slow Robert Johnson blues "Love in Vain" (superb) and the country rewrite of "Honky Tonk Woman" that is "Country Honk" (probably the weakest track) we get to "Live With Me". Heres a track that could easily have been on Exile on Main Street. A supreme piece of Rock Music, Jagger snarls the lyrics, a barnstorming Sax solo by Bobby Keys, the twin Pianos of Nicky Hopkins and Leon Russell pounding in the background. Its probably my favourite track on the album.

    Having said the title track "Let It Bleed" is quite something as well. Charlie Watts who is frequently forgotten when the Stones are discussed, as always propels the track along with indecent drive, theres some lovely slide guitar from Keith Richards and Ian Stewart (the Stones equivlent to Billy Preston) adds the funky Piano licks.

    As a previous reviewer has stated, and as I indicated at the start of my review, if you have this album, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street you have the Stones at the very height of their powers. There are many other worthy albums they made which are worth getting but none touch these three. ...more info
  • Doggone Good, this Record is
    The first time I heard "Let it Bleed" I was completely blown away by "Country Honk." I was actually expecting the single version of "Honky Tonk Woman," so when I heard the guitar intro and the horn honk I was immediately on alert. Something was going on and I wasn't quite sure what it was. Then from that honking horn and into the song and I got it. The Stones had radically altered their number one hit record, a record that went number one on both sides of the Atlantic, and put it on the follow up album. And they made it better, if you can believe that. I could be wrong, but I don't think that had ever happened before. Then, of course, there is the rest of the record which is just out of sight, dynamite rock and roll. This is the second of the five records produced by Jimmy Miller, which are, in my opinion, the five best records recorded by the band. Every song here is a winner....more info
  • who you kidding
    Well this is where they planted there feet and stood up and said cross this line. This along with Sticky and, Big Hits ( HIGH TIDE AND GREEN GRASS), stand all along for me. This being on top. Exile comes right on along But I have collected these first before Exile it will be next. What a hoot to listen to these ablums again. And they sounding as good as them old reel tapes I had back when. Whew!!! Solid stuff. From the Stones. And yes I appoaching 60 in age....more info
  • Every She-Rat In This Town
    Midnight Rambler: Play it loud, late at night, turn out the lights....more info
  • Best Album Of All Time
    This ladies and gentlemen is not only the greatest rock and roll band in the world but the greatest album they ever made. It contains many masterpieces - Gimme Shelter, Midnight Rambler and You Can't Always Get What You Want. One has to rememeber the time at which this album was released and then listen to it now. It still rings with style and orginality. While Exile and Sticky are great ablums and feature in my top 20, this I believe is the best rock and roll album ever made....more info
  • Knocked Out Abbey Road
    Because of the problems the band was having with Brian Jones, Keith did most of the guitar work on "Beggar's Banquet," and what a job he did. One almost wonders why they needed another guitarist at all, however the boys is the band felt they did and hired Mick Taylor, who is great. Keith's work on "Gimme Shelter" is just chilling and his first solo vocal effort on "You've Got the Silver" is terrific. Dare I say it, this guy could have had a pretty good career all on his own, but if you've got to play in a band, he picked a pretty good one. Mick Jaggar is in top form rocking his socks off in "Midnight Rambler." That song is just scary, scary good, not scary bad. In fact the whole bloody record is scary good. It's easy to see why "Let it Bleed" dethroned the Beatles" "Abbey Road" as the number one record in England way back in Nineteen Sixty-Nine....more info
  • Great Sound - Great Classic
    If you're wondering which CD of this Stones classic to get, get this one. The digitalized remastering process here sounds almost as good as pristine heavyweight vinyl. And for younger listeners, if you've never heard "Let It Bleed", you're in for a ride. From the first quiet haunting notes of "Gimme Shelter" to the tongue in cheek choral intro and outro of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - with plenty of hard rockin' in between - it's the Stones at one of their all-time peaks....more info
    This is the downest dirtiest partyingest meanest rockin'est Stones record of all times. I rate it over Exile. Gimme Shelter is AMAZING. Richt on the money.
    I don't know anything about no DSDs, but I know good rock and roll when I hear it.
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  • I Went Down to the Chelsea Drug Store
    I am not a Stones fan but I am definitely on a Rolling Stones tear. My daughter gave me Exile on Mainstreet for my birthday. Incredible. So then I started reading about this series of four masterpieces Beggar's Banquet - Let it Bleed - Sticky Fingers - Exile on Main Street. The SACD sound on these ABCKO (of which this is one) disks make them worth every penny - and you DO NOT even need an SACD player to hear the difference!

    Let it Bleed opens with the intense, driving social statement Gimme Shelter. You can hear Merry (that is the correct spelling) Clayton's voice break just a little on her third "Rape, Murder!..." and Jagger in the background responds enthusiastically to her incredibly powerful vocal. I think those 4 lines of Merry singing is one of the great moments in the recorded history of rock. Gives me the shivers everytime I hear it.

    After the incredible Gimme Shelter, the Stones move on to a gentle take on Robert Johnson's Love in Vain. A beautiful little blues ballad.

    All of the tracks sound superb, you can hear every nuance. Country Honk is a hoot of a piss-take on their Honky Tonk Woman single and it is wonderful. The first time I played it I was in my car. I kept looking around to see who was blowing their car horn at me! It took me a few minutes to realize it was the darn CD! *Honk-Honk*

    You Can't Always Get What You Want has never sounded better, the listener is surrounded by the sound of the Bach Choral Singers. You could be standing right up there on the risers with the rest of the choir, the sound is that good.

    Keith Richards vocals on You Got the Silver is a nice little surprise - the guy can... or maybe it's could... actually sing. He actually sounds a bit like (don't laugh) Sonny Bono!

    I would still have to say that, of the quartet of Stones masterworks, Exile on Mainstreet is my very favorite followed by Beggar's Banquet, Let it Bleed, and then Sticky Fingers. All are fantastic but if I had to choose them in order, then that's how I would rate them. Given a choice of only one I would really struggle between choosing either Exile and Beggar's.

    I believe the smart way to go would be to buy them in order, saving the very best (Exile on Main Street) for last.

    One reviewer has complained he does not like the mini-lp digi-pak packaging on the ABKCO Stones releases. I love it. Contrary to his assertion, the plastic spindle does not break because it has a much improved design over the traditional CD spindle you find in a jewel case. And you get the nice picture disc. This is as close to your old Lps as you are going to get.

    A word of warning on the used disks. Make sure they are the 2002 remaster before wasting your money. I once purchased a used King Crimson CD advertised along with the remasters. It was a 20 year old remaster that really sucked....more info
  • A Little Overrated
    Although I'd rate this as a good Stones album, it is not in the class of their preceding album 'Beggar's Banquet' (their best ever IMO) and 'Sticky Fingers', their second best.

    What let's down LIB are a couple of sub-standard tracks such as 'Monkey Man', which is a pretty poor effort by the Stones, considering they were producing their greatest work around this period. The other duff track is the obvious filler 'Country Honk', which is a rather inferior re-worked version of 'Honky Tonk' Woman, their famous single released at the time.

    There are 2 true classic tracks on the album; the soulful 'Gimme Shelter' and the brilliant closing number 'You Can't Always Get What You Want', the edited version was the B side to 'Honky Tonk Woman. 'Midnight Rambler' is a good blues jam, but was done much better live than in the studio (listen to 'Get Yer Ya-Yas Out.) The remainder of the tracks are ok, with 'Love in Vain' lending a nice bluesey feel to the album.

    So a rather good Stones album overall, but really, not that great....more info
  • One of their best!
    This is a great album although I think the definitive Midnight Rambler is on Ya-Ya's and the definitive Let it Bleed on Stripped. I also think they should've put a bass line on Country Honk. That nitpicking aside, this a must have for Stones fans. Even if you have the big hits on 40 Licks or Hot Rocks, you need this and Sticky Fingers....more info
  • Bloodrock
    I got nasty habits. Small town boy, hung up on the only decent girl around. Eyes so blue they shoot me dead, the sky is grey with jealousy. Queue up for the bathroom 'round about 7:35, every Tuesday's early but her bad mood just makes me smile. Vain, private, recondite. Stylish! Why can't I resist this creature? Got class, cool, history. I actually cook for her. Think about her all the time. Sang to her once but she didn't hear. What's wrong with me? I should say it, I should blow it: "Don't you wanna live with me?" Yes is pop; no is rock ~ and bad news always travels faster than good....more info
  • The Stones answer to Let It Be
    Cr@$#!!!!! "Christopher" CRADDOCK, the one-eyed king of Bakersfield says:
    "Released on November 28, 1969, this signaled the end of the Summer of Love. Gimmie Shelter, Live With Me, Midnight Rambler, but then the resignation and redemption of You Can't Always Get What You Want."

    Sticky Fingers

    The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter - Criterion Collection

    Exile on Main St.

    Beggars Banquet

    Some Girls

    Their Satanic Majesties Request

    Goats Head Soup

    Out of Our Heads

    England's Newest Hitmakers

    Tattoo You

    (last one goes out to Jandi Lin)
    ...more info
  • The Stones' Best
    In some ways "Let it Bleed" could be called sort of a transition record. When the band started the recording sessions, Brian Jones was a member of the Greatest Group on Earth, when they finished he was out, soon to be dead and Mick Taylor had taken his place. Brian is only on two of the songs, but Mick Taylor is only on two songs as well. This is also the first record where Keith takes over the lead vocals on a song (You've Got the Silver). And this record picks up where "Sympathy for the Devil" left off. It's a rocker and it propelled the Stones into the stratosphere. No more are they living in the shadows of the Beatles. They are the number one band in the world now. It happened because of this record. "Let it Bleed" is to the Stones as "Blood on the Tracks" is to Dylan, an outstanding work that one simply cannot ignore....more info
  • Probably the best overall Stones album/cd....
    Sticky Fingers is close, but for overall quantity of good songs on one disc - this is probably it! Not "knocking" their other disc's (they have plenty of good ones), or individual songs on others - but overall, for number of good rockers/quality tunes on one album I like this one. ...more info
  • number 2
    What kind of idiot would review this? Brilliance, first on vynil, then on CD, and now on a CD that's maybe, too clear. All tracks are highpoints in the Rock Genre, which we should realize now means Popular Music. Probably some of the best music to come out of the 2nd half of the 20th Century.
    There was a point in time where many CDs were not in release in the US, but were in Great Britain. There was a store in NYC that sold these imports, and I almost broke a finger grabbing for my first copy of "Let It Bleed". And paid many dollars to the store owner.
    Some yutz in the mastering process had obviously put in the leader tape that goes between cuts when mastering the tapes for CD. And, this clever person had put the leader BEFORE the tracks. So, you'd set the CD player to play "Live With Me" and there'd be a pause, about as long as the space between cuts. I actually made a copy w/o the pauses, CD player to CD Recorder, but...
    Here's the fix-it to several worn out copies of the vynil release, the weird early CD import... all those problems. Finally, I got what I want and what I need.
    And when was the last time you heard "You've Got The Silver", "Love In Vain", "Let It Bleed" or "Monkey Man" on the radio?...more info
  • great cd. rolling stones trying new sounds
    It seems as if the Stones' early albums each gradually altered a sound or a technique and this album doesn't let down. Either be it the incorporation of a new guitarist or the different insruments, Let It Bleed is innovative and sounds fresh. ...more info
  • Like a great movie
    There are a few songs that are so great, I remember exactly where I was when I first heard them. "Good Vibrations." "Well-Respected Man." "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)." "Aja." "1999."

    One of those songs is the lead track on this album. I was in bed. My clock-radio had just gone off and I was listening to a good station. The timing was perfect; I was a groggy high school freshman who'd struggled all the previous night with geometry, so I didn't want to get up right away. The DJ said, "we've got the new Rolling Stones," and proceeded to play "Gimme Shelter." It gave me chills. I'd heard a lot of great Stones songs up to that point, like "Street Fighting Man," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Paint It, Black," and "Let's Spend the Night Together," but this was something else, a cry from the heart of all the paranoia of 1969, but even more timeless, the sound of the apocalyptic doom closing in. It was perfect that Jagger shared the lead vocals with Merry Clayton. The climax of the song is when she loses control over her voice singing the word "murder," which becomes a harrowing screech. But, as the last verse said, "love is just a kiss away." You don't have to face the madness of the world alone.

    I got the album right away. Interestingly, the Stones let go of the intensity of that first song, which gives way to the beautiful reading of Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain," followed by three songs in a somewhat comical mode. Side two started with "Midnight Rambler" which was wonderfully ambiguous. Were we supposed to hate him or admire him? Plus, that song is one of Charlie Watts' best drum songs, with all the changes of pace. Then, Keith sings something romantic, Jagger sends up the Stones' image in the brilliant "Monkey Man," and finally, they get serious again in "You Can't Always Get What You Want," which is as close as the Stones or any other rock group gets to something like the "Ode to Joy" in Beethoven's Ninth. It is the perfect bookend to "Gimme Shelter." Nicky Hopkins' plays a joyous gospel piano solo at the end, and I think it's Billy Preston on the organ here.

    The remastering of all the Stones' albums is wonderful, but this one seems like the topper. The acoustic songs especially have a wonderful sense of space. The original production by Jimmy Miller was brilliant here, as it was on all the albums he did with them. Miller's the one who mixed Watts' drums way up so we could hear how great he was. He's the one who dirtied up the guitar sounds. His contribution to the Stones' legacy cannot be underestimated.

    If you don't have this, go for it. ...more info
  • Their best!
    "Let It Bleed" is no less than the best album The Rolling Stones have ever recorded. Of course, these things are subjective and always open to dispute (even unto myself), but I put this album to play and I am immediately transported back to the future. I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the first, ominous chords that open "Gimme Shelter" (the album's first song) start to chime through the speakers (or headphones). And yet, each time I listen to this album, it is like I have never heard it before. Like a great novel or film, "Let It Bleed" never fails to entertain, amaze or inspire. The music is transcendent--its simplicity reveals layers and layers of complexity, both in feeling and musicianship. Recorded during times of turmoil for the band (primarily the failure of founding member and resident decadent, Brian Jones, to show up in the studio even when he did show up in the studio and the realization that in order to survive as a band, they had to get out there and perform live again after a self-imposed two-year layoff), the music nevertheless is focused, urgent and immediate. Jagger and Richards (and Watts and Wyman with help from Mick Taylor, Ry Cooder, Al Kooper and even the beleaguered Mr. Jones) compose, play and sing like their very lives depended on it. The result is a collection of songs that are more like a suite of music--it is an album that one cannot just start and stop at random. It must be played from beginning to end with no pauses. When the last notes of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" fade away, I am transported, refreshed and ready to face the world without fear. I think to myself: "Again?" I decide to wait for another day before I play "Let It Bleed" yet one more time as I savor the aural beauty of this album. As Oscar Wilde once said about cigarettes, the same could be said about "Let It Bleed": "A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?" Hard Knox and Durty Sox, indeed! (And, yes! This Album MUST Be Played LOUD!)...more info

  • Love in Vain
    The Stones turned out a masterpiece with "Let it Bleed." There is not a bad song in the bunch, in fact the fact that every song on this album is a treasure makes it hard to pick a favorite, but for me, I have to go with the band's cover version of Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain." The soulful acoustic guitar work, Mick's pleading voice, the sad, unrelenting song, it's almost all too much. I cry every time I hear it. I've loved in vain, who has not. Then there is the dangerous sounding song, "Midnight Rambler." Boy that one will shake you. I also really love the way Mary Clayton's voice blends with Mick's in "Gimme Shelter. "And how could I not mention "You Can't Always Get What You Want." What a message in that song. Still, like I said, "Love in Vain," it's a heartbreaker, yes it is....more info

  • an outstanding "essential recording"
    Let It Bleed is indeed an excellent album by The Rolling Stones. This is one of their better ones despite the troubles they encountered during the recording sessions. Their music reflects good judgment and it has a distinctive sound to it that all emerging rock musicians should study. The quality of the sound on this album is nothing short of excellent; and that artwork is very well done. Awesome!

    The album starts off with one of their biggest hits, "Gimme Shelter." "Gimme Shelter" is electrifying; they never let go of a bad note. Mick Jagger and Mary Clayton belt this out with heart, soul and all their might. I love it--talk about apocalyptic! The guitar work is faultless and the band's music goes perfectly with the vocals to this tune. The melody itself is instantly memorable. "Gimme Shelter" is more than worth the price of admission alone! In addition, "Love In Vain" has Mick performing this cover of a Robert Johnson tune with the band plays the music as only The Stones could play! "Love In Vain" is particularly memorable for its bluesy feel; the vocals, the changes between major and minor keys and that guitar work all do an excellent job of conveying all the nuances of the lyrics to this ballad.

    "Country Honk" is one of the last real country songs The Stones ever did; they turned out this well done tune with terrific guitar and string work as Mick sings it to perfection. Mick sings of a man who wants a woman who has left him as he laments that fact that "it's the honky tonk women... (who give him) the honky tonk blues." "Country Honk" is also a countrified version of their previous tune called "Honky Tonk Woman." "Live With Me" has a fine rock and roll flavor to it and that piano is totally amazing! "Live With Me" is very strong; and I also like the title track, "Let It Bleed." "Let It Bleed" has a country/bluesy flavor to it that no other rock band could ever truly replicate; The Rolling Stones were and remain all THAT good. "Let It Bleed" is easily a major highlight of this album. A friend of mine pointed out to me that "Let It Bleed" was a thinly veiled reference to The Beatles' album Let It Be; the two bands often competed with each other for attention and sales. Such is life!

    "Midnight Rambler" has an excellent arrangement; and "You Got The Silver" has some incredible lead vocals by Keith Richards--wow, how they do this number well! That guitar work shines. "Monkey Man" rocks really hard and it has a great sound to it that I really like to hear. At the very ends, the album closes with the powerful, impressive and even somewhat larger-than-life ballad, "You Can't Always Get What You Want." "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was The Stones answer to The Beatles tune called "Hey Jude;" they perform this with The London Bach Choir. In addition, for "You Can't Always Get What You Want," Jimmy Miller plays drums and Al Kooper plays that incredible French Horn!

    Overall, Let It Bleed deserves to be an Amazon "essential recording." The Stones never falter here and I love each and every song on the album. It's clearly a "must-have" for Stones fans and it makes a fine starter CD for people just getting into The Rolling Stones. Rock almost never gets any better than this.
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  • Worthless Stones/ ABKCO re-master for the 21st Century
    The DSD Copyright protection scheme means no play on the computer, so no adding to ITunes Playlist.
    These ABCKO people must still be high from the 60's. My disc was also defective on the standard CD player, jumping and skipping ( in a copyright protected digitally re-mastered sort of way) This version of the ROLLING STONES LET IT BLEED disc SUXIT....more info