Saturday, August 22, 2020

The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed

The Rolling Stones psychedelic period lasted from 1966 through 1967 with only hints of the trend in the early parts of 1966. It could be said the era included Aftermath and the compilation Flowers, and culminating with Her Satanic Majesty's Request. Aftermath is an often overlooked and often flawless gem that remains one of my favorite Stones' LPs, but it's the late 1967's Beatles' inspired Satanic Majesties alongside the single "We Love You"/"Dandelion" that get the most critical attention, and usually not in a positive manner. It was this psychedelic era that inspired the Beatles on Sgt. Pepper and on the first world broadcast that featured "All You Need is Love," but the Beatles immersed themselves in and fit into the era effortlessly. The Stones' entry into the fray, I'll admit, seemed forced. Sometimes, that's exactly what it takes. The Stones' next LP was the back to basics but up the intensity Beggar's Banquet, and 50 years ago, Let It Bleed. It was with Beggar's Banquet that the Stones' truly became the bad boys of rock; they always were, but parading around in psychedelic paisley satin, didn't do the image justice.

Here are The Stones at their baddest, and filthiest. Just singing it, it doesn't sink in, but with the lyrics...

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