Re: Beggars Banquet

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Posted by Beggars is Overrated on May 22, 2000 at 14:36:25:

In Reply to: Beggars Banquet posted by Jonesy on May 22, 2000 at 13:19:15:

It's a good album, IMO, but definitely not the best Stones album. In fact, I think it's their most overrated ever. It wouldn't make my top ten list of fav studio releases, but again, it's still good. Lyrically, it IS one of their best. Jagger's words are chilling, provocative, and utterly brilliant at times. It's the music that drags this album down for me. Sure, "Sympathy" and "Street Fighting Man" are near the top of the band's musical output. "No Expectations" is one of their most beautiful songs ever and "Stray Cat Blues" is one of the most musically fierce. Keith's stinging lead rips your heard off on that one. The rest of the album just doesn't measure up to the level of those great songs. Stones country is great--"Torn and Frayed, Dead Flowers, etc., etc." But Stones REDNECK Bluegrass is not. "Dear Doctor" is one of their worst songs ever, IMO. "Factory Girl" was terrible until the great live version from FLASHPOINT. "Jigsaw Puzzle" needs a killer Keef riff, but more than that it needs a melody. It's nothing more than filler to me...

"Salt of the Earth" is one of their most overrated songs. It's good, but not even close to great. Same goes for "Parachute Woman." This album could've been so much better. No excuse for not including "Jumpin' Jack" or "Child of the Moon" at the very least. "Family" and "Downtown Suzie" are better than half the songs that made it on the album. In short, BB is one of the Stones best albums--lyrically. Musically it doesn't compare to the three classics that came right after it.

: Listened to Beggars Banquet this weekend for the first time in awhile.
: I know - shame on me. I was just amazed by Mick's singing throughout the album.
: His voice changes so dramatically from song to song. Listen to Sympathy, Prodigal Son, Stray Cat Blues.
: An amazing performance!!!!!

: Brian shines on No Expectation.

: Amazing, just amazing!!

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