Released - 1976, Rolling Stones Records. Produced by The Glimmer Twins.


Mick Jagger - Lead and Backing Vocals; Percussion; Pianos; Rhythm Guitar on "Crazy Mama"
Keith Richards - Guitars; Piano; Backing Vocals; Bass on "Crazy Mama"
Bill Wyman - Bass; Percussion
Charlie Watts - Drums, Percussion
Ron Wood - Backing Vocals; Lead Guitar on "Hey Negrita" and "Cherry Oh Baby"

Additional Personnel:

Billy Preston, Harvey Mandel, Ollie Brown, Wayne Perkins, Nicky Hopkins, Ian Stewart.

(Click on song for lyrics and song personnel)




2018 RATING*

HOT STUFF     6.2 6.9 6.9
HAND OF FATE     6.6 7.0 7.2
CHERRY OH BABY     5.9 7.0 6.9
MEMORY MOTEL     7.0 7.4 7.6
HEY NEGRITA     5.0 5.2 5.4
MELODY     5.7 5.9 5.8
FOOL TO CRY     6.9 7.0 7.3
CRAZY MAMA     7.2 7.3 7.4
Ave.      6.31 6.71 6.81


This was the first Stones album that I remember not caring for when it came out in 1976. But in time I did warm up to it, still I'm not nuts over it, but it's okay. "Fool To Cry", "Crazy Mama" and "Memory Motel" are the best cuts on this one.

This is the first album release that Ron Wood was considered a official member, although he only plays guitar on two tracks. When Black n Blue  was being recorded, Ronnie was still a member of the Faces. One of my favorite guitar solos here is on "Hand Of Fate",  but its not Keith Richards who we hear playing, it's Wayne Perkins. Harvey Mandel plays a nice lead guitar on "Hot Stuff". Mandel and Perkins play the guitars for "Memory Hotel",  Keith plays electric piano along with Mick Jagger on concert piano.

Keith only plays lead guitar on one track, "Crazy Mama", a very hot riff, and I'll add, this song makes you realize how much his guitar playing is missed here. The only problem with this ditty is that they should have played this with a faster beat, if so, it would have been that much stronger. So what's the reason Keith played so little guitar on this album? Well, they were looking for Mick Taylor's replacement during the B&B sessions, and auditions were held during those sessions, glad they picked Ronnie!

- Keno, 1998

2018 updated review is here.

*Old Ratings vs. New Ratings

The oldest ratings that you see here are from back in 1998 when I first rated the album for this site. Since time does change one's point of view, I decided to listen to and rate the album again, doing so in late 2005. In November, 2018, 20 years after the first ratings were made, I rated all of the songs for a third time. Also note that I did not look at the old ratings from 1998 until after I placed my new ratings here in both 2005 and 2018.

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