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LET IT BLEED

Released - 1969, on London/Decca Records (now ABKCO Records).  Produced by Jimmy Miller.

Personnel:

Mick Jagger - Lead Vocals; Harp.
Keith Richards - Lead, Slide and Acoustic Guitars; Bass; Backing Vocals, Lead Vocal.on "You Got The Silver"
Bill Wyman -  Bass; Autoharp; Vibes.
Charlie Watts - Drums.
Brian Jones - Autoharp; Drums.
Mick Taylor - Slide and Rhythm Guitar.

Additional Personnel:

Ian "Stu" Stewart, Merry Clayton, Nicky Hopkins, Ry Cooder,  Al Kooper, Bobby Keys, Leon Russell, Nanette Newman, Byron Berline, Rocky Dijon, Madelaine Bell, Doris Troy, London Bach Choir.

(Click on song for lyrics and song personnel)


SONG

OLD RATING

NEW RATING*

GIMMIE SHELTER  10.0

10.0

LOVE IN VAIN 10.0

10.0

COUNTRY HONK    6.4

  8.2

LIVE WITH ME    7.1

  9.1

LET IT BLEED 10.0

10.0

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER 10.0 10.0
YOU GOT THE SILVER   8.2   8.2
MONKEY MAN  10.0 10.0
YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT  10.0 10.0
Ave. Rating

  9.08

9.5

 
REVIEW
                                                                                             

When you consider all the crap that was going on within the band during the making of this album, its unreal just how great a piece of work this turned out to be. When they entered the studio to start production, Brian Jones was still a member, by the time they finished it, he had died and Mick Taylor was the new Stone in the band.

Some of their best work shows up here and tops many Stones fans lists for best album. Of the nine tunes, I rate six of them a ten.'"Let It Bleed" is my favorite song here with Ian "Stu" Stewart playing boogie-woogie piano at his best!

Let It Bleed is Keith Richards' best Stones album ever. He plays most of the guitars on this album and plays them superbly! His first lead vocal for the Stones also shows up here on "You Got The Silver". Bill Wyman's vibes start out "Monkey Man" in the right direction and Mick Jagger's powerful vocals then take over the song with the guitars jamming in just at the right times.

"Midnight Rambler" was written in part about the real life Boston Strangler, and "You Can't Always Get What You Want" closes out the album with pure greatness, I even dig the choir that opens up the song! This entire album is a gem, it you never owned a Stones CD and want to check one out other than a greatest hits package, then choose this album.

- Keno 1998

*Old Ratings vs. New Ratings

The old ratings that you see here were 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 early 2005. Also note that I did not look at the old ratings from 1998 until after I placed my new ratings here, looks like I love this album just a bit more than I did back then! 

To listen to some sound clips from LET IT BLEED or to buy, click on: Let It Bleed

 

To read Stones fans reviews about this album, go here.

To see how Let It Bleed's songs was voted on by fans, go here.

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