I really enjoy the books in this excellent ongoing and ever expanding series, which analyses a band’s output album by album, song by song. This one covers The Stones from their 1963 debut right up to 1980’s rather disappointing Emotional Rescue set, which marked the start of a pretty average run of albums to come in the eighties and beyond. I think all would agree this seventeen year period encompasses the band’s prime era, their absolute imperial years when their music and indeed their image was right at the very cutting edge. Live albums and compilations from this period are touched upon too, but the emphasis is almost exclusively on the studio albums, and rightly so as what a sequence they produced in their heyday, one that was perhaps only paralleled by The Beatles. It also takes the opportunity to clarify the numerous confusing and irritating differences in content between the UK and US editions of their albums which persisted until 1967.
I was actually quite surprised at just how much of the band’s back catalogue I’ve never even heard, particularly from the Aftermath/Between The Buttons era. In fact, even on the classic run of albums from the » Continue Reading.