What does it sound like?:
Having endured their annus horribilis in 1967, The Rolling Stones consolidated in 1968, regrouped and hit on the formula that would fuel their imperial phase and provide them with the style and attitude that keeps them as a major draw as a live act fifty years later. Beggars Banquet and its single, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, define the rock phenomenon that is The Rolling Stones.
This remaster, by Bob Ludwig, the only extra being a mono Sympathy For The Devil, improves on the previous marginally. However, its release is an ideal opportunity to re-evaluate an iconic Rock album.
The album is beautifully recorded. Most of the credit should go to their regular engineer, Glyn Johns, but they’d also found a producer who could bring out their best. Andrew ‘Loog’ Oldham had deserted them in their hour of need, running away to America when Jagger and Richards were arrested on drug charges. Jimmy Miller became their comrade in arms as opposed to their organiser.
Keith Richards was revitalised. He ‘discovered’ 5 string open tuning and was inspired. He also started messing around with the latest technology, cassette recorders, using them as a pick » Continue Reading.