Released six months after the death of founding member Brian Jones, Let It Bleed saw The Rolling Stones evolve musically and set the foundation for their next four albums with replacement guitarist Mick Taylor. He only features on two of the songs on Let It Bleed but their sound over the next six years would change drastically compared to what came before and it all started with this legendary album.
Recorded at Olympic Studios in London in June 1968, Sympathy For The Devil is one of those songs that everyone knows instantly from the opening notes, or in this case, the percussion that opens the song. It could only be The Rolling Stones.
The vocal track, aside from Keith’s roaring guitar solo, is the best of the isolated tracks. At a time where automated vocals were non-existant it just shows what a great singer Mick Jagger was and still is. At just over the 2 minute mark of the isolated vocal track, the “woo woo” backing vocals come in but you’re still able to hear Mick making noises in the background which aren’t audible in the final studio version. The high pitched singing at the end of the track is wonderful too, take a listen for yourself:
When you think of songs that could be considered the best of all time, Gimme Shelter should be close to the top of your list. It encapsulates everything a great song should be. The word epic is suitable in this case and one of the finest things about the song are the wonderful vocal performances from Mick Jagger and guest vocalist Merry Clayton.
In the video below, both vocal parts have been completely isolated from the rest of the music and the result is simply spectacular. Take a listen for yourself: