There have only ever been a handful of people that can truly be considered musical legends, musicians who not only defined a genre but also defined every generation of music since. Chuck Berry was one of those legends.
Released on the 23rd April 1971, Sticky Fingers was the first album by The Rolling Stones to fully feature new guitarist Mick Taylor, who had been brought in to replace Brian Jones two years earlier. The album also signalled a change in musical direction of which would continue throughout Taylor’s tenure, ending with 1975’s It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll. The music the band made during this time is widely seen as their best and even though Let It Bleed contained some great music, it is, in my opinion, Sticky Fingers that fully cemented their new sound.
I don’t think it’s been the best year for new music but six albums have stood out the most to me, six albums I have thoroughly enjoyed.
The first studio album in over a decade sees The Rolling Stones return to their roots with an incredible blues album containing nothing but covers of classic blues numbers. There’d been a lot of speculation over the last few years as to whether the band would ever return to the studio, and even though there isn’t an original number anywhere on the album, Blue & Lonesome is one hell of a musical statement from the greatest rock and roll band of all time.
The previous two articles on the 1960’s and 1970’s were difficult but turning to the 1980’s brought on a new challenge. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t listen to a lot of 80’s music, so the number of albums I had to choose from was significantly smaller. However the following five albums are the albums I decided on as my favourites from that decade.
A new song has been released from Blue And Lonesome, the upcoming album by The Rolling Stones. It’s another fantastically performed blues number, this time a Little Walter cover, which takes you back to their pre-Mick Taylor period of rhythm and blues playing. Take a listen and watch the official video featuring studio footage: