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Rolling Stones Let It Bleed 50th Anniversary

Rolling Stones Let It Bleed 50th Anniversary Edition

Another GREAT album to talk about today, but first, a recap.

1969 was an important year. Many things happened that have gone down in history, such as the Moon landing and Woodstock. It was the end of the decade, which saw a lot of change in many areas including fashion, culture in general, and of course, music.

We have already mentioned Abbey Road from the Beatles, but the only other band that were the equal of the Beatles were the Rolling Stones. In 1969 they were starting to gear up again after a difficult two years, which had seen the Stones weather high profile drug busts and sadly the decline of Brian Jones.

The situation with Brian Jones had sadly become untenable with a number of drug busts, making it impossible for the band to tour with Jones as part of the band. Ultimately, Brian was fired by the band in June, and the band replaced him with young guitarist Mick Taylor. Brian did however make his mark on two tracks on the album playing congas on Midnight Rambler and autoharp on You Got The Silver: his last musical contributions to the Rolling Stones. The band In the meantime had booked a live concert in Hyde Park, although sadly a few days before  the concert took place Brian tragically died, therefore turning the Stones live comeback into a memorial for him.

In the meantime, the Stones were recording a new album, which would be released in December during the Stones American comeback tour. Whilst the Stones were still having hit singles, the most recent being the excellent “Honky Tonk Women” backed with the equally excellent “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” At one point however the A side was not decided on, Mick and Keith thought Honky Tonk Women, the producer  Jimmy Miller wanted You Can’t Always Get What You Want. So convincing was he in his argument that Mick asked Eric Clapton who was visiting Olympic studios at that time what he thought. After hearing both songs he laughed and said”Are yku crazt? It’s gotta be Honky Tonk Women“ and so it was. Singles success for The Stones was important to the Stones of course but the times were a changing  and the Stones wanted respect, not to mention commercial success in the  now important album market. They had gone a long way with that with Beggars Banquet in 1969, but they really had to end the decade on a high. Let It Bleed did just that.

Containing the aforementioned “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” as the album closer, the album also included “Midnight Rambler,” which became a highlight of future live Stones shows and a great take on the Robert Johnson classic “Love In Vain.” The album also contains my favourite Stones song, and one of the most sinister rock songs ever committed to tape, “Gimme Shelter.”

Excellently produced by Jimmy Miller, who also played on the album, Let It Bleed is one of the Stones greatest albums. It was also released in both mono and stereo. My Mum had the mono version. You could tell which version you had by looking on the rear of the cover. At the top right there was a hole punched in the cover where you could see either a red or blue inner sleeve, red for mono and blue for stereo. Funny, the little things you remember, isn’t it? Another bit of trivia is that the cake on the front cover was made by a young Delia Smith, who would go on in the seventies to be a highly respected TV cook on British TV.

In November this year, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this landmark album, Universal release a 50th Anniversary super deluxe edition of the album. The boxed set contains a hybrid SACD, two vinyl albums (Stereo and Mono editions) a 7” single of “Honky Tonk Women”/”You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” lithographs and posters, and an 80-page hardcover book with previously unseen photographs. A truly beautiful release to mark a special anniversary of a legendary band.

Having seen the band live many times, and I know many others have in America this year, the fiftieth anniversary edition of Let It Bleed is a release all Stones fans will want. Good times, great music, and another touchstone for me, which just turns back the clock to reveal some wonderful memories and GREAT music.

Ethan Russell “Let It Bleed”

Watch the Limited Deluxe Edition Unboxing here:
https://youtu.be/6igVA_Ny1wo

Let It Bleed (50th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition) 

LP 1 – Stereo

Side 1

Gimme Shelter 

Love In Vain 

Country Honk 

Live with Me 

Let It Bleed 

Side 2

Midnight Rambler 

You Got the Silver 

Monkey Man 

You Can’t Always Get What You Want 

LP 2 – Mono

Side 1 

Gimme Shelter 

Love In Vain 

Country Honk 

Live with Me 

Let It Bleed 

Side 2

Midnight Rambler 

You Got the Silver 

Monkey Man

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Hybrid Super Audio CD 1 – Stereo

Gimme Shelter

Love In Vain 

Country Honk

Live with Me 

Let It Bleed

Midnight Rambler 

You Got the Silver 

Monkey Man 

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Hybrid Super Audio CD 2 – Mono

Gimme Shelter 

Love In Vain 

Country Honk 

Live with Me 

Let It Bleed

Midnight Rambler

You Got the Silver 

Monkey Man

You Can’t Always Get What You Want 

7” vinyl single – (Mono)

Side A Honky Tonk Women 

Side B – You Can’t Always Get What You Want 

 



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