There are so many gems on this album. From the title track and "Dance Little Sister" to the Temptations cover "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," the wistful ballad "Time Waits for No One," the slow paced "Luxury," the concert tale "If You Can't Rock Me," and the paranoid/conspiracy-minded "Fingerprint File," this one has a lot to offer.
This is one of the better Stones' albums after there long winning streak, culminating with "Exile on Main Street" and "Sticky Fingers." The Stones, then, included Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Lots of their friends joined in this work, too, including Billy Preston, Nicky Hopkins, Blue Magic, and the 6th Stone, Ian Stewart (among others).
The first three songs are all wonderfully played and sung. The CD starts off with a hidden gem, "If You Can't Rock Me." This is followed by a nice cover version of the Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." Then, the eponymous "It's Only Rock n' Roll." One interesting sidebar: I just saw from the notes included with the CD that the inspiration for that song was none other than Ronnie Woods, later to play lead guitar with the Stones after Taylor's departure.
There are really no duds on this CD. Other songs that I had forgotten over the years sound pretty good to me! "Till the Next Goodbye," "Time Waits for No One," "Luxury," "Dance Little Sister," and "If You Really Want to Be My Friend." The raucous and rude "Short and Curlies." The final cut is a raggedy and provocative tune, "Fingerprint File."
Anyhow, listening to the whole work again after a long hiatus suggests to me that this was an awfully good work, better than I had remembered. So, for Rolling Stones' fans, a good addition to their catalog.
I was so pleased to finally acquire this collectors edition of "It's Only Rock N Roll" by the Rolling Stones. Musically as a Stones album, it's not in the same league with "Exile On Main Street", "Sticky Fingers", "Let It Bleed", "Beggars Banquet" and "Get Yer Ya Ya's Out", but it's in a very good grouping of the second tier Stone's albums.
Of all the Stones albums that were released as Collector's Edition's by the Virgin label many years ago, this was the one that was the most difficult for me to obtain in the last few years. I was always out bid on Ebay for this one when it was available. If this one had been put up for bid, I probably wouldn't of ended up with a copy. So, I got lucky, I was in the right place and right time on-line through Amazon.
having revelled in the music of sticky fingers, let it bleed and exile, being a careful buyer of cds, for a long time i avoided buying the "other" stones albums which mick taylor had played on, mainly because of the not so favorable reviews. a few months back i succumbed to my temptation and bought goats head soup. the album is not consistent as a whole and atbest shines in parts. my control lasted for another 3 months before i bought its only rock n roll.
pleasantly surprised. apart from two weak tracks the rest of the songs are classic stones and can compare with most other stones classics. if you cant rock me, aint too proud and its only rock n roll are concert staples so it is not necessary for me to expand on them. time waits for no one is a classic with an exceptional solo by taylor. but is it his greatest achievement? i think not - that i think is reserved for his solo on sway in sticky fingers. but still the fret work here is exceptional. the not so heavy tone of the guitar seems to suggest that he might have taken to playing a stratocaster. also the playing style is so remniscent of dicky betts solo on "blue sky". not surprising since both the guitarists incline towards the melodic.
in the second set of songs, luxury is a sweet offbeat number with some trademark richards riffing. 'if you really want to be my friend' is jagger's excuse to sound like rod stewart and fingerprint file is funky and interesting. the two not so good tracks in the album imo are dance little sister and short and curlies, where jagger annoyingly keeps repeating the same verses - but again both tracks boast of some interesting guitar work courtesy taylor (as does most of the tracks on the album).
mick taylor's presence/contribution is acutely felt here on this album - much more than let it bleed or exile. though his fret work is amazing in itself one cant but escape the feeling that his heart wasnt fully in it. (maybe i'm being over critical here - as i always am when it comes to mick taylor, because my expectations of him are so high)!
one cant help but note that the album has an almost sad and wistful ring to it - check the track titles - almost 70% of the tracks seem negatively inclined! maybe at some level it was the artistic moment of truth for the band after the series of great albums they came up with, one after another and they keenly felt the pressure to live up to the high expectations.
but it is a great album - very underrated. GET IT!
Just another solid effort from the Stones with the rockers and ballads.The latest album from them,that I have decided to add to my collection.The classics and the not-so-familiar ones.It has the classics,If You Can't Rock Me,Ain't Too Proud To Beg & It's Only R N R. I have discovered some new ones too.Mainly hearing them from alternate radio.Those are Till The Next Goodbye,Dance Little Sister and If You Really Want To be My Friend,the latter,being my newest discovery.If you want to discover new classics,perhaps this album may be the one for you.it was for me.If you are a Stones fanatic,you probably know them.If you are casual,you will make a major discovery.Buy it and you will not regret it....