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Great Stones album from the late '70's
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2020
Being a recent convert to the Rolling Stones, as far as really buying up albums and getting it through my thick skull that they were and are much much greater than I had given them credit for, it's a two edged sword - regret I didn't have these albums years ago, but thoroughly digging immersing myself in their music now. If it's only rock and roll, as Mick Jagger says, the way they do it is plenty great enough for me.
Apparently "Tattoo You" had outtakes, as did its predecessor "Some Girls", but it sure doesn't sound like sloppy seconds. No matter how much we hear it, you simply cannot help rocking your tootsies to "Start Me Up", a joyous slamming confirmation of the power of rock and roll when it's done right. Follow that up with "Hang Fire" and you have a great record.
The sound is amazing, the guitars slash and burn, we get the usual touches of country flavoring and blues, and the closing hit "Waiting On A Friend", where Jagger is simply out to meet a good buddy, hang out and have a good visit and some company, while confirming that having such a gift is really worth it, and more valuable than all the riches the world can offer.
In today's increasingly paranoid, hysterical society, a tune like "Waiting On A Friend" with its call to more simplicity and inviting, at least for me to be enjoying life as it unfolds around us with a nice sunset, a little creek meandering through a quiet park, birds singing, and maybe a friendly dog or cat for a special buddy. That's not in the lyrics, obviously, but the song nevertheless opens doors to getting one's nose out their damn cell phone and just be one with the outdoors for a little while. That makes the whole album that much better.