Rolling Stones: Lost Classics


rolling stonesThe early 70’s was a golden era for the Rolling Stones. In just three years ’71-’74, they released four certified classic albums: Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, Goats Head Soup, and It’s Only Rock And Roll. With such an overload of great material, some great Stones songs were overlooked in the era. For example, remember “100 Years Ago”, track 2 on Goats Head Soup? Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, the Stones managed to combine a little reggae with country-tinged drawl in the opening stanzas before exploding into a full on funk jam. Mick Taylor actually played lead guitar on the track and the Stones haven’t played it live in concert since 1973.


ain't too proud to begIt’s Only Rock And Roll was a return to 60’s styled rock for the Rolling Stones 12th album. The title track and their Motown cover of the Temptations, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” were straight forward throwback jams. One track that didn’t make the final edit was a cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away”, that Mick absolutely makes his own. The B-Side to “Ain’t Too Proud” was a rockabilly party starter, “Dance Little Sister”. The song never receives the credit it’s due but it stands up with those early Stones hits.