2003CC: The Rolling Stones

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  • Forty Licks (02): *****
  • Aftermath (66): *****
  • Beggars Banquet (68): *****
  • Let It Bleed (69): *****
  • Exile on Main St. (72): *****
  • Big Hits: High Tide and Green Grass (66): *****
  • Singles Collection: The London Years (89): *****
  • Sticky Fingers (71): *****
  • The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers) (64): *****

  • Hot Rocks, 1964 - 1971 (72): **** 1/2
  • Between the Buttons (67): **** 1/2
  • Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) (69): **** 1/2

  • Some Girls (78): ****
  • 12 X 5 (64): ****
  • The Rolling Stones Now! (65): ****
  • Out of Our Heads (65): ****
  • December's Children (And Everybody's) (65): ****
  • More Hot Rocks (Big Hits and Fazed Cookies) (72): ****

  • Flowers (67): *** 1/2
  • Tattoo You (81): *** 1/2

  • Stripped (95): ***
  • Their Satanic Majesties Request (67): ***
  • Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out (70): ***

  • It's Only Rock and Roll (74): ** 1/2
  • Black and Blue (76): ** 1/2
  • Dirty Work (86): ** 1/2
  • Steel Wheels (89): ** 1/2
  • Voodoo Lounge (94): ** 1/2
  • Bridges to Babylon (97): ** 1/2
  • No Security (98): ** 1/2

  • Goats Head Soup (73): **
  • Emotional Rescue (80): **
  • Undercover (83): **

  • Metamorphosis (75): * 1/2

  • Got Live If You Want It (66): *
  • Love You Live (77): *
  • Flashpoint (91): *

  • Still Life (82): 1/2
Author Comments: 

This is a new entry in an up-dated series I'm calling the New Critical Consensus. Several people have requested updates of the older series, and since critical opinions shift, I am revamping the entire system. I am averaging the opinions of several excellent music critics to produce a list of each artist's albums. Rather than using a number system, which was perhaps a bit clunky, I will now be using a five-star system. The albums will be listed in a recommended purchasing order, so new fans will have an idea of where the best place to start buying an artist's work is.
These are not my opinions, although, since I have chosen the critics used (and I'm using many), my taste will perhaps seep through a bit.

Terribly nerdy, I know, but maybe this will help people only now beginning to dabble into certain artists' bodies of work.

Scale:

***** - Masterpiece
**** 1/2 - Classic
**** - Great
*** 1/2 - Good
*** - Above Average
** 1/2 - Average
** - Below Average
* 1/2 - Bad
* - Terrible
1/2 - One of the worst albums ever

The recent release of both the US and UK version of several of the albums can be confusing. While the differences between two versions were never enough to alter star ratings (which is why I didn't use separate designations above), the general consensus as to the superior versions of each pair follows:

The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers): UK
Out of Our Heads: UK
Aftermath: US
Between the Buttons: US

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

:D Thanks!

It's nice to know that I have the most accessible masterpiece album here. Still, since that's the only Stones album I have, I should probably pick up some more of these five-star albums.

You're welcome!

Not only is Forty Licks pretty accessible, it is also packed! The Stones were dying for a career-spanning compilation, and I am very happy it arrived at the same time their music was finally remastered to sound great!

But don't worry - Those hits only tell part of the story. There's lots of great stuff waiting on the albums once you've finally exhausted Licks! I'm a huge fan of Exile, but accessible, it ain't.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs