Beggars Banquet was the album everyone was waiting for from The Rolling Stones. They had returned to their roots and stopped following the psychedelia trend. It was their last full album with Brian Jones. He was too unreliable at this point and would join the “27 Club” in the following year. Another bright star burned out.
The album covered delayed the release day by many months. The Stones wanted the cover below, but the record company would not allow it. By the time it was released on cd, the times had changed and The Stones got their original design.
I think this is the best album from The Stones at this point in history. They have some great songs, but the British did not put them on the albums if they were released as stand alone singles. The Americans did and that is why there are more American releases than British releases.
“No Expectations” is a simple song that Brian Jones elevates with his outstanding acoustic slide guitar playing. I know this feeling of being left behind. I feel it from all my friends since I moved to Colorado. I am here alone.
“Jig-Saw Puzzle” is a nod to Bob Dylan. Jagger sounds a bit like Dylan in parts of the song. Dylan’s name appeared in the toilet album cover. It is good, but it is not Dylan. Jones does his best with the Mellotron, but at times it reminds me of cats meowing. I prefer the sound of it as it hits the ending of the song.
“Stray Cat Blues” caught my attention as I drifted away for most of the album. Unfortunately, it is the story of illegal sex with a minor groupie. The music is great. The production of this song is excellent.
The other standout song “Salt of the Earth” was a salute to the working class by Mick Jagger. It is a beautiful song even with Keith Richards sharing the vocals.
“Let’s drink to the hard working people
Let’s drink to the salt of the earth
Let’s drink to the two thousand million
Let’s think of the humble of birth”.
I think this album is great, but still lacks enough songs that draw me to want to listen to it constantly. The biggest hit “Sympathy for the Devil” another Dylanesque song was not one of their best hit songs for me. 8/10.