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#1 Posted on
...and I'd like to know which of their albums to buy to get acquainted with their music. Now, since I know a lot of their stuff already, as does everyone on earth with a radio, but I'd like to purchase...

a) their most extensive greatest hits album
b) 1-2 of their better albums
c) their best album that didn't have a lot of obvious hits/singles on it (their Quadrophenia, so to speak)

Any suggestions?



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Hi Big Bad:

I'm not sure I have an answer to #3, but I think I can offer some suggestions for #1 and #2.

1) Go to your record store and buy a copy of "Hot Rocks 1964-1971." Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. In the alternative, their box sex of singles is acceptable.

2) In addition to the two releases above, here are a few albums you should check out:
1968 - Beggars' Banquet
1969 - Let It Bleed
1970 - Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! (live album)
1971 - Sticky Fingers
1972 - Exile on Main Street
1974 - It's Only Rock & Roll
1978 - Some Girls
1981 - Tattoo You
1989 - Steel Wheels
1991 - Flashpoint (mostly live album with two studio tracks)
1994 - Voodoo Lounge

If you're looking for the Stones making an almost-complete departure from their roots, 1983's "Undercover" is a fun album. Not many people may like it, but there's several tracks on there that I rather enjoy. Elements of dub, disco, reggae, mixed with some faint hints of the Stones' blues roots.

If it's Stones solo material you want to check out (though I can almost guarantee that you won't hear it at the show), Keith Richards' official solo debut album "Talk Is Cheap" (1988) is probably out of print by now, but an excellent and very underrated listen, and worth some time in your used CD store to find it.

Unlike some, I don't give a thumbs up to 1997's "Bridges to Babylon." I find it to be weak and uninspired. Too much of the Stones trying to be 90s rock, rather than be the Stones.

Hope this helps!!



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I wasn't a huge Stones fan, but I did own Hot Rocks before I went to the opening night of the Bridges to Babylon tour, and I found that pretty much gave me all the info I needed to know most of the material.

For your sake, I hope the opening act is better than the worst Blues Traveler set I ever heard opening for them that night. They literally did one long tuneless jam session instead of any songs. It hurt my ears and made me sad.



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For Stones stuff, you don't need to go a whole lot further than Let It Bleed & Exile on Main Street. You probably won't hear shit from those albums during the concert (though they had a few recognizable singles between them), but then you can say you know what they sounded like at their best and grouse about how old and crappy they sound these days, ha.



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#5 Posted on
So Hot Rocks seems to be the consensus for the greatest hits album, eh? Is there a greatest hits album for, say, 1971-1980?


    For your sake, I hope the opening act is better than the worst Blues Traveler set I ever heard opening for them that night. They literally did one long tuneless jam session instead of any songs. It hurt my ears and made me sad.


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