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September 23, 2016

The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (1981) – Lp

by Record Facts

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The settled line-up consisted of Ronnie Wood (electric guitar, backing vocals, bass guitar), Mick Taylor  (electric guitar), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums).

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Artist:  The Rolling Stones
Title:  Tattoo You
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Rolling Stones Records
Catalog#  1C 064-64533

Tattoo You is the 16th British and 18th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1981. The follow-up to Emotional Rescue (1980), the album is mostly composed of studio outtakes recorded during the 1970s, and contains one of the band’s most well-known songs, “Start Me Up“.

Tattoo You was comprised primarily of leftovers, but unlike its predecessor, it never sounds that way. Instead, Tattoo You captures the Stones at their best as a professional stadium-rock band. Divided into a rock & roll side and a ballad side, the album delivers its share of thrills on the tight, dynamic first side. “Start Me Up” became the record’s definitive Stonesy rocker, but the frenzied doo wop of “Hang Fire,” the reggae jam of “Slave,” the sleazy Chuck Berry rockers “Little T&A” and “Neighbours,” and the hard blues of “Black Limousine” are all terrific. The ballad side suffers in comparison, especially since “Heaven” and “No Use in Crying” are faceless. But “Worried About You” and “Tops” are effortless, excellent ballads, and “Waiting on a Friend,” with its Sonny Rollins sax solo, is an absolute masterpiece, with a moving lyric that captures Jagger in a shockingly reflective and affecting state of mind. “Waiting on a Friend” and the vigorous rock & roll of the first side make Tattoo You an essential latter-day Stones album.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 213 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Side one
1.  Start Me Up  (3:31)
2.  Hang Fire  (2:20)
3.  Slave  (6:34)
4.  Little T & A  (3:23)
5.  Black Limousine  (3:31)
6.  Neighbours  (3:30)

Side two
1.  Worried About You  (5:16)
2.  Tops  (3:45)
3.  Heaven  (4:21)
4.  No Use In Crying  (3:24)
5.  Waiting On A Friend  (4:34)

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