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May 18, 2017

The Rolling Stones – Black And Blue (1976)

by Record Facts

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  The Rolling Stones
Title:  Black And Blue
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  Rolling Stones Records
Catalog#  COC 59106

Black and Blue is the 13th British and 15th American studio album by the band the Rolling Stones, released in 1976.

It was the band’s first studio album released with Ronnie Wood as the replacement for Mick Taylor. Wood had played twelve-string acoustic guitar on the track “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” from the It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll album and appears on half of the Black and Blue album tracks (mostly backing vocals) with Wayne Perkins and Harvey Mandel playing guitar on the remaining titles. Keith Richards would later comment “Rehearsing guitar players, that’s what that one was about”.

The album showed the band incorporating its traditional rock and roll style with heavy influences from reggae and funk music.

Yes, the two songs that are undeniable highlights are “Memory Motel” and “Fool to Cry,” the album’s two ballads and, therefore, the two that had to be written and arranged, not knocked out in the studio; they’re also the ones that don’t quite make as much sense, though they still work in the context of the record. No, this is all about groove and sound, as the Stones work Ron Wood into their fabric. And the remarkable thing is, apart from “Hand of Fate” and “Crazy Mama,” there’s little straight-ahead rock & roll here. They play with reggae extensively, funk and disco less so, making both sound like integral parts of the Stones‘ lifeblood. Apart from the ballads, there might not be many memorable tunes, but there are times that you listen to the Stones just to hear them play, and this is one of them.

 

Side one
1. Hot Stuff  5:21
2. Hand Of Fate  4:28
3. Cherry Oh Baby  3:54
4. Memory Motel  7:06

Side two
1. Hey Negrita  4:58
2. Melody  5:48
3. Fool To Cry  5:02
4. Crazy Mama  4:32

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