The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet


5.0
classic

Review

by Hey Mr. Light Man USER (11 Reviews)
March 2nd, 2005 | 27 replies | 14,986 views


Release Date: 1968 | Tracklist


3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Around the time of Beggar's Banquet, the other Rolling Stones were having troubles creatively and personally with Brian Jones, but, on this album, they did return to his initial vision of the band. Though most people see Jones as having little creative control over Beggar's Banquet, I think it was truly a noble way for him to say goodbye, because, on this album, the band returned to their raw roots. This album was released in 1968, and, about a year later on July 3, Brian Jones drowned in his pool.

Sympathy For The Devil - CLocking in at 6 minutes eighteen second, "Symnpathy.." is one of the longest and most haunting songs the Stones have ever done. It begins with a percussion track and howling most likely done by Mick. Mick's lyrics are genius, to say the least. During their 1969 tour, this song became a staple, being the first song they played at several shows including the disastrous Altamont festival. 5/5

No Expectations - Brian plays an acoustic slide guitar part on this which really adds a beautiful touch to the song. It's a very sad, slow song, that seems to be a fusion of rock and country. 5/5

Dear Doctor - The country swagger of this is absolutely menacing, in that cool Stones sort of way. The instrumentation seems to be most an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, with some piano. 5/5

Parachute Woman - With dual acoustic and electric guitars and a harmonica, this is easily the catchiest blues song the Rolling Stones ever wrote. 5/5

Jigsaw Puzzle - Chrlie's drumming starts off "Jigsaww Puzzle", a song that could possibly be the best off the album. The key instrumental part to the song here is actually the bass line. Bill pulls off some of his best fretwork on this, with his signature jumpy style. Also, there's a slide electric guitar most likely played by Brian that helps to texturize the song and also contributes a solo in the middle. 5/5

Street Fighting Man - With socially conscious lyricas and a heavy, buzzing acoustic part, this song actually became an extremely electric concert staple for the Stones. Mick's vocals really seem to pull the song into place. It some of the Rolling Stones' best writing. 5/5

Prodigal Son - The Stones use stone-cold acoustic blues with a little high-hat part by Charlie here, and pull a geniunely cool song. Enough said. 5/5

Stray Cat Blues- This is the hardest rocking song on the album. It's about underage sex...with a 15 year old. "It's no hanging matter, it's no capital crime." It's so damn catchy, and also funny at times. I absolutely love Keith's guitar riff during the intro, he truly is the riffmaster. 5/5

Factory Girl - "Factory GIrl" seems to be a traditionalistic English folk song in character. Keith's guitar work is absoltely brilliant. There are fiddle and mandolin parts that add great amounts to the song. 5/5

Salt Of The Earth - Keith begins "Salt.." with an acoustic guitar oart and his singing, which is actually very effective. The lyrics are absolutely beautiful. A piano and gosple singing adds great texture to the song. It closes the album brilliantly. 5/5


The album...obivously a 5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
temporary
August 10th 2005



207 Comments


Holly, Cr*p, nobody has posted any comments? This is one of the greatest albums of all time...

masada
August 10th 2005



2733 Comments


It's a good album, nothing that really amazes me.

But, I guess that's the Rolling Stones in general.

Senor_Whippy
September 24th 2005



367 Comments


My second favourite stones album.The mix of Country,Rock and Blues is amazing.This Message Edited On 10.11.05

Romencer17
October 11th 2005



84 Comments


Good album and review

Sepstrup
December 16th 2005



1563 Comments


Isn't the Woo woo on Sympathy incredibly annoying?

bakdziti
January 27th 2006



13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album rules. And no the WOO WOO on Sympathy is not annoying, that is one of the greatest songs ever written!

IAJP
April 3rd 2006



378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My favourite song off this is Parachute Woman.

It's got such stereotypical Jagger vocals, that's why I love it.

f_u_c_t
May 3rd 2006



1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Def. The Rolling Stones best album.

keithmoon
October 4th 2006



19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review. This album is perfect the best of the stones and one of the best albums ever made. jigzaw puzzle is the best song in the album along with no expextations because of that slide guitar.brian really did a good job here and i think thats what the other albums (from let ti bleed to exile) are missing

shindip
March 25th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the best stones albums. I dont like prodical son or factory girl though.

bannedwarrior
September 10th 2011



164 Comments


this is a really good one

Chortles
October 23rd 2012



17909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

last two tracks are gold

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2012



15802 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

most overrated band of all time

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Chortles
October 23rd 2012



17909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they rule hard omg

BigHans
October 23rd 2012



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Salt of the Earth rules hard

NightProwler
October 23rd 2012



6335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Best band ever

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feargm
December 31st 2012



303 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What a fantastic album.

Chortles
December 31st 2012



17909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah suck it mena ha boom

FourthReich
June 21st 2013



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

factory girl is the best stones song agreed

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zakalwe
June 21st 2013



6714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gimme Shelter obliterates

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