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Album: The Rolling Stones: Black and Blue
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hot Stuff
2)    Hand of Fate
3)    Cherry Oh Baby
4)    Memory Motel
5)    Hey Negrita
6)    Melody
7)    Fool to Cry
8)    Crazy Mama
 
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Performer Notes
  • The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger (vocals, piano, percussion); Keith Richards (vocals, guitar, piano); Ron Wood (guitar, background vocals); Bill Wyman (bass, percussion, background vocals); Charlie Watts (drums, percussion).
  • Additional personnel: Wayne Perkins (acoustic & electric guitars); Harvey Mandel (guitar); Billy Preston (piano, organ); Nicky Hopkins (piano, synthesizer); Ollie Brown (cowbell, percussion); Ian Stewart (percussion).
  • Principally recorded at Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany between December 1974 & April 1975.
  • With BLACK AND BLUE the Rolling Stones geared up for another installment of records as the world's best-loved rock and roll band. Aided by Ronnie Wood's enrollment as foil to Keith's unmistakable guitar, BLACK AND BLUE assured, to those who dared doubt, a new era had begun.
  • Flavoring their existing rhythm-and-blues format with Caribbean beats and cocktail-swilling pianos, BLACK AND BLUE's strongest moments are in the band's obvious enjoyment. Catering to Mick's lounge-act instincts, "Melody" seems the obvious precursor to "Miss You," allowing Billy Preston's piano and vocal harmony to carry the Stones with a more stylized, less formulaic batch of songs.
  • BLACK AND BLUE was the resting period which allowed the band to release a followup album with the punch of SOME GIRLS. The casualness of the album's material served as perfect contrast to the Motown-esque stylings of IT'S ONLY ROCK 'N ROLL and allowed the band to save their energy for another decade of releases.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.182) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[With] some of the most energized performances in the Stones canon."

NME (Magazine) (7/9/94, p.43) - 7 - Very Good - "...used as in-the-deep-end auditions for some of rock's guitar alumni before plucking good old Ron Wood from the disintegrating Faces..."
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