Thursday, June 23, 2016
STICKY FINGERS-7 BEGGARS BANQUET 3
The final tracklist for the two-headed monster:
CAN'T YOU HEAR ME KNOCKING?
STREET FIGHTING MAN
I GOT THE BLUES
As Michael Giltz said, "What's the takeaway here? I had fun."
I look at this final tracklisting, with about half of the songs winning by large margins, and I still would rather listen to either BB or SF than the best of both. There's something about "the album," how it was conceived and sequenced, that can make even lesser pieces of work, work.
I think some of us may have commented how we "always skip" the songs we don't care for. Truth is, I rarely do. I'm not a fan of "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," yet I'd rather listen to it than not. I love "the album." It's why I think so many CD boxed sets are inferior, with the compilers opting for a live version of a song instead of the original, or choosing an edit over the full length. One of the worst offenses was a recent vinyl repackage of "Who's Next," where the actual sequence of the original album was changed, to make room on a side for the bonus material. Side One is NOT supposed to end with "Getting In Tune" and Side Two is NOT supposed to end with "Baby, Don't You Do It." I understand the concept, but I always go back to the original and rarely want to hear the rarities.
Another thing came to mind, and maybe you can take the weekend to think about this one, showing your willpower by not commenting until the post goes up next week, but...
A number of you cited "Beggars Banquet" as the "important" album. I can think of a few very famous and well-loved "important" albums that just don't cut it for me, or at the very least, aren't my favorites by the artists. I prefer "Sticky Fingers" over "Beggars Banquet." And a few of my other choices might end up being sacrilege to some of you.
More on that on Monday.
Thanks to all for playing.