We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Greatest rock band ever? Could be. Is Let It Bleed their best record? Highly debatable.
Funny to think that Keith Richards now lives a quiet, humble, ordinary suburban life in leafy, winding road Connecticut, same as Paul Simon and many rockers and movie stars. I think many sane stars yearn for the quiet and ordinary where they can try to be relatively anonymous and to be the ordinary people they are at heart.
I'll never forget the first time I heard the Let It Bleed record. The girlfriend too, in vivid detail. However, I could say that about quite a number of pop records.
Along with The Beatles and The Who, I would always regard these 3 bands as the biggest British bands the world got to enjoy. It started in the 70s with the British invasion, as the world got their first taste of the Rolling Stones. I would disagree with you on this being their best album, but it had great songs nonetheless.
This album was listened to a lot in the library with headphones when I was in an all male prep school.
Mick Taylor and the whole band were at their best, followed by STICKY FINGERS, GOAT'S HEAD SOUP,and EXILE ON MAIN STREET, and of course the best live representation of that band, GET YER YA YAS OUT.
Say what you will about people who don't know when to retire, a band doesn't last 50 years on hype. I saw the Stones in concert once- at Altamont. I was too far away from the stage to see the killing. Where I was, the crowd was mellow. A good show.
Mick played guitar on their cover of Waylon Jennings's Bob Wills Is Still the King. Give the Stones credit for stretching their repertoire. Not the first time they stretched their repertoire, though it was the first time they performed this song in public.
Since the Stones paid tribute to the King of Western Swing, here is Bob Wills, the King himself, in Ida Red. The Stones were by no means the first musical group to have members with drug problems. Bob Wills was an alcoholic. After Tommy Duncan, the group's vocalist, complained about Bob's binges, Bob fired him.
--occurs that, since KR has never tried to hide his persona as a guy whose rock star status and income give him great license to control his earthly destiny, that he won't influence anyone who understands how likely one is to fall heir to similar circumstances.
--and that anyone who does not understand that, well, would probably do well to adopt what he can of KR's life --that being, the 'don't give a sh*t' attitude.
--because they're destined to observe a lot of things they might as well not give a sh*t about.