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1968-1974 "Ladies and Gentlemen.... The Rolling Stones"

After the release of "their Statnic....." they decided to go back to their roots, and with succes. With Jimmy Miller as producer replacing Oldham, the Rolling Stones 're-invented' themselves with songs like "Jumping Jack Flash", "Street Fighting Man", "Sympathy For The Devil". But also influences from the 'old' pre-war folk blues resulted in gems like 'Love in Vain'. Mick's love for country-music could be heard at their best albums ever: Beggar's Banquet, Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers.
Bill Wyman about this period: "I think that everybody knew that we had to get back to our roots, you know, and start over. That's why we got Jimmy Miller as a producer and came out with Beggars Banquet and those kinds of albums after, which was reverting back and getting more guts - which is what the Stones are all about."

In 1969 Brian Jones leaves the band to be replaced by Mick Taylor. One month later Brian Jones drowns in his swimmingpool. Drugs are still a problem in the band. During the recordings of Sticky Fingers Keith sometimes just doesn't show up. With Ry Cooder and Nicky Hopkins, Mick, Bill and Charlie make their first 'official' bootleg: Jamming With Edward.
Later, being banned from the UK (tax-problems), they record their classic album
Exile On Mainstreet in Keiths mansion in the south of France. During those recordings drug-dealers were always around (..). The recordings of Goat's Head Soup have to be done in Jamaica because they weren't welcome in any other country because of their drugproblems !!

With Jimmy Miller as producer, Mick Taylor's exquisite guitar-play, creativity from drugs (?) and the Stones wanting to go back to their 'roots' they developed the Rolling Stones as we know them today. Also studio-mucisions like Ry Cooder and more so Gram Parsons (Keiths' 'buddy'), and -later- Billy Preston- have contributed undoubtedly to the best albums they have released ever: Beggar's Banquet, Let it Bleed, Get Yer Ya-Yah's Out (their best live album ever), Sticky Fingers, Exile on Mainstreet and Goat's Head Soup. Jimmy Miller stops after Goat's Head Soup (he was 'worn out' according to Keith Richards). It's Only Rock and Roll being the first production of The Glimmer Twins marks clearly the ending of a highly creative period. After this album (end of '74) Mick Taylor leaves the band for a solo-career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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