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.
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."
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
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
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.