Happy New Year!  I’ve got my pork und kraut in the crock pot, American style collegiate football on the telly, the Stones on the stereo, and my little baby boy is chillin’ in his rocking chair.  Life is good.  Welcome to 2018!

So, when I finished my master’s degree about 5 1/2 years ago, the Princess gave me a gift card to Bestest Buy as a graduation present.  So I remember picking this up for $10, along with the blu ray edition of the PJ20 movie, and some PS3 games.  I remember at the time I was on a Stones kick, and I wanted to have “Satisfaction” on CD.  Which, I suppose I should note that this is the American version of this album, with “Satisfaction” on it.  Like many albums from that era, the British version had a different track list, omitting “Satisfaction” completely, and different artwork.  But while the Beatles catalog was eventually “canonized” with the British versions of their albums, no such thing ever happened with the Stones, so often it is the American versions that are most familiar to folks on this side of the Atlantic.  However, like the Beatles moptop era records, this album contains a lot of covers.  Actually, it’s half covers, but that’s what makes it fun.  On this record, Mick and company cover Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, and even some Otis Redding (who returned the favor by covering “Satisfaction” that same year).  The result is a straight up R&B record that showcases the band’s ability to groove.  Of the six Jagger/Richards originals (of which “Satisfaction” is obviously the highlight), only “Play With Fire” breaks the mold and delves into the Baroque influenced sound the Stones would explore on their next album, Aftermath.  There is a little bit of a country influence on “The Spider and the Fly”, but it still winds up being more of a blues tune.  Overall, this is a great record that showcases the Rolling Stones’ early R&B influences.  In short, it rocks and it rolls.

Other lists: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is #2 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  It is also #2 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Rolling Stones’ Songs, along with “The Last Time” at #23, “Play With Fire” at #36, “Cry to Me” at #72, and “That’s How Strong My Love Is” at #79.

Ch-ch-changes: This album fell two spots from it’s original position at #114.

My favourite track: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

Honourable mention: “The Spider and the Fly”

Quote: “So don’t play with me, ’cause your playing with fire.”

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