An incredible album
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 03/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some Girls is easily one of the best albums ever released by The Rolling Stones. I love the music; they truly demonstrate that they could do a variety of songs and make every one of them sound great! The Stones did indeed have very productive sessions when recording this material; and this shows in the songs we get. The quality of the sound is excellent; and the artwork on that cover is excellent.
The CD starts with the memorable hit "Miss You." Mick Jagger sings this so darn well I'm convinced nobody could have sung it better than he did. That disco influenced style of rock music goes just right with his singing and it makes "Miss You" a very strong opening tune for this album! Jagger and the band do this one up right as they bat it straight out of the ballpark; and that percussion marks the best really well. "When the Whip Comes Down" has a distinctly rock flavor to it; this rocks hard and The Rolling Stones deliver this with gusto--to say the least! The music again fits in quite well with the lyrics and that's awesome.
"Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" is a shining example of just how well The Stones could cover a song; they sing this one with heart and soul and they never let go of a superfluous note! Mick Jagger in particular has the perfect voice for this tune; and the guitar work enhances the ballad even more. "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" is a fine example of a rock band covering a tune that certainly wasn't rock when I last heard it done by The Temptations!
"Some Girls," is, of course, the title track and it features an excellent arrangement for guitar. The song explores how both women as well as their men buy or give each other things and even children to show their affection (well, mostly to show their affection); these lyrics provide an interesting twist on the way men have traditionally given things to women but it certainly works. The lyrics are awesome when you hear them. In addition, "Far Away Eyes" has a fine country flavor; when The Stones perform this they totally amaze me with their incredible sense of timing and their flawless delivery. "Far Away Eyes" is one of my favorite songs on this album.
"Respectable" does indeed feature some outstanding bluesy "wailing" just as Amazon says that it does; but the element of rock is unmistakable and believe it or not the combination of that bluesy wailing and the hard rock element hold together very well. "Beast Of Burden" is one of their best hits ever; "Beast Of Burden" has a fine arrangement and Mick Jagger sings this without a hitch. The melody is actually even pretty when you hear it and the backup vocals aren't too shabby, either. The album ends strong with The Rolling Stones performing the punk rock sounding "Shattered" which was a huge hit for them; it remains one of their best songs to this day.
Overall, Some Girls by The Rolling Stones gives us a lot to enjoy. The music is outstanding and this is nothing short of a brilliant work of art. I highly recommend this for fans of bands similar to The Stones; I simply assume that fans of The Stones already have this in their collections. In addition, this CD is not a bad place to start if you're just getting to know the artistry of The Rolling Stones.
FAR AWAY EYES
MRT | 06/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"No way can you pick the STONES best,but this would be a good place to start.But back in 1978, in the midst of the punk and new wave movement, this album from The Stones was proof positive that the old guard could produce albums of brilliance. It rocked.
'Miss You' is disco equal or better than anything of this at the time.
'Lies' is a great hard hitting rocker with Mick Jagger again in fine form on vocals. 'Just My Imagination' is an inspired choice of cover.
'Faraway Eyes' is a brilliant sort of a country and western ballad. 'Respectable' is a great rocker. 'Before They Make Me Run' is a fine Keith Richards song.
'Beast Of Burden' is about the best song form the Stones from the late 1970s. They have returned to it in concert more than once, but nothing matches this studio version.
And then we come to 'Shattered' which is a brilliant Stones rocker from the very top drawer.