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"Sister Morphine," the heart of guitarist Mick Taylor's first full studio album with the Stones, doesn't get the airplay of "Brown Sugar" or "Wild Horses." But it's one of the most vivid, horrifying songs about drug abuse ever recorded--as Mick Jagger sings "from my hospital bed," the ringing guitars of Taylor and Keith Richards build to full catharsis behind him. On that and lighter songs like the countryish "Dead Flowers" and the rocker "Bitch," Charlie Watts establishes himself as rock's prototypical drummer. He's creative and propulsive and knows how to swing, but he never overwhelms the song or the other Stones. --Steve Knopper
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(kkg-ct) from NEW FAIRFIELD, CT
Reviewed on 6/15/2016...
Stunned to see the Stone Opus rated 4 stars. Such a killer album that captures the rockers edge and the essence of hard Blues roots. The transition from pop to Sister Morphine transcends the era and demands respect, and repeated plays and full volume . One definition of Rock/Blues fusion is to put 'Cant You Hear My Knocking' on repeat until the cops show. All due respect to Clarence Clemons, best rocker Sax solo EVER. Turn it up to eleven kids and let it fly