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The Rolling Stones - Black And Blue (1976)













Artist:  The Rolling Stones
Title:  Black And Blue
Release:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  Rolling Stones Records
Catalog#  COC 59106

“Black And Blue” is the 13th British and 15th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1976. It was the band’s first studio album released with Ronnie Wood as the replacement for Mick Taylor. Wood had played twelve-string acoustic guitar on the track “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” from the It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll and appears on half of the “Black and Blue” album tracks (mostly backing vocals) with Wayne Perkins and Harvey Mandel playing guitar on the remaining titles.
The two songs that are undeniable highlights are “Memory Motel” and “Fool to Cry,” the album’s two ballads and, therefore, the two that had to be written and arranged, not knocked out in the studio; they’re also the ones that don’t quite make as much sense, though they still work in the context of the record. No, this is all about groove and sound, as the Stones work Ron Wood into their fabric. And the remarkable thing is, apart from “Hand of Fate” and “Crazy Mama,” there’s little straight-ahead rock & roll here. They play with reggae extensively, funk and disco less so, making both sound like integral parts of the Stones’ lifeblood. Apart from the ballads, there might not be many memorable tunes, but there are times that you listen to the Stones just to hear them play, and this is one of them.


Side one
1.  Hot Stuff  (5:20)
2.  Hand of Fate  (4:28)
3.  Cherry Oh Baby  (3:57)
4.  Memory Motel  (7:07)

Side two
1.  Hey Negrita  (4:59)
2.  Melody  (5:47)
3.  Fool to Cry  (5:04)
4.  Crazy Mama  (4:34)

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