Friday, March 2, 2012

The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed

Let It Bleed

Let It Bleed is the eighth British and tenth American album by English rock band The Rolling Stones, released in December 1969 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. Released shortly after the band's 1969 American Tour, it is the follow-up to 1968's Beggars Banquet and the last album by the band to feature Brian Jones as well as the first to feature Mick Taylor.

Although they had begun the recording of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" in May 1968, before Beggars Banquet had been released, recording for Let It Bleed began in earnest in February 1969 and would continue sporadically until October. Brian Jones performs on only two tracks, playing the autoharp on "You Got the Silver", and percussion on "Midnight Rambler". His replacement, Mick Taylor, plays guitar on two tracks, "Country Honk" and "Live With Me". Keith Richards, who had already shared vocal duties with Mick Jagger on "Connection", "Something Happened to Me Yesterday" and "Salt of the Earth", sang his first solo lead vocal on a Rolling Stones recording with "You Got the Silver".

Released in December, Let It Bleed reached #1 in the UK (temporarily knocking The Beatles' Abbey Road out of the top slot) and #3 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in the US, where it eventually went 2x platinum.

The album was released in US as an LP record, reel to reel tape and 8-track cartridge in 1969, and as a remastered CD in 1986. In August 2002, it was reissued in a remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records, and once more in 2010 by Universal Music Enterprises in a Japanese only SHM-SACD version

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Gimme Shelter" 4:30
2. "Love in Vain" (Robert Johnson†) 4:19
3. "Country Honk" 3:07
4. "Live with Me" 3:33
5. "Let It Bleed" 5:27
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Midnight Rambler" 6:52
7. "You Got the Silver" 2:50
8. "Monkey Man" 4:11
9. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" 7:30

The Rolling Stones

* Mick Jagger – lead and backing vocals, harmonica on "Gimme Shelter" and "Midnight Rambler"
* Keith Richards – acoustic, electric and slide guitar, bass guitar on "Live with Me", backing vocals, lead vocals on "You Got the Silver"
* Brian Jones – autoharp on "You Got the Silver", percussion on "Midnight Rambler"
* Mick Taylor – electric guitar on "Live with Me", slide guitar on "Country Honk"
* Charlie Watts – drums (except "You Can't Always Get What You Want")
* Bill Wyman – bass guitar (except "Country Honk" and "Live with Me"), autoharp on "Let It Bleed", vibes on "Monkey Man"

Additional personnel

* Ian Stewart – piano on "Let It Bleed"
* Nicky Hopkins – piano on "Gimme Shelter", "Live with Me", "You Got the Silver", and "Monkey Man", organ on "You Got the Silver"
* Byron Berline – fiddle on "Country Honk"
* Merry Clayton – vocals, backing vocals on "Gimme Shelter" (credited as "Mary Clayton" on the LP and 2002 CD remaster)
* Ry Cooder – mandolin on "Love in Vain"
* Bobby Keys – tenor saxophone on "Live with Me"
* Jimmy Miller – percussion on "Gimme Shelter", drums on "You Can't Always Get What You Want", tambourine on "Monkey Man"
* Leon Russell – piano and horn arrangement on "Live with Me"
* Jack Nitzsche – choral arrangements on "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
* Al Kooper – piano, French horn and organ on "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
* Nanette Workman – backing vocals on "Country Honk" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (not actress Nanette Newman as credited on the LP)
* Doris Troy – backing vocals on "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
* Madeline Bell – backing vocals on "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
* Rocky Dijon – percussion on "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
* The London Bach Choir – vocals on "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

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