From The Beatles, it was no surprise I would discover The Rolling Stones sooner or later, and my favorite album of theirs is 1969’s Let It Bleed. There are no bad songs, basically the whole record is full of highlight reel material, from the opening Gimme Shelter to the closer, You Can’t Always Get What You Want. Keith Richards made his lead vocal debut with You Got The Silver, Mick Jagger played some mean harmonica and sang the part of a serial killer in Midnight Rambler, and the band dabbled in country blues on Country Honk, the Hank Williams inspired take on Honky Tonk Women. The Stones were so strong at that time that they didn’t even put Honky Tonk Women on an album….they simply released it as a single! I have to say one of my favorite moments on Let It Bleed is the haunting rendition of the Robert Johnson song, Love In Vain…just perfection. Choosing only one Stones album would be impossible for me, so expect several more as this list takes shape.
Written By Braddon S. Williams