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Beggars Banquet

Beggars Banquet

August 3, 2005

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 3, 2005
  • Release Date: August 3, 2005
  • Label: ABKCO
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 ABKCO Music & Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 39:33
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  • ASIN: B0016CJNS6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Each song has a different sound and great lyrics.
Sarah Sarlay
This album is a return to the Rolling Stone's blues rock sound, after the psychedelia of "Their Satanic Majesty's Request."
Savonarola
This is truly one of the best albums ever made by the stones.
jamesbondbk007

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181 of 197 people found the following review helpful By David Goodwin on August 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As you undoubtedly know if you're reading this review, on August 27 2002 ABKCO finally reissued the Rolling Stones catelogue on CD. While some entries are hit and miss, this disc is an unmatched success, and is one of the most delightful surprises I've heard in a while.
Apparently, ALL copy tapes ever used for production versions of this album (and this includes the original vinyl!) were running slow, and were made on incorrectly-calibrated tape machines. This is the first time the original master has been used, and the difference in audio quality is absolutely stunning. It really is *that good*, folks, and if you have any trepidation about upgrading your copy of this milestone album, throw it to the wind. You won't be disappointed.
And as an addendum, need I add that my estactic reaction above comes from the CD layer only? All of the Stones reissues are "hybrid" SACD discs; they have two layers, one that will play in normal CD players, and one that takes advantage of Sony's DSD-based SACD format. Apparently, the SACD format is another "night and day" difference as well.
In summary: excellent album, and an absolutely amazing upgrade. You won't be disappointed.
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
1968 turned into a very good year for the Stones. Jumpin' Jack Flash and Beggar's Banquet allowed Jagger and Richard to finally emerge from the shadow of Lennon and McCartney. Sure, the Stones produced many great songs before BB, but they were always being compared to The Beatles. The comparison was unfair (both bands had slightly different roots and played a different brand of rock). Beggar's Banquet established the Stones as one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands around (I say one of the greatest because the argument could easily be made for a number of other bands including The Who).
The band had finally found their George Martin. Jimmy Miller's sympathetic production captured the band's raw edge. This is as raspy and as close to the blue as rock ever got. From the stunning opening salvo of percussion, piano and vocals on Sympathy for the Devil to the gospel tinged backing vocals that close out Salt of the Earth, BB proved to be the most consistently brillant album the band would make. Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers followed on the heels of this great album and, while both are great in their own way, they basically use the blueprint of this terrific album to construct those masterpieces. Let It Bleed ranks up there as one of the band's finest moments but it has a little bit of filler. Every track on BB is essential and works.
The sound quality is amazing. Some tracks benefit more from others. The opening track, Jigsaw Puzzle and Parachute Woman all benefit from the razor sharp sound found on this CD/SACD hybird. My only reservation is with the artwork. I really dislike digpaks. They are a bizarre love child of the CD replica of original albums and the CD plastic box format.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Beggar's Banquet is the first in a string of albums in which the Stones could do no wrong musically. Try this puppy on for size: it'll knock your socks off guarenteed. The cover alone says enough: a dirty, putrid toilet nestled before a gloriously decorated (with graffiti) yellow-stained wall. For an unmatched rock n' roll/blues blend that puts the rest of the music world to shame, check out this album by the only group worthy of the title "Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World"!
Here's a quick list of the songs, my (obsequious and hyper-adjectival) comments, as well as a personal favorite moment/part/aspect of each tune.
1. Sympathy for the Devil-- unreal; one of rock's all time great tunes; smart, cool lyrics; a constant build-up of energy. Personal favorite moment: Keith's solo.
2. No Expectations-- Soft, quiet, and lovely; impeccable slide guitar by Jones; Hopkins adds flavor with an intimate piano backdrop. Personal favorite moment: Jones' slide guitar work.
3. Dear Doctor-- a Country-Blues beauty; Jagger and Co.'s singing is top-notch; irresistable acoustic sound; Personal fav moment: Jagger(?) hilariously reading a note he found in his pocket.
4. Parachute Woman-- Sounds a lot like it belongs on Exile on Main Street; decadent and down-right raunchy; muscular riff; great Jones guitar work; Personal fav part: tightness and speed, in an effort to avoid censorship no doubt.
5. Jigsaw Puzzle-- Dylan-esque lyrics; Non-stop barrage of sound leaves one puzzled: will it ever end?; Jones in another incredible slide guitar performance; Charlie rules. 'Nuff said. Personal Favorite moment: Nicky Hopkins rocking and rolling on the keyboard.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on May 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I got this album with its sanitized cover for Christmas in 1968, along with the Beatles White Album, and at the time preferred it. You want your profundity, you got Sympathy for the Devil. You want your social commentary, you got Salt of the Earth. You want the Stones vote on bein' a radical, you got the awesome and unique Street Fighting Man. Time passed, and I lost the album. Picking up the CD today, what strikes me is that this is probably their richest album MUSICALLY, and indeed it is timeless. The headliner songs are still great, but what makes this album worth owning (rather than just cherrypicking the hits on best of albums) are the other cuts, which are primarily acoustic and slide blues. Cuts like Prodigal Son and Parachute Woman, and the sublime No Expectations don't get anthologized, and don't get played on the radio, but they are the very soul of the Rolling Stones, the calling card they will present when they knock on the door of St. Peter's. A rewarding musical experience.
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