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Black & Blue Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (July 26, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1976
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000W5D
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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1. Hot Stuff
2. Hand Of Fate
3. Cherry Oh Baby
4. Memory Motel
5. Hey Negrita
6. Melody
7. Fool To Cry
8. Crazy Mama

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Black & Blue [Audio CD] Rolling Stones

Customer Reviews

"Cherry Oh Baby" is a fun Reggae cover.
There's good music (not to mention great theatre) to be had in their catalog, you just have to be a bit selective.
MELODY is a song that I dont care to much for and it is probably the worst on the album.
Martin Lemos

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME on April 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This often overlooked album in the Stones' oeuvre shines with good to great songs and contains some brilliant reggae. It kicks off with the funky Hot Stuff, followed by the passionate Hand Of Fate which is vintage Stones. Cherry O Baby is a lovely slice of reggae with intriguing organ lines and brilliant vocalizing, while the road epic Memory Motel is a moving story song. Hey Negrita is a wailing bluesy number and Melody soulfully ambles along with lovely guitar, sax, piano and Mick's falsetto voice. Fool To Cry starts as a gentle ballad but gets pretty raucous eventually, while Crazy Mama is the Stones at their rocking best, a powerful conclusion to this great album. It may not be amongst the Rolling Stones' top ten albums, but Black And Blue contains some strong songs with great melodies and playing throughout and no dud tracks. Rediscovering it was a great pleasure.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Victor on June 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was skeptical about buying this album. I had been into the Stones for years, but I read mixed reviews about it, and how it was a minor disappointment when it was released in 1976. But I finally purchased a copy of the album on a whim, and it turned out to be surprisingly brilliant and crafted with the talent that most Stones records are noted for.
BLACK AND BLUE is up there with the best of the Stone's body of work. It's not as daring or encompassing as Exile on Main St., not as bluesy as Sticky Fingers, but it's also just as inspired as Beggar's Banquet or Let It Bleed, and after listening to those four impeccable masterpiece albums, I'd encourage you to add BLACK AND BLUE to the collection. It is a much better than IT'S ONLY ROCK N' ROLL, and is a good introduction to the brilliance that would continue to surface with SOME GIRLS
The craft of songwriting and recording is as palpable as the rest of their amazing work from the late 60s and early 70s. The biggest highlight of the album, by far, is MEMORY MOTEL. It's definitely one of the most beautiful rock songs ever written. It's epic, but not in the grand stratosphere of arena rock as say- STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN. It's subtle, charming and brilliant. In the same vain is FOOL TO CRY, which turned out to be the album's most popular song. It sounds very similar to MEMORY MOTEL in some aspects, but each song can stand on its own. There are other gems such as HAND OF FATE and CRAZY MAMA which can stand as the epitome of all hard rock Stones songs. It served as a precedent for many of the songs that would be heard on SOME GIRLS and TATTOO YOU, with less blues and more of what would be known as 70s Classic Rock.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "georgename" on December 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm a Stones fan, and this is definitely one of my favorite albums. It's as eclectic and non-commercial as they come: disco/funk (Hot Stuff), blues/R&B (Hey Negrita, Melody), ballads (Fool To Cry, Memory Motel), reggae (Cherry Oh Baby), and straight-ahead rock (Hand of Fate, Crazy Mama). Several Stones albums have similar variety as well, e.g., the predecessor It's Only Rock N Roll: for the above categories, think Fingerprint File, If You Really Want to Be My Friend, Time Waits For No One, Luxury, and more rock: If You Can't Rock Me, title track, etc. But B&B has the least straight rock, making it their least conventional (and thus less popular). In general, I love the Stones sound here (and of course on the preceding albums). I think Wayne Perkins is a terrific guitarist, particularly evinced by his work on Hand Of Fate and the end of Fool To Cry (and Tattoo You's Worried About You, which seems to have been recorded during the Black & Blue sessions). And Charlie is fantastic: I particularly like his work on Hot Stuff, Hey Negrita, and the end of Fool To Cry, when the band winds up very tightly.
Of course in the end, people like music that's infectious or memorable to them, and you can't objectively quantify that. To my taste, Hot Stuff (and Dance, Part 1) is the best funky song they ever did, Hey Negrita and Melody are among the best blues/R&B they ever did, Fool To Cry (particularly the end of it) is among the best ballads they ever did, and Hand of Fate is as good rock as they ever did. Melody in particular is a very unusual and impressive song. The other tracks here are average Stones mid-70s work, which is to say 'very good'. That's why I like this album so much. (I'll allow that Cherry Oh Baby is far from their best; in comparison, Luxury from the previous album is excellent.)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had recalled that the Rolling Stones were in decline from "Exile on Main Street" until "Some Girls." My memory was that "Black and Blue" was one of those okay but not very interesting albums in the interregnum. A few days back, I started trying to remember the songs on this work. And then I started wondering if this CD was as mediocre as I had thought.

Well, I just listened, and it's a bunch better than I remembered. Great Stones? No. Good Stones' music? Yes.

This was the "try out" album for who might succeed Mick Taylor on guitar. Harvey Mandell, Wayne Perkins, and Ronnie Wood each took a crack on one song or another. Let's take a look at a few cuts.

"Hot Stuff." Some rate this as mediocre disco. But I think that this is a rather catchy tune, featuring some good guitar byplay between Mandell and Keith Richards. Billy Preston is good on piano. I also think that the "change of pace" vocals from Mick Jagger work pretty well. This song has references to New York; one might compare this with references to New York in "Shattered" from "Some Girls"!

"Hand of Fate" is a strong tune. It is the Stones' answer to "I Shot the Sheriff" and "I Fought the Law." A good rocker. Lines: "He shot me once, but I shot him twice," and then "I watched him die." Nice guitar work here, this time with Wayne Perkins.

"Cherry, Oh Baby." I think that this was a decent reggae piece (It's not Peter Tosh or Toots and the Maytalls or Bob Marley and the Wailers). Ronnie Wood played guitar, with Nicky Hopkins on organ (and an effective accompaniment to the song). The different sounds on this work, from the reggae to the disco to funk ("Hey Negrita") to hard rock to a ballad ("Memory Motel") make this one of the more variegated of Rolling Stones' albums.
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This is a very boring stuff
This CD rocks!!!!! The best album from 1976.
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