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  • Audio CD (September 30, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000WEZ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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1. Flip The Switch
2. Anybody Seen My Baby?
3. Low Down
4. Already Over Me
5. Gun Pace
6. You Don't Have To Mean It
7. Out Of Control
8. Saint Of Me
9. Might As Well Get Juiced
10. Always Suffering
11. Too Tight
12. Thief In The Night
13. How Can I Stop

Editorial Reviews

1 x CD Album
US 1997

1Flip The Switch3:28
2Anybody Seen My Baby?4:31
3Low Down4:26
4Already Over Me5:24
6You Don't Have To Mean It3:44
7Out Of Control4:43
8Saint Of Me5:15
9Might As Well Get Juiced5:23
10Always Suffering4:43
11Too Tight3:33
12Thief In The Night5:15
13How Can I Stop5:53

Customer Reviews

The best numbers are the 2 ballads and the two shortest songs.
Stones Fan
To me, Vodoo Lounge and Bridges to Babylon are two of the best Stones album and I would say they are sounding much better compared to the disastrous decade of the 80s.
Amazon Customer
Of course the old Stones are classic but this album is very good.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By B. L. Vor Broker on January 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Having read all the previous reviews slamming the Stones for their age and lack of feel, I am compelled to defend the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World. I think it is widely agreed upon that the Stones' prime was '68-'72 (Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street). With that in mind, every album before and after has been inferior. Bridges to Babylon, being a good 25 years after their prime, cannot be compared to the greatness of the Great Four. The fact that a group of 50+ year old men, who have been through what the Stones have been through (drugs, alchohol, the spotlight since they were 20), can even put out an album is in itself a great accomplishment. In Bridges to Babylon, the Stones show few signs of age. They rock when they need to (Flip the Switch, Out of Control, Saint of Me) and Keith is at his best with 3 superb songs proving that at least he still has the heart rather than greed. Bridges to Babylon is not going to be like the Stones were in their prime. This is post-70's Stones at arguably their best. Anyone who disagrees either never liked the Stones in the first place or just put them down because they are old. If you people didn't know their age or past greatness, your reviews would be much better. I think we are all thankful that the Stones didn't quit in the 70s, and Bridges to Babylon proves it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Boss Fan on September 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A psudo-sequel to their similarly under-rated "Voodoo Lounge," The Stones'"Bridges To Babylon" is similar in tone and content (which is a good thing), but has less of the lulls and clutter that plagued that previous effort in spots (which is an even better thing). "Bridges" is fast-paced, straight-ahead rocker full of diverse and atypical Stones tracks. Never do we not know we are listening to the Stones, but we are often surprised at what we are hearing from them. Witness "Might as Well Get Juiced." It's not just the more experimental cuts that will leave listeners pleasently surprised, but the hard-edge return to old-school-Stones form that pops up from time to time. "Gunface," for instance, is the type of seathing, "Jumpin' Jack Flash/Gimme Shelter" cut the band used to turn out so effortlessly. While nothing here is admittedly at the level of those classics, that is certainly no reason to miss out on an all around great album. Compaired to the high standards of classic Stones cuts it may not stand out much, but compared to almost all of their albums from the previous decade, and to any album from any band at the time, "Bridges to Babylon" is far and away at the top of its class. "Out of Control" and "Saint of Me," however, do, to these ears, rank among the bands' classics. And Keith closes the album with two wheezy ballads that should grind the whole affair to a screetching hult; and undoubtably would from almost anyone else. Somehow it not only works, but stands up with the rest of the album, even towing over the two ballads Mick submits. "Bridges" is an ambitious amalgam of different musical styles all poured through a Rolling Stones filter. The result is never less than an enjoyable classic rock and roll listen - done by the band best at doing it - and it is often a lot more.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By G. J Wiener on October 7, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Whereas Bridges To Babylon is not on the same playing field as Beggars Banquet and Exile, this recording has much high quality material. Besides catchy straight ahead rockers(Out Of Control, Two Tight), there are many other elements present here including a nice touch of techno(Anybody Seen My Baby, Might As Well Get Juiced). Keith's contributions are excellent specifically the regaae flavored You Don't Have To Mean It. The difference between this albums and the Stonefs best works is that every track is loaded with contributions from studio musicians. The old days it was purely the fab five with occasional contributions from Billy Preston, Bobbie Keys, and a few others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Leaving behind the embarrassing smut of "Voodoo Lounge", the Stones made an admirable effort at experimentation with "Bridges to Babylon". Although it's interesting to hear their bluesy sound blended with techno effects, the record still works best with the classic Stones tradition of "Too Tight", a great rocker, "Out of Control" which is a gripping glimpse into the whole crossroads myth (is Mick trying to tell us something?)and "Saint of Me" which has great Keith riffs (reminds me of the Let it Bleed LP) and revelatory lyrics from Mick. Jagger hasn't sounded this self-aware than since "Wandering Spirit. Keith's "Don't Have to Mean It" could've waited for another solo album, and the loveliness of "Already over Me" is soured by Mick's tiresome fake southern drawl. OK, it worked on "Honkytonk Women", but enough already! The worst offering here is "Gunface", a brutal song about blowing your woman's head off, or at least making her think you will. It's vicious lyrics are irresponsible. Keith's savage guitar riffing makes the song a celebration, which to me is evil. But the Stones being evil is what appeals to some people; to me it's just immature. Anyway the LP ends with the compelling "Thief in the Night", and the soothing "How Can I Stop" both from Richards. Oh, and the opener, "Flick the Switch" rocks awkwardly, and is another Jagger "give me a jumpstart" clone of Start Me Up. Too many backing musicians and producers on this disk; why is Waddy Wachtel playing guitar on nearly every track? Strip it down for the next one boys, I like to hear some space between the sounds.
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