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Bridges to Babylon

The Rolling StonesAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)


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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 (104 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

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 Years and Still Rolling 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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT THEIR BEST BUT DARN CLOSE! 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good album December 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I wish everybody would just stop bad mouthing the Stones because I don't think this album is that bad and I'm not goin to be a disloyal jerk and put it down just because they're getting a bit old. True its not as good as Exile(what could be?) But you don't have to act like they should commit suicide or something. I thought Anybody Seen My Baby was an excellent song. The rest of the songs were also pretty good, especially Keiths. I don't like Bridges quite as much as I like Voodoo Lounge but I don't despise it neither.I think its pretty cool that after all these years they still sound like their in their 20s and they can still get out on the road and tour and that Mick is still so energetic and can dance around like he did when he was younger. So I say, Long Live The Stones!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockin Blues At Any Age! January 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
We were lucky enough to see the Stones live in the fall of 1997 (Columbus, OH) and spring of 1999 (Cleveland, OH) to support this cd, and overall think it's a great example of a band moving and grooving to the times...not only was it awesome to see a band still intact after 35 years, to know they can still write and perform like no others is inspiring. 'Saint of Me' is my pick of the cd...classic Mick Jagger posturing...still fresh writing after over 3 decades of rock and roll classics...'Flip the Switch', 'Might As Well Get Juiced', and 'Out of Control' all rocked the stage, and Keith still proved he can ballad with the best of them on 'Thief in the Night'. 'Has Anybody Seen My Baby?' was a bad example of what they're capable of, but unfortunately, today's radio demands pop til you drop before you get any air time. Even at their worst, their better than most of the other so called 'rock' available today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridges to Babylon - Slipcase Version CD
I love the Rolling Stones and this is one of their best by far. Would recommend this one to rock fans young and old.
Published 15 months ago by Jonny A.G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Stones do it again
I am a Stones fan, but prefer the early recordings. This has some great traks and is a must in any Stones colecctors collection
Published 16 months ago by pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable.
These guys are on top of their game at every step of the journey. The Stones will justly receive the recognition for their contributions to the furtherment of rock n' roll. Read more
Published 16 months ago by billystan346
5.0 out of 5 stars Stones finally hit a consistent stride
With hard driving rockers like Too Tight but also the subtle sophistication of a number like Anybody Seen My Baby, the Stones seemed to have finally produced a well-rounded,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by bmgnb
5.0 out of 5 stars Neat Cover
i had no idea what it meant by Slipcase version... but the price was right so we purchased. the slipcase is a neat feature, and we are glad we went with this seller.
Published on March 13, 2012 by Budman
4.0 out of 5 stars good, very good, but not great
I'd like to review Amazon's review. They wrote:

'..compared to, say, Soul Asylum or the Black Crowes, the band still produces worthwhile records.. Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by Mr Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars I said yea, oh yea, oh yea...
The Stones had been the elder statesmen of rock for quite some time before they settled into a fairly relaxed routine by the mid-to late `90s. Read more
Published on September 7, 2011 by Mark H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually Enjoyed It
I must admit that I had been deliberately ignoring The Rolling Stones since Steel Wheels. I am a bit of a purist, and I am always asking myself when does a band stop being the... Read more
Published on June 28, 2011 by Jan Kostohryz
4.0 out of 5 stars REDISCOVERING THIS GEM!
I have to say that I've been in a really strong Stones mode lately. I've been buying up their back catalog (Undercover, Steel Wheels) lately too. Read more
Published on April 29, 2010 by Steven C. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated album by a legendary band
This was the last album in the 90's by the Stones, and to many fans, it received mixed reviews. Of course, in my opinion, it's really impossible for a band that's been around for... Read more
Published on May 6, 2009 by Destitute
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