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on May 5, 2009
1974's "It's Only Rock N' Roll" was guitarist Mick Taylor's swan song with the Rolling Stones,and contains a more direct,energetic set of songs than its predecessor "Goats Head Soup",such as the title track,"If You Can't Rock Me","Dance Little Sister",and the cover of the Temptations "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"."Time Waits For No One" is worth the price for this trip.So is the remastering on this edition-this underrated gem no longer sounds muddy and with potato sacks covering the speakers,it now sounds crisp,in-your-face,crystal-clear,the way rock n' roll supposed to sound.Sure the packaging is the same as the Virgin,but Rolling Stones fans shouldn't hesitate to pick this reasonably priced reissue and throw the previous ones to the dogs!
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on October 26, 2002
Some commentaries may feel that Its Only Rock N Roll is just a standard by the numbers release by the Rolling Stones. However, in addition to the usual brand of in your face rock n roll, there are some nice experimental pieces like the funky Fingerprint File, the tender acoustic gem Till The Next Goodbye, and the stunning Time Waits For No One.
Yes, Time Waits For No One is a definite album highlight with the super guitar soloing by Mick Taylor against the back drop of stunning keyboard work by Nicky Hopkins. Its nice that Mick Jagger gave up some of the spotlight on this song to Mick Taylor as Mickie T certainly added a great deal to the Stones sound with his ellaborate solos. Its a shame that he was not allowed to contribute more.
Anyway, If You Can't Rock Me and Aint To Proud To Beg are a super one two punch combination to the open the album. Its Only Rock N Roll is a good tune if a bit overplayed. Like the reggae touches on Luxury. Dance Little Sister is a nice rocker if a little bit basic. If You Really Want To Be My Friend does drag a little bit in spite of some nice organ touches and background vocals. Short and Curlies is both amusing and crude with rollicking piano contributions by Ian Stewart.
Well there you have it. I commented on every song. A very good recording although not quite on the same level as Sticky Fingers, Exile, Beggars Banquet, etc.... But pick it up anyway as there are several tracks(Fingerprint File, If You Can't Rock Me, Time Waits For No One, Aint Too Proud To Beg) which need to be in the collection of any Rolling Stones fan.
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on September 24, 2002
Sometimes considered "just another Stones album" It's Only Rock 'n' Roll was originally released Oct 18, 1974, it went to #1 in the US and #4 in the UK. Over the years Ronnie Wood's song It's Only Rock 'n' Roll has finally achieved the classic status it seemed destined for when it was written. More rewarding is that Keith's opus Time Waits For No One has also become recognized for the great work it is. And on top of all that, If You Can't Rock Me continues to get air and concert play at somewhat of a Stones standard. Not too shabby for just another Stones album. Most people know the music, so in my reviews I try to give you data on the sessions and interesting facts connected with the songs and the album. Here we go:
The sessions for It's Only Rock 'n' Roll ran over a long period of time, starting Nov 13-24, 1973 at Musicland Studios in Munich and running from Jan 14-28, 1974. It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (the song) was overdubbed and mixed and Fingerprint file and Luxury were cut at Mick's house (Stargroves) near Newbury from the Rolling Stones Mobile on April 10-15, 1974, and final mixing was done May 20-25 at Island Studios in London. Two songs were recorded that did not appear on the album, Through The Lonely Nights (which was released as the B side of the single It's Only Rock 'n' Roll) and Black Limousine (which was released on the album Tattoo You in 1981). The Stones also recorded two songs that have not been released, Drift Away and Living In The Heart Of Love. The album also included one song (Short And Curlies) from the Goat's Head Soup sessions in Nov and Dec of 1972 in Jamaica.
Interesting notes include:
.....It's Only Rock 'n' Roll has a famous story behind it. Long before Ronnie Wood filled an open spot in the Stones lineup (finally becoming the only Stone not in the original band to be added to the percentage contracts), Mick and Keith were jamming at Ronnie's house (The Wick) in London. The way the story goes, when Mick realized the song was forming from riffs Ronnie had started with Keith, he called George Chkiantz (who engineered the session) and remembering that he was a new father, offered to pay for a babysitter so George could record the jam. He arrived to record them and found David Bowie was part of the band too
.....Mick Taylor's last song with the Stones was (get this) Till The Next Goodbye
.....The cover painting was commissioned from Guy Peellaert[...]. This time he made them gods descending from a temple.
.....The Glimmer Twins 1st appeared as producers on this album....the story goes that Mick and Keith were traveling incognito to South America via ship after the 1968 Rock And Roll Circus sessions. An older woman who spent most of the cruise in the bar with Mick and Keith kept trying to guess who they were and kept asking them to "give us a glimmer" of their identities.
This information comes from "It's Only Rock And Roll: The Ultimate Guide To The Rolling Stones" by Karnbach and Bernson and from my own collection, with some of the notes from Davis' "Old Gods Almost Dead." Both books are available from amazon.com.
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on February 28, 2004
Released in 1974 while they were still at the top of their game, The Rolling Stones scored their 4th consecutive number one album with 'It's Only Rock 'N' Roll". It was also the last one to feature Mick Taylor, the most versatile member of the group.
"It's Only Rock 'N' Roll" kicks off into high gear with "If You Can't Rock Me", followed by a scorching cover of "Ain't Too Proud To Beg". Next comes the libidinous title track, a jaunty singalong that has become a classic. The album tones down a few notches with the lovely acoustic ballad "Til The Next Time We Say Goodbye". Following is Mick Taylor's magnum opus "Time Waits For No One", featuring a 3 - minute guitar solo that rivals the one on "Free Bird". "Luxury" is a faux - reggae track that is very enjoyable, while "Dance Little Sister" is all - out rock. "If You Really Want To Be My Friend" is a nice soul ballad, and "Short And Curlies" is a cute ditty. "Fingerprint File" closes the album, and is filled with excellent hooks and grooves.
Overall, an excellent album crying out for recognition.
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on December 23, 2001
This album pretty much marked the second career of the Stones. They were being called the worlds greatest rock and roll band, but at the same time they were going through a transition period with their sound. Jagger musta been listening to a lot of soul and R&B during this period. They do a very respectable version of the Temptations "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", which is still a pretty popular tune on the oldies stations. He also does some funky soul on "Fingerprint File". The rest of the album though, is pretty much just rock and roll. The title song, "It's Only Rock And Roll", with that familiar opening guitar riff, plus "Dance Little Sister" also still remain popular airplays. The song though, that still remains my favorite Stones tune to this day, is "Time Waits For No One". What a great song! This one alone is worth the price admission here. The guitar interplay between Mick Taylor and Keith Richards on this is simply delicious. The Stones had never done anything like this six string jam before, or since. It would have been nice if they would have done more of this type of material on this record, because Richards and Taylor played great off of each other. For some reason though, this was Mick Taylor's last album with the Stones. I guess there was just one too many Mick's in the band for the Glimmer Twins to handle at the time. As for this album, it's a little erratic in spots, but still, with the exception of "Exile On Main Street" and "Some Girls", this holds up well with the rest of their latter day albums. Like the title says, it's only rock and roll, and for the most part, I liked it.
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on March 4, 2011
4 and 1/2 Stars

A fair amount of people in rock and roll do not favor this album, and that is all well, because musical taste is subjective of course, as with any other art form; but I really would like to stress to new Rolling Stones fans that the previous albums, e.g. Sticky Fingers, Let It Bleed and Exile are all REALLY good albums. What we have with It's Only Rock and Roll is similar to what For Those About To Rock was to AC/DC fans. It's a great album - just not as good as what came before it.

There are some real gems here like "If You Can't Rock Me", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" actually, the first side is really really good.
Uncut magazine (UK) slammed "Luxury" with one star, but I think it's a great track! It has the same sorta vibe that "Beast of Burden" had, just pure Stones spirit. I think the remaining tracks are really good too, almost like Stones relics for die hard fans e.g "Fingerprint File"

The production is pretty good too. Looking at this record in context is useful. At this point in the Stones history Keith was down and out on drugs. You can see how out of it Keith was in the video for "It's Only Rock and Roll". Mick Taylor I've read was also taking heroin too. Bill was making/had made a solo record and Charlie was chillaxed as always. Micky J was married and was like a celebrity, so he wasn't about all the time. So considering the circumstances this is really good.

Definitely pick this up. Great cover too. Would get a poster of it I could find one.
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HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICEon October 9, 2000
It's Only Rock 'N' Roll find the Stones picking up the tempo after the slower more subdued Goats Head Soup. The album opens with a challenge in the rollicking "If You Can Rock Me". The band moves into a spirited cover of the Temptations classic "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" which stands up well next to the original. The title cut has the classic line that sums up the band's attitude, "I know it's only rock n roll, but I like it". "Till The Next Goodbye" is one of the prettiest songs the band has ever done and "Time Waits For No One" finds them in a pensive mood. The album kind of sags a little bit after that with throwaways like "Short & Curlies" & "If You Really Want...", but closes strongly with the funk workout "Fingerprint Files". The album keeps a trend that started on Goats Head Soup and one that the band would follow for much of the rest of their career (with a few exceptions), some very strong and good songs mixed in with filler.
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on February 11, 2000
Being an avid classic rock listener in general, I certainly believe this is a great album of that genre. Although many may not believe that this album is up to par with the albums from 1968 to 1972, the songs on this album truly are excellent. From the opening rocker of "If you can't rock me" to the raunchy "It's only rock'n'roll" to the beautiful guitar work of Mick Taylor on "Time Waits for no One" to the final funky closer "Fingerprint File", there is not a single weak spot on this album. Even if the album isn't up there with the Stones' very greatest, isn't that a hell of a lofty expectation to think that a group can continually produce works of absolute genius? If this album were by a less known group with no reputation preceding them, the reviews would be very different. People may argue that this is not the Stones' best, but nonetheless this a great album. Don't listen to the people giving it one star.
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on April 10, 2016
The last album of the Mick Taylor years this one shows signs of where the band was headed on future releases. I don't consider myself qualified enough of a Stones fan to really give a in depth review of the album... For that look at some of the other great reviews on here. But for a fan of the 70's/Taylor era of the band I will say it's a definite necessity and fits nicely up against the album's bookending it.*****
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Mick Taylor's departure from seven very successful years with the Stones was a fine point for all concerns. From "If You Can't Rock Me" through the title rack onto "Dance Little Sister" the band were still very much riding the crest of their classic,bottom heavy rock n roll sound. Nothing had really changed too much across high key Motown rave ups of "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" or countryish ballads such as "Till The Next Goodbye" or the yearning "If You Really Want To Be My Friend". But a change was coming. Perhaps all too aware of various changes that were occuring in the pop world the Stones were also looking past the blues and soul as their main influences and beginning to integrate elements of reggae and other things into their style. That Jamaican influence,which was than actually pretty new came to the surface most strong on "Luxary" as well as now and again in the rhythms of "Time Waits For No One and "Short And Curlies". In terms of the conclusion "Fingerprint File" ends the album with the bands first all out,bona fide funk number complete with chugging wah wah's and Mick's learing vocals at fine effect. This particular variation on the bands style would bubble more to the surface on the follow up album Black and Blue when Ron Wood joined the band. The fact that the band could integrate so many new musical experiments into their already locked down tight sound has the effect of adding to their status as being able to do what they do very well when they choose to do it.
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