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  • Audio CD (August 30, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000AM6OLC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Start Me Up
2. Hang Fire
3. Slave
4. Little T & A
5. Black Limousine
6. Neighbors
7. Worried About You
8. Tops
9. Heaven
10. No Use In Crying
11. Waiting On A Friend

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It was Start Me Up that made me a fan forever.
PUBLIUS
Now, 25 years later, listening to this newly-remastered CD version made me realize just how wonderfully produced the album was for its time.
Magnus
It's a moving ballad on a par with earlier great moments such as Wild Horses and Dead Flowers from 1971s Sticky Fingers album.
Peter Uys

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Magnus on December 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought the LP version of this album the DAY it was released and played it on my Technics turntable again and again. Now, 25 years later, listening to this newly-remastered CD version made me realize just how wonderfully produced the album was for its time. Maybe some of the songs aren't as memorable as those on BB, LIB or Exile, but one thing's undeniable--the sound quality never got better than this for the band. The 1980s would bring a lot of production opportunities that the band and its producers were probably right to try out at the time, but with mixed results. So this is (fittingly) the last great album of the 1970s Stones . . . That's right, since most of these tracks were written (and occasionally even recorded) in the 1970s, so if you've never heard anything from the album besides the 2 - 3 big hits, fear not. There's no "Undercover of the Night" or "Winning Ugly" types of filler here.

This is the real deal, and if you have the chance, listen with headphones to get the best audio experience for the band's best-sounding album. Bar none.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on March 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Tattoo You contains some raucous rock 'n roll and a couple of beautiful, soulful ballads. Although not considered to be amongst their very best albums, there is enough here to make it a worthwhile purchase.

The opener, Start Me Up, is the Stones at their high powered best with its killer riff and insistent rhythm, whilst the melodic Hang Fire with its impressive vocals comes a close second. These were big hits and can be found on many Stones compilations.

The bluesy Black Limousine and the reggae-influenced Slave aren't bad either, but ballads like Tops and Heaven fall somewhat beneath their high standards. This may be forgiven though, since the closing number, the poignant Waiting On A Friend sees them at their soulful best. It's a moving ballad on a par with earlier great moments such as Wild Horses and Dead Flowers from 1971s Sticky Fingers album.

Overall Tattoo You is thus an uneven work but the aforementioned highlights more than make up for the few tepid and uninspired ballads. I give it four stars but that is judging it by the high standards of their own work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Exile On My Street VINE VOICE on June 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Although never less than the most visible of rock bands, the Stones were in the midst of a commercial resurgence that began with Some Girls in 1978. Tattoo You (1981) remains the last album of the Stones' classic period and for good reason. Not only does it contain their last true classic song in "Start Me Up" but it also has the tender "Waiting on a Friend", the melodic pop rock of "Hang Fire" and Keith's ode to his newfound love in the catchy "Little T&A". "Start Me Up" was unavoidable on the radio but it's highest charting position was number 2 for several weeks never quite hitting number 1. There was only one song during this time that received more airplay than "Start Me Up" and this song prevented it from topping the charts. Anyone know what it is? I'll tell you at the end.

Upon release the album was divided into a rock side and a ballad side and the first half contains some of the punchiest rockers the Stones have done but the ballad side contains a lot of material that we wouldn't normally get all in one place on a Stones record...and the ballads are gorgeous ("Worried About You", "Tops" and the ghostly "Heaven"). I remember not liking "Heaven" very much and one day in the summer, after a long day at the beach with my then girlfriend, we began our ride home. The sun was going down and we were driving in my convertible over the bridge that takes you over the water and back to 'civilization'. "Heaven" began to play and the whole atmosphere of the song just reflected the whole moment. The evening sun beating down upon the ocean as we crossed over it with the top down on a warm summer evening. That image is forever tattooed in my brain when I hear that song. It captured the moment as perfectly as any song could.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Coreyj on April 22, 2013
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I'm going to be brief here. The original Tattoo You came out in 1981. It was great. The cd came out in 1986, by CBS records. This one, the Virgin remastered cd, came out in 1994, and is considered the best. So if there's even a casual interest. Push the button.
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Charlie Watts once said (and I'm paraphrasing) he has been with the Rolling Stones for 40 years but has worked about 10. Well, Tattoo You is the epitome of that quip. Over ten years of recordings mixed in with drugs, laziness, touring and debouchery produced one of the great albums of the group's catalog. There are various complaints about the album. Granted Mick Taylor got pissed about not being credited on the album. However as most Stones fans know the album has little if no, credits, and Taylor isn't the only one not getting the names placed in lights.

The album is a great rock and roll set. It was Start Me Up that made me a fan forever. There are others of course: "Have you ever heard those opening lines..you should leave this small town way behind..." (TOPS). I had known of them especially during the pre-MTV days of videos like Emotional Rescue and She's so Cold shown on TV's Show SOLID GOLD (Remember that?) But this album and its hit tune did it for me. Amazingly only three years later Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA became the last great Rock and Roll album.

By 1985 Rock and Roll died only to be pushed aside by a new generation and its new art form rap subsequently hip hop and the new dance music. Surely rock and roll continued in the forms of U2 and Oasis, but the Old Gods were gone from the front rows and now placed on the mantle of the respected Grandfathers of Rock. In 1986 the Stones were given the dreaded "Lifetime Achievement" award at the Grammys (given to them no less by Pete Townsend (or was it Eric Clapton? hmmmmm))and since then, music has never been the same. Listening to this album again reminds you of what rock use to be.
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