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Initial post: Oct 10, 2011 3:22:49 PM PDT
JCRB says:
Being a obsessive Beatles fan, I've never been an totally huge fan of the Stones (I only bring that up because people love to pit the Beatles vs. the Stones), but being a blues fan it seemed it would be ridiculous to leave them out of my music collection, so can anyone recommend there favorite blues songs from them? Not so much their more straight-foward rock songs like Satisfaction or Street Fighting Man, but their Muddy Waters influenced stuff..

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 4:32:39 PM PDT
K. Cooper says:
JCRB

I like the Baetles and the Stones. Just as I like lobster and pizza, I never saw any contradiction in liking both.
with the Stones, blues has always been a big influence. Many of their early albums have blues covers on them. "Love in Vain" by Robert Johnson is on the Let It Bleed LP and is one of their more popular blues songs. They did a duet with Buddy Guy on their most recent live album. But they've never really done a pure straight blues album. If you want a Stones "Just blues" set, you'll have to take a cut or 2 off of many albums and put together what you want.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 4:34:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2011 7:55:19 AM PDT
Sheesh, you sure don't make it easy ;-). Pretty much most of what they did was blues-based, except for the mid-60s period. From 1962 to about 65 though, it was pretty much all blues covers. Here's a list of some of their earlier and later bluesy tunes:

Confessin The Blues
You Can Make It If You Try
Honest I Do
Little By Little
I'm A King Bee
Good Times, Bad Times
Little Red Rooster
2010 South Michigan Avenue
What A Shame
Down Home Girl
I Can't Be Satisfied
The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man
Going Home
Love In Vain
You Got The Silver
Midnight Rambler
No Expectations
Parachute Woman
Stray Cat Blues
I Got The Blues
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Moonlight Mile
Ventilator Blues
Coming Down Again
If You Really Want To Be
My Friend
Mannish Boy
Down In The Hole

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 4:39:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2011 4:52:47 PM PDT
Shining Star says:
You'll need to look for their earliest albums with Brian Jones for their bluest stuff. They began to move towards more "rock and roll" or "pop" type of songs when Jaggar/Richards began writing their songs in total. I'd recommend any of their albums from 1964 to around 1965 or so which include:

1964

The Rolling Stones (UK) Released: 16 April 1964
Label: Decca Records

1964
England's Newest Hit Makers (US) Released: 30 May 1964
Label: London Records11

1964

12 X 5 Released: 17 October 1964
Label: London Records

1965

The Rolling Stones No. 2 Released: 15 January 1965
Label: Decca Records

1965

The Rolling Stones, Now! Released: 13 February 1965
Label: London Records

1965

Out of Our Heads (US) Released: 30 July 1965
Label: London Records

1965

Out of Our Heads (UK) Released: 24 September 1965
Label: Decca Records

1965

December's Children (And Everybody's) Released: 4 December 1965
Label: London Records

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 4:42:27 PM PDT
Hip Shake has that boogie beat, that Slim Harpo thing. Real cool. Little Red Rooster is real bluesy.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 7:00:34 PM PDT
Woody Thomas says:
Confessin' The Blues on their second album is one of my favorite Stones tunes

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 7:25:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2011 7:36:26 PM PDT
Dazedcat says:
I was always partial to their early cover versions of I Can't Be Satisfied and Little Red Rooster. Brian Jones on the slide guitar was glorious on both of those particular tunes. Stop Breaking Down and I Got The Blues from the Mick Taylor era are also personal faves.

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 1:41:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2011 1:46:59 AM PDT
The obvious ones have already be mentioned, so I'll say "The Storm", a B side.

And: "Back of My Hand"

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 4:12:45 AM PDT
d-pops says:
I think you'll find "c*** sucker blues" to be one of their bluesiest and easily their rudest.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2011 7:34:56 AM PDT
club 7 says:
parachute woman
prodigal son
stop breaking down
shake your hips
midnight rambler
doncha bother me
you gotta move
love in vain
little red rooster
going home
you got the silver

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 9:02:32 AM PDT
JCRB says:
Great input, I recently heard Champagne and Reefer with Buddy Guy from their live set, what a great performance

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 11:34:37 AM PDT
MarkAntney says:
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Posted on Oct 11, 2011 12:01:05 PM PDT
Eddie H. says:
Mannish Boy
Love In Vain
Time is on My Side
Stray Cat Blues

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2011 12:10:07 PM PDT
MarkAntney says:
Arrrggghhh, I was RACKING My Brain trying to think of "Time Is On My Side"!!!!!!

You #astard, you could've waited a few days before you ruined my day???:):):)

That's the one.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2011 12:48:47 PM PDT
Eddie H. says:
Sorry

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2011 12:58:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2011 9:36:54 AM PDT
MarkAntney says:
Not your fault I fried too many neurons in the past.

But the second I read yours, I actually said, "#amn!", that's the one I forgot!!

And though the Beatles good in their day of course, I'm one of those that think the Stones, have them beat.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 5:26:54 PM PDT
Grandpa Tom says:
The Last Time
Silver Train
Short And Curlies

I know these aren't conventional choices, yet listen to these riffs...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2011 6:18:27 PM PDT
Dee Zee says:
A lot of the songs mentioned are really pop rock. But as far as BLUES songs by the Stones I would recommend:
Little Red Rooster
I Just Want To Make Love To You
Honest I Do
Little By Little
I'm a King Bee
Walking the Dog
Confessin' the Blues
Good Times Bad Times
If You Need Me
Heart Of Stone
What A Shame
Mercy Mercy
I've Been Loving You Too Long
Long Long While
Who's Driving Your Plane?
No Expectations
Stray Cat Blues
I've Got the Blues
The Storm

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2011 10:35:38 PM PDT
Texas Woman says:
and...

Fancy Man Blues
Wish I'd Never Met You
Monkey Man
The Spider and the Fly
Cry To Me
Going Home
That's How Strong My Love Is
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 7:18:25 AM PDT
MTK says:
Love in Vain-
Prodigal Son-
Sweet Virginia-
You Gotta Move

Don't get much blusier than those four. Seems each Stones disc has at least one thicker than molasses blues song. The rest are rock variations on a blues theme....

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 11:43:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 14, 2011 11:44:17 AM PDT
I have an album of the Stones recordings they did in Chess studios in '64-'65 and the blusiest stuff of their career.

Songs as follows

it's all over now
i can't be satisfied
stewed and keefed
around and around
confessin the blues
empty heart
hi heel sneakers
down the road apiece
if you need me
look what you've done
tell me baby
time is on my side, version 1
reelin' and rockin'
don't lie to me
2120 south michigan avenue
what a shame
fanny mae
little red rooster
time is on my side, version 2
goodbye girl
key to the highway
mercy mercy version 1
mercy mercy version 2
that's how strong my love is
the under assistant west coast promotion man
satisfaction..from Shindig

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2011 11:54:14 AM PDT
"And though the Beatles good in their day of course, I'm one of those that think the Stones, have them beat."

Darn tootin'!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2011 1:29:20 PM PDT
You know it's funny, but when I was a teenager the Beatles were my fave band, and I still like 'em, but now I prefer the Stones as well. =o)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2011 2:10:47 PM PDT
Dee Zee says:
The track listing for the bonus songs on the reissue of SOME GIRLS has been released:
1. Claudine
2. So Young
3. Do You Think I Really Care
4. When You're Gone
5. No Spare Parts
6. Don't Be A Stranger
7. We Had It All
8. Tallahassee Lassie
9. I Love You Too Much
10. Keep Up Blues
11. You Win Again
12. Petrol Blues

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 2:24:32 PM PDT
Who's Driving Your Plane
You Gotta Move
You Got the Silver
Prodigal Son
Love In Vain
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