The Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup (2020 Deluxe) (1973/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:52:54 minutes | 3,7 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Polydor Records
How do you follow a monumental achievement like the 1972 masterpiece Exile on Main Street? The short answer is: you can’t. And so if the Stones—who’d been on a massive roll of success from 1968’s Beggars Banquet through Exile finally made a less than acclaimed album, who could blame them? Hence the tale of 1973’s Goats Head Soup, the album forever blamed for the Stones inevitable stumble. While it’s true that nothing on Goats Head Soup is on the level of Exile’s many highlights (“Rip This Joint,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Sweet Virginia”), the album does have the Stones’ finest near-ballad—the hit single “Angie”—and “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker),” with Billy Preston on organ, and whose lyrics suddenly have fresh relevance (“The police in New York City/ They chased a boy right through the park/ And in a case of mistaken identity/ The put a bullet through his heart”). After that, however, it’s a mixed bag. While they still can’t be mistaken for top drawer Stones, much of the rest of the album—tunes like “Hide Your Love,” “Winter” and “Can You Hear The Music”—is in retrospect not quite the filler they appeared to be in the wake of Exile.