Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (1969)

Artist Credit
Lenne Allik Concept
Jon Astley Analog Transfer, Digital Transfers
Madeline Bell Choir/Chorus, Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Byron Berline Fiddle, Guest Artist, Violin
Bruce Botnick Assistant Engineer
Jack Byrne Archive Research, Tape Archivist
Paschal Byrne Analog Transfer, Digital Transfers
Merry Clayton Guest Artist, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Ry Cooder Guest Artist, Mandolin
Rocky Dijon Percussion
Kwasi “Rocky” Dzidzornu Percussion
Jesper Hansen Assistant Engineer
Nicky Hopkins Guest Artist, Keyboards, Organ, Piano
Mick Jagger Composer, Guitar, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboards, Vocals
Glyn Johns Engineer
Robert Johnson Composer
Brian Jones Autoharp, Guitar, Harp, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals
Iris Keitel Repackaging Art Direction
Bobby Keys Horn, Sax (Tenor), Saxophone
Jody H. Klein Restoration Supervision
Al Kooper French Horn, Guest Artist, Horn, Keyboards, Organ, Piano
Teri Landi Archive Research, Digital Transfers
London Bach Choir Choir/Chorus, Primary Artist, Vocals
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mick McKenna Archive Research, Tape Archivist
Jimmy Miller Drums, Percussion, Producer, Tambourine
Nicole Monea Design Production Assistant
Nanette Newman Choir/Chorus, Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Jack Nitzsche Arranger, Choir Arrangement, Keyboards, Percussion
Maria Papazahariou Production Assistant
Keith Richards Bass, Composer, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Keyboards, Vocals
Alisa Ritz Repackaging Art Direction
The Rolling Stones Primary Artist
Steve Rosenthal Archives Coordinator, Restoration
Leon Russell Guest Artist, Horn Arrangements, Piano
Gus Skinas Engineer
Ian Stewart Keyboards, Piano
Mick Taylor Guitar, Slide Guitar, Vocals
Doris Troy Choir/Chorus, Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Laura Walton Production Assistant
Charlie Watts Drums
Bill Wyman Autoharp, Bass, Harp, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vibraphone, Vocals

Mostly recorded without Brian Jones — who died several months before its release (although he does play on two tracks) and was replaced by Mick Taylor (who also plays on just two songs) — this extends the rock and blues feel of Beggars Banquet into slightly harder-rocking, more demonically sexual territory. The Stones were never as consistent on album as their main rivals, the Beatles, and Let It Bleed suffers from some rather perfunctory tracks, like “Monkey Man” and a countrified remake of the classic “Honky Tonk Woman” (here titled “Country Honk”). Yet some of the songs are among their very best, especially “Gimme Shelter,” with its shimmering guitar lines and apocalyptic lyrics; the harmonica-driven “Midnight Rambler”; the druggy party ambience of the title track; and the stunning “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” which was the Stones’ “Hey Jude” of sorts, with its epic structure, horns, philosophical lyrics, and swelling choral vocals. “You Got the Silver” (Keith Richards’ first lead vocal) and Robert Johnson’s “Love in Vain,” by contrast, were as close to the roots of acoustic down-home blues as the Stones ever got.

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