The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet (1968)

Artist Credit
Lenne Allik Concept
Jon Astley Analog Transfer, Digital Transfers
Jack Byrne Archive Research
Paschal Byrne Analog Transfer, Digital Transfers
Barry Feinstein Cover Photo, Photography
Eddie Hedges Engineer
Nicky Hopkins Keyboards, Piano
Mick Jagger Composer, Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals
Glyn Johns Engineer
Brian Jones Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Sitar, Tambourine, Vocals (Background)
Michael Joseph Photography
Mike Joseph Photography
Iris Keitel Repackaging Art Direction
Jody H. Klein Restoration Supervision
Teri Landi Archive Research, Digital Transfers
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mick McKenna Archive Research
Jimmy Miller Producer
Nicole Monea Design Production Assistant
Maria Papazahariou Production Assistant
Keith Richards Bass, Composer, Guitar, Vocals
Alisa Ritz Repackaging Art Direction
The Rolling Stones Primary Artist
Steve Rosenthal Archives Coordinator, Restoration
Gus Skinas Engineer
Laura Walton Production Assistant
Charlie Watts Drums
Tom Wilkes Design, Original Design Concept
Robert Wilkins Composer
Bill Wyman Bass, Vocals (Background)

The Stones forsook psychedelic experimentation to return to their blues roots on this celebrated album, which was immediately acclaimed as one of their landmark achievements. A strong acoustic Delta blues flavor colors much of the material, particularly “Salt of the Earth” and “No Expectations,” which features some beautiful slide guitar work. Basic rock & roll was not forgotten, however: “Street Fighting Man,” a reflection of the political turbulence of 1968, was one of their most innovative singles, and “Sympathy for the Devil,” with its fire-dancing guitar licks, leering Jagger vocals, African rhythms, and explicitly satanic lyrics, was an image-defining epic. On “Stray Cat Blues,” Jagger and crew began to explore the kind of decadent sexual sleaze that they would take to the point of self-parody by the mid-’70s. At the time, though, the approach was still fresh, and the lyrical bite of most of the material ensured Beggars Banquet’s place as one of the top blues-based rock records of all time.

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