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It's Only Rock 'n Roll

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After their 1968-1972 hit records Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, the Rolling Stones’ inspiration began to take a nosedive. One year after the honest record Goats Head Soup, the self-proclaimed greatest rock'n'roll band in the world released It's Only Rock'n Roll in October 1974. The indispensable Jimmy Miller, producer of their five previous records, was no longer with them and so Mick and Keith had fun behind the console under the pseudonym ‘The Glimmer Twins’. By then untouchable world stars, The Rolling Stones on this 12th studio album were decadent and totally indifferent to the hits of the time. What they offered up was rather different from the content of their golden age. It's Only Rock'n Roll sounded like free-wheeling rock, with the unmistakeable Rolling Stones sound (Richards’ copyrighted riffs and Jagger’s inimitable voice included) but without the songwriting to match that of their past hits.


 


Songs such as Dance Little Sister, Short and Curlies or the rather energetic cover of the Temptations’ Ain't Too Proud to Beg still showcase the freshly 30-year-old Englishmen’s know-how. And the eponymous It's Only Rock'n Roll managed to become a sort of mini anthem that continued to be sung on stage for decades. This record is above all Jagger’s show. On ballads such as If You Really Want to Be My Friend, his voice reaches new heights. And on the very funky Fingerprint File, he recalls his visceral passion for furious rhythms. As disco began to take off, he dreamt of himself as the living god of this glittering musical style – a style that’s light years away from the DNA of his band. It's Only Rock'n Roll is the last Rolling Stones album with Mick Taylor (later replaced by Ron Wood who already features on one track) whose occasional solos remind us that he is technically superior to his boss. One wonders if, in the end, the iconic album cover by the Belgian cartoonist Guy Peellaert isn't the real masterpiece of this sometimes endearing but a little shaky album. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
If You Can't Rock Me Remastered
00:03:47

Mick Taylor, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Preston, Clarinet, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Bill Wyman, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

2
Ain't Too Proud To Beg Remastered
00:03:30

Mick Taylor, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Holland Jr., ComposerLyricist - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Preston, Clarinet, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Norman Whitfield, ComposerLyricist - Bill Wyman, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Leach, Bells, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

3
It's Only Rock'n'Roll (But I Like It) Remastered 2009
00:05:07

Mick Taylor, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Stewart, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Bill Wyman, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2009 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

4
Till The Next Goodbye Remastered
00:04:36

Mick Taylor, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Stewart, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Bill Wyman, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

5
Time Waits For No One Remastered
00:06:38

Mick Taylor, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Bill Wyman, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

6
Luxury Remastered
00:05:01

Mick Taylor, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Stewart, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Bill Wyman, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

7
Dance Little Sister Remastered
00:04:11

Mick Taylor, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Stewart, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Bill Wyman, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

8
If You Really Want To Be My Friend Remastered
00:06:17

Mick Taylor, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Magic, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Bill Wyman, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

9
Short And Curlies Remastered
00:02:43

Mick Taylor, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Stewart, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Bill Wyman, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

10
Fingerprint File Remastered
00:06:33

Mick Taylor, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Nicky Hopkins, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Preston, Clarinet, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Cooper, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Bill Wyman, Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Jolly, Tabla, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1974 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

After their 1968-1972 hit records Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, the Rolling Stones’ inspiration began to take a nosedive. One year after the honest record Goats Head Soup, the self-proclaimed greatest rock'n'roll band in the world released It's Only Rock'n Roll in October 1974. The indispensable Jimmy Miller, producer of their five previous records, was no longer with them and so Mick and Keith had fun behind the console under the pseudonym ‘The Glimmer Twins’. By then untouchable world stars, The Rolling Stones on this 12th studio album were decadent and totally indifferent to the hits of the time. What they offered up was rather different from the content of their golden age. It's Only Rock'n Roll sounded like free-wheeling rock, with the unmistakeable Rolling Stones sound (Richards’ copyrighted riffs and Jagger’s inimitable voice included) but without the songwriting to match that of their past hits.


 


Songs such as Dance Little Sister, Short and Curlies or the rather energetic cover of the Temptations’ Ain't Too Proud to Beg still showcase the freshly 30-year-old Englishmen’s know-how. And the eponymous It's Only Rock'n Roll managed to become a sort of mini anthem that continued to be sung on stage for decades. This record is above all Jagger’s show. On ballads such as If You Really Want to Be My Friend, his voice reaches new heights. And on the very funky Fingerprint File, he recalls his visceral passion for furious rhythms. As disco began to take off, he dreamt of himself as the living god of this glittering musical style – a style that’s light years away from the DNA of his band. It's Only Rock'n Roll is the last Rolling Stones album with Mick Taylor (later replaced by Ron Wood who already features on one track) whose occasional solos remind us that he is technically superior to his boss. One wonders if, in the end, the iconic album cover by the Belgian cartoonist Guy Peellaert isn't the real masterpiece of this sometimes endearing but a little shaky album. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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