The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet (1968)

AllMusic Review: 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. — Richie Unterberger

Track Listing:

Side one
No. Title Length
1. “Sympathy for the Devil” 6:18
2. “No Expectations” 3:56
3. “Dear Doctor” 3:28
4. “Parachute Woman” 2:20
5. “Jigsaw Puzzle” 6:06
Total length: 22:08
Side two
No. Title Length
1. “Street Fighting Man” 3:16
2. “Prodigal Son” 2:51
3. “Stray Cat Blues” 4:38
4. “Factory Girl” 2:09
5. “Salt of the Earth” 4:48
Total length: 17:42


Schill Score: 7.5/10


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