Reply To: Album Discussion: Goats Head Soup (1973)

December 12, 2017 at 7:29 am #72843

There are some fantastic tunes on it (Coming Down Again, Angie, Can You Hear The Music, Heartbreaker, 100 Years Ago, Star Star), but the wholeness of it never really got to me. Undoubtedly, there is a vibe on this album, but some songs just don’t fit in to that (Star Star, Dancing With Mr. D., Angie), either sonically (Angie) or vibe-wise (Silver Train, Dancing With Mr. D.). Had the rockers been swapped with more melancholic songs, we would have had a very different-sounding Stones masterpiece, imo. So it might have been a question of going all the way with this one – it could have been a concept-ish album. Instead we got «Junkie music», according to Keith 🙂 I’m being extremely critical now, as I play GHS regularly. However, it could have been up there with the other classics, and I’m sort of dabbling with the idea of why that didn’t happen…

I have never thought of it as a concept album but it’s a interesting thought, trading Starfucker with Moonlight mile and trading Silver train with Let it loose would have been something. I suggest Keith return to Junk since the most of his/Stones work during Keith’s junk period is awesome, as soon as they “straigtened” up the fun was over but the money kept coming though. I like junkie music, getting drunk and stoned late at night playing velvet underground is highly recommended, Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girl child in the dark, And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow’s parties, And I guess that I just don’t know
And I guess that I just don’t know


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