Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Rolling Stones - Some Girls (1978)


"IT'S NEW TO ME" WEEK (OCTOBER 20-26, 2013)

I don't remember the first Stones song I ever heard but I do remember the first Stones LP I bought: 1981's Tattoo You.  When Some Girls came out in May 1978, I heard the songs on the radio but wouldn't have dared purchase the album for fear of what my parents might think  ("I'm disappointed in you.  That stuff will warp your mind, young man!").  Combining their traditional bluesy rock 'n' roll sound with the occasional touch of disco, the album was a critical and commercial success.  It was a fairly big risk; if the album had flopped, the band's career might have ended prematurely.  Over 30 years after the fact, I finally picked up a gently used copy.  I can only assume that a Stones fan dumped off this copy when they picked up the 2011 Deluxe Edition.  I love the title - if there's one constant in Stones songs, it's girls.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart:  #1 (2 consecutive weeks, July 15 - 22, 1978)
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #46
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #1 (2 consecutive weeks)

Tracks:  I always liked the 3 big singles from this album: Miss You (#1), Beast Of Burden (#8), and, (shadoobie) my personal favorite, Shattered (#31).  Of the remaining 7 tracks, the only skippable song is Far Away Eyes.  The rest is typical Stones, including the energetic Respectable and the take on The Temptations' classic, Just My Imagination, which the Stones make their own.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: In 2003, I finally saw the Stones live.  Sadly, no tracks from this album were on the set list.  I was disappointed that I didn't get to hear Shattered, but with 41 Top 40 hits, the band has an understandably tough job narrowing down set lists.  At least I got to hear Gimme Shelter.


4 comments:

  1. Let me try this again - forgot to HTML the link.

    So, this was your first listen to Some Girls? I had a lot of exposure to it back in the day thanks to my older brother. My full review can be found on my blog:

    Martin's View: the Rolling Stones - Some Girls (35th anniversary)

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    1. Not my first listen, but I've only had that CD a few months so the first listen was in the summer. My older sibling (a sister) had John Denver and Frank Mills 8 track-tapes, so there wasn't any Stones music for me in the '70s except what was on the AM radio.

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    2. I win. My dad bought this one when it came out, with the original die cut sleeve. He loved the disco bounce fo "Miss You". When I bought my vinyl copy just a couple of years later, it was not die cut.

      In addition to those two vinyl copies, I have three copies of Some Girls on CD:

      1986 CBS
      2009 Universal Remaster
      2011 Deluxe Edition with bonus disc

      Like Mark, my first Rolling Stones album purchase was Tattoo You in 1981 - "Start Me Up" was huge and the whole album was actually surprisingly deep. My favorite Stones disc remains the dark, un-Stones likeUndercover from 1983.

      Had two opportunities to see Mick and Keef and the rest of the geezers - the Steel Wheels tour in 1989 and Bridges To Babylon in 1997 - but ended up selling my tickets for twice what I paid for them (and I paid significantly more than face value) which still seems like the shrewder move.

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  2. Have to say I'm digging this "New To Me" theme - can't wait to see what comes next.

    Without trying to steal your idea or offering much in the way of reviews, here's a few Spotify links to albums and artists I've "discovered" that were "New To Me" over the past few months:

    Bill LaBounty [1982] - Bill LaBounty

    Touch [1979] - Touch

    The Jones Girls [1979] - The Jones Girls

    Home [2013] - Electro Deluxe (true, it's brand new but they have a back catalog, too)

    Headquarters [2012] - Monkey House (pretty sure, you hipped me to this one, Mark)

    Days Are Gone [2013] - Haim

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