"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.