50 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Release “Goat Head Soup”

50 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones Release “Goat Head Soup”

13th June 1969: 20-year-old Mick Taylor, former lead guitarist of the John Mayall rhythm and blues group replaces Brian Jones as the new member of the Rolling Stones. The group pose in Hyde Park, London - (from left to right) Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman. (Photo by J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images)

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On August 31st, 1973, The Rolling Stones released their 11th British and 13th American studio album Goat Head Soup.

Goat Head Soup was recorded all over the world from the U.S. to the U.K. and all the way to Jamaica. According to Keith Richards, Jamaica was one of the few countries that would actually let the entire band in.

Vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Mick Taylor, and drummer Charlie Watts all played on the album, but the band’s bassist Bill Wyman only contributed to three tracks. However, Stones’ friends organist Billy Preston, pianists Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart, and saxophonist Bobby Keys also made cameos on Goat Head Soup.

While the record reached no1 on the charts in both the US and the U.K., critics and fans were much more skeptical and felt it was the beginning of a decline after a mass of groundbreaking albums. Nevertheless, Goat Head Soup produced a plethora of beloved hits including the romantic ballad Angie, the funky Dancing with Mr. D., and the rocker Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker).

Celebrate the 50th anniversary and give Goat Head Soup a listen!


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