The second incarnation of my blog
Based on the top 100 albums in Rolling Stone magazine’s top 500, I have set myself the challenge of hearing and appraising each album. I hope to be surprised and educated along the way.
At number 58 are The Rolling Stones with their 1968 album Beggars Banquet.
Sympathy for the Devil opens the album. It’s rhythmic approach sustains it, just about. It’s written from the perspective of the Devil and chronicles the evil deeds he has committed in history.
No Expectations and Parachute Woman are simple blues songs while Dear Doctor, Jigsaw puzzle and Prodigal son are Americana roots. None of these jump out as anything special. While all adequately performed with some grit, the songs pass me by.
Street fighting man is far more interesting and I particularly like the drums. Factory girl hints at a pleasant folky song, but never quite makes it. The closing song, Salt of the earth was new to me, but I liked the melody.
Given the quality of the singles that the band released, I dont understand how this and their other albums of the time can sound so slapdash.
Overall, there’s no cohesion with the songs on this album and the performances are random in their quality. It’s all regrettably forgettable.
My rating: 4/10
Standout track: Salt of the earth
Listen to the album here.
See the Top 100 here.