The Rolling Stones - Goat’s Head Soup
(Rolling Stones Records – COC 59101, 1973, BW-Bestway Pressing 🇺🇸)
"Goat's Head Soup" is the 11th studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in August 1973. It followed the success of their critically acclaimed album "Exile on Main St." and marked a significant point in their musical journey.
The recording of "Goat's Head Soup" began in November 1972 in Jamaica, where the band was seeking a fresh atmosphere. The sessions took place at Dynamic Sound Studios in Kingston and later moved to London and Los Angeles. The album was produced by Jimmy Miller, who had worked with the band on their previous albums.
The album's sound showcased the band's versatility and experimentation. It incorporated elements of rock, reggae, soul, and funk, demonstrating the Stones' ability to evolve their sound while maintaining their signature style. Songs like "Angie," a timeless ballad, became an instant hit and remains one of their most iconic tracks.
Despite the commercial success of "Goat's Head Soup," the album was met with mixed critical reviews at the time. Some felt that it didn't reach the heights of its predecessor, "Exile on Main St.," while others appreciated its diverse musical styles and introspective lyrics.
“While it may not be considered their most groundbreaking work, ‘Goat’s Head Soup’ deserves credit for its experimentation and willingness to explore new sounds, proving that the Stones were not content to rest on their laurels.” - Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune
Within the catalog of Rolling Stones albums, "Goat's Head Soup" holds a unique place. It marked a transition for the band, moving away from the raw energy of their earlier works toward a more polished and sophisticated sound. While it may not have achieved the same level of acclaim as some of their other albums, it remains an essential part of their discography.
"Goat's Head Soup" has gained recognition as a significant album in the Rolling Stones' repertoire. Its songs have staying power and continue to be performed in their live shows, demonstrating their lasting impact on the band's legacy. It serves as a testament to the Stones' ability to explore new musical territories and create memorable music that resonates with audiences.