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IT'S ONLY ROCK 'N ROLL
Released - 1974, Rolling Stones Records. Produced by The Glimmer Twins.
Nicky Hopkins, Billy Preston, Ronnie Wood, Ian Stewart, Ray Cooper, Kenny Jones, Blue Magic, Charlie Jolly, Ed Leach, Willy Weeks, David Bowie.
(Click on song for lyrics and song personnel)l)
|IF YOU CAN'T ROCK ME||6.5||7.0||8.0|
|AIN'T TO PROUD TO BEG||6.5||6.7||7.0|
|IT'S ONLY ROCK N ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT)||9.2||10.0||10.0|
|TILL THE NEXT GOODBYE||7.0||9.0||10.0|
|TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE||7.8||8.0||9.0|
|DANCE LITTLE SISTER||6.1||6.2||6.9|
|IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE MY FRIEND||6.0||6.1||6.2|
|SHORT AND CURLIES||7.5||7.6||9.0|
A pretty even album, not a bad song on this one. Surprisingly Mick Taylor's last LP with the band; as usual he plays some nice guitar here, including his solo on "Time Waits For No One", which is the best guitar riff on the album. Ron Wood makes his first appearance with the Stones on the upbeat title cut, "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It), a song he started writing for a solo album of his, and Mick Jagger and company helped him finish it - then it became theirs. Wood would join the Stones for good two years later.
"Till The Next Goodbye" is a another winner. Jagger sings this one with a
almost dirty sounding voice, and the guitars sound so fine! Then "Time Waits for No
One" follows next, with fine results, the band sounds almost perfect here, even if
this isn't the usual Stones sound that we are used to hearing.
All in all, It's Only Rock 'n Roll has a very good feel throughout, the kind of album that leaves a smile on your face when it reaches its end.
- Keno, 1998
2018 updated review is here.
*Old Ratings vs. New Ratings
The oldest ratings that you see here are from back in 1998 when I first rated the album for this site. Since time does change one's point of view, I decided to listen to and rate the album again, doing so in late 2005. In November, 2018, 20 years after the first ratings were made, I rated all of the songs for a third time. Also note that I did not look at the old ratings from 1998 until after I placed my new ratings here in both 2005 and 2018.
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