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By Timothy Getz
December 27, 2013
Let's begin by debunking a few myths about Some Girls as a trendy Stones album, a punk album and a comeback album.
Some Girls' themes grew directly out of 1976's Black and Blue. "Fool to Cry" paved the way for the working class character singing Some Girls' crowning achievement, "Beast of Burden." If you do not know "Fool to Cry" (and Grrr! leaves you with no other option than to know it) check it out. Many view "When the Whip Comes Down," Some Girls' first storyteller, as a gay song, but one would have to understand the lyrics for it to truly relate on that level. Jagger renders them unintelligible, apart from the refrain, "When the whip comes down," which brings us to our next point.
Punk music sounds like punk music. Most of this album does not sound like punk music. The aforementioned song has the only true power chords found on the LP. "Respectable" follows an irregular but recognizable blues pattern, "Shattered" has too many polyrhythms--even "Lies" sounds too '50s for Joey Ramone and Johnny Rotten.
Because Some Girls came up from Black and Blue, we should acknowledge the predecessor had a real sound to it, unified by pop sensibility. If anything, Some Girls shirks these trends in favor of guitar distortion. The real comeback happened when they decided to follow trends, and Some Girls simply integrates the music styles they had fooled with into a very British approach to rock and roll--storytelling. For better or for worse, dance music got the best of them in the ensuing years.
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by Travellin' Man
December 3, 2009
Some Girls, is the last Stones album to proudly display a truly cohesive sound and feel, without even one song which can be considered album filler. The production is consistently great, and the return of weaving guitars (that magical Stones signature element), is welcomed back, after Black And Blue's "audition performances" by a number of individualistic guitarists hoping to be Mick Taylor's replacement.
On this album, Ron Wood and Keith Richards trade off and mesh so well in their "weaving", it is often difficult to distinguish which Rock And Roller's guitar we are listening to at any given moment. Jagger's vocals have never been more interesting and entertaining. He growls loudly, bleeds in pain and misery, softly serenades, raps in anguish, bellows in anger, and even hits the mark as mock Country singer on 'Far Away Eyes'.
Charlie is asked to deliver a variety of styles, and beats, on the drums, and his mastery of the skins is never more evident than on this album. Ron Wood showcases his variety of skills and talents to solidify his place as the "New Stone". Without question his finest album as a band member. The great Keith Richards has been scared "almost" sober by his drug bust in Toronto and gives a new keen focus to what he knows might just be his last Stones recording sessions for years to come. The drug trial looms large on the band's horizon at Pathe-Marconi, inspiring the entire band to give their very best at what they do, and record an impressive number of songs and outtakes, most of which, would not end up on the album (an unfinished, working version of 'Start Me Up' was among the many songs the band worked on).
Some Girls IS Rock And Roll, but it's not "only rock and roll" - not by a long shot. Elements, inspirations, and influences from an array of various types of music, and their artists, can be found here on the album. Punk, Blues, Motown, Country, Rap and even a hint of that one time dreaded disease called, "Disco", can all be found on Some Girls. Yet somehow, amazingly, this stew of many musical flavors has it's own unique and consistently great taste from start to finish. The songs, each and every one of them, belong with one another on Some Girls, and it is a pure Stonesy pleasure to throw this gem of an album on the stereo for a spin each and every time!
By joe iarocci
January 27, 2003
For me, Some Girls is rated a 10 because it is the Stones paying homage to their adopted home and my hometown, the City of New York. Madison Square Garden is the Stones home court and New York has been the place where the Stones have announced their tours for as long as I can remember. Some Girls is also a 10 because it is the first album where the heart and soul of the Stones, Keith, is clean and sober. Richards guitar work is superb. Jagger too, is at his best; having just survived a public divorce from Bianca. Jagger delivers a wonderful combination of lamentation and emancipation in the title track. Rock and Roll is defined in "When the Whip Comes Down" and in "Respectable". However, it is in "Miss You" and "Shattered" that the New York-ness of the album is most clearly defined. The uninformed and ill-advised called said "Miss You" was "disco". Rubbish."Miss You" was and is the blues. It may be in 4/4 time, but that sure as hell doesn't make it disco. Finally, "Beast of Burden" is the best Stones "love" song since "Wild Horses".
By Locked Away
November 30, 2002
This album has been overrated by many, but it still holds up together with a handful of other albums as their best post Exile On Main Street work. Its basically a collection of mainly fast songs, with a couple of real gems, and it showed on its release in 1978 that the Rolling Stones still had aspirations to keep up with current trends and score big hits. A lot seemed to happen in popular music between 1974/5 when Black and Blue was recorded, and 1977 when the Some Girls sessions took place. And with 'When the Whip Comes Down', 'Just My Imagination', 'Lies' and 'Respectable' the Stones respond to the punk explosion admirably. But it is the strength of 'Beast of Burden' and 'Shattered', and the greatness of Keith Richards 'Before They Make Me Run' that make this album special. Add 'Miss You' to the mix and its almost as if Its Only Rock and Roll never happened. Despite all this I still think the album has been overrated. Okay all but one of the songs are pretty strong, but is 'Imagination' really such a great cover version? With the exception of 'Before They Make Me Run', the album is devoid of some of the poignancy present on Tattoo You and Black and Blue, but it is more fun. It also premiered Ronnie Wood as fully fledged band member, and the end of the Taylor/Richards contrast in playing styles- he might have fitted in better but obviously lacks Mick Taylors tight playing and technical gift.
By Ernesto Inferno
August 18, 2002
I want to start out by clearing up the main rumor that is circulated through the rock community about this album. From what I gather many people believe that this is The Stones playing over the hill boogie rock. I strongly disagree. This album is one of The Stones very best, just behind Exile On Main Street, Let It Bleed, and Sticky Fingers. This is Mick and Keith telling their road weary saga of where they've arrived and how they got there. With the opening song they give a friendly "fuck you" to the 70's with the disco/blues of "Miss You". "When The Whip Comes Down" is a straight up rocker that lets Keith hop on and ride the groove. The title track of the album is another favorite of mine. Backed by surging blues groove Jagger offers his sexual manifesto to the world and is quite proud of it as well. The song that truly makes this album for me is the Keith Richards song "Before They Make Me Run". This is the all time badass "I just drank your booze and fornicated with your daughter" kind of song. The vocals are superb and the guitar just kills. Get this album its worth the money, or just burn a copy off one of your friends. Next time your sittin around with women and whiskey pop it in. With its power you just might.
March 28, 2002
This definitely is one of the better Stones albums. A sort of return to form. Unfortunately, like most other Stones albums it has 4 or 5 memorable songs and a few duds. If the Stones had combined a few of their albums and left out the duds, they would have certainly been less prolific but would have left behind something that would match up to Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's, Abbey Road or even Pet Sounds. Unfortunately they didn't and have left us with a lot of good songs but no perfect album. So on this album we have "Miss You', 'Shattered" , 'Beast of Burden" and 'Far Away Eyes" that stand out and the rest are just mildly inspired to mediocre. the title song could do without the line: "black girls just want to be f...ed all night". Especially if Jagger/Richards admit to not having the jam. Anyway, its a worthwhile addition to any reasonably decent record collection.
January 21, 2002
The greatest Stones album ever. The only arguable flaw is that it doesn't have any "operatic" type tunes people (especially critics) lavish praise on from their 60's period ("Sympathy for the Devil" "Gimme Shelter" "You Can't Always Get What You Want," songs that take you on a journey). But SOME GIRLS is so great for what it is, I can't really discount it at all. It was probably the last time the Stones were "scared" into doing great work. The Beatles kept them on their toes in the 60's. Then they declined after the Beatles broke up. Then the Sex Pistols came along and scared the crap out of the Stones, and inspired them to record SOME GIRLS. Read Barbara Charone's biography of Keith Richards, and she gives fly-on-the-wall observations of the Stones recording this album. Mick returns from London to Paris--where they were recording--and Keith says, "God, Mick is all obsessed with the Sex Pistols since arriving from London. I don't know what's with him." But recently Keith said, "Yeah, punk rock inspired us to try harder with SOME GIRLS. I love every song on this album with the exception of "Lies," which I is okay. Mick said it's largely an album about New York City. I just returned from New York and a lot of the album's lyrics came to my mind as I walked around, even in the year 2002. I've listened to this album so much over the years it's now a part of my DNA.
September 22, 2001
Some Girls came just in the nick of time. It was their answer to the challenge issued by the new generation of Punk rockers, who called them 'over the hill'. I was living in NYC at the time and let me tell you, it was the summer of the Stones! First came the Disco influenced "Miss You", which came blaring from every Boombox, be it White, Black or Puerto Rican. The catchy Bassline was inspired by Billy Preston, the saga goes. Does Charlie play a single fill throughout the entire tune? He is like a human metronome, cracking his Snare on every downbeat and Jagger is phenomenal. As great as the single was it is not indicative of the whole disc. The rest is Dieselfueled Rock'n Roll at it's best. "When The Whip Comes Down", "Lies" and "Respectable" are all supercharged rockers that blow the punks right where it hurt them most:on their own turf! "Respectable" pokes fun at the Stones and their lifestyle itself, while "When The Whip.." features some of Ronnie's best Slide playing to date. "Lies"? Who knows what the hell Jagger is singing about? "Beast Of Burden" to this day remains one of the finest songs the Twins have penned, with great guitar weaving and Jagger pleading "Ain't I rich enough, in love enough..". Ronnie is simply astonishing on this, his first actual entire Stones disc. It is also great to see Bill playing Bass on most of the tracks. The engine room is working perfectly. A hilarious Country tinged "Far Away Eyes" features some funny half spoken Jagger singing. Ronnie does some beautiful Pedal Steel playing. Other standouts are Keith's "Before They Make Me Run", which chronicles his then legal status after the Toronto bust, and then the Title track, that openly charts all the girls of the world and their idio syncrasies. He received some flack for some of the lyrics here, but what would a Stonesdisc be without some controversy? A wonderful cover of the Temps' "Just My Imagination" with some slight lyrical changes to fit the NYC city theme. The disc's masterpiece is the closer,"Shattered". Based on a repetitive riff, Jagger speedraps his way through a chronicle of Manhattan. The clever, ironic lyrical twists of this cut are too many to mention: "People wearing plastic bags, directing traffic. Some kind of fashion..." I love Jagger yelping "Shmattah shmattah". The song and the album end in one dead on muted Crash.
Some Girls stands on it's own two feet as a perfect disc delivered at exactly the right time. It is pure Stones' adrenalin with guest musicians kept to a minimum, a trend, they clearly need to get back to.
By Frank Anthony
July 17, 2001
This is one of the coolest sounding rock albums of all time! The Stones are truly superb on this 1978 classic. 'Miss You' shocked me big time when I first heard it. I mean I just couldn't believe the Stones had embraced disco so wholeheartedly that they not only made one of the best disco tracks of all time but also had one of their best and most memorable hit singles ever. Their first #1 in 5 years(since 'Angie'), and believe it or not their ninth single to top the charts, as well as their last to reach that lofty perch. The title track 'Some Girls' had be bursting out laughing in glee with its explicit and honest raunchiness-a real Stones keeper! 'Lies' is so fantastic its unbelievable-the speed of that song just takes you away like a bullet to some really cool place in your mind. I never cared for the Temptations song 'Just My Imagination', but just as the Stones did with 'Aint to proud to Beg', they have utterly reinvented an old stodgy dated song and made it immeasurably better and edgier and cooler. 'Far Away Eyes' is a really funny and surprising country song that only the Stones would have the cohanes to make. The overall sound on this album just sounds so different than anything else the Stones have ever done-it just sounds so cool and refreshing and timeless and a real standout in their canon. Definitely one of the Stones best albums ever and one of the greatest albums ever recorded period!
By Mark Zigarovich
Feburary 20, 2001
SOME GIRLS is number three in the Big Three of Stones recordings (behind only EXILE and BEGGARS BANQUET). This record is also one from the Ronnie Wood era that really stands on its own among the elite of their catalogue.Kicking off with the disco beat of "Miss You," the Stones do what they do best: take the trends of the day, put them to song, and spit out something that is entirely their own. This is a diverse record that has it all: rockers ("When the Whip Comes Down," "Before they Make Me Run"); country ("Far Away Eyes"); pseudo-punk ("Shattered"); and R&B ("Just My Imagination"). This record should be listened to from start to finish in one sitting to fully appreciate its cohesiveness. The Stones achieve a particular "sound" that enables tunes like the mock-country ballad "Far Away Eyes" to be squeezed snugly between rockers like "Lies" and "Respectable." It is this "sound" that enables the raunch of the title cut (an underrated tune, in my opinion) to stand with the tender, radio-friendly ballad "Beast of Burden." The fact that Jagger and Richards were both living in New York (and thus seeing a lot of each other) probably contributed to that sound. The twin guitar army of Richards and Wood never sounded better, even with Jagger's guitar thrown into the mix on a few songs. The rhythm section of Wyman and Watts is at the top of its game (Listen to this record with headphones to fully appreciate Wyman's bass playing). Indeed this is the record that announced that the Stones were back. And rocking.
By Rich Monte
The impact of this album cannot be overlooked. It was released at the height of the disco phase. The city the Stones love to sing about, New York, was under the thumbs of Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager and all the cocaine the glitterati could ingest up on West 54th Street. The Sex Pistols and The Clash were destroying London and trying to do the same at CBGB among other clubs in the Village.
Meanwhile, the great rock acts were in hibernation or burnt out. Zeppelin wouldn't be heard from until 1979. We all waited to see if a young Springsteen could release a worthy follow up to 1975's Born To Run. If only he would stop fighting with his record label! McCartney was releasing drivel and Lennon was raising Sean. Then, the Stones finally stepped into the breach with the release of Some Girls. We were all a little frightened when we first heard 'Miss You', but the album recovers nicely with the guitar riff which begins 'When the Whip Comes Down'. The cover of 'Imagination' is decidedly original. It takes time to appreciate (in my case - about 20 years!). The title track is the weak link. While timeless in its critique of '"some girls", it strangely seems dated today. Maybe because the boys have "matured". Lies is a great little song, a great way to end side 1 (remember sides, all?)
Side two opens with homage not to the little island east of Jersey, but to the vast open spaces of the west. 'Far Away Eyes' is great. Then the album reaches for greatness. The string of songs from 'Respectable' through 'Shattered' rates with the best contiuum in Stones disc history. 'Before They Make Me Run' is, after 'Happy', Keith's best song, and a tribute to his uncanny ability to stay alive! And one comment on 'Shattered': it is my favorite Stones song of all time and the greatest rock and roll song ever written about New York City.
This album saved Rock and Roll. Period.
July 29, 2000
This album virtually personifies why the Stones are as popular as they are; despite being English, they pay great homage to
NYC (I am from Chicago, which I consider to be the greatest city on Earth). More importantly, they give a nod
(with their distinctly funky edge) to music that is not RNR. The song "Miss You" is decidedly funk, and the title track is RNR in a very un-pc way. Given that 4 tracks of an "A" grade constitute a hall-of-fame deserving album, this one, along with Let It Bleed constitute the RS's two 9+ albums. (Honorable mention to Sticky Fingers) Reviewers Note: It is relevant to add that several of the RS's best songs are not on these albums
By Chris McVey
July 20, 2000
The Rolling Stones 1978 album Some Girls is really an interesting album. I was kind of weary about buying it cause it's a kinda funny looking album with all kinds of hairstyles on guys wearing lipstick and I believe that they are the band members but there images are slightly distorted being that they are black and white with red lipstick. Anyway that is just a description of what the album looks like. It is considered to be their best "recent album" but it was made in '78. But then again other CD's such as Dirty Work, Undercover, Steel Wheels and Bridges To Babylon came out. Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You were good though. But Some Girls really is fascinating. Mostly all good songs. "Miss You"is a classic, I have heard it on the radio on classic rock stations occasionally. It's an odd style song unlike their others but is still great. "Just My Imagination(Running Away With Me)" is a remake of a song done by The Temptations. I like The Temptations version better. "Just My Imagination" by The Stones is different completely from the other one which is unique in a way which makes it cool. "Far Away Eyes" is not like my all time favorite but I still respect it because of it's country beat which is also cool...speaking of respect, there is nothing wrong with "Respectable". It lives up to its title . "Beast Of Burden",.what a tune. Never liked it much at first but it grew on me big time. Became one of my personal favorites over a years time. It is really good and I have seen clips of them playing this on a Saturday Night Live...I thought there voices were gonna fade after that because in my opinion it was an awful performance. But the original track is really great..has awesome lyrics that make you think also the Acoustic Version of it is pretty neat and clean also. Now The last track of this album, "Shattered" is a really good rocker. I've heard this on the radio many times and was in a movie called The Fan with Robert DeNiro and Wesley Snipes. DeNiro sings along with the song while he is kidnapping a child of a baseball player. That movie has a nice Stones soundtrack...But not to get off the point Shattered is a great song, which is the main reason I bought the album..I had other songs like "Miss You" and "Beast Of Burden" on greatest hits albums already but to be honest "Shattered" is the reason I even bought it. What a song, not a
classic but it's a good rocker. Great album though, don't hesitate in purchasing it. It is truly a superior album and it may take
some time to grow on you but that's my opinion and I'm stickin to it!
By Jamie Hernandez
June 7, 2000
The last truly great Stones Album (has it really been over 20 years?) This album has it all, from the country twang of "Far Away Eyes" to the dirty blues of the title track to the disco beat of "Miss You" to the all out rockers "When The Whip Comes Down" and "Respectable". The guitar interplay between Richards and Wood has not been matched on a Stones album since. The rest of the band is in top form as well. Of particular note is the fantastic bass playing by Keith (where was Bill Wyman that day?) heard on the title track.The immortal "Beast of Burden" is also a highlight, as well as "Before They Make Me Run" sung by Keith as only he can sing. This is a document of a band at the far end of their prime, but still displaying the grit and grace that made them the greatest of the great bands to come out of the sixties. The album has a raw, yet well recorded quality. If you listen closely, you can hear studio chatter and background sounds on several songs. A must have album for any body who's interested in the last great creative effort from the Stones.
April 4, 2000
Here, punk and disco are introduced, and that with excellent results. Disco doesn' t dominate over the Stones' original music like on parts from UNDERCOVER, they only use the new styles as new instruments- connected with the hot rhytm'n'blues and rock'n roll of the first days. The opener MISS YOU even gets a funky jazz touch. From the punk songs, the title track and especially the line "some girls give me children" celebrated a comeback on stage on the NO SECURITY tour after Mick's affair. Some songs have only got one-word-titles, and: Didn't the Rolling Stones already always have this punk element, the simple riffes and the socially critical lyrics, in their music? Also gospel (FAR AWAY EYES) and country (BEAST OF BURDEN) are included. WHEN THE WHIP COMES DOWN? That was after this great album!
By Steve Cronen
July 13, 1999
I first heard this album in its entirety when I borrowed it from my uncle so I could put "Shattered" on a tape. It turned out that, not only did "Shattered" appear on my tape, but so did "Miss You" and "Beast of Burden." I'd really give this album 4 1/2 stars, because it just rocks! Mick does it all on this one, with his disco-y growl on "Miss You," his country drawl on "Far Away Eyes," his punk rock scream on "Respectable," and his bored-with-the-city rants on "Shattered," not to mention the other five songs he sings on the album. Keith makes his final rock appearance (until songs like "Little T&A" and "Wanna Hold You" on later albums) with "Before They Make Me Run." After this, Keith's voice got really gravelly and he began to sing sweeter, slower songs (personally, I like him like that more). This one is his last outlaw hurrah. A funny, hard-rocking album, one for the whole family (or not...).
By Jim Wilgus
My God!! Just when you think their coffin was nailed (Black 'n Blue) the lads finish the seventies with perhaps their most cohesive and tightest funk/blues/punk/disco LP of all time.This album is mandatory listening for all who want to hear the Stones at their best.Ronnie is all over this one,lending that tasty yet sloppy "Faces" sound of discord with purpose.The album jacket is awesome and tasteless,with several variations on the same pop-art theme.
Throw out the Temptations remake of Imagination and this is absolutely flawless.Beast
of Burden,with it's sincopated back beat (God bless Charlie), is a gem to be played until
you hear it in your sleep, Mick's voice is full of emotion an instrument just as Billie
Holiday's once was. Miss You, is the initial hit single played in disco's at the time,they
even released a 12 inch single disco version which was played in Studio 54.Far Away Eyes
is the country song here, hilarious with Mick putting on a ridiculous
"southern" accent (sounds more like south London to me). Respectable,is punky,fast-paced,a delight in the old "two-fingers-in-the-air"mode, they're so delectable.Shattered still gets heavy rotation on classic rock stations today, however when it came out it was a bit misunderstood.When Mick says:" schmacka-schmacka-schmacka,I can't give it away on second avenue",he's talking about heroin and how the tastes of that era changed from the time just prior. Smack used to be the high off choice in the big apple(now making a come-back),but at the time of "Some Girls" it was coke,which Mick 'n the boy's snorted in vast quantities.Some Girls is their most sexist songs since Under My Thumb, yet they got away with it.The line,"black girls just want to fuck all night" blew me away then and still does.Only the Stones could do this song,could you imagine the shit Guns'n'Roses would've had to endure if they even tried a remake of that gem?The real diamond in this crown jewell of seventies LPs is found on the track Before They Make ME Run.Keith sings it,and just like Happy this ones goes down like Crown Royal whiskey. His voice is always like a breath of fresh air, but here the lyrics complement the sound like never before. At the same time that this album was in production Ron Wood had a solo LP out entitled,"Now Look". ALERT:find this disc,buy it,go to the track entitled,"I Can't Stand the Rain",there on that track you'll find Keith singing back-up on a lovely,"coked-up"version of that Bobby Womack classic that has the same feel as,Before They Make Me Run.Excellent,bloody excellent.Oh well,enough ranting,go have a listen for yourself and marvel at the perfection of this classic.
By Josh Seymour
Jan 31, 1999
Some Girls to me is the greatest rock record of all time. Why? Let's start with the first song shall we; Miss You is a all time classic because it shows how the Stones can take one genre of music and make it their own. "When the Whip Come Down" is one of the Stone's heaviest, most riff driven song. "Some Girls" is one of their funniest and controversial songs ever. It just shows the stones as saying "Here it is if you don't like ie too bad!" "Lies" is so full of energy and spunk you can here the guitar's knocking into each other. The "Girl With Far Away Eyes"lyrics are close to a parody while the music behind is so sincere it almost brings atear to your eyes. "Respectable" shows the stones as the famous rock journeymen they are, but Beast of Burden is probably their best ballad ever. "Before They Make Run" is the best Outlaw anthem of all time. "Shattered" is the stones classic look at the horrors of New York City. Some Girls just shows the stones as what they've always been "not just a band a way of life." No regrets, no morals,and no equals without a doubt the Greatest Rock n' Roll band in the World.
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