What else can I possibly say about this alive legendary Band? So many memories come to mind when hearing these songs, from the first time I've ever heard them, to trying to play them with friends as kids, countless nights dancing or listening to them with friends talking, drinking...

Anyways, I'm doing their studio releases only, otherwise this post would take me forever!!!





Recording
The album was recorded over only five days at Regent Sound Studios in London, through January and February of 1964. It was produced by the managers at the time, Eric Easton and Andrew Loog Oldham.

Release & Aftermath
The album went down a storm when it was released, staying at the top of the UK charts for twelve weeks.

Cover
The cover was photographed by Nicholas Wright. The way in which the cover possesses to title or identification for the Rolling Stones was conceptualised by Andrew Loog Oldham, who wanted to give the album an "unheard of" feel.


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Recording
The album was recorded over only five days at Regent Sound Studios in London, through January and February of 1964. It was produced by the managers at the time, Eric Easton and Andrew Loog Oldham.

Release & Aftermath
The album did not perform as well as expected in the US charts (it was not released in the UK), and is the only Stones American album which has failed to reach the top five in the US Billboard album chart.

Cover
The cover was photographed by Nicholas Wright.


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Recording
Again, this album consists largely of R&B covers, although it does include five tracks written by the Rolling Stones themselves - three by the developing Jagger/Richards partnership, and two under the pseudonym Nanker Phelge (a name given to songs where the whole group co-wrote the track, so they could share royalties).

Release & Aftermath
The album went gold quickly, reaching #3 in the US charts.


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Recording
Seven of the tracks on the album were taken from the UK album, The Rolling Stones No. 2. The other tracks were single releases and from the album, Out of Our Heads. Four of the twelve tracks on the album were written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards themselves.

Release & Aftermath
The album spawned the single "Little Red Rooster", which was a smash hit in the US. Nowadays the album is considered a highlight of the Stones' early American releases, and is currently ranked #181 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.


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Release & Aftermath
The album is notable for being the last to include R&B covers, as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards started to write their own material. It spawned a couple of major hits and is currently ranked number 144 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Charts
In 1965 the ablum reached #2 in the UK album chart and #1 in the Billboard Pop Albums chart in the US. The success of the album (especially in the US) was quite dependent on the success of the single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction".


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Recording
The album includes songs mostly taken from the two days' of recording taken to finish off Out of Our Heads, however some of the tracks date back to as far back as 1963. The album sees an increase in the amount of songs to be written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and a decrease in the amount of covers.

Release & Aftermath
The album went gold after its released, however nowadays it is often overlooked among the Rolling Stones's discography since a lot of the tracks on the album are available on other LPs.

Charts
The album reached number 4 in the Billboard Pop Albums chart in the US in 1966.


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Recording
This was the first Rolling Stones album to be recorded fully in the United States at the RCA Studios in Hollywood. The album is notable for the wide range of instruments played by Brian Jones - he experimented with a sitar, xylophone, harmonica and a Appalachian dulcimer. The album is also notable for the being the first of the Rolling Stones's studio albums to be entirely comprised of tracks solely written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Release & Aftermath
The album is considered to be one of the best Stones studio albums form their early days and is currently ranked 108th on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

Charts
In 1966 the album reached number 1 in the UK album charts and number 2 in the Billboard 200 chart in the US.


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Recording
This album shows the Rolling Stones getting used to recording their own material, and branching out from their R&B roots. It was recorded in two different segments - one in August 1966 in Los Angeles and another in London in November of the same year.

Release & Aftermath
The album was quite successful, spawning the single "Ruby Tuesday" which went to #3 in the UK and was a smash hit in the US. Nowadays the album is often overlooked amoung the Rolling Stones's back-catalogue, however it is ranked number 355 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest

Charts
The album scored quite highly in the charts, reaching #3 in the UK album charts and #2 in the US Billboard Pop Albums chart.


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Recording
Recording for this album was long-winded and continuously interrupted by jail terms and court appearances by certain members of the band. The musical contrast between this album, it's predecessor (Between the Buttons) and it's successor (Beggars Banquet) is most striking.

Release & Aftermath
There were mixed views of the album when it was release. Many believed that the Stones were making a cheap attempt to match The Beatles' release in the same year Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and others believed that the Stones took too many chances with the music in the album. However, it was viewed well in the public eye and performed quite well in both UK and US album charts.

Cover
The cover was photographed by Michael Cooper. The inside cover of the UK and US release had a maze on it which was impossible to complete.


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Recording
This is the first album to be produced by Jimmy Miller, who would stay with the band until 1973. Recording began in March of 1968 and finished up July of the same year. By this stage Brian Jones's input into the band had deteriorated due to his increased drug use and depression, hence making Beggars Banquet the last the studio album from the Stones to contain his full efforts.

Release & Aftermath
The album was critically acclaimed when it was released and reached quite high up both UK and US album charts. Nowadays it is considered one of the Stones's best albums, and Mick Jagger has previously stated that it is his favourite studio album. The album is number 57 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of all Time list.

Cover
Originally, the cover was a plain cream colour with the text "Rolling Stones / Beggars Banquet" in the center, with RSVP written at the bottom left. This cover was suggested by Decca, who turned down The Stone's desire to have a cover which pictured a toilet with graffiti around it. However, when the album was released on CD in 1984, the toilet cover was used and has been ever since.


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Recording
The only track that recording had begun for as early as November 1968 was "You Can't Always Get What You Want", which was cut over two days (16/17th) at London's Olympic Sound Studios. The rest of the album was recorded at the same place between February and November 1969. This is the first album to include a song where Keith is alone with lead vocals.

Release & Aftermath
The album was received well by both the public and critics alike. It went straight to number one in the UK, temporarily knocking the Beatles's Abbey Road off the top. Nowadays Let It Bleed is considered to be one of the Rolling Stones's best albums.

Cover
The front cover was designed by Robert Brownjohn.


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Recording
A few tracks for Sticky Fingers, such as "Sister Morphine" were recorded as early as late 1969/early 1970. However, most of the album was recorded during summer/autumn of 1970 at Mick Jagger's estate mansion, Stargroves, making use of the their mobile studio truck.

Release & Aftermath
It was an exciting album for critics to review, since it was the first to include no work from Brian Jones and the first to include input from Mick Taylor. The single "Brown Sugar" was a smash hit, and this gained the album enough popularity to send it to number one in the album charts. Nowadays Stick Fingers is considered to be one of the Rolling Stones' best albums.

Cover
The idea for a tight pair of trousers to be the front cover was created by Andy Warhol, designed by Craig Braun then photographed by Billy Name. Contrary to popular belief, the photo is not of Mick Jagger's crotch, but of Joe Dallesandro's.


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Recording
A few tracks off the album were recorded as early as 1968 in Mick Jagger's residence, Stargroves, and Olympic Studios. Mick Jagger has said that once their contract with Allen Klein had ended, they didn't want to give him any of these tracks, so they were used for Exile. Their ex-manager had alluded to the fact that The Rolling Stones were worth a fortune, but in truth they actually owed the British government more tax than they could afford to pay, having to pay 93% income tax. So, the Rolling Stones migrated to the south coast of France.

Here they looked all over the place for a decent studio in which they could record a new album, but they were unsuccessful. Eventually they were forced to settle with using the basement of Keith Richards' rented mansion, Villa Nellcôte, using their mobile recording truck. The atmosphere in the mansion was very come-and-go, so it was the case that most of the time the full band was never recording together.

After the France sessions, the Stones went to Sunset Sound recorders in Los Angeles to finish the tracks off. A couple of tracks were also recorded from scratch in Los Angeles, namely "Torn and Frayed" and "Loving Cup". The idea to include a gospel choir on some of the tracks was inspired from when Mick Jagger and Billy Preston visited a local evangelical church.

Release & Aftermath
Although spawning a couple of major hits, Exile was generally not received very well by critics. However, the overview on the album gradually changed. Keith Richards has said, "When [the album] came out it didn't sell particularly well at the beginning, and it was also pretty much universally panned. But within a few years the people who had written the reviews saying it was a piece of crap were extolling it as the best frigging album in the world." Nowadays, Exile on Main St. is considered by many to be the Rolling Stones's best studio album.

In 2010 the album was re-released with 10 bonus tracks. Included are studio outtakes, over-dubs and alternate versions.

Cover
The cover is a collage of photographs taken by photographer Norman Seeff.


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Recording
A couple of tracks on the album ("Silver Train" and "Hide Your Love" date back recording sessions as early as 1970, but the bulk of the album was recorded from November 1972 at Dynamic Sound Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.

Release & Aftermath
The public loved Goats head Soup sending it and its lead-single, "Angie", to the top of the charts. However, critics gave mixed reviews. Overall, Goats head Soup is generally considered to be the end of the Stones's golden age.

Cover
The concept for the cover was designed by Ray Lawrence. It is a portrait of Mick Jagger's head (approximately life-sie on the 12-inch vinyl), photographed by David Bailey.


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Recording
Most of the tracks on the album were first recorded as instrumentals at Musicland in Munich, Germany. This is the first album to include input from Ronnie Wood, and the last album to include work from Mick Taylor. There was always tension between Taylor and fellow guitarist Keith Richards, but Taylor was tipped over the edge to leave the band when he was not given fair writing credits for some of the songs on this album. He had made contributions to both "Till The Next Goodbye" and "Time Waits for No One", but was credited for neither.

Release & Aftermath
Though the single releases from the album did not perform as well as expected, the album itself would score quite highly in both UK and US album charts. Among critics there are mixed views on It's Only Rock 'n' Roll. Some believe it a very good album where others feel that the Stones had transcended into their old age and this album contained no surprises.


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Recording
Most of the tracks on the album were first recorded as instrumentals at Musicland in Munich, Germany. This is the first album to include input from Ronnie Wood, and the last album to include work from Mick Taylor. There was always tension between Taylor and fellow guitarist Keith Richards, but Taylor was tipped over the edge to leave the band when he was not given fair writing credits for some of the songs on this album. He had made contributions to both "Till The Next Goodbye" and "Time Waits for No One", but was credited for neither.

Release & Aftermath
Though the single releases from the album did not perform as well as expected, the album itself would score quite highly in both UK and US album charts. Among critics there are mixed views on It's Only Rock 'n' Roll. Some believe it a very good album where others feel that the Stones had transcended into their old age and this album contained no surprises.

Charts
In 1976 the album reached #2 in the UK album charts and #1 in the Billboard 200 chart.


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Recording
The Some Girls recording sessions began in October 1977, but broke up for Christmas and not did not resume until March 1978. The Stones recorded around 50 tracks in the sessions at Pathe Marconi Studios, Paris, France, some of which would be used for subsequent albums Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You.

Release & Aftermath
The pre-album release single, "Miss You", was a smash hit, sailing to #1 in the US and #3 in the UK. When the album itself was released, it quickly became the Stones best selling studio album. Prior to the release, the Stones went on their US Tour of 1978 to promote the album. They'd often play smaller venues under various pseudonyms.

Cover
The cover, designed by Peter Corriston, included drawings of some female celebrities. However, when most of the celebrities (including Lucille Ball, Liza Minnelli and Farrah Fawcet) threatened legal action, the cover was withdrawn and replaced with a new one which just featured the Rolling Stones.

Charts
in 1978, the album reached #2 in the UK album charts and #1 in the Billboard Pop Albums chart in the US.


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Recording
Recorded in late 1978 and throughout 1979 in both Nassau, Bahamas and then Paris. The album was finished off in New York City. Mick and Keith wrote loads of songs in this period, but narrowed it down to ten for the final album. Some of the leftovers were used in Tattoo You, and others were never used again (although most are available on bootleg).

Release & Aftermath
The disco influence on this album was very popular with both critics and the general public. The title track, "Emotional Rescue", was a smash hit.

Cover
The album cover was designed by Peter Corriston and features photos of the band members, taken with a thermo-camera.

Charts
In 1980 the album went to the top of the charts in both the UK and the US (Billboard Pop Albums).


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Recording
The idea of an album comprised of outtakes from previous albums came from long-time associate of the Stones and producer, Chris Kimsey. He sifted through studio outtakes dating back to the early 70s and presented them to the band. Most of the tracks had no vocals/lyrics, so some creative work was demanded from Jagger. A lot of the tracks also had parts missing or needed to be reworked completely (an example of this would be "Start Me Up", which started off as a reggae tune under the working title "Never Stop". "Start Me Up", along with "Slave" and "Worried About You", dates back to the 1975 Black and Blue sessions. "Tops" and "Waiting On A Friend" are from the Goats Head Soup sessions, "Black Limousine" and "Hang Fire" from the Some Girls sessions, "Little T&A" and "No Use In Crying" from the Emotional Rescue sessions and "Heaven" and "Neighbours" from after the release of Emotional Rescue. The tracks on Tattoo You were arranged in such a way so that the first half is mainly comprised of rockers, and the second half of ballads.

Release & Aftermath
The release of "Start Me Up" as a single took Tattoo You to #1 in the US album charts, where it would remain for nine weeks. "Hang Fire" and "Waiting On A Friend" also became minor hits.

Cover
Peter Corriston designed the album artwork, winning a Grammy Award under the category of "best album package".


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Recording
Recording began in November 1982 at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France. There was conflict in the studio between Mick Jagger, who wanted to venture into modern dance styles, and Keith Richards, who wanted a vintage-Stones album. Ronnie Wood wrote "Pretty Beat Up", and reportedly Jagger and Richards were very reluctant to include it on the final album.

Release & Aftermath
The album went down well with critics, but failed to spawn any major singles. Many Stones fans see this album as the end of the pure vintage-Stones era.

Cover
On the original vinyl there were stickers which, when peeled off, revealed other geometric shapes. The image above shows the CD cover which didn't possess such a feature.


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Recording
Recording for Dirty Work began in April 1985 in Paris, but then broke up for a short while. When the band got back to the studio, Mick Jagger was often missing from recording sessions due to him promoting his recently released solo album, She's the Boss. Replacement drummers were required for Charlie Watts who was also absent from a lot of sessions because of his alcohol/drug addiction throughout the 80s. After all the recording was done in August 1985, a final 30-second clip of pianist Ian Stewart playing "Key to the Highway" was added at the end of the track-list as a tribute to the musician, who had recently died.

Release & Aftermath
The album was not critically well received, with some reviewers declaring it the Stones's worst ever album. Others claimed that Jagger was saving his best material for his solo work. Despite this, the album contains a few hidden gems like "One Hit (to the Body)", "Harlem Shuffle" (which was a top 30 hit) and "Sleep Tonight".

Cover
The band were not enthusiastic about the cover, which shows the Rolling Stones dressed in extravagant clothing in a colourful room, however the distributor of the record, CBS Records, pushed for it.


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Recording
Following the make-up of Mick and Keith's public fallout, recording for this album began in London and Montserrat. This is the first album to include no piano input from Ian Stewart, who had died some four years ago. It is also the first album that was recorded digitally and the last album to be recorded by bassist Bill Wyman who subsequently left the band.

Release & Aftermath
The album was critically well received, with reviews noting how Steel Wheels emulated a classic Stones sound. Following the release of the album, The Stones went on their Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour, launched in August 1989 and lasting until the same time the following year.

Charts
The album reached #2 in the UK album charts and #3 in the US Billboard 200 chart.



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Recording
Rehearsing/recording began in September 1993 at Ronnie Wood's house in Ireland, but then was moved to Windmilll Lane Studios in Dublin. There was also a period of recording which took place in Los Angeles. This is the first album on which Don Was was brought in as a co-producer, and he stopped the Stones from venturing into new grooves and African influences, directing them back to their anti-establishment roots.

Release & Aftermath
The album was critically well received and seen as relatively 'vintage-Stones', especially when compared with 1989's Steel Wheels. The album itself performed well in UK and US charts, however its singles generally did not, thus making Voodoo Lounge the first Stones album not to produce significant hits in America, although "Love is Strong" did reach #14 in the UK charts.

After the album's release, The Stones went on their worldwide Voodoo Lounge Tour, beginning in August 1994.

Charts
Voodoo Lounge reached #1 in the UK album charts and #2 in The Billboard 200 chart in the US.


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Recording
Recording started in March 1997, and was finished in just four months, thus making Bridges to Babylon one of the Stones's most quickly recorded albums. Mick's introduction of The Dust Brothers as producers lead to this being the first and only Stones album to feature sampling. They worked on "Anybody Seen My Baby", "Saint of Me" and "Might as Well Get Juiced".

Release & Aftermath
The Rolling Stones faced immediate legal trouble after the release of Bridges to Babylon when Keith's daughter, Angela, warned him that the chorus of the album's lead-single, "Anybody Seen My Baby?", was very similar to that of k.d. lang's 1992 song, "Constant Craving". To avoid any legal confrontations, writing credits were given to k.d. lang and Ben Mink. Despite this slight problem, "Anybody Seen My Baby?" proved to be a successful hit, reaching #22 in the UK and #3 on the Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Saint of Me" and "Out of Control" were also minor hits when released.

The Rolling Stones went on tour in the aftermath of the release of the album. The 1997 Bridges to Babylon Tour was the second largest grossing North American tour of all time, spanning over 108 shows.

Cover
The cover artwork was drawn by Stefan Sagmeister.


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Recording
Recording began in September 2004, with The Stones re-visiting their stripped-down, garage-like style used in Some Girls or some songs from Tattoo You. The album on a whole is much heavier, but with a healthy mix of blues, ballads and rockers. Ronnie would was absent from some studio sessions, only playing on ten of the sixteen tracks - this resulted in Mick Jagger playing bass on some tracks, a first for the frontman vocalist.

Release & Aftermath
A Bigger Bang was well-received by critics, some acclaiming that it was the Stones's best studio album since Tattoo You in 1981. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the second best album of the year in 2005, and Amazon.com selected it as top of the Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005. One song in particular, however, incurred controversy as many saw it as attack on President George W. Bush and the rest of the American government from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. One line of "Sweet Neo Con" reads, "You say you are a patriot
/ I think that you're a crock of shit".


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