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THE ROLLING STONES
“Beggars Banquet” December 6 1968
Nowadays, people expect the unexpected, or they should.
In order to stay sane in the world today is to anticipate the morning’s headlines.
In 1968, the world was in the exact same state; with the assassinations of Martin Luther King in April and Robert Francis Kennedy in June, the world had become more chaotic and insane.
The use of mind-expanding drugs by the Counter-Culture opened many to the reality of the Establishment’s lies, unjust laws, abuse of power, and oppressive control. This in turn resulted in rebellion and resistance to unchecked power.
This sense of frustration and anger was expressed in the music and lyrics that Rock Bands were using as a “Weapon of Unity” against the home-grown evil that was being exposed daily.
While many known and unknown bands certainly contributed to the “good fight”, The Rolling Stones took a bold stance on several levels with their break-through album Beggars Banquet.
On one level, their three previous albums; Between The Buttons – (besides the band’s dislike; a 00individual favorite), Aftermath – (The Stones proved that they could write songs that rivaled the best), and with their psychedelic masterpiece Their Satanic Majesties Request, (they created a zeitgeist album which served as one of the Top 13 Psychedelic Albums of 1967) were solid; with Beggars Banquet The Stones’ evolution created a sophisticated rawness and righteous conduit for ’69’s truly historic, Let It Bleed.
In the midst of the shock of ’68’s two historic assassinations, with the accompanied riots, demonstrations, outrage and unanswered questions; the world got serious.
The total innocence of the ’50s gave way to the game changer; the ’60s.
Easily the most historic peak in novelty – from Frisbees and transistor radios to assassinations and a man on the Moon – the tumultuous decade reached epic highs and unbelievable lows on all fronts.
At the center of the turmoil was the Vietnam War monster, and those who supported it were its Master.
So, to further fuel and energize the righteous flames of justice, The Stones made history with two of the most impressive and expressive songs of ’68; Sympathy For The Devil and Street Fighting Man. The lyrics to these songs were stark, honest, revealing and the music Rocked like Hell.
With Sympathy Mick reminds us that, “after all it was you and me” – a soul-searching statement, and one that literally questioned one’s true place in society.
Back then there was a very popular uncompromising quote/statement that elicited a decisive outcome of where one stood, and that was; “If you were not part of the solution, then you were part of the problem.”
The Counter-Culture would be nothing more than contributing Devils unless they took a stance – for after all, it was you and me.
And while not an endorsement, the head-nodic, fist-pumpin’ Street Fighting Man became emblematic of the frustration and anger the Counter-Culture was experiencing; “Everywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet, boy.” And there was a lot of that going on; protests for and against passionate important issues brought the people to the streets – and news coverage followed.
“Cause summer’s here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy.” There was tension across the board and definitely fighting in the streets, but at the same time it raised the surreality vibe of real life and death situations that were heightened by the “cosmic outlaw” lifestyles of the Counter-Culture.
As fucked up as things could be, it was also very exciting to walk among society, aware of the insight that you knew, and that everyone who looked at you sideways would unfortunately never know.
And as joyfully trippy as things could be, to walk among society knowing what you knew, and then seeing a Brother, and knowing that he did too, created an indescribable welled-up feeling of not only unity and Brotherly Love, but of the positive unspoken Vibe.
On another level, The Stones mastered and introduced the Acoustic Rock/Hard Rock genre before Crosby, Stills and Nash and Led Zeppelin III.
The Stones got real. This album reeked of raw emotion, real down and dirty heartfelt, fun tracks.
“Factory Girl”, “Prodigal Son” and “Salt of the Earth” were songs of the people, real people. “No Expectations” and “Dear Doctor” showcased The Stones affinity for down-home Roots Blues and Stray Cat Blues, Parachute Woman and Jigsaw Puzzle were solid Classic Stone Rockers.
1. “Sympathy for the Devil” 6:18
2. “No Expectations” 3:56
3. “Dear Doctor” 3:28
4. “Parachute Woman” 2:20
5. “Jigsaw Puzzle” 6:06
6. “Street Fighting Man” 3:16
7. “Prodigal Son” 2:51
8. “Stray Cat Blues” 4:38
9. “Factory Girl” 2:09
10. “Salt of the Earth” 4:48
England’s Hit Makers of the British invasion evolved into serious socio-political Hard Rockers and took Rock ‘n’ Roll to its highest levels in ’68, ’69, and ’71.
JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH
from Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) – September 12, 1969
“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” began during the Beggars Banquet recording sessions and was released as a single in June ’68 and one year later it was released as a track on the album Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2).
JJF was the rousing introduction to the spirited Rock of the year-end Beggars Banquet album and was an instant hit and Rocked like Hell.
Among other things this was a song of symbolic empowerment that stated that no matter what obstacles and adversity were faced, one could persevere – because . . .
. . . it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas!
But it’s all right, I’m Jumpin Jack Flash,
Its a gas! gas! gas!
We wuz all Jumpin’ Jack Flash – at one time.
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