Music Diary – 6th December

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 6th December!

The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet (1968)

The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet (1968)

On the 6th December 1968 the legendary Rolling Stones album „Beggars Banquet“ was released by Decca Records (UK) and London Records (USA). The ten songs were recorded between March and July 1968 at the Olympic Studios in London and marked for The Rolling Stones the return to the Rock sounds after the psychedelic LP „Their Satanic Majesties Request“ (1967).

Jimmy Miller produced all tracks and he remembers about the difficulties of working with Brian Jones during the sessions:
„He shows up occasionally when he was in the mood to play, and he could never really be relied on: When he would show up at a session – let’s say he had just bought a sitar that day, he’d feel like playing it, so he’d look in his calendar to see if the Stones were in. Now he may have missed the previous four sessions. We’d be doing let’s say, a blues thing. He’d walk in with a sitar, which was totally irrelevant to what we were doing, and want to play it. I used to try to accommodate him. I would isolate him, put him in a booth and not record him onto any track that we really needed. And the others, particularly Mick and Keith, would often say to me, ‚Just tell him to piss off and get the hell out of here‘.“

Jeal-Luc Godard directed the documentary „Sympathy for the Devil„, which shows the recording process of the album. Here’s the official trailer:

The original cover for the album – a depicting a bathroom wall covered with graffiti – was rejected first by Decca records. So they had chosen this neutral design:

Beggars BanquetThe digitally remastered version was released years later with the original artwork. „Beggars Banquet“ became a milestone in Rock history and is considered as one of the best Stones albums. It features classic songs like „Sympathy for the Devil„, „Street Fighting Man“ and „No Expectations„.

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