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Beggars Banquet, The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet by The Rolling Stones ranked # 57 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums list.

Beggars Banquet was released by the The Rolling Stones in 1968. It marked a return to the band's R&B roots, generally viewed as simpler and more primal than the conspicuous psychedelics of Their Satanic Majesties Request.

Following the long sessions for the previous album in 1967, Mick Jagger decided that the band needed more direction in the studio and in early 1968 hired Jimmy Miller, who had produced the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic. The partnership would prove to be a success and Miller would work with the band until 1973.

In March, the band began recording their new album, aiming for a July release. One of the first tracks cut, "Jumpin' Jack Flash", was released as a single that May, becoming a major hit.

Beggars Banquet was Brian Jones' last substantial effort with The Rolling Stones. In addition to his elegant and prominently acknowledged slide work on "No Expectations," he played harmonica on "Dear Doctor", "Prodigal Son" and "Parachute Woman", added tamboura to "Street Fighting Man" and mellotron on the fade out of "Stray Cat Blues".

By June, the sessions were nearly completed in England, with some final overdubbing and mixing to be done in Los Angeles during July. However, both Decca Records in England and London Records rejected the planned cover design - a graffiti-covered lavatory, and the band held back the album. By November, however, The Rolling Stones, gave in, allowing the album to be released in December with a simple imitation invitation card cover. In 1984, the original cover art was released with the initial CD remastering of Beggars Banquet.

Most critics considered the LP as a return to form, if not an instant classic. It was also a clear commercial success, reaching #3 in the UK and #5 in the US (on the way to eventual platinum status).

On 10 and 11 December, the band aimed to promote Beggars Banquet by recording a television extravaganza entitled The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus featuring John Lennon, Eric Clapton and The Who among the musical guests. However, the project did not air and would not receive an official release until 1996.

Track Listing
  1. Sympathy for the Devil
  2. No Expectations
  3. Dear Doctor
  4. Parachute Woman
  5. Jigsaw Puzzle
  6. Street Fighting Man
  7. Prodigal Son
  8. Stray Cat Blues
  9. Factory Girl
  10. Salt of the Earth

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