Remastered re-release of the eighth British and tenth American full-length studio album by legendary British Rock band.
Released in December 1969 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States, the album was recorded during a period of turmoil in the band, as Brian Jones, the band's founder and original leader, had become increasingly unreliable in the studio due to heavy drug use, and during most recording sessions was either absent, or so incapacitated that he was unable to contribute meaningfully. He was fired in the midst of recording sessions for this album, and replaced by Mick Taylor. Jones appeared on this album on only two songs, playing backing instruments, and would die within a month of being fired. Taylor had been hired after principal recording was complete on many of the tracks and appears on only two of the tracks as well, having recorded some guitar overdubs. As such, Keith Richards was the band's sole guitarist during most of the recording sessions; being responsible for nearly all of the rhythm and lead parts. The rest of the Stones, Mick Jagger (lead vocals), Bill Wyman (bass), and Charlie Watts (drums) appear on nearly every track, and significant additional contributions were made by percussionist Jimmy Miller (who also produced the album), keyboardists Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart, and numerous other guest musicians.
While no highly-charting singles were released from the album, many of the album's songs became staples in Rolling Stones shows and on Rock radio stations for decades to come, including two gospel-infused songs "Gimme Shelter" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want", both of which ranked highly on retrospective "best ever" songs lists, including 2004's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" by Rolling Stone Magazine.
"Let It Bleed" reached number 1 in the UK (temporarily demoting The Beatles' "Abbey Road") and number 3 on the Billboard Top LPs chart in the US, where it eventually went 2× Platinum.
"Let It Bleed" was the Stones' last album to be released in an official mono version, which is rare and highly sought-after today. This mono version is merely a 'fold-down' of the stereo version.
The track listing on the back of the album jacket did not follow the one on the album itself. According to Brownjohn, he altered it purely for visual reasons; the correct order was shown on the record's label. Additionally, "Gimme Shelter" is rendered as "Gimmie Shelter" on the jacket. Some releases have "Gimmie Shelter" on the cover, the inner sleeve and the LP label.
The album was included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings, published in Christgau's "Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies" (1981). In 2000, Q magazine ranked it at number 28 in its list of "The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever". In 2001, the TV network VH1 placed "Let It Bleed" at 24th on their "100 Greatest Albums of R 'n' R" survey. In 1997, it was voted the 27th "Best Album Ever" by The Guardian. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it at number 32 on the magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
The Rolling Stones DSD Remastered 180 g vinyl.
ABKCO Records/ABKCO Music And Records, Inc., 1969/2003 (882 332-1). Made in EU.
1. Gimmie Shelter 4:30
2. Love In Vain 4:19
3. Country Honk 3:07
4. Live With Me 3:33
5. Let It Bleed 5:27
1. Midnight Rambler 6:52
2. You Got The Silver 2:50
3. Monkey Man 4:11
4. You Can't Always Get What You Want 7:28
Total playing time: 42:17 min.