Rolling Stones - Some Girls (Virgin) 1978
Some Girls is one of the stones best selling albums ever (>8,000,000 copies) and was originally released June 9, 1978. It went to #1 on US charts and #2 in the UK. This CD in and of itself could be a greatest hits collection. The album included the superhit "Miss You" (their first #1 hit in 7 years), which was inspired by the disco craze of the late 70's. "Some Girls" also includes seminal songs like When The Whip Comes Down, Shattered, Before They Make Me Run, and "Respectable". Many of these are still rock radio staples three decades later. "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" is another stellar track that pays homage to The Temptations. Also, Keith Richard's love song to Anita Pallenberg, "Beast Of Burden" was a minor hit as well, although it is probably one of the most played songs of rock radio today. The only song that reeks of filler is "Far Away Eyes", a joke country song, which is still a fun listen.
The original cover art for this album had a die-cut cover with some of the faces cut out to reveal other faces. The original cover had images of Lucille Ball, Raquel Welch, Farrah Fawcett, and Sophia Loren, all of whom threatened legal action, causing a revised cover to be released. The original album cover was also released with three differenct color variations. I had hoped that when this CD was remastered and re-released that they would included the track "Everything Is Turning To Gold", which was a b-side track from the "Some Girls" sessions. Unfortunately this didn't happen.
Rolling Stones - Tattoo You (Virgin) 1981
Tattoo You was originally released August 25, 1981, it went to #1 in both the UK & US. I was in high school at the time and there was no escaping this album then. It was on the radio, it was blasting out of kid's cars, it was being played at parties. Myself, I was never a huge Stones fan, but this album really harkens back to my teenage years. It is for this reason that think I still enjoy this CD so much. The album includes the single hits "Start Me Up", "Hang Fire", and "Waiting On A Friend". It's also has Keith's ode, "Little T&A" and Ronnie's "Black Limousine." "Start Me Up" has to be one of the best Stones songs ever written. While doing some research on this album on the net, I came across this information from "It's Only Rock And Roll: The Ultimate Guide To The Rolling Stones" by Karnbach and Bernson: