You Can’t Always Get What You Want

When I was at school a friend of mine lent me his tape of Hot Rocks 1964-71 an early best of The Rolling Stones. It utterly blew my mind with it’s breath, depth and sear bluesy rock ‘n’ roll attitude. There are Stones classics from their early work such as Time is on my side and (I can’t get no) Satisfaction. For me though it was tracks 13-21 which really made me appreciate their genius.

  • 13. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (1968) 3:41
  • 14. “Street Fighting Man”  (1968) 3:14
  • 15. “Sympathy for the Devil” (1968) 6:18
  • 16. “Honky Tonk Women”  (1968) 3:00
  • 17. “Gimme Shelter”  (1969) 4:31
  • 18. “Midnight Rambler” (Live at Madison Square Garden, NYC, U.S., 28 Nov 1969)  9:05
  • 19. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (1969) 7:30
  • 20. “Brown Sugar”  (1971) 3:48
  • 21. “Wild Horses” (1971) 5:42

Yet the track that made me stop what I was doing and listen was:

Track 19. You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

For me it’s one of rocks most complete works. Choir, trumpet, sing-along chorus and verses and a build throughout the track. I remember hearing the trumpet part for the first time it gave me shivers. Just a brilliant brilliant song.

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