The Rolling Stones "Beggars Banquet" 50th Anniv
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Join us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Beggars Banquet. Released in December 1968 and kicking off with the unforgettable "Sympathy for the Devil", this album was recognized as the return to form for the band after the disastrous "Their Satanic Majesties".
Rolling Stone magazine got it right in 1968:
"The Rolling Stones have returned, and they are bringing back rock and roll with them. They have finished their next album — titled Beggars’ Banquet — and it is the best record they have yet done. In all aspects it is a great album; great Rolling Stones’ material and performance; a great rock and roll album, without pretense, an achievement of significance in both lyrics and music."
Beggars Banquet represents the beginning of an amazing run of albums for the Rolling Stones. It was the last album to be released during Brian Jones' lifetime, although he did play on two songs on their next album Let It Bleed, which was released after his death.
Due to an error in the mastering, Beggars Banquet has been heard for over thirty years at a slower speed than it was recorded. This has the effect of altering not only the tempo of each song, but the song's key as well. These differences are subtle but important, and in August 2002, ABKCO Records reissued a newly remastered Beggars Banquet that corrected this flaw by restoring each song to its proper, slightly faster speed.
The album is ranked at number 58 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, VH1 named Beggars Banquet the 67th greatest album of all time, and it is also featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
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