The Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup (1973) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9076]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:59 minutes | Scans included | 1,89 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 946 MB
Features the 2011 DSD mastering based on the UK master. Originally released in 1973. Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Mick McKenna & Richard Whittaker.
Sliding out of perhaps the greatest winning streak in rock history, the Stones slipped into decadence and rock star excess with Goats Head Soup, their sequel to Exile on Main St. This is where the Stones’ image began to eclipse their accomplishments, as Mick ascended to jet-setting celebrity and Keith slowly sunk deeper into addiction, and it’s possible hearing them moving in both directions on Goats Head Soup, at times in the same song. As Jagger plays the devil (or, dances with Mr. D, as he likes to say), the sex and sleaze quotient is increased, all of it underpinned by some genuinely affecting heartbreak, highlighted by “Angie.” This may not be as downright funky, freaky, and fantastic as Exile, yet the extra layer of gloss brings out the enunciated lyrics, added strings, wah-wah guitars, explicit sex, and violence, making it all seem trippily decadent. If it doesn’t seem like there’s a surplus of classics here, all the songs work well, illustrating just how far they’ve traveled in their songcraft, as well as their exceptional talent as a band — they make this all sound really easy and darkly alluring, even when the sex’n’satanism seems a little silly. To top it all of, they cap off this utterly excessive album with “Star Star,” a nasty Chuck Berry rip that grooves on its own mean vulgarity — its real title is “Starf*cker,” if you need any clarification, and even though they got nastier (the entirety of Undercover, for instance), they never again made something this dirty or nasty. And, it never feels more at home than it does at the end of this excessive record.
01. Dancing With Mr. D.
02. 100 Years Ago
03. Coming Down Again
04. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
06. Silver Train
07. Hide Your Love
09. Can You Hear The Music
10. Star Star
DSD transferred from analogue master tapes by Mick McKenna & Richard Whittaker at the FX Copyroom.