‘Goats Head Soup’ out now
The Rolling Stones’ new release of their 1973 album ‘Goats Head Soup’ is now available. Forty-seven years after the original release, the album was now re-released by Universal Music. However, this time, it includes a bunch of new material.
The new release comes in different formats. It includes a four-disc CD and for hardcore fans and vinyl lovers, a vinyl box set is also available. Besides the original tracklist, the reissue features ten bonus tracks, three of which are previously unheard.
The first of the three ‘Criss Cross’ is a Stones classic: fast, groovy, jumpy. The second one, ‘All the Rage’ comes off as a pure rock ‘n’ roll song with beautiful instrumental. But it is ‘Scarlet’ that stands out on this release with a guitar feature by non-other than Jimmy Page.
Besides the outtakes and alternative mixes of old songs such as ‘100 Years Ago’ and ‘Hide Your Love’, the box set edition will include the famous ‘Brussels Affair’ live album. The band recorded this 15-track album in Belgium on their tour following the release of ‘Goats Head Soup’.
The reissue offers the original 10-track release in 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Atmos, and Hi-Res mixes. It also features the videos for the legendary ballade ‘Angie’, ‘Dancing with Mr. D’ and ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)’. All the band’s greatest hits. Collectors will be happy to know that a 120-page book is also included. It features photographs, essays and reproductions of tour posters from 1973.
One of the featured writers, Ian McCann writes: “Goats Head Soup was released with plenty of fanfare. Despite what you may read today, the kids weren’t entirely absorbed by glam rock, metal, prog and Philly soul back in 1973, and they bought the album in their thousands, sending it to No. 1 in the USA and in the UK, their fifth consecutive British chart-topper.”
Although a masterpiece, ‘Goats Head Soup’ is often overlooked and underrated. It’s mostly due to the release of their most acclaimed album ‘Exile on the Main St.’ just a year before. As a result, the album did not get what it deserved right away. Besides ‘Angie’, most of the songs stayed recognized only by the fans. However, this reissue comes as a reminder of the album’s greatness and band’s skill.