- THE ROLLING STONES: OUT OF OUR HEADS: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: A mixture of covers and originals- The Stones were gaining more confidence in their songwriting at this period and Mick is starting to come into his own as their singer. The last three songs- all originals are the strongest songs on the album- Heart Of Stone, The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man and I’m Free. I love the early Stones stuff- so neglected.
- THE ROLLING STONES: AFTER MATH: 1966: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: All the songs written by Mick and Keith- Brian Jones plays a big part in the album-playing sitar, dulcimer, guitar, harmonica, marimba, koto and bells. A very strong set of songs- the only criticism I have is 11:13 of Goin’ Home is too much. The most famous songs on the album- Under My Thumb, Mother’s Little Helper, Out Of Time and Lady Jane. Mick was gaining more and more swagger as a singer-front man during this period.
- THE ROLLING STONES: BETWEEN THE BUTTONS: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The Rolling Stones classic period-[Beggar’s Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main St. the 1968-72 period} gets all the love but this album is as great as those are without a doubt. If you see them on tour they probably won’t play any of these songs-the UK version of the album which is the one I am writing about had no hit singles so they will ignore it.