RELEASE
April 20, 1976
LABEL
Virgin
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Album Review

The Rolling Stones recorded Black and Blue while auditioning Mick Taylor's replacement, so it's unfair to criticize it, really, for being longer on grooves and jams than songs, especially since that's what's good about it. Yes, the two songs that are undeniable highlights are "Memory Motel" and "Fool to Cry," the album's two ballads and, therefore, the two that had to be written and arranged, not knocked out in the studio; they're also the ones that don't quite make as much sense, though they still work in the context of the record. No, this is all about groove and sound, as the Stones work Ron Wood into their fabric. And the remarkable thing is, apart from "Hand of Fate" and "Crazy Mama," there's little straight-ahead rock & roll here. They play with reggae extensively, funk and disco less so, making both sound like integral parts of the Stones' lifeblood. Apart from the ballads, there might not be many memorable tunes, but there are times that you listen to the Stones just to hear them play, and this is one of them.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Hot Stuff
  2. Hand of Fate
  3. Cherry Oh Baby
  4. Memory Motel
  5. Hey Negrita
  6. Melody
  7. Fool to Cry
  8. Crazy Mama
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