1969 – The Rolling Stones go to No. 5…

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1969 – The Rolling Stones go to No. 5 in the American album charts with their new release Beggars Banquet.

In 1968 the Rolling Stones hired Jimmy Miller from Spoencer Davis Group and Traffic fame. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were look for a new boost of new blood into the production of their music. This relationship was such a success that it continued thru 1973.

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, was released as a single-only that May, becoming a major hit.

Beggars Banquet was Brian Jones’ last full effort with The Rolling Stones. In addition to his slide work on “No Expectations”, he played harmonica on “Dear Doctor”, Parachute Woman and “Prodigal Son”, sitar and tambura on “Street Fighting Man”, mellotron on “Jigsaw Puzzle” and “Stray Cat Blues”, and provided backing vocals on “Sympathy for the Devil”.

Recorded in England and mixed in Los Angeles California, both Decca Records in England and London Records rejected the planned cover design – a graffiti-covered lavatory, and the band held back the album for a may 1968 release. By November, however, The Rolling Stones gave in, allowing the album to be released in December with a simple imitation invitation card cover.

The idea for a plain album cover was also implemented by the Beatles for the White Album, which was released one month prior to Beggars Banquet. This similarity, coupled with Beggars Banquet’s later release, garnered the Rolling Stones accusations of imitating the Beatles. In 1984, the original cover art was released with the initial CD remastering of Beggars Banquet.

Track listing
All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

“Sympathy for the Devil” – 6:27
Keith Richards on bass; Nicky Hopkins on piano; Rocky Dijon on percussion
“No Expectations” – 4:02
Brian Jones on slide guitar, Nicky Hopkins on piano
“Dear Doctor” – 3:26
Brian Jones on harmonica
“Parachute Woman” – 2:23
Mick Jagger on harmonica
“Jigsaw Puzzle” – 6:17
Keith Richards on acoustic guitar and electric slide guitar, Brian Jones on Mellotron, Nicky Hopkins on piano
“Street Fighting Man” – 3:18
Keith Richards on bass, Brian Jones on sitar and tambura, Dave Mason on shehani
“Prodigal Son” (Rev. Robert Wilkins) – 2:55
Brian Jones on harmonica
“Stray Cat Blues” – 4:40
Brian Jones on Mellotron
“Factory Girl” – 2:12
Ric Grech on fiddle, Dave Mason on Mellotron using the mandolin sound
“Salt of the Earth” – 4:51
First verse sung by Keith Richards.

Personnel
Mick Jagger – vocals, backing vocals, harmonica
Keith Richards – acoustic and electric guitar, bass, vocals
Brian Jones – acoustic slide guitar, backing vocals, sitar, tamboura, mellotron, harmonica
Charlie Watts – drums, percussion
Bill Wyman – bass, backing vocals, percussion
Rocky Dijon – congas
Ric Grech – fiddle
Nicky Hopkins – piano
Dave Mason – mellotron, shehnai
Jimmy Miller – backing vocals
Marianne Faithfull – backing vocals
Anita Pallenberg – backing vocals
Watts Street Gospel Choir – backing vocals

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