Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Stray Cat Blues

Beggars Banquet
Track 8
"Stray Cat Blues" – 4:40

Mick's really got that lazy slur working. I thought he perfected it around the time of Exile, but he sounds great here.

Not a great song, but a good enough rocker to maintain the energy level of the album (except for that interlude – what is that all about?). It's songs like this where you can really hear what Mick Taylor brought to the table: Keith is a great guitar player, but his leads are not particularly distinctive, and too many songs in this era of the Stones history simply omit the guitar solo. Strong tracks like "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Street Fighting Man" don't really miss anything, but weaker songs like "Stray Cat Blues" suffer a little.


Planet Mondo said...

This is a great track loaded with that sleazy Stones/Turner ambience parents must have dreaded - he drops the 'stray cat's' age down a couple of years down on the Ya -Ya's version though - you wouldn't get away with that now!

Nanker said...

I wasn't going to say anything about that, but the dirty old man act certainly has much more sinister connotations today than it did back then.