The Rolling Stones – Bridges To Babylon (Remastered) (1997/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:02:21 minutes | 786 MB | Genre: Rock
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Half Speed ReMasters HiRes Re-Issue: Bridges to Babylon is the 21st British and 23rd American studio album by British rock band the Rolling Stones, released by Virgin Records on 29 September 1997.
Unlike the prior several albums, which the production and songwriting team of vocalist Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards had co-produced alongside a single producer, the group brought in an eclectic mix of superstar producers, including the Dust Brothers, Don Was, and Rob Fraboni among others. Similarly, a wide array of guest musicians appeared on each of the tracks alongside band members Jagger, Richards, Ronnie Wood (guitar) and Charlie Watts (drums). The sprawling album features a wide range of genres, including the Stones-standard blues rock, sample-laden hip hop and rap. The band was once again not on speaking terms during the recording of the album, with Jagger and Richards each recording their parts separately and rarely appearing in the studio together. They had, however, repaired their relationship well enough to embark on a wildly successful tour to support the album.
“Voodoo Lounge confirmed that the Stones could age gracefully, but it never sounded modern; it sounded classicist. With its successor, Bridges to Babylon, Mick Jagger was determined to bring the Rolling Stones into the ’90s, albeit tentatively, and hired hip collaborators like the Dust Brothers (Beck, Beastie Boys) and Danny Saber (Black Grape) to give the veteran group an edge on their explorations of drum loops and samples. Of course, the Stones are the Stones, and no production is going to erase that, but the group is smart enough – or Keith Richards is stubborn enough – to work within its limitations and to have producer Don Was act as executive producer. As a result, Bridges to Babylon sounds like the Stones without sounding tired. The band is tight and energetic, and there’s just enough flair to the sultry “Anybody Seen My Baby?,” the menacing “Gunface,” and the low-key, sleazy “Might as Well Get Juiced” to make them sound contemporary. But the real key to the success of Bridges to Babylon is the solid, craftsmanlike songwriting. While there aren’t any stunners on the album, nothing is bad, with rockers like “Flip the Switch” and “Low Down” sounding as convincing as ballads like “Already Over Me.” And, as always, Keith contributes three winners – including the reggae workout “You Don’t Have to Mean It” and the slow-burning “How Can I Stop” – that cap off another fine latter-day Stones record.” (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)
1. The Rolling Stones – Flip The Switch
2. The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby?
3. The Rolling Stones – Low Down
4. The Rolling Stones – Already Over Me
5. The Rolling Stones – Gunface
6. The Rolling Stones – You Don’t Have To Mean It
9. The Rolling Stones – Might As Well Get Juiced
10. The Rolling Stones – Always Suffering
11. The Rolling Stones – Too Tight
12. The Rolling Stones – Thief In The Night
13. The Rolling Stones – How Can I Stop
7. The Rolling Stones – Out Of Control
8. The Rolling Stones – Saint Of Me