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Rolling Stones - Tattoo You RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at!

By Steve Knopper

Often viewed as the band's last great album, Tattoo You contributed one true classic, "Start Me Up," to the Stones' canon. The song, still used as a concert finale, begins with a fat Keith Richards guitar riff and ends with a leering Mick Jagger murmuring about a woman who could "make a dead man come." The rest isn't as consistent as, say, "Sticky Fingers," but the fast-paced "Hang Fire," the surprisingly non-sexy "Waiting on a Friend," and Richards's "bitch"-filled "Little T&A" make this the Stones' best '80s release by far. Released in 1981, it was the right album at the right time, with strong singles just after MTV began. With typical savvy, the Stones maneuvered gently into the video age.

1. Start Me Up7. Worried About You
2. Hang Fire8. Tops
3. Slave9. Heaven
4. Little T & A10. No Use in Crying
5. Black Limousine11. Waiting on a Friend
6. Neighbours


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"21 years after this album's release I would agree this was the Stones last great. Seems all the great sixties-Super70s bands had their last great harrah about '80-'81, i.e David Bowie 'Scary Monsters', Blondie & of course ABBA 'Super Trouper'!!! Pitty they sullied their reputations by releasing stodge in the decades that followed, the Stones need to be told they're geriatrics now & they're sullying their reputation.

My personal favorite is 'Waitin' on a Friend'- classic late Super70s early Awesome80s sound."


"I bought Tattoo You on vinyl when I was a sophmore in high school, and I was sitting 20 rows up from the right flank of the stage at Candlestick (Candleprick?) Park in San Francisco on a Saturday afternoon when George Thorogood and the Destroyers and the J. Geils Band opened for the greatest rock 'n roll band in the world. Tatoo You is not a classic album to the tune of Aftermath, Beggar's Banquet, or Sticky Fingers; it's in the category of albums just below those. Just as anyone who saw them on their 40 Licks tour can attest to, Start Me Up is still a killer, ass-kicking hard-rocker. Meanwhile, Waiting On A Friend is a classic ballad and Little T&A is one of Keith's best songs; his failure to perform the song on any recent tour can only be explained by his reverence for his wife and daughter or his likely intention to play it on the next tour. As everyone should know by now, Tattoo You is split into a fast and a slow, sexy side, both very good, though the fast one is a certainly more of a ball-grabber. In short, though not a classic, Tattoo You is one of the best albums by the world's greatest rock band, and let's all pray that Keith does Little T&A the next time the Stones get their rocks off live and in the flesh. "

--Robby Stones

"Everyone talks about "Start Me Up", "Little T&A" and "Waiting on a Friend" all the time. In my opinion, the best track on this release is without question "Slave". The musical composition and raw emotion you feel in this track is phenomenal! It never received the air-play it deserved. It still doesn't. But this CD is always in my car and I fire up track #3 over and over every day! Try it sometime. You'll enjoy it!"


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Artist: Rolling Stones

Released: August 30, 1981

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (4)

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