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Goats Head Soup

Goats Head Soup (1973)

Album Info

Released: 31 August 1973
Recorded: 25 November - 21 December 1972 and 23 May - 20 June 1973; Summer 1973
Genre: Rock
Length: 46:56
Label: Rolling Stones/Atlantic
Producer: Jimmy Miller
"Excellent album, with the optimal balance between ballads and rockers."

History and recording

A couple of tracks on the album ("Silver Train" and "Hide Your Love") date back recording sessions as early as 1970, but the bulk of the album was recorded from November 1972 at Dynamic Sound Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.

Release and aftermath

The public loved Goats head Soup sending it and its lead-single, "Angie", to the top of the charts. However, critics gave mixed reviews. Overall, Goats head Soup is generally considered to be the end of the Stones's golden age.


The concept for the cover was designed by Ray Lawrence. It is a portrait of Mick Jagger's head (approximately life-sie on the 12-inch vinyl), photographed by David Bailey.

Chart Performance

In 1973 the album sailed to the top of both charts in the UK and the US.


The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger - lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, piano
Keith Richards - guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, bass
Mick Taylor - electric, acoustic, and slide guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass guitar

Additional musicians
Nicky Hopkins - piano
Billy Preston - piano, organ, clavinet, percussion
Ian Stewart - piano
Bobby Keys - saxophone
Jim Price - saxophone
Jim Horn - flute
Chuck Findley - trumpet
Anthony "Rebop" Kwaku Baah - percussion
Nicolas Pascal Raicevic - percussion
Nicky Harrison - string arrangement
Jimmy Miller - percussion

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