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It's Only Rock 'n Roll

It's Only Rock 'n Roll (1974)

Album Info

Released: 16 October 1974
Recorded: 13-24 November 1973, 20 February - 3 March and 12 April - 27 May 1974
Genre: Rock
Length: 48:26
Label: Rolling Stones/Atlantic
Producer: The Glimmer Twins
"Overall it's a good album, though some tracks are disappointing. 'Fingerprint File' and 'Till The Next Goodbye' are fantastic."

History and recording

Most of the tracks on the album were first recorded as instrumentals at Musicland in Munich, Germany. This is the first album to include input from Ronnie Wood, and the last album to include work from Mick Taylor. There was always tension between Taylor and fellow guitarist Keith Richards, but Taylor was tipped over the edge to leave the band when he was not given fair writing credits for some of the songs on this album. He had made contributions to both "Till The Next Goodbye" and "Time Waits for No One", but was credited for neither.

Release and aftermath

Though the single releases from the album did not perform as well as expected, the album itself would score quite highly in both UK and US album charts. Among critics there are mixed views on It's Only Rock 'n' Roll. Some believe it a very good album where others feel that the Stones had transcended into their old age and this album contained no surprises.

Chart Performance

In 1974 the album reached #2 in the UK album charts and #1 in the US Billboard Pop Albums chart.


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

Additional musicians
Nicky Hopkins - piano on "Till the Next Goodbye", "Time Waits for No One", "Luxury", "If You Really Want to Be My Friend", and "Fingerprint File"
Billy Preston - piano, clavinet on "If You Can't Rock Me", "Ain't Too Proud to Beg", and "Fingerprint File"
Ian Stewart - piano on "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)", "Dance Little Sister", and "Short and Curlies"
Ray Cooper - percussion
Charlie Jolly - tabla
Ed Leach - cowbell
Blue Magic - backing vocals on "If You Really Want to Be My Friend"
Kenney Jones - drums on "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)"
Willie Weeks - bass guitar on "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)"
David Bowie - backing vocals on "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)"
Ronnie Wood - 12-string acoustic guitar and backing vocals on "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)"

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Mick Jagger
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