Monday 5/17/21 11pm ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Some Girls (1978 / 2011)

Some Girls is the 14th British and 16th American studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released on June 9, 1978 on Rolling Stones Records. By 1976, the Rolling Stones’ popularity was in decline as the music industry was dominated by disco and newer rock bands. In addition, the punk rock movement was an emerging cultural force in the UK. The band had also failed to produce a critically acclaimed album since 1972’s Exile on Main St. Mick Jagger is generally regarded as the principal creative force behind Some Girls, with him taking influence by dance music, most notably disco, during the recording of the album.

It was the first album to feature guitarist Ronnie Wood as a full-time member; Wood had contributed to some tracks on the band’s prior two albums, It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (1974) and Black and Blue (1976). With a stable line-up in place for the first time in several years, the album marked a return to basics for the Rolling Stones and did not feature many guest musicians, unlike many of their prior albums. Notable contributions to the album, however, come from blues harmonica player Sugar Blue on “Miss You” and “Some Girls”.

Rebounding from the relative critical disappointment of Black and Blue, Some Girls reached No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 1 on the US Billboard 200. It became the band’s top-selling album in the US, having been certified by the RIAA for selling six million copies sold by 2000. It was a major critical success, becoming the only Rolling Stones album to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the Album of the Year category. Many reviewers called it a classic return to form and their best album since Exile on Main St.

Several hit singles emerged from the album which would become rock radio staples for decades, including “Beast of Burden” (US No. 8), “Shattered” (US No. 31), “Respectable” (UK No. 23), highlighted by “Miss You”, which reached No. 1 in the US and No. 3 in the UK. In 2003, Some Girls was included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

  1. “Miss You” 4:48
  2. “When the Whip Comes Down” 4:20
  3. “Just My Imagination” 4:38
  4. “Some Girls” 4:36
  5. “Lies” 3:11
  6. “Far Away Eyes” 4:24
  7. “Respectable” 3:06
  8. “Before They Make Me Run” 3:25
  9. “Beast of Burden” 4:25
  10. “Shattered” 3:48
  11. “Claudine” 3:42
  12. “So Young” 3:18
  13. “Do You Think I Really Care?” 4:22
  14. “When You’re Gone” 3:51
  15. “No Spare Parts” 4:30
  16. “Don’t Be a Stranger” 4:06
  17. “We Had It All” 2:54
  18. “Tallahassee Lassie” 2:37
  19. “I Love You Too Much” 3:10
  20. “Keep Up Blues” 4:20
  21. “You Win Again” 3:00
  22. “Petrol Blues” 1:35

Mick Jagger – lead vocals (all but 8), backing vocals (1–3, 6, 8–10), electric guitar (1–5, 7), piano (6), percussion (10)
Keith Richards – electric guitar (all tracks), backing vocals (1–3, 6, 8–10), acoustic guitar (4, 6, 8, 9), bass guitar (4, 8), piano (6), lead vocals (8)
Ronnie Wood – electric guitar (all but 6), backing vocals (1–3, 6, 8, 10), pedal steel (2, 6, 10), acoustic guitar (4, 9), bass guitar (10), bass drum (10)
Bill Wyman – bass guitar (1–3, 5–7, 9), synthesiser (4)
Charlie Watts – drums (all tracks)
Sugar Blue – harmonica (1, 4)
Ian McLagan – electric piano (1), organ (3)
Mel Collins – saxophone (1)
Simon Kirke – congas (10)

Ian Stewart – bonus tracks: piano on “Claudine”, “So Young”, “Do You Think I Really Care?”, “Tallahassee Lassie”, “You Win Again”, and “Petrol Blues”
Chuck Leavell – bonus tracks: piano solo on “So Young”
Don Was – bonus tracks: bass guitar on “Don’t Be a Stranger”; handclaps on “Tallahassee Lassie”
John Fogerty – bonus tracks: handclaps on “Tallahassee Lassie”
Matt Clifford – bonus tracks: percussion on “Don’t Be a Stranger”
Sugar Blue – bonus tracks: harmonica on “Don’t Be a Stranger” and “We Had It All”