Rolling Stones – Made In The Shade

Cute Kid Preamble:

I was sitting here listening to music, the kids were playing peacefully in the other room. Suddenly, my beautiful daughter (she’s 4) came steaming into the room and shouted “What are you doing, Daddy?” Always happy to see her, I said “I’m listening to the Rolling Stones, sweetheart.”

She put her hands on her hips, cocked her head to one side, and loudly said “The Rolling Stones?!?! THEY ROCK*!!” Then she ran off to find her brother.

Parenting. Sometimes it’s really easy to know when you’re doing it correctly. This was one of those times.

*  Emphasis hers.


Ah, Made In The Shade. I found my old CD copy of this one while it was nigh on impossible to get (out of print? Definitely pre-internet, anyway). I was well chuffed to get it, and have held onto it all these years. Looks like it was remastered and released again in 2005, for those who wanna get it more easily.

This is a great rockin’ compilation. The first comp of their Atlantic Records, released in 1975, it features only tunes from their first 4 Atlantic records (Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main St., Goat’s Head Soup, and It’s Only Rock ’n Roll). Even better, it’s all rockin’ tunes, with the exception of Wild Horses and Angie, sandwiched in the middle of the disc.

As Wiki points out:

Although Made in the Shade bought The Rolling Stones time to deliver their next studio album (they were mid-way through recording Black and Blue upon this album’s June 1975 release), it was also released to capitalise on the band’s summer Tour of the Americas, featuring Ronnie Wood for the first time in Mick Taylor’s place. Wood, fitting in so well, was asked to remain in the band on a permanent basis following the tour’s conclusion.

Personally, I love this disc. I always found it weird that they put Rip This Joint in as the last track. It ought to have been higher – that one makes you wanna go go GO! But no matter. There’s nothing here that isn’t on an album already, no bonus or exclusive tracks, but it’s still a rockin’ good time!

The Songs:

Brown Sugar
Tumbling Dice
Dance Little Sister
Wild Horses
It’s Only Rock ’n Roll (But I Like It)
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
Rip This Joint

4 thoughts on “Rolling Stones – Made In The Shade

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Rip This Joint is a full-tilt boogie, for sure! Love the sax solo oh man.

      I am ALL for cool little Stones samplers. Hard to find one that isn’t full to the brim with great tunes!


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