The Rolling Stones Sucking In The Seventies, The Rolling Stones




RYM Rating



Artist The Rolling Stones
9 March 1981
3.45 / 5.00.5 from 266 ratings
#124 for 1981, #1,620 overall


gmku Jan 12 2019 4.50 stars
This is a fantastic compilation from the latter-day 1970s-era band know to some as the Cockroaches, to others as the Stones. Either way, they hand over an wonderful slab of rock, punk, and disco–sometimes you'll find all three in one song. As a devoted Stones fan from back in the day, I originally picked this up for only two songs, “Everything's Turning to Gold” and “If I Was a Dancer (Part 2),” two funked up cuts of Stones-style disco. In my opinion, “Everything's Turning to Gold” rivals “Miss You” from Some Girls, and “…Dancer,” with its irresistible 1970s-era disco beat and funk music horns, represents song territory I wish they'd chosen to explore more extensively, and this version is much grittier, thereby far less silly sounding, than the pallid take on Emotional Rescue. (I love Stones disco!) Both songs credit then-new band mate Ronnie Wood as third songwriter. They are without a doubt two songs that make the album worth picking up for every Stones fan. Another gem is a live cut of “When the Whip Comes Down.”
Although even more in the shade than “Made In The Shade”, this, the second group-authorised sort-of Stones greatest hits set actually hangs together better than it ought to, given that it trawls the largely barren years of the mid-late 70's.These were the years when there was more funk and reggae about than actual rock and roll for the group, with the possible exception of the overrated “Some Girls” album. The rockiest track here is a superior, thrashy run-through of “When The Whip Comes Down” with the rather sterile “Crazy Mama” from their 70's nadir “Black And Blue” it's only half-hearted rival. A punky live version of Jagger's trash-talking “Shattered” is however a plus at the top of the album.”Beast of Burden” is an effective, homegrown blues ballad and there's a thumping “Mannish Boy” from the El Mocambo side of “Love You Live” to keep it company, while “Time Waits For No One” and “Fool To Cry” are all synth and no soul, MOR pretending to be AOR.That just leaves the funky stuff, where two out of three ain't bad, namely “Everything Is Turning To Gold” and especially the catchy “If I Was A Dancer” but “Hot Stuff” deserves to be brought up under the Trade Descriptions Act, it's so lame and tame.It's a strange “hits” set which ignores the group's biggest hit of this particular time-span, the discofied “Miss You” and there had to be a case for the extended 12″ mix with Sugar Blue's excellent harmonica playing meriting inclusion.All of which makes me think that while the track selection is a bit hit and miss, it at least gives the set some curiosity value.Terrible album title though.

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DamnSkeet Nov 12 2012 3.50 stars
A good compilation of hits, b-sides, and rarities mainly touching base on Black And Blue and Some Girls. One track from the 1974 release It's Only Rock N' Roll. I prefer Dance Part 2 over Part 1 from Emotional Rescue. It would've been cool if Miss You was thrown in there, but what really got me to buy this disc three years ago was the catchy title, “Sucking In The Seventies”.

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drakkar Jun 17 2010 3.50 stars
I didn't start really getting into music until 1980, so “Emotional Rescue” was the first Rolling Stones song that had any significance to me, the first one i really even knew was The Rolling Stones. How's that for an introduction, Bucky? “Emotional Rescue”. Yep!Anyway. I liked the song, so i started paying attention to the band. Enjoyed the follow-up single, “She's So Cold”, so i bought the Emotional Rescue album. Then i bought the Hot Rocks (1964-1971) compilation. Then the next thing that came out was Sucking in the Seventies, so i bought that one, too. It was another compilation, basically snagging a few songs from the late Mick Taylor years and a few from the early Ron Wood years. Of the 10 songs included, 6 of them were pretty hot with me – the entire first side and “Beast of Burden”. I continued buying a few albums, such as Some Girls and Undercover, but it didn't take long to notice a general trend – each album only had 2 or 3 songs i liked, with the exception of the compilations. So i bought Rewind (1971 – 1984), another compilation that grabs a few Taylor-era tunes and completes it with Woody-eras. After getting that, i was able to eBay off most of my standard Stones albums. Unfortunately there were 4 songs on Sucking that i didn't have elsewhere – “Shattered”, “Everything Is Turning to Gold”, “Hot Stuff”, and “Time Waits for No One” – so in my collection this one remains.It's well worth holding onto for those tracks, though, especially “Time Waits for No One”, which is quite likely my favorite Stones song. Make no mistake here – this is no Hot Rocks by any stretch – but it's decent-enough. Count me as one of those who doesn't think the Stones sucked in the seventies, but i do wish they had put those 4 songs on Rewind in order to make this one fully unnecessary.

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performance credits varyproduced by The Glimmer Twins (jagger-richard)1981 Rolling Stones Records (COC 16028)highs – Shattered, Everything Is Turning to Gold, Time Waits for No One, Fool to Crylows – Mannish Boy, When the Whip Comes Down, If i Was a Dancer, Crazy Mamalike this, go for: Rewind (1971 – 1984)acquired some time at some placeoriginally reviewed 29 January 2005
JonFox Jan 06 2009 3.50 stars
By 1974 introverted guitarist Mick Taylor had enough of the hard party action that went down in the jaded Rolling Stones camp. While Keith Richards lived the rock star life of wasted excess to the hilt, and Mick simply wanted to dance to disco music as the mid-seventies took hold, Taylor hit the road as a solo artist. Taylor's low key personality never meshed with the dynamic Keef 'n' Mick duo.By the time the Stones shipped the disappointing _Black and Blue_ album in '75, it was evident that the group was going through the motions, and the strung-out Richards creativity was spent. _Some Girls_ marked a cool comeback from the long-in-the-tooth group, but to this day the 1978 LP remains the last noteworthy studio recording from the Stones. Pushed out in 1981, _Sucking in the Seventies_ is a quick hitting compilation LP of R.S. tracks from the mid-stoned age decade. While the cash-in collection of ten cuts does include a few hot songs penned by the Glimmer Twins, nothing from the album compares to the heated work laid down by the renegade band during their first ten years of intense recording. _Sucking in the Seventies_ blows when stacked-up against _Hot Rocks_ and _Made in the Shade_.KNOCK IT BACK!
COC 16028 Vinyl 12″ (1981)
nitsnats Oct 02 2008 4.00 stars
One of the few occasions the Stones released rare tracks on a compilation. It was sequenced well too. Nothing earth shattering but worth picking up if you are so inclined.
COC 16028 Vinyl 12″ (1981)
badliver Oct 25 2007 3.50 stars
Good Stones compilation and the-till this days unreleased-If i was a dancer pt2,wich is better than Pt1!Goodie!!!


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