Writing on AllMusic.com, one of our most trusted rock writers Richie Unterberger refers to the Rolling Stones‘ 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request as “… a fascinating anomaly in the group’s discography.” Four significant things occurred to explain in part why the follow up in late 1968, Beggars Banquet, sounds so completely different: 1) Stones co-founder Brian Jones lost his high-profile model/ girlfriend to another man, who just happened to be his band mate Keith Richards; 2) Jones attended the Monterey Pop Festival in full bloom of the San Francisco psychedelic scene; 3) Keith Richards finally found time to actually listen to all of those American blues and R’n’b records he had purchased on the Stones’ first trip to the U.S.; and 4) the Stones finally let go of their self-conscious competition with the Beatles and found their own groove in embracing rough hewn country blues.
There are timeless classics served up at this feast such as “Street Fighting Man” and the leering “Sympathy for the Devil”, chugging bloozy rockers “Stray Cat Blues” and “Parachute Woman”, and musical signposts “Dear Doctor” (their first stab at unabashed country and western) and the under-appreciated “Salt of the Earth”. And that does not count the non-album singles which bookended the album, “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Honky Tonk Women” ! Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and original Stones bass player and band historian Bill Wyman are our dinner hosts. And for your ultimate Stones fan or guitarist on your holiday shopping list, Fender has just released the commemorative “Keef” Beggars Telecaster ! – Redbeard