|Sucking in the Seventies|
|Greatest hits album by The Rolling Stones|
|Released||14 April 1981|
|Recorded||November 1973 – December 1979|
|Producer||The Glimmer Twins|
|The Rolling Stones compilations chronology|
Sucking in the Seventies is the fourth official compilation album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1981. As the successor to 1975's Made in the Shade, it covers material from It's Only Rock 'n Roll (1974), Black and Blue (1976), Some Girls (1978) and Emotional Rescue (1980) recording sessions.
All tracks on Sucking in the Seventies except "Shattered" and "Everything Is Turning to Gold" were mixed or edited for this release. "When the Whip Comes Down" is presented in an otherwise unreleased live version, recorded in Detroit on the band's 1978 tour.
"If I Was a Dancer (Dance Pt. 2)" is a longer and different mix and containing different lyrics from "Dance (Pt. 1)", the opening track on Emotional Rescue (1980). The Rolling Stones' only #1 hit of this period, "Miss You", is not included on this compilation.
|Robert Christgau||C+ |
Released in the spring of 1981, as Tattoo You was nearing its completion, Sucking in the Seventies reached #15 in the U.S., going gold, but failed to chart in the UK.
The amazing thing is that Sucking in the Seventies captures the garish decadence and ennui of the band better than the proper albums from this period. Not that this is a better record than Some Girls, but it is better than either Black and Blue or Emotional Rescue.
In 2005, the album was remastered and reissued by Virgin Records.
All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.
|1981||Billboard Pop Albums ||15|
|1981||"If I Was a Dancer (Dance Pt.2)"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||26|
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