Today marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Rolling Stones album ‘Goats Head Soup’—first released on August 31st, 1973.
The album was the follow-up to Exile on Main St. from 1971. Several songs for the album were recorded in their homeland, and the rest were done in the U.S. and Jamaica.
Back 2002, Keith Richards said, "Jamaica was one of the few places that would let us all in! By that time about the only country that I was allowed to exist in was Switzerland, which was damn boring for me, at least for the first year, because I didn't like to ski ... Nine countries kicked me out, thank you very much, so it was a matter of how to keep this thing together ..."
This was the Stones’ final album with producer Jimmy Miller, who they had started working with in 1968 on Beggars Banquet. Among the more recognized songs on the album are "Angie" (a #1 hit) and "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)."
Mick Jagger once commented on ‘Goats Head Soup,’ saying, "The weird thing about this record is, it is a few bits and bobs. Most of it was focused in a way and recorded in Jamaica, but not all of it. When you listen to it it's very different from [our previous album] Exile [on Main St.]. But Exile was this sprawling thing that was recorded everywhere over a long time period. And Goats Head's a bit more centered on what we recorded in Kingston, Jamaica. Though of course Exile wad very mixed up with tracks from previous sessions and so on. I don't really recall us having any sort of sit down talk saying, 'Okay, we're gonna make a record that's different.' I don't think we did at all. But it's a very kind of quite eclectic bunch of songs I think."
[Source: Classic Hits Today]