Let It Bleed12" Vinyl9
  • US1969-11-29
London RecordsNPS-4[none]
Let It BleedVinyl9
  • GB1969-12-05
Decca RecordsSLK 5025
Let It Bleed12" Vinyl9
London RecordsNPS-4[none]
Let It Bleed (1 page insert. Matrix / Runout: 820 052-2 01*)CD9
London Records820 052-2042282005229
Let It BleedCD9
  • JP1986-05-01
London RecordsP33L 250024988005001719
Let It BleedCD9
ABKCO, London Records80042, NCD-4018771800422
Let It BleedCD9
ABKCO, London Records820 052-2042282005229
Let It BleedCD9
ABKCO, London Records820 052-2, 820 052-2 RH042282005229
Let It BleedCD9
ABKCO844 473-2042284447324
Let It Bleed (made in West Germany)CD9
Let It BleedCD9
Let It BleedCD9
  • JP1995-02-25
London RecordsPOCD-19254988005156723
Let It Bleed (Limited Edition)Hybrid SACD9
  • XE2002-10-21
ABKCO04228823032-8, 8823032042288230328
Let It BleedCD9
  • XE2002-10-21
ABKCO882 332-2042288233220
Let It BleedHybrid SACD9
  • GB2002-10-23
Let It BleedCD9
ABKCO882 361-2042288236122
Let It BleedCD9
Let It BleedCD9
  • JP2006-03-16
Let It BleedSHM-CD9
  • JP2008-12-24
Let It BleedCD9
  • JP2010-04-03
Let It BleedSHM-SACD9
  • JP2010-06-30
Let It BleedDigital Media9
Let It BleedDigital Media9
  • XW2013-06-17
Let It BleedBlu-ray9
Universal (plain logo: “Universal”)
Let It Bleed (50th anniversary edition)2×12" Vinyl + 7" Vinyl + 2×Hybrid SACD9 + 9 + 2 + 9 + 9
  • US2019-11-01
ABKCO018771857815, 8578-1018771857815
Let It Bleed (50th anniversary edition)12" Vinyl9
  • US2019-11-01
ABKCO018771858416, 8584-1018771858416
Let It Bleed (50th anniversary edition)CD9
  • US2019-11-01
Let It Bleed (50th anniversary edition)Digital Media9
  • -2019-11-01
ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. (originally founded as Allen Klein and Company)[none]
Let It BleedCD9
ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. (originally founded as Allen Klein and Company)8585-2018771858522
Let It Bleed Mono EditionCD16
Decca RecordsLK 5029
Let It BleedCD16
СД-Максимум (CD-Maximum)CDM 1202-1055/20


included in:1964–1969
Greatest Albums in the Sixties
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones in Mono
part of:Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 7) (order: 7)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 27) (order: 27)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 32) (order: 32)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 41) (order: 41)
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Wikidata:Q379339 [info]

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If 1968's Beggars Banquet struck the template for the Stones as we now know them, Let It Bleed cast it in stone. Featuring some of their most iconic material (and a cake on the cover baked and decorated by Delia Smith), it's the record that featured original leader Brian Jones' final appearance and new guitarist Mick Taylor's debut with the band. It's a murky, dark and chilly record that, although assembled from sprawling sessions across 1968 and 1969, has greater unity than Beggars Banquet.

Gimme Shelter is a startling introduction, with Keith Richards' opened-tuned guitar circling like a bird of prey over the corpse of the 60s, and Mick Jagger's brooding vocal one of his very best. The Stones' subject matter had always seemed adult in comparison to, say, The Beatles, but on this opening track, they were bleak and portentous; a tale of rape and murder being "just a shot away".

Although Country Honk is a trifle pointless, Monkey Man is a sinister update of the blues. Midnight Rambler, often extended to snapping point live, referenced the serial killer the Boston Strangler. You Can't Always Get What You Want concludes the downbeat air surrounding the record, beginning with the angelic voices of the London Bach Choir and ending in a climatic cacophony.

The shows to accompany the album placed the band in the new world of the scaled-up 'rock' tour. The performances climaxed at the Altamont Speedway in San Francisco. The subsequent death of Meredith Hunter at the hands of Hell's Angels exposed the Stones to be out of their depth in the world of devil-courting rock'n'roll.