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Let It Bleed is the eighth British and tenth American studio album by English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in December 1969 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. Released shortly after the band's 1969 American Tour, it is the follow-up to 1968's Beggars Banquet and the last album by the band to feature Brian Jones as well as the first to feature Mick Taylor.

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Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Let It Bleed 12" Vinyl 9 London Records NPS-4 [none]
Let It Bleed Vinyl 9 Decca Records SLK 5025
Let It Bleed 12" Vinyl 9 London Records NPS-4 [none]
Let It Bleed (1 page insert. Matrix / Runout: 820 052-2 01*) CD 9 London Records 820 052-2 042282005229
Let It Bleed CD 9 ABKCO, London Records 820 052-2 042282005229
Let It Bleed CD 9 ABKCO 844 473-2 042284447324
Let It Bleed (made in West Germany) CD 9 ABKCO 80042 018771800422
Let It Bleed CD 9 ABKCO 80042 018771800422
Let It Bleed CD 9 London Records POCD-1925 4988005156723
Let It Bleed Hybrid SACD 9 ABKCO 8823032 042288230328
Let It Bleed CD 9 ABKCO 882 332-2 042288233220
Let It Bleed Hybrid SACD 9 ABKCO 8823032 042288233220
Let It Bleed CD 9 ABKCO 882 361-2 042288236122
Let It Bleed CD 9 ABKCO 90042 018771900429
Let It Bleed Digital Media 9 ABKCO 90042 018771820420
Let It Bleed CD 9 ABKCO UICY-93029 4988005422163
Let It Bleed CD 9 ABKCO UICY-93796 4988005535900
Let It Bleed SHM-SACD 9 ABKCO UIGY-9021 4988005614339
Let It Bleed Digital Media 9 ABKCO 018771895626
Let It Bleed Blu-ray 9 Universal (plain logo: "Universal")
Promotion
Let It Bleed Mono Edition CD 16 Decca Records LK 5029
Bootleg
Let It Bleed CD 16 СД-Максимум (CD-Maximum) CDM 1202-1055/20

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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.