Rolling Stones – It's Only Rock 'N Roll 12" Vinyl LP Album

In 1974, The Rolling Stones released "It's Only Rock 'N Roll," a pivotal LP signaling the departure of guitarist Mick Taylor and the dawn of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' production collaboration, "The Glimmer Twins." Embracing the rebellious spirit of rock 'n roll, the album's title track became an iconic anthem, marking a transformative moment in the band's history and solidifying its enduring impact on the evolving musical landscape of the 1970s.

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Production & Recording Information
"It's Only Rock 'N Roll" Album Description:

In the world of rock history, the year 1974 stands out as a pivotal moment for the iconic band, The Rolling Stones. During this transformative period, the band released the LP "It's Only Rock 'N Roll," marking the end of an era with the departure of guitarist Mick Taylor and the beginning of a new chapter under the production duo pseudonym "The Glimmer Twins," Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The Musical Landscape of 1974:

The musical landscape of 1974 was characterized by a diverse array of genres, reflecting the dynamic shifts in popular music during that era. Progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd and Yes were gaining prominence, glam rock acts like David Bowie and T. Rex were making waves, and the punk movement was beginning to emerge with bands like The Ramones. Amidst this diversity, The Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock 'N Roll" album stood as a deliberate return to the raw energy and rebellious ethos of traditional rock 'n roll.

Mick Taylor's Farewell:

The departure of guitarist Mick Taylor, who had been an integral part of the band since 1969, added a layer of poignancy to "It's Only Rock 'N Roll." Taylor's blues-influenced guitar work had significantly contributed to the band's sound, and his departure marked the end of an era for The Rolling Stones.

The Glimmer Twins Take the Helm:

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards took on the role of producers for the first time in their careers, adopting the pseudonym "The Glimmer Twins." This shift in production dynamics allowed the duo greater creative control over the album, shaping the sound and direction of the music. "It's Only Rock 'N Roll" became a canvas for their artistic experimentation and a testament to their enduring musical partnership.

Musical Highlights:

The album features the iconic title track, "It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It)," a defiant anthem that captures the essence of the band's rebellious spirit. Other standout tracks include the bluesy "Time Waits for No One" and the soulful "Till the Next Goodbye," showcasing the diverse musical influences that defined The Rolling Stones.


  The Glimmer Twins ( Mick Jagger , Keith Richards )

Sound & Recording Engineers:

  Andy Johns , Keith Harwood , George Chkiantz , Tapani Tapanainen , Rod Thear , Howard Kilgour , Mac 'Munich' , Glyn Johns

Recording Location:

  Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany

Album Cover Design & Artwork:

  Guy Peelaert

Music Genre:

Rock, Blues-Rock, Pop-Rock

Record Label and Catalogno:

 Rolling Stones Records COC 59 103

Album Packaging

 This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, and artwork/photos<

Media Format:

Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1974 Germany

  • Mick Jagger - Lead Vocals
  • Keith Richards - Guitars. Vocals, Bass
  • Mick Taylor - Guitars, Vocals, Synthesizer, Bass
  • Charlie Watts - Drums
  • Bill Wyman - Bass, Synthesizer
  • Billy Preston - Piano, Clavinet
  • Nicky Hopkins - Piano
  • Ian Stewart - Piano
  • Ray Cooper - Percussion

      Ray Cooper (Full-name: Raymond Cooper) an English percussionist and drummer who has worked with a wide range of artists in various genres of music. He is known for his work with Elton John, having played percussion on many of his albums and tours, as well as for his collaborations with other musicians such as George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and The Rolling Stones. Cooper has also released several solo albums and is known for his unique style of percussion, which often incorporates unconventional instruments and sounds.

  • Blue Magic - Backing Vocals
  • Charlie Jolly - Tabla
  • Ed Leach - Cowbell
Tracklisting Side One:
  1. If You Can't Rock Me 3:47
  2. Ain't Too Proud To Beg 3:32
  3. It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It) 5:08
  4. Till The Next Goodbye 4:39
  5. Time Waits For No One 6:31
Tracklisting Side Two:
  1. Luxury 4:30
  2. Dance Little Sister 4:12
  3. If You Really Want To Be My Friend 6:17
  4. Short And Curlies 2:44
  5. Fingerprint File 6:41

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