8 Lesser-Known 1970s Tracks of The Rolling Stones

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Beyond their well-known successes, the Rolling Stones, a band that has dominated the rock ‘n’ roll world for decades, have a vast discography of music. Ignoring their hit songs, however, reveals a plethora of 1970s hits that are treasured by devoted followers and music enthusiasts but may not be as well-known to the general public. These are a few selections that perfectly convey the band’s dynamic range, inventiveness, and the unadulterated, unprocessed spirit of that particular era.

“Ventilator Blues” (1972)

“Ventilator Blues” brings the quintessential rough and rowdy sound that the Stones are celebrated for. Pulled from the highly praised “Exile on Main St.,” the track is a rough-cut diamond seeking its fair share of attention amidst other brighter stars on the album. With its sliding guitar tones and the raspy depth of Mick Jagger’s vocals, “Ventilator Blues” proves how the Stones can blend blues and rock with a masterful touch, resulting in a track that feels both dark and soul-stirring.

“Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” (1973)

Another hidden gem, “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”, stands out from “Goat’s Head Soup” with its heart-wrenching lyrics and distinctive guitar work. The powerful brass section adds a layer of urgency, while the backing vocals create a warm, soulful counterbalance to the song’s social commentary. It’s the kind of song that might not make the headliner’s list but resonates with a quiet power, marking its spot in the band’s diverse catalog.

“Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” (1971)

From the celebrated album “Sticky Fingers,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” offers a different taste of The Rolling Stones’ musical genius. The song captures attention right from the start with its driving guitar riff, launching into a jam session that feels both unplanned and perfectly controlled. It lets each instrument shine, especially with Bobby Keys’ memorable saxophone solo soaring through the latter part of the track. It’s a testament to the band’s ability to let loose and create moments of unbridled rock flair without the constraints of standard song structure.

“Bitch” (1971)

Meanwhile, “Bitch”, another selection from “Sticky Fingers,” is an electrifying number that races with relentless energy from the get-go. The guitar partnership of Keith Richards and Mick Taylor paves the way for the song’s hard-charging rhythm, with Bobby Keys on saxophone injecting an extra shot of adrenaline. The music embodies the sort of brazen, no-holds-barred rock that can make listeners want to crank up the volume and forget their troubles.

“Monkey Man” (1970)

“Monkey Man” from the album “Let It Bleed” gives fans a hint of the Stones’ wild side, blending biting guitar licks with Jagger’s powerful vocals. Over time, this song has edged its way into the limelight, often making an appearance in live shows where its true rawness and energy can be fully unleashed. Though it may not have initially stood at the forefront of The Rolling Stones’ extensive catalog, “Monkey Man” reinforces the band’s reputation as rock ‘n’ roll icons.

“Dance Little Sister” (1974)

“Dance Little Sister” bursts with the irrepressible spirit of rock that defines The Rolling Stones. Nestled within the album “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll,” this track might be overshadowed by the title song, but it pulses with a vitality that’s impossible to ignore. The infectious rhythm and catchy chorus invite listeners to move, capturing the essence of what rock music is all about — letting go and feeling the beat deep in your bones.

“Before They Make Me Run” (1978)

“Before They Make Me Run” from the album “Some Girls” presents Richards not only as the driver behind the band’s distinctive sound but also as a storyteller reflecting on his own notorious life. This track doesn’t shy away from his history, instead, it embraces the rough edges with a catchy rhythm and a sense of triumph over past troubles.

“Rip This Joint” (1972)

“Rip This Joint” bursts onto the scene as one of the most spirited and fast-paced tracks off The Rolling Stones’ monumental album, “Exile on Main St.” Despite the album’s reputation and the range of eclectic and renowned tracks within, “Rip This Joint” often flies under the radar, unbeknownst to some fans. But for those who have experienced the full force of this high-octane rollercoaster, it becomes immediately clear that this is the Stones at their most raucous and unrestrained.

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