No. 17: ‘Beast of Burden’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs
When most rock fans think of classic Rolling Stones riffs, they likely conjure the dirty strut of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ or the crunching, neck-breaking majesty of ‘Street Fighting Man.’
But the fluid, baby-making, slow-jam soul of ‘Beast of Burden’ is quite possibly the band’s most underrated guitar moment. The standout late-album track from 1978’s ‘Some Girls’ is a classic example of the power The Rolling Stones were capable of creating as a tight-nit unit–without any outside overdubs.
“After all the faster numbers of ‘Some Girls,’ everybody settled down and enjoyed the slow one,” Richards reflected in the liner notes to the 1993 compilation ‘Jump Back.’ He got that one right.
Hear the Rolling Stones Perform ‘Beast of Burden’