No. 27: ‘Midnight Rambler’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs
Kicking off side two of ‘Let It Bleed,’ the Rolling Stones do in fact, let the blood run on this tale of murder and evil. ‘Midnight Rambler’ is one of the band’s best blues grooves ever. It’s rhythm and swagger (a word that can never be over used in talking about the Stones) pull the listener in, wrestle them down and keep them to the bloody end.
Some ace harmonica from Mick Jagger floats along atop the slinky guitars including some very tasty slide work from Keith Richards. The song cooks along till a mid-song rave up changes the rhythm to a straight on rocker — before falling apart in dramatic fashion leaving just enough room for Jagger to sneak back in to wrap it up in pure blues style.
Hear the Rolling Stones Perform ‘Midnight Rambler’