No. 84: ‘Monkey Man’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs
Arriving in the midst of a creative peak for the Rolling Stones, 1969's 'Let It Bleed' also found the band in flux -- and dealing with the hangover of the peace, love, and controlled substances of the '60s. Lurking deep in the album's second side, 'Monkey Man' highlights both sides of the band during this fertile yet uncertain era.
'Bleed' marked the end of Brian Jones' tenure with the Stones and the first appearance of his replacement, Mick Taylor, but neither are credited on 'Monkey Man,' which finds core members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts playing alongside keyboard player Nicky Hopkins. It all adds up to sort of a hazy rock 'n' roll nightmare.
Watch the Rolling Stones Perform 'Monkey Man' in 2003