Beggars Banquet

ABKCO Music and Records Inc.
Release date
3 Aug 2005
Running length
10 tracks
Running time


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1 Sympathy for the Devil 6:17 844,832
2 No Expectations 4:13 153,065
3 Dear Doctor 3:22 108,124
4 Parachute Woman 2:19 109,710
5 Jigsaw Puzzle 6:05 62,461
6 Street Fighting Man 4:07 459,437
7 Prodigal Son 2:50 102,028
8 Stray Cat Blues 3:47 119,123
9 Factory Girl 2:08 107,530
10 Salt Of The Earth 4:57 101,413

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Beggars Banquet is the seventh studio album by the English rock band The Rolling Stones. It was released by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States in December 1968. It marked a return to the band’s R&B roots, generally viewed as more primal than the conspicuous psychedelia of Their Satanic Majesties Request.
In 2003, the album was ranked number 57 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In the same year the TV network VH1 named Beggars Banquet the 67th greatest album of all time. The album is also featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Beggars Banquet was Brian Jones’s last full effort with the Rolling Stones. In addition to his slide guitar on “No Expectations”, he played harmonica on “Dear Doctor”, “Parachute Woman” (along with Mick Jagger) and “Prodigal Son”; sitar and tambura on “Street Fighting Man”; mellotron on “Stray Cat Blues” and possibly backing vocals on “Sympathy for the Devil”.
By June 1968, the sessions were nearly completed in England, with some final overdubbing and mixing to be done in Los Angeles during July. However, both Decca Records in England and London Records in the US rejected the planned cover design - a graffiti-covered lavatory wall. The band initially refused to change the cover, resulting in several months’ delay in the release of the album. By November, however, the Rolling Stones gave in, allowing the album to be released in December with a simple white cover imitating an invitation card. (The letters R.S.V.P.

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  • VirtueFilms

    30 May 9:54pm Reply
  • doonchlando

    This is quickly replacing Let It Bleed as my favorite Stone's album. There is just something about it that I can't quite put my finger on.

    12 Jan 9:00am Reply
  • gokunirvana

    That white cover is awful, it's too dull to represent what is inside. I guess people got used to it after 40 years.

    2 Jan 3:05pm Reply
  • Mista_AnT

    Best Band ON The PLANET!!

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • dAdriano


    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Wowzie

    God rolls his own....

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Freddie1994

    From this album, The Rolling Stones reachead the level of The Beatles for me

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • bantha_fodder_

    @metawirt Cool. Hadn't read about that before.

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • hamzi37

    favourite album :D

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • metawirt

    @bantha_fodder_: Just 50% right. The toilet cover had been the original cover as planned by the band. It's been censored by Decca and London Records

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • bantha_fodder_

    The cover art with the toilet is the 2002 reissue, not the original.

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • LittleBigPink


    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • hellcatshalala

    i'm so in love with this album* lol

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • hellcatshalala

    Everything the Stones did from Beggars Banquet through Exile on Main St. is really amazing. They were on a serious creative roll. [3] pls

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • DanLovesAlice

    Everything the Stones did from Beggars Banquet through Exile on Main St. is really amazing. They were on a serious creative roll. [2]

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • johnemanuelbrol

    este disco de 1968,competio,con el doble blanco de los beatles, la portada es la original,en españa se censuró y decca tubo que hacer una portada blanca sin mas.el banquete de los mendigos es uno de los grandes discos de los rolling.

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Wayfarer1991

    Too great to describe how I love it.

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • popstarthongboy

    Everything the Stones did from Beggars Banquet through Exile on Main St. is really amazing. They were on a serious creative roll.

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • hellcatshalala

    i'm so in love this album ohmygod

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • BigA2

    @irfanh23: I like the "RSVP" album cover far better than the toilet one. Besides, the white cover is what it was originally released with.

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
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