No Expectations (3:55)

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“No Expectations” is a song by the British rock and roll band the Rolling Stones featured on their 1968 album Beggars Banquet. It was first released as the B-side of the “Street Fighting Man” single in August 1968.
The song was written by singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards. The song is a slow, country-tinged blues ballad. “No Expectations” was one of the famed Beggars Banquet songs recorded with open microphones set between the band members and was recorded live.

“No Expectations” also features an acoustic slide guitar performance by Brian Jones. One of his most famous contributions to a Stones song, Jagger said in a 1995 interview in Rolling Stone, “That’s Brian playing . We were sitting around in a circle on the floor, singing and playing, recording with open mikes. That was the last time I remember Brian really being totally involved in something that was really worth doing. He was there with everyone else. It’s funny how you remember - but that was the last moment I remember him doing that, because he had just lost interest in everything.”


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