To maintain quality over a double album takes some doing, to do that when you’re consuming the amount of illicit substances the Stones were taking at the time is quite remarkable.
What came out the Stones’ stay in the South of France during 1971 is nothing short of genius. Driven by Keith Richards ability to stay awake for days on end the Stones crafted this exceptional album. It’s even more remarkable when you think this album came in the wake of the great Sticky Fingers album.
The most famous song from the album is Tumbling Dice but I’d argue that it is the overall standard of this album that marks it out as special rather than any single track. Despite the chaos going on around them this album, in my opinion, is the most complete Stones album.