Let it Bleed...an ancient copy of this classic. I enjoyed reading Robert Greenfield's micro- study book, called Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones. This record might be my favorite Stones album. It is in my personal top three Stones Records, along with Exile and Some Girls. And it could easily be in the top ten single record studio records of all time. Let it Bleed is the first of a string of 4 Stones records in what I deem their best era. Followed by Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main St., Goats Head Soup, and It's Only Rock and Roll. Not by accident - this is also the Mick Taylor period. One this record, I love the jagged subtleties of the songs here. My favorite of which is Monkey Man. The song's introduction features distinctive vibraphone, bass and guitar, as well as piano. The song was recorded in April 1969, very likely at Olympic Studios. Richards plays the main guitar riff as well as the slide guitar solo, Jagger provides vocals, producer Jimmy Miller plays tambourine, and my guy Nicky Hopkins plays piano, and Charlie Watts provides drums, while Bill Wyman plays vibraphone and bass. This record temporarily knocked Abbey Road off the top spot in the rankings. In his 2001 Stones bio, Stephen Davis said of the album "No rock record, before or since, has ever so completely captured the sense of palpable dread that hung over its era." Indeed, the day after its December 5th release is the date of the infamous Altamont Free Concert. The album was critically well-received. In 1998 Q magazine readers voted Let It Bleed the 69th greatest album of all time, while in 2000 the same magazine placed it at number 28 in its list of "The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever". In 2001, the TV network VH1 placed Let It Bleed at number 24 on their best album survey. In 1997 it was voted 27th greatest album by The Guardian. In 2003, it was listed as number 32 on the "List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time."