Both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards look back at the Rolling Stones' Goats Head Soup as a turning point for the band. The 1973 chart-topper is set for a deluxe edition release on Friday (September 4th).
The Stones, who were living and recording their second straight album as British tax exiles, were starting to feel the strain at being nomads, just in order to hold on to their fortune. Keith Richards told Mojo, “Although Exile (On Main St.) was our first out-of-England experience recording-wise, (recording in France) we were just across the road, really. By the time we got to cut the next one, we'd been exiled for another year or two. Also in those two years, Mick and I had not seen each other as much as we usually did, so I guess we were figuring out a new way of how the hell to work together.”
Richards went on to say that recording Goats Head Soup meant more than just churning out new product: “To me it was important that we keep our team together — (producer) Jimmy Miller and (engineer) Andy Johns — I thought that was vital. We were determined to say, 'Hey, we can keep this band together, even though we can't actually be at home.'”