I bought their first album and it was no better and no worse than others I bought at the time but the recordings didn’t match the live sound of other bands I saw in the clubs in those days.
It was an album of cover versions of old blues and R&B songs and finding and listening to the originals was a revelation!
They had two virtuoso musicians in the original line up, both of whom have since died. One was replaced by another virtuoso guitarist who eventually left them, probably bored with having to endlessly strum out variations of the three chord trick.
The other was kept very much in the background (despite being on every recording and being part of every live show and tour) because he did not match the ‘image’ that the management was trying to promote for the band.
And for the last forty years they have done nothing interesting musically, becoming a parody of themselves. They have morphed into their own Tribute Band. Sad isn’t it.
Their wholly manufactured image of the bad boys of rock and roll was never very convincing, not to me anyway. And in the footage from Altamont any pretence to being edgy and dangerous disappeared with the singer’s weedy voice plaintively asking (asking, not commanding!) people to cool it man.
They were about as dangerous as The Monkees or Herman’s Hermits.
This is what they wanted to sound like but they failed miserably –