Gimme Shelter (track) by The Rolling Stones

Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones
Year: 1969
From the album Let It Bleed (track #1)
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From 03/05/2023 22:41
I can merely attempt to echo a previous comment from user garycottier. Gimme Shelter is the auditory death of the 1960’s Dream. As well a sonic companion to a world in newfound disarray at the close of a decade.

Musically, the Stones were seldom ever this catchy. Not only is the chorus (legendarily) huge, but Mick’s swaggered delivery of the verse melody is what comes to mind for me first. Especially the final verse sung in harmony with Mary Clayton.

This is the best and most meaningful song in the Rolling Stones’ catalog, one of the most profoundly pertinent tracks of the era, and one of rock and roll’s greatest recordings.
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From 10/22/2022 13:02
I love this song. Merry Clayton with her pure soul poured into the singing. 10/10
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From 02/23/2021 01:49
If someone said to me, "You can only have Gimme Shelter or every Beatles album," I would choose this song.
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From 10/23/2020 02:34
This song sounds like what I think the end of the world would sound like. It also has the second best guitar intro of all time (second only to Paint It Black)
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From 05/28/2020 15:24
Great song perfect. The riff is iconic and the shouting from Merry Clayton is genius. The best song from The Rolling Stones.
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From 04/17/2019 12:12
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From 12/28/2018 11:48
Genial, arrepiante de início ao fim!
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From 12/01/2017 04:42
I used to not be so crazy about this one, but this one really is a stone cold classic, and it really grows on you over time, easily their greatest song.
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From 09/20/2016 10:27
Along with Jimi Hendrix's blistering version of Bob Dylan's, all along the watchtower, the Stones, gimme shelter, is the ultimate sound of the sixties coming to a chaotic close. An apocalyptic post summer of love anthem, informing us the dream is over in the era of Vietnam and race riots and even possibly a premonition of the soon to come tragedy at Altamont. Everything about this song is perfection, from Keith Richards' iconic guitar riff to Merry Clayton's unforgettable backing vocals that all help to make Gimme shelter one of the most iconic of all Rolling Stones tracks. Absolutely brilliant.
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