I Don't think the Stones ever fully recovered from the loss of Mick Taylor,
I actually think the loss of Mick Taylor helped
in a certain sense. Don't get me wrong, he was an incredible guitar player. (The best lead guitarist they ever had, no question) I just think by the late '70s music was heading in a different direction, and Ronnie Wood was better for that direction than Mick Taylor. Mick Taylor was more of a jam player, and for the punk/Chuck Berry guitar revival of the late '70s/early '80s, I think Ronnie Wood fit in better.
It would have been interesting to hear what Mick Taylor could have done on Black and Blue
, but I think it's a great album as-is and highly underrated.
But I think Some Girls
and Tatoo You
are great bare-bones rock records. (Even though some of the Tatoo You songs date all the way back to Goat's Head Soup
) I just don't think that was Mick Taylor's style.
I do like his playing with Bob Dylan in the '80s, however. (Infidels
, of course)
And in the end...