Let it Bleed (Decca UK/London U.S., 1969)
Let it Bleed was English rock band Rolling Stones’ eighth British and tenth American studio album released in December 1969 and was the last to feature Brian Jones and the first to feature Mick Taylor. It was also released right after the band’s 1969 American Tour and was the follow up to Beggars Banquet. It was originally slated for release in July but was delayed numerous times. The album cover consists of the record being played by the tone-arm of an antique phonograph and a record-changer spindle supporting several items stacked on a plate: a film canister labelled Stones — Let it Bleed, a clock dial, a pizza, a tire and a cake with elaborate icing topped by figurines representing the band. The cover was among ten chosen by the Royal Mail for a set of “Classic Album Cover” postage stamps issued in January 2010. Let it Bleed topped the album charts in both the UK and Holland. It went top five in Australia, Canada, Germany, Norway and the U.S. It was certified Platinum in both Canada and the UK and 2 times Platinum in the U.S.