Let It Bleed is one of my favorite rock and roll records. Of course it would be: the first track is “Gimme Shelter.” The second track, “Love in Vain,” is a beautiful song. “Well I followed her to the station, with a suit case in my haind…” The other day I was listening to Robert Johnson — The Complete Recordings, Columbia/Legacy C2K64916 — and heard the original (done in two versions) by RJ in the 1930s. Wow! I always thought the Stones wrote it. So I looked at Let It Bleed: “All selections written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.” Hmmm. I wonder what other Stones songs may have been appropriated without credit to the original artist.
The Robert Johnson twin-CD set is stunning. I’ve had it around for a while, but really only HEARD it for the first time the other day as I was driving along the coast. His songs are each perfect, elegant, just the guy and his guitar, Delta blues. His influence is enormous. Eric Clapton called him “the most important blues musician who ever lived.” See the writeup on RJ in Wikipedia, Robert Johnson in Wikipedia
And hey Mick and Keith, how about giving credit where due in reprints of the Let It Bleed. Also back royalties to family or relatives (if they exist) of Robert Johnson.