Originally Posted by Rohirrim
I think the real reason is that he was so ****faced he couldn't show up in the studio. He barely plays on a couple of songs on Let it Bleed
, which basically became Keith's album (and their best ever, IMO). Mick Taylor was already playing with them in the studio at that time and played on a couple of the tracks. I was already a big Mick Taylor fan from John Mayall's Crusade
, probably my favorite Mayall album. After 1969, I guess not many rock and roll bands had any more room for a harpsichordist. That time had passed.
Oh sure, drugs had a lot to do with him being fazed out, I think what I stated was given as the official (read as "face saving") reason for him being replaced.
BTW, JMO and all, but Beggars Banquet
is the band's best ever