It's Only Rock 'n Roll is the twelfth British and fourteenth American studio album by The Rolling Stones , released in 1974. It was the last Rolling Stones album for guitarist Mick Taylor and the songwriting and recording of the album's title track had a connection to Taylor's eventual replacement, Ronnie Wood . It also marked the 10th anniversary since the band's debut album. The album has a firmer rock sound than the band's previous album, the more Funk- and Soul -inspired Goats Head Soup. The album reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK.