The Epic 2017 Project #273: 170930
The Rolling Stones – Goat’s Head Soup (1973)
Goats Head Soup is the 11th British and 13th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in August 1973. Like its predecessor, Exile on Main St. (see Epic #272), the band composed and recorded it outside of the United Kingdom due to tax issues. Goats Head Soup was recorded in Jamaica and the Netherlands. The album contained 10 tracks, all written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, including lead single “Angie”, which went to No. 1 as a single in the United States and top 5 in the UK.
Goats Head Soup received positive reviews and achieved number one chart positions in the UK, US, and several other World markets. The album was remastered and released in 1994 and again in 2009 by Virgin Records and Universal Music respectively.
The Epic 2017 Project #272: 170929
The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (1972)
For the penultimate foray into the Stones’ back catalogue, I’ve picked my personal favourite.
Exile on Main Street, a double album, was released on 12 May 1972 by Rolling Stones Records. It was the band’s first double album and tenth studio album released in the United Kingdom. It was primarily recorded in a rented villa in Nellcôte, France while the band lived abroad as tax exiles, and is rooted in styles such as blues, rock and roll, swing, country, and gospel. The sessions included additional musicians such as pianist Nicky Hopkins, saxophonist Bobby Keys, drummer Jimmy Miller, and horn player Jim Price, and were completed at Los Angeles’ Sunset Sound.
Although it originally received mixed reviews, some critics have since called Exile on Main St. the Rolling Stones’ best work, and it has been ranked on various lists as one of the greatest albums of all time. A remastered and expanded version of the album was released in Europe on 17 May 2010 and in the United States on 18 May 2010, featuring a bonus disc with 10 new tracks.
The Epic 2017 Project #271: 170928
The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet (1968)
Today’s the antepenultimate Jemtunes foray into the Rolling Stones’ back catalogue.
Beggars Banquet was the seventh British and ninth American studio album. It was released in December 1968 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United State and was a return to roots rock for the band following the psychedelic pop of their 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request (see Epic #270). It was the last Rolling Stones album to be released during Brian Jones’ lifetime.
The Epic 2017 Project #270: 170927
The Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
Their Satanic Majesties Request is the sixth British and eighth American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in December 1967 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. Recording sessions saw the band experimenting widely with a psychedelic sound in the studio, incorporating elements such as unconventional instruments, sound effects, string arrangements, and African rhythms. The album’s title is a play on the “Her Britannic Majesty requests and requires …” text that appears inside a British passport. It is the first Stones album to feature the same track listings in both its UK and US versions.
Upon its release, Satanic Majesties received mixed reviews from critics “as well as some mixed reactions within the group itself”. It was criticised for being derivative of the contemporaneous work of the Beatles, particularly their June 1967 release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, with the similarities extending to the LP’s lenticular cover. In subsequent decades, however, it has gradually risen in critical reputation. Following the album’s release, the Rolling Stones abandoned their psychedelic style for a stripped-down return to their roots in blues music
The Epic 2017 Project #269: 170927
The Rolling Stones – Between the buttons (1967)
Between the Buttons is the fifth British and seventh American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released on 20 January 1967 in the UK and 11 February in the US as the follow-up to Aftermath (Epic #268). It was the beginning of the Stones’ brief foray into psychedelia. In 2012, the American version of Between the Buttons, which included “Ruby Tuesday” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together”, was ranked No.357 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Epic 2017 Project #268: 170925
The Rolling Stones – Aftermath (1966)
Aftermath, released in April 1966 by Decca Records, is the fourth British studio album by the Rolling Stones. It was later issued in the United States in June 1966 by London Records as the group’s sixth American album. The album is considered an artistic breakthrough for the band: it is the first to consist entirely of Mick Jagger–Keith Richards compositions, while Brian Jones played a variety of instruments not usually associated with their music, including sitar, Appalachian dulcimer, marimbas and Japanese koto, as well as guitar, harmonica and keyboards, though much of the music is still rooted in Chicago electric blues. It was the first Rolling Stones album to be recorded entirely in the US, at the RCA Studios in California, and their first album released in true stereo. It is also one of the earliest rock albums to eclipse the 50-minute mark, and contains one of the earliest rock songs to eclipse the 10-minute mark (“Goin’ Home”).
In August 2002 both editions of Aftermath were reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records, with the UK version containing an otherwise unavailable stereo mix of “Mother’s Little Helper”. In the same year the US edition of Aftermath was ranked No. 109 on the List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album was included in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
The Epic 2017 Project #267: 170924
The Rolling Stones – Out of our heads (1965)
Continuing the Jemtunes’ Epic series foray into the Stones’ back catalogue, here’s the second 1965 release – Out of Our Heads. This was the third British album and fourth in the United States.
The UK version – with a different cover – added songs that would surface later in the US on December’s Children (And Everybody’s) and others that had not been released in the UK thus far (such as “Heart of Stone”) instead of the already-released live track and recent hit singles (as singles rarely featured on albums in the UK in those times). Issued later that September, Out of Our Heads reached No. 2 in the UK charts behind the Beatles’ Help!. It was The Rolling Stones’ last UK album to rely upon R&B covers; the forthcoming Aftermath (Epic #268) was entirely composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
The Epic 2017 Project #266: 170923
The Rolling Stones – No. 2 (1965)
It’s day 5 of the Jemtunes foray into the Rolling Stones’ back catalogue. So here we are, one year on from the very beginning with 1965’s ‘No.2′. It followed its predecessor’s tendency to largely feature R&B covers. However, it does contain three compositions from the still-developing Mick Jagger/Keith Richards songwriting team.
Using the cover shot for 12 X 5, the second US-released album in October 1964, The Rolling Stones No. 2’s track listing would largely be emulated on the upcoming US release of The Rolling Stones, Now!. While Eric Easton was co-credited as producer alongside Andrew Loog Oldham on The Rolling Stones’ debut album, Oldham takes full production duties for The Rolling Stones No, 2, which was recorded sporadically in the UK and US during 1964.
A huge hit in the UK upon release, The Rolling Stones No. 2 spent 10 weeks at No. 1 in early 1965, becoming one of the year’s biggest sellers in the UK.
According to Bill Wyman in his book Stone Alone: The Story of a Rock’N’Roll Band, John Lennon said of The Rolling Stones No. 2: “The album’s great, but I don’t like five-minute numbers.”
Due to ABKCO’s preference towards the American albums, they overlooked both The Rolling Stones and The Rolling Stones No. 2 for CD release in 1986 and during its remastering series in 2002. Consequently, the album was out of print for many years and was thus widely bootlegged by collectors.
The Rolling Stones No. 2 was again made available to the public as part of a limited edition vinyl box set, titled “The Rolling Stones 1964–1969”, in November 2010 and (by itself) digitally at the same time. The original title was also re-instated as part of The Rolling Stones in Mono box set, released on September 30, 2016
The Epic 2017 Project #265: 170922
The Rolling Stones (1964)
For day 4 of the Jemtunes foray into the Rolling Stones’ back catalogue, here’s the delf-titled debut, released by Decca Records in the UK on 16 April 1964. The American edition of the LP, with a slightly different track list, came out on London Records on 30 May 1964, subtitled England’s Newest Hit Makers, which later became its official title.
The album is included in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Recorded at Regent Sound Studios in London over the course of five days in January and February 1964, the album was produced by then-managers Andrew Loog Oldham and Eric Easton.
The Epic 2017 Project #264: 170921
The Rolling Stones – It’s only rock n roll (1974)
For the third Rolling Stones album in the Jemtunes ‘Epic 2017’ series, here’s ‘It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll’, the 12th British and 14th American studio album, 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. The album also marked the 10th anniversary since the release of the band’s debut album, The Rolling Stones (see Epic #265 tomorrow). The album has a firmer rock sound than the more funk – and soul – inspired Goats Head Soup (see Epic #273 due on 30 September. It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll reached No.1 in the US and No.2 in the UK.