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.