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 #263: 170920
The Rolling Stones – Let it bleed (1969)
Continuing into the last 12 days of September, Jemtunes is featuring 12 albums from The Rolling Stones. 19/9 saw Sticky Fingers (1971); today sees ‘Let it Bleed’ – the eighth British and tenth American album released in December 1969 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States.
Released shortly after the band’s 1969 American Tour, it is the follow-up to 1968’s Beggars Banquet (see Epic #271 due on the 28th) and the last album by the band to feature Brian Jones as well as the first to feature Mick Taylor.
The Epic 2017 Project #262: 170919
The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (1971)
For the last twelve days of September, The JemTunes ‘Epic 2017 project’ features 12 albums from the world’s longest running band – the Rolling Stones.
Sticky Fingers was their ninth British and elventh American studio album released in April 1971. It was the band’s first album of the 1970s and its first release on the band’s newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records, after having been contracted since 1963 with Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the US. It is also Mick Taylor’s first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album, the first Rolling Stones album not to feature any contributions from guitarist and founder Brian Jones and the first one on which singer Mick Jagger is credited with playing guitar.
The original vinyl release (and yes, I still have mine) had a real zip on the fly of the black jeans on the front cover.
Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #249: 160905
[A 1960’s song (9)]
Released on 4 August 1964 as the group’s third single, it reached the number one on the UK singles chart the next month, remaining for two weeks. The song became the group’s breakthrough hit, establishing them as one of the top British Invasion acts in the United States, reaching number seven there later in the year. “You Really Got Me” was later included on the bands’ self-titled debut album.