Album no. 70/1001
Ladies and gentlemen, The Rolling Stones! The first stones album to consist entirely of their own songs, it’s got a couple of proper bangers on it.
It’s worth pointing out that we listened to the US version of this album, with ‘Paint It Black’ as the opener (as opposed to the UK version which has ‘Mother’s Little Helper’). Mick and Keith were getting into their stride on this one. It’s still pretty blues-based, but there are a few weird instruments sneaking in. Brian Jones was apparently picking up and playing whatever they had lying around in the studio, which is why there’s sitar, marimba and harpsichord scattered throughout.
Have you listened to this album before?
NK: Yes indeed.
NK: ‘Under My Thumb’ is my favourite track here. Even though the lyrics do suggest the possibility of emotional abuse, it’s really catchy! ‘Paint It Black’ is another classic, ‘Going Home’ is a great jam, and I quite like ‘Flight 505’ as well.
CL: Damn. ‘Going Home’. An 11 minute jam isn’t usually my thing, but YES. I’m down with this in a big way. It is a SEXY SONG. I’ve always liked ‘Under My Thumb’ as well. But ‘Stupid Girl’ is a bit aggressive isn’t it? Settle down, guys.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
NK: ‘Paint It Black’ featured very prominently on the Mafia 3 soundtrack, so if you’re in the mood to throw a mob boss through a top-floor casino window, this is your jam.
CL: At the very least, listen to the last track when you haven’t seen bae in a really long time and you’re keen as.
NK: Good call.
Why has this album been included on the list?
NK: It’s a definite progression for the stones. They wrote all the songs, there are all the weird instruments, and they recorded the whole thing in the US, which gave them more time to work on the arrangements. They’ve tried a few different things here; the sitar, the harpsichord, and sticking an eleven minute blues jam on an album wasn’t exactly the normal thing to do.
CL: It’s pretty inconsistent – that’s something interesting about it. Starts off with the sitar, goes into some weird Elizabethan bullshit on ‘Lady Jane’, then we’re back to good tunes with ‘Under My Thumb’. It’s weird. It’s a bizarre combination of songs.
Will you be listening again?
NK: It will probably go through my rotation from time to time.
CL: Not to the whole album, no. But there’s some good songs on here, so it’s not all bad news.