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THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST
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April 18, 2012
"It's so very lonely... you're 2000 light years from home." "In another land..." "We have journeyed far from here." "...and if we close our eyes together, then we will see where we all come from." Space, loss of time and direction, journeying to nowhere, where are we? Such questions pose the first time listener of Their Satanic Majesties' Request, a confusing, jam-filled romp of psychedelic atmosphere from... The Doors - no wait, Iron butterfly - no... The Beatles - HELL NO, uh.... The Rolling Stones? You are telling me the greatest rock n' roll band in the world and the best blues band made this colorful record of total senselessness? YES, and let me tell you... it's pretty damn good, but incoherent.
Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards were all serving jail time at this point. The band was completely disconnected; it was rumored that they all were never together, at any point, during recording. They are lost in the recording studio, 2000 light years away from each other. This is important, and I want to say this now... this is not a Sgt. Pepper's copycat. Frankly, besides the heavy orchestrations, cover, and the use of public domain sounds, this album is very different. It bleeds psychedelics, and broods the dark atmosphere, that Sgt. Pepper's fails to deliver. Pepper may be the most influential album of all time (that does not mean it is the best, there's a difference) but it isn't as psychedelic as Satanic Majesties. Now that we got that cleared up... back to the album.
As you take out your LP, you notice the 3D album
cover (that is frickin' sweet). It's an obvious top-off to Sgt. Peppers
(but who cares, it is more like a mockery). Open the album and we jump to the
central concept of Satanic Majesties: the maze. This album is full of
space, confusion, and wonder... much like a maze. But with this maze, and the
focus of the album, there is no way to arrive to the destination, "It's Here."
That was not a mistake, and whether the boys realized this or not, they set
themselves up for a central focus on this album. Just as the listener is
confused as to why The Stones have gone psychedelic, so does the music reflect
that. There are two jam songs in the album, "Sing This All Together (See What
Happens)" and "Gomper," these jams reflect the confusion and chaos of being
incoherent and lost in the maze. The lyrics and mood of "Sing This All
Together," "Citadel," "The Lantern," and "In Another Land" also reflect this
same concept. They may not be the best of songs, "Citadel" is an exception, but
they work well with the focus of the album. The best example of this is the
album's best song: "2000 Light Years" From Home". It has the best groove,
atmosphere, feel, and mood that sets everything together. "She's a Rainbow"
misses the focus, but still adds to the atmosphere with a beautiful piano played
by Nicky Hopkins and the ending note sets the stage for what "2000 Light Years
will continue. "On With the Show" is the ending piece: it's fun and funny, and
it gets us ready for a show that we as the listeners will never see. Perhaps
that's the end of our maze... something that can't be reached. What really can't
be reached is the quality of these songs, though. This album has a great
atmosphere and an ironic focus, but the quality each song brings lacks in the
department of listener satisfaction. It's a tough listen if you don't like jams,
but none the less... it's effective and definitely worth the listen, to those
willing to attempt the maze one more time. "See you on Aldebaran!"
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July 9, 2009
So many people see this album as a rip-off of the Beatles' masterful Sgt Pepper! I think the comparison is a bit unfair. The Stones had a lot of problems at the time this album was being made, but they were internal: the drug busts of the three "main" band members meant that it was very hard to work with any kind of continuity. There were also dissentions in the band over the direction the album should take. A lot of people think that the album was Brian Jones' idea when in actual fact, he was totally opposed to it, wanting instead to return to the band's blues roots.
This album deserves to be rediscovered. While the sound certainly is very different from anything else the Boys have done, the album does contain some very nice music. "In Another Land" is the only Bill Wyman penned song officially released on a original Stones album. While not as good as his "Downtown Suzie" (released on the compilation Metamorphosis album), it makes for pleasant listening, although one could do without the snoring at the end.
"Sing This All Together (See What Happens)" is a strong contender for worst Stones song ever. This self-indulgent mish-mash knocks half a tongue off the album's rating. Unlistenable!
"She's A Rainbow" follows and redeems things, big time. This beautiful song highlights the talents of piano player Nicky Hopkins, who does a wonderful job here. The album's other winner is "2000 Light Years From Home". This song clearly shows just how essential Brian Jones was to the band. The song just wouldn't be the same without his otherworldly Mellotron.
by Lucas Berredo
January 7, 2004
Everyone talks bad about 'Satanic Majesties', but I think that album is better than anything done by Stones from mid-70s on, like Black and Blue and It's Only Rock and Roll.
Satanic had some songs with interesting chord progressions, such as 'Sing This All Together' (minus the lyrics, that song begins with a very great G major, changing to the sad D minor) and '2000 Man' (great harmony!, minus the chorus passage).
Brian Jones is really technically less gifted than Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood, but he shows he was the most creative and innovative from the Stones. Maybe he was in the wrong band. 'Gomper' is such a brilliant song for the time, even talking about psychedelic stuff. The exotic instruments are good and the most intriguing for me is the sitar.
'She's A Rainbow' is a classic masterpiece, in spite of the Beatles' imitation, but... even though it is a great song. So I think Satanic Majesties is a very underrated album and it's not a Sgt. Pepper's bastard cousin, in spite of a great influence on the Stones work at the time.
By Rohan Ghatak
January 27, 2003
Astounding. This has to be the most astounding Stones' album ever released, aside from Beggars' Banquet. I like it. The sheer vivacity and psychedelic influence is uncharacteristic of the Stones.Though some fans did not like this, newer, geekier fans should try this out instead of EXILE ON MAIN STREET (a *yuck* album)
The album opens with 'Sing This All Together', an enjoyable, heavily Arabic song, minus the stupid vocals. Then comes one of their all time greats, 'Citadel', beginning abruptly at the end of 'Sing This...'.'Citadel' is such a song that makes you feel joyous, other than 'Jumpin Jack Flash'. The next song is rather, well, stupid, 'In Another Land', by Bill Wyman. What put me off was the sound of snoring. Then, after the 'Sing This...' reprise, and before, comes '2000 Man' and 'She's a Rainbow'. Both of them are works of art. And then comes the heavily psychedelic 'Lantern', and '2000 Light Years From Home', with 'Gomper' stuck in between. Beautiful. The last song provides a perfect ending, 'On with the Show'.
The best songs are 'Citadel', 'She's a Rainbow' and '2000 Man'. Hear this, boys! This is God!!! The album changed my life, with its beautiful cut-ins, and lyrics. Hear this all together.
By Space Faced Dave
January 1, 2003
Born in the year of 1965, I grew up with the Stones, the 5 records that where played and owned by my father was Aftermath, Between the Buttons, Their Satanic Majesty´s Request, Beggars Banquet and Let it Bleed. The 2 later ones had very interesting covers. I examined them carefully and I always found new things to look at. But the album that I would listen to mostly after getting old enough to handle the record player was: Their Satanic Majesty´s Request. It had a 3d picture at the cover and the band moved their head as you looked at the picture from different angels. My favorite song on this album is "She's a Rainbow". It has this silly piano playing the melody and it feels simple until the bashing acoustic guitar comes in. A brilliant song. "2000 Light Years", mystic because of the strange sounds that are probably played backwards and the Heavy bass/guitar intro. "In Another Land", Mr. Wyman gets one of his song to join in on the record, a very good song and it ends with the snoring of Bill (every one have heard the classic story about how the riffs to "Satisfaction" where made). "Sing this Song all Together (Part one and two)", well I have mixed emotions, sometimes they are good and sometimes I hate them. "The Gomper" starts off very good but that part ends and it is placed far down on the list. "The Latern" is a very good song and it is very well produced with trumpets bass guitars and Mick's voice at its best. "Citadel", a smashing song, the hardest feedbacking guitars.
By Gary Roberts
September 28, 2002
The eerie piano notes that kick off MAJESTIES immediately establish the unsettling mood of much of the music to come. SATANIC MAJESTIES has, over the years, been regarded as the bastard cousin of The Beatles' overpraised SGT PEPPER'S album of 1967, but for me, the Stones did better. Yes, it may sound more raw and dated than PEPPER, but in terms of atmosphere and unease, MAJESTIES far exceeds it. SING THIS ALL TOGETHER, once you get past the rather silly lyrics, is a wonderfully sinister musical workout featuring creative percussion and guitar work, while CITADEL's opening hammer-and-anvil guitar explosion leads us into another doom-laden slice of psychedelic Stones, with a sneering Jagger vocal that presages his sound on JUMPIN' JACK FLASH. 2000 MAN is less effective, but instrumental-wise it works quite nicely, and then we segue into Bill snoring and the genuinely spooky SING THIS ALL TOGETHER reprise ("Where's that joint?"). The screams, pounding piano work and dense, smoky atmosphere end side one in suitably sinister mode, before the slowed-down whistling-wind "We Wish You A Merry Christmas". Side two kicks off with the beautiful SHE'S A RAINBOW, most notable for the lovely high-pitched Mick/Keith harmonies and a exemplary, fluid piano accompaniment. CITADEL, though a lesser track, benefits from some sublime slide guitar (no doubt courtesy of Brian), and it possesses a nice, calm rustic English quality, which swiftly darkens as GOMPER takes over and evokes a disturbing journey through some dark wood late at night, with demons and evil spirits lurking nearby. Then comes the superb 2,000 LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME, distinguished by Brian's sublime Mellotron work that can still raise the hairs on my neck. There's a real sadness about the track, but it's still truly exciting, and Bill and Charlie's rhythm work is restrained but integral to the strength of this fine composition. With the vaudevillian ON WITH THE SHOW, the band relax into a far more lighthearted style, and Mick's upper crust vocal is amusing, even if the track itself is decidedly minor Jagger-Richards. When one considers the troubled circumstances in which the album was stitched together - drug busts every week, it seemed - SATANIC MAJESTIES actually stands up as a very valuable product of its era, an under-rated, flawed gem of an album vividly evoking the strong scent of hash and incense, the suggestion of dark sex and the uncertainty that lurked beneath the Summer of Love.
By ODJ aka Dirty Dirty
September 12, 2002
This album is obviously not like the big four classics to follow (although personally I think Exile is a bit over rated), but I feel they needed this album to transform into what they would become right after it. They had their first period with their straight to the roots blues which they did as good or better than any of the other white boys, hence they got their name from their idol Muddy Waters song "Rolling Stone". SMR was not the best album to come out of the psychedelic area but it was a lot better than it was perceived at the time and like a fine wine has been more appreciated over the years. You have gems like 'She's a Rainbow" that Mick sounds great on and 'Gomper', which is a kick ass song and one of my favorite Stones songs. '2000 Light Years From Home' which is a better Psychedelic song than anyone the Beatles ever wrote. In closing you can appreciate this album by understanding how it bridged the gap between the energetic blues of their beginnings and the mature masterpieces that were soon to come. Overall a great piece of work that was highly overlooked.
May 28, 2002
I think Their Satanic Majesties Request released back in '67 is one of worst albums the Rolling Stones have ever made during their 40 year history, with the song '2000 Light Years From Home' & the album cover itself as its only masterpieces. It's nothing but a psychedelic travesty of epic proportions since the Stones were trying to compete with Sgt. Pepper from the Beatles as well as The Doors from the Doors & Surrealistic Pillow from the Jefferson Airplane, and failed miserably. I think the Stones seemed kind of lost at the time as a rock-n-roll band since 'Let's Spend The Night Together' is a mediocre single, while the infamous arrest of Jagger & Richards at Redlands back in 67, is what the Stones represented that year more than their music. I don't think the Rolling Stones would ever think of recording & releasing an album like Their Satanic Majesties Request if they could turn back the clock, since it's such a lackluster psychedelic mess with no direction while they would get back to being the Stones after this debacle.
By Daniel Alvarado
March 25, 2002
I think Their Satanic Majesties Request is a fine Stones album. Thus, I think it's a bit of a copy from The Beatles Sgt. Pepper and a weak attempt to be involved with psychedelia compared with A Piper At The Gates Of Dawn or Disraeli Gears. Satanic Majesties has some great melodies such as the one in 'She's A Rainbow' or '2000 Light Years From Home'. Great riffs ('Citadel'), Indian melodies ('Gomper'). 'In Another Land' is a great song in my opinion and the harpsichord is good along with Bill Wyman's unexpressive voice. There's a great instrumental work in all the album, especially Keith's guitar solos, riffs, chords, and strange melodies. Brian Jones' weird sounds are also pretty psychedelic. 'Gomper' is the most psychedelic song along with '2000 Light Years' with its inverted sounds and with that amazing riff. Great album.
Lows: Sing This All Together (both songs). Very far from the Stones normal style.
By Damon Cash
January 27, 2002
This album is the Stones first, and pretty much only attempt at psychedelic music. This most definitely is not the Stones genre, however I think it deserves alot more credit than it got. This album was made at a strange time for the Stones, after all it was 1967. The combination of their troubles with the law and an alteration in the sound of popular music (this being largely a part of the release of Sgt. Peppers), this album brings out a side of the stones that we had never seen before.
I love the first four songs on Satanic Majesties. The opening track, "Sing This All Together", is one of my favorites. The message of peace and unity is almost hippie-like, which adds more to the confusion of Between the Buttons and Aftermath fans. "Citadel" is really the only track that keeps a straight rock rhythm throughout the entire song, the instrumentals and lyrics work together perfectly. "In Another Land" is one of the few Stones songs written by Bill Wyman. The psychedelic effect added to Bill's voice makes this the strangest song on here besides "Sing This All Together (See What Happens)", which is really nothing more than random noise. Next is "2000 Man", this to me is the true masterpiece of the album. Keith's acoustic work is outstanding and the switches are excellent. The most famous songs on this album are "She's a Rainbow" and "2000 Light Years From Home". Both are superb and unique. The only thing I don't like about "She's a Rainbow" is the long and quite annoying intro. I have no complaints about "2000 Light Years", it is the best psychedelic song on the album.
The rest of the songs aren't really anything special, but I like them all a little. My favorite thing about the Stones in the mid to late sixties is that every album is completely unique. Aftermath, Between the Buttons, Satanic Majesties, and Beggars Banquet are all different. And the most different of them all is Satanic Majesties Request. Nothing sums up the strangeness of 1967 quite like this album.
By Rob Rabiee
March 3, 2001
Well, what can be said? It's psychedelic, it's definitely anti-rock. It can't compare to brilliance of Aftermath or the down-to-earth blues of Beggar's Banquet, but it has a mind of its own. TSMR is, to me, less an answer and more a skewer - The Beatles are the Satanic Majesties, the Stones their innocent whipping posts. Each song has its Pepper equivalent, which is the brilliance of the album. "Sing this Song All Together" is as incisive a slice at the "love everyone" gush of the Beatles' finest works, and it gets that message across with brilliant wit. For me, it is an album which defies categorization - satire, brilliance, and whatever else. Just listen and enjoy, and try to get the 60's biggest inside joke.
By Net Pimp
December 28, 2000
This was a poor attempt to equal the greatness of Sgt. Pepper, by contradicting its happy mood with dark, solemn, druggy songs. It still gets unfairly put down. And rightly so. But come on, it wasn't as bad as it could've been considering they were close to disbanding.
"Sing This Song All Together" is okay, but weird with the wild, chaotic horns weaving in and out. "Citadel" is pretty good. "In Another Land" Bill' song, has weird, phased and cut up vocals. The psychedelic feeling works well here. "2000 Man" is sort of like "Space Oddity" in its touching, spacey way. The acoustic feeling is rewarding. "STSAT (See What Happens)" is an utter washout, a true waste of record. One of the rare times a Stones record got trippy, and boring. The song is repetitive and fails miserably. "She's a Rainbow" with its classical touch, orchestration by sessionman John Paul Jones (yes, classically-trained musician, future Led Zep bassist/keyboardist.) I'm not sure if John Paul J. or Brian J. play the classical piano part that's gorgeous. The song gets weird and druggy at times, culminating in a freak out ending. "The Lantern' and "Gomper" are equally creepy, warped out affairs that are average. "Gomper" is a let-down in fact. "2000 Light Years from Home" is the real classic too. It uses synths, messed-up orchestras and such to make a scary, dark and disturbing track. Light Years ahead of its time! LSD helps, you know.
By Chris Witte
November 11, 2000
The Stones awash in psychedelia. That sentence can describe this album perfectly. Don't get me wrong however, there are some good songs here. TSMR was a blatant attempt to answer the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's, and unfortunately the album falls way short of its lofty expectations. To begin with, 'Sing This all Together' is an average song at its best, plus its difficult to get through the disjointed horns that kick it off. The next song 'Citadel' works much better, the guitar is what makes this song enjoyable. Next is Bill Wyman's 'In Another Land', which is, for lack of a better word, interesting. Not a particularly well written or musically crafted song, its sprawling weirdness almost forces one to listen in wonderment. However, the extended snoring at the end gets annoying really quick. Next is '2000 Man', at last the first real good song on the album, its tempo changes and futuristic lyrics make it very entertaining. The feeling, however, is quickly lost on 'Sing this all Together (See what Happens)', a horribly annoying "song" full of chants, instrumentation, and noise. Next up is 'She's a Rainbow', which is quite a lovely song as soon as one gets past the extended and also annoying intro. One of the most blatant "pop" songs the Stones ever did, and it works (I like the strings by future Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones). The next 2 songs 'The Latern' and 'Gomper' are largely forgettable and rather tedious. Then comes the best song on the album, '2000 light years from Home'. Once one gets passed the tedious and disjointed intro, the Stones kick it into high gear on a song that shows how great rock n roll and psychedelic experimentation can sound. Relying on their signature theme of isolation, the Stones kick out a song that makes this album worthwhile to major fans of their early work. Its just a shame that the they decided to close the album with 'On with the Show', a track that is somewhat entertaining but largely annoying and of no real merit. This album is not a must have, but it is certainly important historically. After this album was widely panned and sales slumped, the Stones retreated to record Beggar's Banquet.
April 15, 2000
It's hard to believe, that, if the sales report I have is true, this in over 32 years has only sold a million of copies. Even in England, where every other Rolling Stones studio album until after LET IT BLEED was at least a #3 hit, it only went at #6. This seems to have happened, because there the Rolling Stones had entered new musical terrain, which was -and still is-against the wish of many fans. In contrast to it, I think, that they also here only used the new influences for transmitting their typical sound more freshly. SHE'S A RAINBOW actually is a beautiful, simple rock song, one of their typical trademarks. Anyway, THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST was the highlight of their psychedelic phase and their album which is most influenced by the sounds of swinging London. Also against the opinion of many other people, I must say that my favourite song here is IN ANOTHER LAND, where I wonder, why Bill didn't do more songwriting and singing, because this is a clear, emotional song, that makes me cry like PAINT IT BLACK. THE LANTERN and GOMPER (with its epic instrumental passage at the end) are also very idyllic and atmospheric. With ON WITH THE SHOW you also find a wild bad-boy song("your wife will never know that you're not really working late") . Moreover, my rating also goes to SGT. PEPPERS by the Beatles, which also influenced this album by the Stones. Like you find a shirt saying WELCOME THE ROLLING STONES GOOD GUYS on the Beatles cover, you find heads of the Beatles in the flowers on this Stones cover. The two bands were good friends and here made two albums that are both great. So stop the silly comparisons!
April 10, 2000
This is actually probably my favorite (or close) of the Stones album. I actually couldn't stand the Rolling Stones prior to hearing this one. Why do I like it so much? Well, the most important point I want to bring to attention..I enjoy the richness that this album evokes. Using everything from pianos, electronic sounds, chorus's of people singing, simple every day acoustic guitar, etc. etc. I think its richness is captured in a nice blend throughout the songs, and I believe their potential is well explored. I mean, you have guys that go in the studio, and pump out albums with nothing but a guitar, bass, and drum set. Not much depth into their work. They just whip out a short order album for quick women, quick fame, and quick money. But honestly, most of these artists aren't remembered, and most of their work is the product of a few guys who could have explored their possibilities more when writing a song. But then you have TSMR, which uses a whole host of musical multimedia thrown in, and in result, captures the imagination like few albums in the present could. "Sing This Song Together" brings to mind the kind of hippie, psychedelic, transcentalist-sing around a campfire, sing songs with friends while you do acid kind of theme which was blossoming at the time. One thing that critics fail to respect is the chaotic clutter mixed in with both this song and the fifth track which actually contributes to the mood of narcotics usage. Hey, I don't do drugs, but I know what an acid trip would sound like, and this is definitely drug induced material that deserves some credit. "In Another Land" is another one of these kind of songs, which use a windy kind of filter to make people dream of laying back, looking off into space, taking hits from your joint as you are overtaken by silence and the mellowness that the drug invokes. Anyways, I would say more, but I got class in two minutes. This is one hell of an album the whole way through, and if you dont have it, your missing a not so widely publicized classic.
By Dan Hollombe
November 13, 1999
As far as album releases go, no two months in the history of recorded music will ever match November and December of 1967. "Magical Mystery Tour," "Days Of Future Passed," "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Wild Honey," "Buffalo Springfield Again," "Something Else By The Kinks," "A Gift >From A Flower To A Garden," "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones LTD," "The Hollies Butterfly," "Pandemonium Shadow Show," "Forever Changes," "Strange Days," "We're Only In It For The Money"...I could go on and on. There's no question that "TSMR" ranks right up there with the best of them. The only reason it has been so unfairly maligned over the years, is because of that eight minutes of garbage at the end of side one. When you think about it, however, "After Bathing At Baxter's" (which was also released that month) contains about three times as much similar garbage, and it is actually revered as a masterpiece in some circles. "Sing This All Together" is a stellar example of a potentially great song desperately trying to claw it's way out of all the annoying whistles & clanging bells that bury it. Much like the Beatle's "Only A Northern Song" (which it slightly resembles), it makes you wish that they'd gotten rid of all the excessive percussion toys, and instead, concentrated on getting an audible bass sound. "Citadel" is another matter though. Easily as good as anything on "Disraeli Gears" (Yet another masterpiece from 12/97!), the track just rocks with the best of them. It's fitting that the vocals are shoved over to the left, while the guitars & drums are featured prominently in the middle, as this is truly a showcase for those instruments...Also, be listening for the descending scale that appears in the right-hand speaker, beginning with the 3rd verse. Is that a real horn of some sort, or a keyboard imitating one? "In Another Land" sounds like something left over from "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn." Hell, Wyman's voice even sounds just like Syd Barrett's! "2000 Man" starts out as a simple three-chord folk song, but suddenly turns into a savage psychedelic rocker about midway through it. Probably the only Stones song that incorporates such a dramatic change in tempo. "She's A Rainbow" is a magnificent showcase for Nicky Hopkin's talents, while "The Lantern" was probably an early prototype for Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter." The first couple of minutes of "Gomper" is a great headphone trip (just listen to all the different melodies and countermelodies that the various guitars are playing!) Unfortunately the song goes on about three minutes longer than it should. "2000 Light Years From Home" remains to this day, the greatest use ever made of a mellotron. The song's opening, of course, was later copied verbatim by Yes for the beginning of their magnum opus "Roundabout." The album ends on a humorous note, not at all unlike "Something Happened To Me Yesterday" on the previous album. The one mistake? "Fatina starts the show at two o'clock." What burlesque show could possibly begin at two in the afternoon? If that were the case, there would be no danger of one's wife "Knowing that you're not really working late," because you'd probably make it home on time easily!
October 31, 1999
Anyone who has met me on the board is getting some idea of what I value in my Stones. That is why I have decided that I must review TSMR. It is one of the most slammed albums, unless you included Dirty Work (see review). But every album has its time and place. It can be a feeling or a memory. TSMR equest is a sacred herbage (et al) party. You can go there by slapping on the headphones, cranking up the volume and smoking up as I have occasionally done over the past few months to bring you this review.
I grew up in the 80s but my hearts desire was to be a flower child. Free love, free pot, free Stones in Altamont. TSMR could take me there, even without chemical assistance. Now, with assistance, this album can take me back to the 80s.
Top three reasons I love this album, in any state of mind: Citadel, 2000 Light Years, and 2000 Man. The best way to listen: stoned and phoned.
Citadel is just a great loud crashing song I love it. I listen to it and I can almost hear my mother screaming Turn that SHIT DOWN! Its everything an average Stones song should be, maybe more, but its really overlooked. If it were on another album ?
2000 light years what an excellent song. Turn it up with phones and listen to Charlie pound directly on your ears. This is the one song where the boys took all the latest technology and put it to powerful use. You must have this song on CD.
2000 man All three phases of this song are good, each one a little better than the last. Its got really great guitar in the middle (is your brain still flashing?) This is a song where you really have to work and crack the shell to get the meat inside. Give it another chance if you already dislike it. As always, the rhythm section is holding the whole thing together. Another under appreciated song, in my opinion.
Shes a rainbow Kick the oo la las and the music box sequences and I would have liked this song better, but still, for where the group was at at the time, a really decent song. Listening, on gets the feeling that beneath the lace and frills of the day, the Stones could still kick some musical ass if they wanted to.
Skip over the last half of Gomper if it gets to be too much, and ignore all the musical farts and its really not such a bad little album, Charlie Brown. Dont just gobble this up like so much psychedelic cotton candythere really is depth in the music if you look for it. Each song is an exotic dish to taste. You may not enjoy all the offerings, but a sample of each will bring a delightful surprise. Listen with this thought in mind what if it were a time capsule? A message to the future: see us the way were, the way we thought we were, drugged and decadent, with a cynical façade of fashion. This is the Stones with flower power.
By Steve Cronen
July 13, 1999
Despite what most think of this album, Id rank TSMR among my favorite Stones albums. Im just really into experimental stuff in music. This album is a perfect brother to the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (Sgt. Pepper? Who gave you that idea? This is nowhere close to that album). This one has it all. Songs ranging from raging acid rockers (Citadel) to some of the most glorious ballads Jagger and Richards ever penned (Shes a Rainbow). From songs about loneliness and isolation (2000 Light Years From Home, In Another Land) to songs about unity and peace (Sing This All Together). There are only a couple of gripes I have: Sing This All Together (See What Happens) could have been erased completely, because its really just a bunch of noodling around. Also, the ending to Gomper could have been cut short by a couple of minutes. I love the song, but the ending ? Anyway, had these gone over, sublime songs like We Love You and Dandelion could have easily been put on. This is really Brian Joness album, in a sense. Though he hated the psychedelic movement, he plays a lot of the cool, freaky instruments on this album. Songs like Sing This All Together, Citadel, 2000 Man, Shes a Rainbow, 2000 Light Years From Home, and On With the Show are the best, by far. I highly recommend this one if you want to hear something different from the Stones.
By Matt Chicchi
This often gets me in trouble, but I LOVE PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC & this album is killer, acid, British rock grooves!! OK, so the production & mixing is a little crappy in a few parts, but eat a tab, smoke a joint & this album will speak to you like nothing you can imagine. It's a little unfocused & silly, but hey, that's one of the hallmarks of good psychedelic music. Here's a cool selection of similar material for anyone interested: "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" (Pink Floyd) "Happy Trails" (Quicksilver Messenger Service) "After Bathing At Baxter's (Jefferson Airplane) "Anthem Of The Sun" (Grateful Dead) "Mr. Fantasy" (Traffic) "Magical Mystery Tour" (The Beatles) "Barabajagal" (Donovan) "Younger Than Yesterday" (The Byrds) "Da Capo" (Love) happy listening !
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