Album #70 – Aftermath

Album #70

This is a great album and makes me like and appreciate The Stones even more. Of course, the album was released in different versions in the US and UK. I was lucky enough to listen to all the tracks on both versions. The album starts off with either Paint It, Black (US) or Mother’s Little Helper (UK). Paint It, Black is one of my favorite Stones songs. It popularized the Middle Eastern feel within pop music. Brian Jones was experimenting with different guitar sounds and stumbled upon this sitar-like sound which makes the song. Mother’s Little Helper is more upbeat and less serious than Paint It, Black but it’s lyrics are also serious because they deal with the disappearance of men helping women in society. Brian Jones also experimented with other sounds including dulcimer and marimba. Jones would help define the sound of this album. The album also features one of their first long songs, Goin’ Home. This song is basically a long Blues jam ending with what can only be described as Mick Jagger faking an orgasm. This album also contains another one of the Stones’ early hits: Under My Thumb. When I was growing up, the local rock station played a cover version of that song by Canadian rock band Streetheart. The cover was pure Canadian cheesy rock from the 70’s. I did not know that it was a Stones song until a few years later. The original is far better than the cover and it is one of my favorite Stones songs. Other highlights include: Lady Jane and Out of Time. I was very impressed with this album and I was not disappointed. This album started the Classic Stones period which lasted from 1966 until 1972. Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5.

Next: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme by Simon & Garfunkel!!!

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