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Aftermath [CD]

The Rolling Stones Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca - Pop
  • ASIN: B00006RT4U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mothers little helper
2. Stupid Girl
3. Lady Jane
4. Under My Thumb
5. Doncha Bother Me
6. Going Home
7. Flight 505
8. High And Dry
9. Out Of Time
10. It's Not Easy
11. I Am Waiting
12. Take it or Leave It
13. Think
14. What To Do

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Truly Great Stones Album 1 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
I think it's fair to say that to a point 'Aftermath' is greater than the sum of its parts.
That's not to say the songs are necessarily inferior but it's the culminative effect of the broad soundscope created primarily by Brian Jones that is perhaps its greatest strength. Brian dabbles with all types of sounds including rarely played instruments such as the dulcimer, marimbas and sitar to create arguably the most colourfully varied sound to be found within the entire Stones catalogue. Brian (and the Stones) never choose the obvious as a number of these songs could just as easily have been arranged to accommodate more traditional 'rock' arrangements. 'Lady Jane' with its dulcimer and harpsicord instrumentation could just as easily be mistaken for a 16th century Elizabethan ballad.
'Aftermath' does contain more than its fair share of great songs, however, in particular 'Mother's Little Helper', 'Lady Jane', 'Under My Thumb', 'I Am Waiting' and 'Out Of Time' - each one of them highlighting a different aspect of the range of Brian's instrumentation. It's not quite the typical Stones sound that one unacquinted with their albums would be familiar with but it's nonetheless crucial in understanding what the Stones are all about.
It's probably true to say there are a few fillers ('It's Not Easy', 'What To Do' etc.) and the eleven minute 'Going Home' doesn't seem to go anywhere but these songs fit into such a seductive whole that it hardly matters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get me on Flight number 505 15 Aug 2011
By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Just to clarify one thing first. Below is the order of tracks on the original UK vinyl release. It was changed for US release with four tracks being dropped and "Paint it Black" being included. When the first CD release was made in the UK, Decca chose the US track selection rather than the UK selection. However with the release of several of the albums in digipak format in the UK in 2002, "Aftermath" (thankfully and at long last) reverted to the original fourteen tracks.

Mother's Little Helper
Stupid Girl
Lady Jane
Under my thumb
Doncha bother me
Goin' Home
Flight 505
High and Dry
Out of Time
It's not easy
I am waiting
Take it or leave it
What to do

Not content with releasing a totally self-penned album, whereas previously only the odd few Jagger/Richard tracks had come out (and most of these on singles), the original and now restored, release of "Aftermath" contained fourteen tracks, one in excess of eleven minutes in length and with the total album lasting for longer than 53 minutes. All of this was revolutionary for a pop industry used to getting away with albums not much longer than thirty minutes.

So what were/are these tracks like? The first thing to say is that there's no trace of the Diddley and Berry sounds the lads had grown up with. Nor is there any real evidence of the Chicago blues they loved. There is some blues but it's not so easy to trace. "High and Dry" relates more to songs like "San Francisco Bay Blues" originally from Jesse Fuller but made popular by Ramblin' Jack Elliott. Ramblin' Jack was popular with the folk cum arty crowd in London with whom both Jagger and Richard had had some relationship (and not always amicable according to Keef's book).
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE STONES ARE COMING INTO THEIR OWN 13 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
At last, the 14 song UK version of The Rolling Stones Aftermath. This is one of my favorite Rolling Stones albums. It was a landmark album for the band as it was the first Rolling Stones album to consist of all original Jagger/Richards material. The days of doing cover versions of other artist's songs were slowing down as the band was beginning to develop their own style and sound. With original hits over the last 15 months such as "The Last Time," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," and "Get Off Of My Cloud," Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were developing into a very strong songwriting team. Besides Mick and Keith coming into their own as songwriters, Brian Jones was coming into his own as an instrumentalist. He played several differernt instruments on this album: Indian Sitar on "Mothers Little Helper," marimbas (African xylophone) on "Under My Thumb," "Out Of Time," and mountain dulcimer on "Lady Jane," "I Am Waiting," as well as harmonica "High And Dry," "Goin' Home," and guitar and keyboards. The album also contains the 11-minute blues jam "Goin' Home". The album was immediately praised as one of their best albums and has remained a fan favorite from the Brian Jones era. The album has some great pop tunes on it. However, the album does have some weak tracks like "Flght 505," "It's Not Easy," "Take It Or Leave It," and "What To Do." Don't just judge the Rolling Stones by their radio hits, some of their studio albums have a lot of hidden gems, and this album is one of them. The sound has been greatly improved for SACD as part of ABKCO Records "Rolling Stones Remastered Series". I highly recommend this album.
The album peaked at #1 in the UK. The Aftermath sessions also produced the hit singles "19th Nervous Breakdown," and "Paint It Black" in the UK.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aftermath
Bought as a present. It was at the request of the person I gave it to but I am sure they enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. P. U. Sedwards
3.0 out of 5 stars Start here.....
only the Stones fanatics should consider the 3 albums released prior to this one. Strangely, this sound more mature and progressive than the following release, Between the buttons... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars My mate had it - and I didn't
Way back when (late 60s) one of my best friends had this album. At the time - I was more of a Beatles fan than a Stones fan. Amazing how times change. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Greysuit
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like the Stones
This is one of the classic Stones LPs.
Go out and buy a copy and sit down and relax to Mick and the gang!
Published 11 months ago by Richard M Baylis
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best albums
Being too young, I never had the money to purchase this album, when first released. Glad I have it now. Wonderful early Stones
Published 12 months ago by moonraker girl
5.0 out of 5 stars My Fave!
After all these years ( I first owned this on second press Decca label vinyl in 1976) this remains my favorite Stones album. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jay Serving
5.0 out of 5 stars good LP
Have the original on LP.(vinyl) Wanted to upgrade for listening to in the car. Looking for more to do same later.
Published 15 months ago by Robert Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars what a drag it is getting old!!
bought this album in the 60's - LP in the States whilst serving in the RN - and haven't heard it for over 30 years - might have the vinyl in the loft somewhere - liked the Going... Read more
Published 15 months ago by nick bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Stones get mellow and classy
This album originally came out in 1966 and I remember getting hold of it more or less at the time of release. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Al-13
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great musical milestones
Aftermath was released in April 1966 when it went swiftly to number one in the album charts, interrupting for eight weeks the almost unassailable 70 week reign of the Sound of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by William Konarzewski
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