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Between the Buttons [UK Version] Original recording remastered, Limited Edition, Hybrid SACD

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2002)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Limited Edition, Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Abkco
  • ASIN: B00006LST7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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This product is a hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) and has been encoded with two layers: one is a normal CD program and the other is an SACD of the same repertoire. The product is playable on both SACD-compatible machines as well as standard CD players.

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'Between The Buttons' is a little lighter and possibly a little more uneven than the Stones previous album 'Aftermath'. However it still contains some very inspired moments although its style is less than typical for the Stones.

'Between The Buttons' fits very well into the timeframe it was recorded (late 1966) as its musical direction is quite typical for a number of groups from around that time (for example The Kinks). There is a certain vaudeville influence on one or two of the songs as well as a real Old English flavour to virtually all of the songs.

On the whole the songs work extremely well with Brian Jones once again making his mark playing some unusual instruments. I particuarly love his accordian playing on the waltz influenced 'Back Street Girl'. It's a little like 'Lady Jane' with its slight aristocratic associations. 'Yesterday's Papers', 'Connection' and 'Who's Been Sleeping Here? are all great - the latter featuring a cast of characters is very reminiscent of Bob Dylan's in its style of writing. 'She Smiled Sweetly' is another unusual sounding song - this time resembling a church sermon.

The only times the album sounds less convincing is when the Stones put more emphasis on the vaudevillian influences ('Cool Carm And Collected' and 'Something Happened To Me Yesterday') yet these songs are still very enjoyable.

'Between The Buttons' is a long way from the Stones more celebrated style of music yet it contains a number of real treasures. It's just a shame the Stones today seem to neglect so much this rich part of their musical legacy.
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Parked unobtrusively between the critically acclaimed Aftermath and the misguided (though enjoyable) psychedelic pudding, Their Satanic Majesties Request, was this musical curiosity from the Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons. Released at the beginning of 1967, Between the Buttons emerged at a time when the Stones were jaded after three years in the limelight, and it showed; the album didn't really know what it was about and the band seemed momentarily bereft of inspiration. Consequently, this is the Rolling Stones album that time has all but forgotten, perhaps deliberately so; Mick Jagger later said he hated it.

Yet Between the Buttons is not really a bad album as such; it's just not a very memorable one. It contains a number of enjoyable songs, and in places it is musically quite stylish, lyrical and poignant, though the adjective of choice for all the tracks here on offer is 'lightweight'; no song from Between the Buttons will ever pop up on a list of the Rolling Stones' best. That said, there is a strangely modern feel to this album, and if I was hearing two or three of its songs for the first time, I'd never guess that they were four decades old.

The track list is a mix of high-tempo pop songs, some very English whimsy, and a couple of maudlin, downbeat tunes. A few studio 'effects' are in evidence and the guitars clearly benefited from a fuzzbox or two, though the reverb was overdone. All Sold Out, Connection, and Complicated are probably the pick of the upbeat songs, the latter especially, while My Obsession and Please Go Home, though interesting, are messy and sloppily produced. The two slow tunes, She Smiled Sweetly and Back Street Girl, are both endearing, with the second being actually quite beautiful.
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This is a very underrated album and it's about time it received due praise. At the time of its original release (Jan '67) it garnered good reviews in the music press (best stones album yet etc etc) but has sadly suffered in the years since, partly due (possibly) to the stones' intense dislike for the album (both jagger and richards called it 'crap').
Which is a shame because there really is a lot of great music present. The musicianship is more accomplished than the earlier albums (ie. the overrated Aftermath)and each band member excels.
Lots of weird and wonderful instruments played by Mr Jones; great and innovative guitar playing from Mr Richards (i.e.Miss Amanda Jones); Jagger is in fine voice and the drum sound is excellent throughout (i.e. Yesterday's Papers). 'Something happened to me yesterday' has Keith's first recorded solo vocal (shared with Mick). There's not a bad track on it.
The series of classic Stones albums begin here. Right through to It's Only Rock n Roll and Mick Taylor's departure.
Recommended!!
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It still puzzles me why this album is so criminally ignored, especially in direct comparison to 'AFTERMATH' which is considered a classic by critics. There isn't a duff track on the album (how many other Stones albums can you truly say that about? Maybe 'STICKY FINGERS'?) which is completely written by Jagger/ Richards.

Perhaps the most striking difference when compared to most Stones albums is that it is far less rock/ rhythmn & blues orientated; instead its an album chock full of melodic pop songs. Lyrically it still features the 'poison pen' approach that the Stones have always been good at but with a new found musical awareness (check out the waltz time accordian driven 'Backstreet Girl' or psych-pop of 'Yesterday's Papers').

This perhaps is the key to the success of the album, as the music goes into Dylan terrority ('Who's Been Sleeping Here?'),vaudeville ('Cool, Calm, Collected'),psychedelia ('Please Go Home') and Dixie Jazz ('Something Happened To Me Yesterday'). In addition the songwriting is very strong as they rely less on riffs and more on melody and harmony. On several songs Jagger seems to really attempt to stretch his vocal range and its actually quite appealing.

The Stones would continue in this "softer" direction with the even more psychedelic (and indulgent) 'THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST', before returning to their roots with 'BEGGARS BANQUET'. They haven't really strayed too far from their core sound since. Given the fact that tracks from this album are rarely found on Stones comps it makes getting this album all the more essential.
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