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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of The Stones 60's Output, 17 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Aftermath (Audio CD)
1966 was a good year, the Stone's Aftermath, was released in April, The Beachboy's "Pet sounds" came out in May and the Beatle's released "Revolver" in August that year - all classic water shed albums. Aftermath proved to be a major artistic breakthrough for The Rolling Stones thanks to the group's then musical leader Brian Jones and it was also their first album to consist of jagger/richards songs exclusively - with enough songs left over for the follow up albeit weaker "Between the Buttons".
And what great songs those first ones were and remain. "Under my Thumb", "Out of Time" (brilliantly covered by Chris Farlowe), "Stupid Girl" and "Think" in particular showing misogynistic signs of a sneering Jagger in lyrics aimed at his former model girl friend. With the exception of the following years "Their Satanic Majesties" this is probably the most musically experimental Stones albums instrument- wise thanks to Brian Jones' musicianship - sitar, dulcimer, marimbas etc. Aftermath is far the sharper of the two albums, far less self indulgent with perhaps the exception of the eleven minute long "Going Home". But remember, it's only a classic in its UK version - forget any American versions of any of the Stones albums.
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Initial post: 27 May 2010, 07:34:16 BST
Last edited by the author on 4 Aug 2011, 10:55:10 BST
Bernard J. says:
The Beatles' albums were considerably messed up by Capitol Records in the US in the 60's prior to Sgt Pepper.
( 3 less tracks on Revolver, the Rubber Soul track listing altered, to name a few examples).

Posted on 26 Jul 2011, 21:58:37 BST
Mike63 says:
In the U.S., every Beatles album right up to 'Revolver' had songs taken out to make for 'new' releases such as, 'Something New', 'Beatles '65, 'Beatles 6', 'Yesterday and Today', etc. Deleted album cuts plus then current singles went into those releases. 'A Hard Day's Night' soundtrack, in particular, was savaged and saw the balance replaced with filler of orchestral versions of songs.
So you can imagine how much we appreciated the English versions of Beatles albums that were released in the States with the advent of the CD in the 80's. It really made a difference. Those who yearned for the Capitol Records compilation CD versions got their wish only a few years ago.
With 'Aftermath', it's great album and by this point the Stones were firmly established in the big leagues. Yet, the U.S. version suffers from the same record company strategy that the Beatles had to contend with. The U.K. version would be my first choice.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2011, 10:54:40 BST
Bernard J. says:
The UK 'Aftermath' also has the full length "Out of Time", which still hasn't been released on a US album.
The version on 'Flowers' and 'More Hot Rocks' is around 2 minutes shorter, with an early fade out.
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