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the ROLLING STONES – AFTERMATH – June 20. 1966
I LOVE THE STONES!
Always have, always will – and what’s not to love? They truly are the World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band with no one else coming even close – history has proven this.
So to be fair, I limited the Stones and the Beatles to two or three entries as most compilation lists include nearly all their LPs – and rightly so. But with these ’60s and ’70s lists, other deserved artists and bands needed to share their spotlight especially when limited to the Top 69 of the entire 1960s decade – so even though I had in my personal collection nearly ALL of their releases up to “Exile” I wanted to rep them, like the Beatles with turning point entries.
My first Stones LP was “the Rolling Stones Now!” – I played that an obscene amount of times but when Aftermath was released I felt that they had really come into their own – no covers – all originals and while I really liked “Between the Buttons” (regardless of the Stones own disdain for it) Aftermath placed them on par with the Beatles as far as originality regarding the Jagger-Richards vs. Lennon-McCartney song writer teams.
Aftermath, the U.S. release, contained instant classics as well as songs that became classic upon repeated listenings. Side one, tracks one through four are well known, but “Doncha Bother Me” and “Think” had irresistible hooks that equaled them.
“Flight 505” and “High and Dry” foreshadowed the Stones future affinity with country blues and “It’s Not Easy” would’ve fit nicely on “Between the Buttons”. “I Am Waiting” is a beautiful composition and a companion piece to “Lady Jane”.
But to have “Going Home” as the album ender was perfect and it was a total fave of mine as I’m a sucker for extended tracks and the Stones pulled this off masterfully. I loved its groove and the way it chugged along just made me want to listen to the whole LP all over again – which I did – many times.
People have always tried to compare the Beatles and the Stones and there’s no comparison – the Beatles are a (the Greatest) Pop Combo, it says so right on the Meet the Beatles album cover, and it’s true, no denying it – as the Beatles only true hard rock song is “I’m Down” and McCartney has been playing that live lately with his younger band-mates with the obvious intent to let current audiences know that he can “Rock” – but the Stones, they’re the Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band ever and were never a pop combo – therefore, no comparison – case and discussion closed.
With all things Rock ‘n’ Roll, I’m very lenient in my interpretation, expression and allowance of bands’ who may have once been Rockers (Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, etc,) and still have the Spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll in them, verses Rockers who’ve been true all along (the Stones, Jeff Beck, etc.), because Rock ‘n’ Roll is so much more than a song or even an attitude, it’s a way of life – and it’s the Spirit that matters, Man, the Spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll – and the Stones are just that.