The ROLLING STONES – BETWEEN THE BUTTONS – Decca – January 20, 1967
January 20, 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of “Between The Buttons”!
By the time 1967 arrived the British Invasion had peaked – although the Brit allure was still strong, the times moved fast, and other genres were too hot to ignore: Hard Rock, Hard Rock Blues, and Psychedelic Rock were on the rise. That said, there were still a few more British album releases by groups with that hard-to-define element that made the whole British scene so cool.
Before The Rolling Stones paid tribute to Their Majesty they sealed the Pop/Rock ‘60s deal with an absolute gem of an album, Between The Buttons; a perfect mix of Pop, Rock, Power Pop, Ballads, and Psychedelia.
00individual is a devoted Stones fan and lived life from Now! to Exile religiously and BTB has always been a fave and is as solid an era album, track for track, as their future masterpieces Bleed and Sticky. This was their swansong as R’n’B and Pop Hit-makers before their full immersion as the World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band with the gritty Classic Rock of Beggars Banquet. Let it be known that Charlie Watts gets a workout on this album – he is the undisputed driver of BTB.
Side one of kicks off with a typical Stones rocker, Yesterday’s Papers 2:04, then really picks up steam with My Obsession 3:17, and nestles into the melancholy magic of Back Street Girl 3:27, Connection 2:08 returns to the rock of Obsession and segues into the frenetic She Smiled Sweetly 2:44, which builds to even more frenzy with Cool, Calm & Collected 4:17. Side two continues the Watts Workout with All Sold Out 2:17, then the psychedelically-tinged Please Go Home 3:17, Jagger’s accusatory Who’s Been Sleeping Here? 3:55, Watts still at it – and, its all about chicks, Man Complicated 3:15, then the truly whacked climax of Miss Amanda Jones 2:48, and after all of that, Rockers get to bathe in the afterglow of the fun stoned classic Something Happened to Me Yesterday 4:55 which finishes the album acknowledging their shift in consciousness – or altered states of mind – through experimenting with Marijuana and psychedelics – as their next release would clearly reveal.
The U.S. “BTB” February release had the hits Let’s Spend The Night Together and Ruby Tuesday minus the “Flowers” album’s Backstreet Girl and Please Go Home.
“Well, thank you very much and now I think it’s time for us all to go.
So from all of us to all of you not forgetting the boys in the band
And our producer, Reg Thorpe, we’d like to say “God Bless”
So, if you’re out tonight, don’t forget, if you’re on your bike, wear white
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