fredag 20 november 2015


It was a major commercial success, topping lists all over the world and becoming their biggest US seller, hailed by critics who called it their best since "Exile". For me another Stones disappoinment and after hearing it at a friends the first album by the band I decided not to buy immediately. Doesn't make any sense - if you forget about the silly disco pastisch "Miss You", the funk trial "Shattered" and the unoffensive country "Faraway Eyes" there's lots of good rock'n'roll going on here. Exactly how I want my Stones, still can't connect. Maybe it's the ambience. I'm pondering...the cuts appear as limited to give about the same audio, thus further controlled than before, probably to make it more radio friendly and fitting for easy listening. That way a very good studio result, but for me something goes missing. While many of their earlier LP:s brought a kind of "devil may care" attitude - sometimes sloppy or unfinished but always personal - this comes out more like a ready made product. Attractive surface yet a lot harder to get in and really feel it. Or maybe it's just me being to sensitive. Early issues came with a (Sgt Pepper inspired?) "celebrity" inner, but after protests and threats from many of the involved - i.e. Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Raquel Welsh and the estates of Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe - that was withdrawn and replaced. Created by renowned graphic designer Peter Corriston (who also made covers for Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, New York Dolls and Procol Harum among others) it remains my favorite "Some Girls" constituent. Issued and reissued on LP, 8-track, cassette and CD all over the world through the years. Premiere UK had label and Garrods & Lofthouse printed cover/inner as shown here. (RÅ*)

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