About The Rolling Stones’ song ‘In Another Land’…
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We walked across the sand/ And the sea and the sky and the castles were blue…
Also known as: ACID IN THE GRASS ; BILL’S TUNE
Written by: Wyman
Recorded: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England, Feb. 14, June 12-13, July 13 1967
Guest musicians: Nicky Hopkins (harpsichord), Steve Marriott (acoustic guitar and backing vocals), Ronnie Lane (backing vocals)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
“In Another Land” occupies a special place in the catalog of the London
quintet. This is because it is officially credited to Bill Wyman. The Rolling
Stones bassist wrote the number at the beginning of July 1967 on a Thomas
organ and then made a demo.
Probably it would have progressed no further
but for a lucky coincidence that he recounts in his memoirs: “Astrid
[Lundström] and I drove to Barnes on 13 July to attend a recording session
with the Stones at Olympic with Glyn Johns as engineer. Nobody else
turned up except Charlie and pianist Nicky Hopkins. We were thinking of
leaving when Glyn said to me, ‘Do you have a song to do?’ I sat at the
piano and played ‘In Another Land’ and they all liked it.”
Science fiction meets psychedelia: Bill Wyman’s song is highly
characteristic of the second half of the sixties, in particular the summer of 1967.
The story is of a man who wakes up from a dream only to find
himself living another dream—a kind of dream within a dream. “In Another
Land” was chosen as the A-side of a single released on December 2, 1967
(with “The Lantern” as the B-side), a few days before the album went on
sale. It failed to chart in the United Kingdom, and in the United States it got
no higher than number 87 on the Billboard pop chart.
(Ref. rolling stones in another land)
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