Brian Jones about the Rolling Stones’ ‘Satanic Majesties’ album (1967):
“Yes, of course the album is a very personal thing. But the Beatles are just as introspective. You have to remember that our entire lives have been affected lately by social-political influences. You have to expect these things to come out of our work”.
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Most Rolling Stones fans who received Their Satanic Majesties Request as a Christmas present back in 1967 would have had something of a shock over the band’s new album. The record, which had a working title of Cosmic Christmas, was nothing like the sort of bluesy rock that had made them such a global success since their 1964 debut album.
Their Satanic Majesties Request, which came out on December 8, 1967, is probably the most unusual of the Stones’ 20-plus studio albums, and perhaps the one that still polarizes opinion the most.
But the end product is more coherent than might have been expected, given the semi-chaos that surrounded its making. The album was recorded between February and October 1967, during a turbulent time in the Stones’ career. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Brian Jones all had their own personal problems, some of which involved criminal trials over drug offenses (an issue they directly addressed themselves with the promo video for non-album single “We Love You”).
The band’s manager and producer, Andrew Loog Oldham, quit during recording, fed up with their haphazard schedules and the fact that, when they did manage to turn up at Olympic Studios in Barnes, West London, they brought large entourages of hangers-on who disrupted the creative flow.
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