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Their Satanic Majesties Request

1967 album by The Rolling Stones

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The Rolling Stones most ambitious album.

  • Dec 31, 2009
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Their Satanic Majesties Request is not only The Rolling Stones best album, but it's one of the most underrated rock albums.  Some people might see it as a reaction to The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and others will look at it as if the band was trying to jump on the Psychedelic bandwagon.  Never mind them and give this disc a spin.  The songs are very complex and filled with African drum beats, Middle Eastern sounds, strings, haunting soundscapes, samples, mellotrons and layers of sound.  The album is themed with songs about whimsical fantasy lands, dreams, space travel, bad trips and flower power.  You'll never hear the Rolling Stones take a chance in the studio like this again. If only they would have experimented more instead of the some old blues songs.

To fully enjoy this album you have to wear headphones to experience the psychedelic sounds.  Listening to it on a stereo will lose most of it's intended impact and you wont be able to hear John Lennon and Paul McCartney's vocals.  I also liked how the sound bounces around from left to right channels.  I have to highly recommend any music fans to check this album out.  It's really worth it despite the high sticker price.  If you wanted proof that The Rolling Stones could make records as good as or even better than The Beatles then look no further than Their Satanic Majesties Request.   The concept of the album is that it's a musical passport (hence the title is a play on a British Passport) to different realms of universe.
I really didn't care for The Rolling Stones until I heard this album and now I have a whole new outlook on them (even though I still think they're a singles band).

Highly recommended.

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review by . October 07, 1998
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The Rolling Stones take an interesting foray into the world of Psychedelia and for the most part it is indeed very good. What brings this album down is the extended Sings This All Together piece and Gomper. The extended piece would be better if it were considerably shorter and Gomper is nearly completely atonal. The other material works because the songs themselves are filled with catchy hooks galore. Most of the material bears little resemblance to other Stones work except for maybe the guitar …
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Without a doubt, no Rolling Stones album -- and, indeed, very few rock albums from any era -- split critical opinion as much as the Rolling Stones' psychedelic outing. Many dismiss the record as sub-Sgt. Pepper posturing; others confess, if only in private, to a fascination with the album's inventive arrangements, which incorporated some African rhythms, Mellotrons, and full orchestration. Never before or since did the Stones take so many chances in the studio. This writer, at least, feels that the record has been unfairly undervalued, partly because purists expect the Stones to constantly champion a blues 'n' raunch world view. About half the material is very strong, particularly the glorious "She's a Rainbow," with its beautiful harmonies, piano, and strings; the riff-driven "Citadel"; the hazy, dream-like "In Another Land," Bill Wyman's debut writing (and singing) credit on a Stones release; and the majestically dark and doomy cosmic rocker "2000 Light Years From Home," with some of the creepiest synthesizer effects (devised by Brian Jones) ever to grace a rock record. The downfall of the album was caused by some weak songwriting on the lesser tracks, particularly the interminable psychedelic jam "Sing This All Together (See What Happens)." It's a much better record than most people give it credit for being, though, with a strong current of creeping uneasiness that undercuts the gaudy ...

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