When the Rolling Stones tried to outdo the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’

The Rolling Stones’ “Their Satanic Majesties Request” album is an outlier within the band’s canon. The music was a clear break from the Stones’ trademark blues-based exhausting rock, so it wasn’t nicely obtained by followers and critics when “Satanic” was launched in early December, 1967. It adopted the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Membership Band” by 5 months, and the place the Beatles album kicked off the Summer time of Love with its buoyant psychedelia-infused tunes, “Satanic” had a darker, trippier hallucinatory haze. Admittedly the “Satanic” tunes are nowhere as memorable as these on “Pepper,” however the Stones’ use of African, Arabic and Indian devices, digital devices, distorted guitars and densely combined audio collages outpaced Pepper’s combine, which sounds tame by comparability. I believe time has handled “Satanic Majesties” nicely, perhaps as a result of it feels and sounds extra like a bunch effort. All 5 members’ contributions shine, and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards do not dominate like they do on each different Stones album.

The Rolling Stones “Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th Anniversary Particular Version set 


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Almost a half century has handed since its unique launch, so on September 22 we’ll have a “Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th Anniversary Particular Version set that can embrace Michael Cooper’s unique 3D lenticular cowl , with the band decked out in full psychedelic regalia. The brand new 3D cowl is sharper and clearer than my unique LP’s cowl artwork, however the unique’s model’s depth is deeper, extra 3D. Enjoyable truth: “Satanic” cowl photographer Michael Cooper additionally shot the Beatles “Sgt. Pepper” cowl!

It is a four-disc set with two 180-gram LPs (one every in mono and stereo), and two (once more, mono and stereo) SACDs, and a thin booklet, all housed in a lavishly completed, thick cardboard album-size set.

Evaluating my unique American stereo LP with the brand new LP, the variations have been removed from refined. The unique LP sounds skinny, there is not any bass to talk of, dynamic vary is restricted, and the stereo soundstage is somewhat flat. The brand new LP is richer, hotter, livelier and extra three-dimensional sounding. It is in each approach superior to the unique LP. I haven’t got an unique mono LP to consult with, so I am unable to communicate to how the 2017 mono model is best or totally different.


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The unique “Satanic” SACD was launched in 2002 in stereo solely, the brand new one is perhaps somewhat higher, however the variations between previous and new ‘Satanic” SACDs are slight.

Fifty years on, I am guessing few ‘Stones” followers personal copies of “Satanic,” but it surely’s value a pay attention, if solely since you’ll hear the band in such a special approach. As for the 50th Anniversary set, I am certain audiophiles and hard-core Stones followers will spring for a replica. Everyone else can get hold of used LP or CD copies, or stream the album to get a style of “Satanic Majesties.”

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