Aftermath (The Rolling Stones album)


Aftermath, released April 1966 by Decca Records,
is the fourth British studio album by the Rolling Stones. It was released in the United States in June
1966 by London Records as their sixth American album. The album is considered an artistic breakthrough
for the band, being the first full-length release to consist entirely of Mick Jagger/Keith
Richards compositions. Brian Jones played a variety of instruments
not usually associated with rock music—including sitar on “Paint It Black”, the Appalachian
dulcimer on “Lady Jane” and “I Am Waiting”, the marimbas on “Under My Thumb” and “Out
of Time”, harmonica on “High and Dry” and “Goin’ Home”, a Japanese koto on “Take It
or Leave It”, as well as guitar and keyboards. Much of the music was still rooted in Chicago
electric blues. It was the first Rolling Stones album to be
recorded entirely in the US, at the RCA Studios in California, and their first album released
in true stereo. In August 2002 both editions of Aftermath
were reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records, with the UK version
containing an otherwise unavailable stereo mix of “Mother’s Little Helper”. Could You Walk on the Water
Several of the songs on the album were initially meant for the US release Could You Walk on
the Water. This LP was rejected by Rolling Stones’ American
record company, London Records, who instead opted for the greatest hits package Big Hits. The track list for the shelved album includes
“Take It or Leave It”, “Mother’s Little Helper”, “Think”, “Goin’ Home” and “Doncha Bother Me”. Of these, all five would be released on the
UK version of Aftermath, three on the US version. Of the remaining tracks, “19th Nervous Breakdown”
and “Sad Day” were released as a single, “Sittin’ on the Fence” and “Ride On, Baby” were later
to be released on the US album Flowers, along with “Mother’s Little Helper” and “Take It
or Leave It”. “Looking Tired” remains unreleased to this
day. Release history
As with all the Stones pre-1967 LPs, different editions were released in the UK and the US. This was a common feature of British pop albums
at that time—the same practice was applied to all the Beatles albums prior to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band—because
UK albums typically did not include tracks that had already been released as singles. The original British version of Aftermath
was issued in April 1966 as a fourteen-track LP. Issued between the non-LP single releases
of “19th Nervous Breakdown” and “Paint It, Black”, Aftermath was a major hit in the UK,
spending eight weeks at No. 1 on the UK album chart. A recording of the song “Take It or Leave
It” was released by The Searchers on a single a few days before this album. Track listing
All songs written and composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  North American release
The American version featured different cover art and a shorter running order that eliminated
“Out of Time”, “Take It or Leave It”, “What to Do”, and “Mother’s Little Helper”. All four tracks were later issued in the US
on other compilations, and “Mother’s Little Helper” was also issued as a single in 1966,
peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard charts. In their place, the album substituted their
current No. 1 hit “Paint It, Black”. The revamped Aftermath still reached No. 2
in the US, eventually going platinum. In 2002, the US edition of Aftermath was ranked
No. 108 on the List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Track listing
All songs written and composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  Personnel
The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger – lead vocals, backing vocals,
harmonica, percussion Keith Richards – guitars, backing vocals
Brian Jones – guitars, slide guitar, piano, organ, harpsichord, marimba, sitar, percussion,
Appalachian dulcimer, harmonica, koto on “Take It or Leave It”
Bill Wyman – bass guitar, backing vocals, organ pedals
Charlie Watts – drums, percussion Additional personnel
Jack Nitzsche – piano, organ, harpsichord, percussion
Ian Stewart – piano, organ Chart positions
Album Singles
Certifications References External links
Link to Patti Smith piece for Creem, January 1973, detailing her response to the Rolling
Stones and Aftermath

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