Recorded at London’s legendary Olympic Studios during the heady days of the ‘Summer of Love’, in a landscape of fervent creativity – Pet Sounds, Sgt Pepper, Hendrix, the Velvet Underground and The Who – Satanic Majesties stands out as a dramatic landmark. The band’s first full venture into the world of ‘psychedelia’, it may have split critical opinion at the time but is long overdue for reassessment – an innovative and experimental piece, as much influenced by Coltrane, John Barry’s spy thriller scores and classical composers as the Blues and R’n’B of previous releases. Produced by the band, engineered by Glyn Johns and with string arrangements by John Paul Jones it features some of their most imaginative soundscapes, which included African rhythms, mellotrons, ‘found voices’ and full orchestration. Amongst the song highlights are the beautiful She's A Rainbow with its elegant harmonies, piano intro and strings, the powerful, riff-driven Citadel and the imposingly dark cosmic rocker 2000 Light Years From Home. It also features Bill Wyman’s debut writing and singing credit on a Stones release - In Another Land.
The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request - Vinyl LP
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