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Aftermath

The Rolling Stones

1966

Aftermath

Album Summary

Aftermath is a studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones. The group recorded the album at RCA Studios in California in December 1965 and March 1966, during breaks between their international tours. It was released in the United Kingdom on 15 April 1966 by Decca Records and in the United States on 2 July by London Records. It is the band's fourth British and sixth American studio album, and closely follows a series of international hit singles that helped bring the Stones newfound wealth and fame rivalling that of their contemporaries the Beatles. Aftermath is considered by music scholars to be an artistic breakthrough for the Rolling Stones. It is their first album to consist entirely of original compositions, all of which were credited to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Brian Jones emerged as a key contributor and experimented with instruments not usually associated with popular music, including the sitar, Appalachian dulcimer, Japanese koto and marimbas, as well as guitar and harmonica. Along with Jones' instrumental textures, the Stones incorporated a wider range of chords and stylistic elements beyond their Chicago blues and R&B influences, such as pop, folk, country, psychedelia, Baroque and Middle Eastern music. Influenced by intense love affairs and a demanding touring itinerary, Jagger and Richards wrote the album around psychodramatic themes of love, sex, desire, power and dominance, hate, obsession, modern society and rock stardom. Women feature as prominent characters in their often dark, sarcastic, casually offensive lyrics. The album's release was briefly delayed by controversy over the original packaging idea and title – Could You Walk on the Water? – due to the London label's fear of offending Christians in the US with its allusion to Jesus walking on water. In response to the lack of creative control, and without another idea for the title, the Stones bitterly settled on Aftermath, and two different photos of the band were used for the cover to each edition of the album. The UK release featured a run-time of more than 52 minutes, the longest for a popular music LP up to that point. The American edition was issued with a shorter track listing, substituting the single "Paint It Black" in place of four of the British version's songs, in keeping with the industry preference for shorter LPs in the US market at the time. Aftermath was an immediate commercial success in both the UK and the US, topping the British albums chart for eight consecutive weeks and eventually achieving platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. An inaugural release of the album era and a rival to the contemporaneous impact of the Beatles' Rubber Soul (1965), it reflected the youth culture and values of 1960s Swinging London and the burgeoning counterculture while attracting thousands of new fans to the Rolling Stones. The album was also highly successful with critics, although some listeners were offended by the derisive attitudes towards female characters in certain songs. Its subversive music solidified the band's rebellious rock image while pioneering the darker psychological and social content that glam rock and British punk rock would explore in the 1970s. Aftermath has since been considered the most important of the Stones' early, formative music and their first classic album, frequently ranking on professional lists of the greatest albums.

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Rating

3.44

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4835

Genres

  • Rock
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2

The sheer brilliance of Paint it Black brought this up to a 3, and the deeply rapey energy of Under My Thumb pushed it right back down.

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5

Not a fan of the beatles but fine

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5

Love this album. Hadn’t listened to it in awhile.

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5

The beginning of something special

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5

I would love to suck on the vinegar tits of Mick Jagger. All that leathery goodness. Ooooh mama. Pour a bottle of Head and Shoulders shampoo on my thighs and slap me silly. Yee haw!

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4

Between the feeling that this is the best Stones album I've listened to so far and my recent turnaround on Steely Dan, I've a suspicion that I'm simply getting back into a rock mood. But a couple songs into the B side (of the UK release, Paint It Black is a great song but not worth shortening the tracklist for marketing [I listened to it after finishing the UK version]) I was nodding my head to Out of Time. This one doesn't blend in the same way I complained Beggars did, and seems more interesting than Sticky Fingers in every category.

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i mean it’s the rolling stones so of course they’re influential but not their best work. the songs were just incredibly repetitive to a very obnoxious point. nothing much to say other than that.

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5

loved it

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5

really good album. It aged very well!

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5

very fun and popular

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5

good

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5

Best Stones' record and one of best rock albums of all time. Just perfect, from start to finish

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5

Can't go wrong with the stones!

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5

Classic Stones

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5

The classic Brian Jones era Stones release. Gorgeous mid 60’s classic

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5

Pure Stones. Breakthrough album. THank you.

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5

5/5 - Classic stones

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5

Excellent. Love the stones.

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5

Amazing that this album came out around the time of Rubber Soul. It shows a similar experimental style and has such breadth while staying distinctly Stones. Jagger and Richards wrote all these songs (no covers) and this album shows how good they were.

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5

love several songs on it, it's not boring, pretty good album

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5

Paint It Black and Under My Thumb you say? Yes, of course I am giving it a 5. Bet Charlie Watt hated it though, absolutely hated the Stone that fella, absolutely loved the jazz.

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5

So good! Great early Stones!

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5

A classic

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5

Great listen, happy this one came appeared.

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5

godt !!

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5

I really liked the album. Chill but upbeat music, cool music!

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5

Love the rolling stones

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5

Its probably top6 Stones albumes 4 m3

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5

Vinilo, sin duda.

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5

Love it…60’s music at it’s finest, and it only gets better

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5

6th May 2022 Listened while working in the front room before going camping for the weekend with sav and sally in tonbridge. Classic, blues roots on their shoulders with Jagger yelping and squealing at his best.

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5

This is where the Stones really start to step it up and creatively branch out in the recording studio. Undoubtedly inspired by The Beatles "Rubber Soul" doing the very same thing the year before. I mean, The Stones started recording this album 3 days after "Rubber Soul" was released. I don't think that was a coincidence. They were in a sort of musical "space race" with The Beatles at the time. Beatles comparisons aside, this is a great album, and where they really start to come into their own as songwriters. They certainly have a distinctly darker perspective - which can sometimes come across as overbearing and sometimes as refreshing, depending on my mood. Although "Mother's Little Helper" was one of the first Stones songs I really fell in love with, I think I prefer the US version for its inclusion of "Paint It, Black." What a way to open an album.

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5

Sonzao massa dale

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5

Innovative, an instant classic with so many signature and hummable hooks. The opening track with it's eastern influence is arresting to the ear.

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5

Never listened. Some meh songs in there but love the sound. You can def see the jazz and blues "influence" they borrowed from here.

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5

Never listened to the Stones much, but this was great! Old school rock and roll

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5

Fantastic album, so many good tracks, catchy lyrics, great melodies

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5

excellent sound, great masterpiece.

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4

1966. Key Songs: Under My Thumb, Paint It Black

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7/10

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4

Not my favorite stones, but man did it set a tone

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4

2nd guy in looks like Mark Hamill Paint It, Black: hey i know this one, good start. added to my old music and borderlands playlist

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Pretty goods. Very versatile sound. They feel genre-fluid within just this album

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Thought "Mother's Little Helper" might be feminist-adjacent, then "Stupid Girl" came on and dismissed the notion. And Under My Thumb. Jfc. The rest of the album was good though. I love British rockers and the Rolling Stones are fun.

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4

Going home's a bit long isn't it? Stormer, but every now and again I thought of Jagger and felt a bit sick.

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4

Classic 60s/70s rock, nice bunch of well-known Stones' songs. Overall good.

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4

Some real stinkers on this one lads. 3.75

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4

Not really many notes. They sound like the beatles, and i thought it was strange that the UK release had 4 more songs and took off Paint it black, which was the biggest hit they've ever had.

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4

Very enjoyable. Always liked Paint it black but never listened to the rest of the album. I should listen to more Rolling Stones.

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4

They are good

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4

I’m a Stones fan, but admittedly have not listened to this album in its entirety. Under My Thumb has always been a favorite of mine, it other stand out tracks include Mother’s Little Helper, Doncha Bother Me, and Out of Time. Not their strongest album, but still an entertaining listen and I love how the instruments are panned to either the left or right in these older recordings.

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4

It’s really good music. Well made. Just a little slow overall for my liking. It’s music I’d listen to again though if I were in the right mood.

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4

Necesitaría que Paco Navarrete me ayude a entender algunas cosas pero es sin duda un gran disco. 4.01 apenas pero vale. La que menos entiendo es la de 11 minutos que seguramente fue todo un gesto de valentía de los vatos pero ... No sé

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4

Fun stuff. Cool perspective.

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4

Was just reading on Wikipedia that A) this came out right around the same time as the Beatles’ Revolver and B) the UK track listing is crazy different from the US. No “Paint it Black” in the UK! What’s up with that?? Anyway, “Under My Thumb” and “I am Waiting” are songs I still enjoy on the 8,000th listen so they had to be doing something right on this thang. But that last track… why is it the last track of all these albums is a let down?

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4

Time unas de más de 5 pero no todas

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4

Good album, but there are probably 10 better Stones albums than this one.

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4

sounded familiar, enjoyed it more than i thought!

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4

elles ne sont pas toutes bonnes mais on sentait qu'il y avait de l'avenir

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4

US version — Solid. Obviously Paint It Black and Under my Thumb as standouts, personally I enjoyed “Think”.

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4

Quite good and some songs are very original

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4

8/10 Under my thumb Folk

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4

Excelente disco de una de las mejores bandas. Rítmico, con voz, enérgico.

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☆☆☆☆

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Az dziwne, ze dopiero teraz turlajace kamienie sie pojawily na listowiu, a z tego co pamietam to byla pierwsza kamieniowa plyta jaka maialem okazje przesluchac w calosci zapoznajac sie z kamieniowa dyskografia i chociaz jest to jeden z najbardziej popowych krazkow jakie skrecili, to jednak byl to przelom w dziejach karierowych bandy, a co ciekawe po tym wygraniu publiki popowym rokiem lub rokowym popowaniem na modle bitelsowa po trochu, postanowali jednac odejsc od tego brzmienia w strone odwazniejszych eksperymentow, ale przechodzac do samej plyty, hamerykanska wersja ktorej tym razem sluchalem to 42 minuty przy 11 trakach, ktore troche gina wsrod pozniejszej dyskografi stonesow, bo zazwyczaj kojarzy sie dwa traki z tej plyty, otwierajacy paint it, black, czyli dosc niezbyt popowy material traktujacy o grzebaniu ukochanej, wiec juz sama tematyka lirczna niezbyt popowa, ale jeszcze mniej popowe brzmienie ma sam kawalek poprzez swoje zmiany tempa na melodii, ktora jest robiona na sitarze i prawdopodobnie czyms organowym, wlasnie dlatego stonesy sa klasa sama w sobie, ze nawet na swoim najbardziej popowym mateirale potrafia przemycic taka egzotyke, kolejnym mainstreamowym hajlajtem jest oczywiscie under my thumb, kawalek pisany przez jagera, ktory ponoc opowiada historie z zycia wziete mikowe, gdzie byl pod kniuckiem lub jak po polacku sie mowi pod pantoflem, czyli zycie w tyksycznym zwiazkowaniu, razem z stupid grilem tworza bardzo antyfeministyczny, albo raczej po prostu seksistowski vibe, ktory stonesy utrzymywaly przez cala kariere, ciekawego gema mozna sie takze doszukac na saym koncu plyty, ponad 10 minutowego bluesowego jama, czyli going home, jeden z pierwszych tak dlugich trakow na rokowej plycie, chyba ze dylan zrobil cos dluzszego szybciej, ale raczej nie przed 66, z ciekawostek, to wlasnie z tej plyty neil young pozyczyl sobie traka do swojego broowoed tuna z tonights the night, chodzi o utwor lady jane, ktory na tej spotifjajowej wersji jest wyjatkowo grany w mono, szkoda ze calej plyty tak nagranej nie mozna dostac, pozostaje soulseekowanie, jesli temu albumowi dam cztery gwiazdoje, to na nastepnych kamieniarzach poleca chyba same piatki, ale jednak mam do tego materialu zbyt duzy sentyment i wspomnien, zeby nizej go ocenic

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4

nice music, no outstanders for good or bad but the last song is too long. good album overall

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4

Liked this much better than Exile, an enjoyable creative rock album

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4

I’m a fan of the Rolling Stones, so it surprised me that I wasn’t familiar with this album title. Always good to learn something new! I think that “Paint it Black” is maybe the quintessential early period Stones song - adding “Under my Thumb” and “Lady Jane” solidify this as more than a one song wonder LP. The rest is good. Jangly 60s era guitars can be a bit grating at times, but Brian Jones makes it all OK. I think this is a solid 3.5. So that makes it a 4.

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4

It’s mad good. Very catchy riffs

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4

Mother's little helper was a great start to the album. Lotta Jagger's grunts. I love the sound of the time period, but not my favorite

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4

US and UK versions are wildly different. I am confusion. Either way, I would definitely have been #teamStones. Great album. Out of Time is a forgotten gem.

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4

I was listening to this with my kids, 12 & 15, and they were making fun of it for sounding like “cowboy music”. I don’t understand.

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4.5 a fun listen

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4

Wasn't sure which version I was supposed to listen to, the U.S. or U.K. listened to both and actually like the U.S. better. One thing I noticed is every band at the time really loved the sitar and the Stones were no different it makes its presence known on this album!

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4

Great album. Lots of Stones classics

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Sempre achei difícil relacionar Stones com Beatles, contudo esse álbum aproxima as duas bandas para mim. Algumas músicas poderiam facilmente ser dos Beatles com pequenos ajustes, como a primeira do álbum (Mother's Little Helper) e Flight 505.

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4

I like how ethereal parts of this album sound and how it seems like they’re doing whatever they want and stretching themselves

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4

good

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I was surprised how much of this album sounds like early rock and roll. "Out of Time" is a good example of the older sound. "Goin' Home" gives a taste of the Stones' experimentation with the blues that I believe was part of the origin of the band. The more well known singles ("Mother's Little Helper", and "Under My Thumb") contrast with the rest of the album, having a more advanced sound of Rock and Roll that I most often think of when it comes to the Rolling Stones. This album is at the edge of being "okay", but I think I would listen to it again.

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4

Yes I know this album. It’s a classic.

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4

So there’s two versions of this album. Uk and US. US has paint it black which is a classic but it also has the high hat going constantly on high and dry. UK is a little long and ordered differently. Overall it’s a good early stones album where they still have the blues influences but not their best. I’d say both versions are a 7.7/10

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4

Amazing and probably their darkest album.

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This sounds like they have some more musical maturing to experience. It has good tunes but doesn’t hold a candle to sticky fingers or exile. I think the US release (with paint it black and without take it or leave it, out of time, etc) is probably better

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4

These guys are going places.

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4

Good stuff !!!

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4

This is something of a transitory album for The Rolling Stones, as they haven’t completely abandoned being the largely blues influenced band that they were for their early records, but they also aren’t the straightforward rock band we’ve known for decades at this point. Sort of their “Rubber Soul”, since they’re so frequently compared to their contemporaries the Beatles. Dug everything I knew from this album - “Mother’s Little Helper”, “Stupid Girl”, “Under My Thumb”, “I Am Waiting” - and most of the tunes that I was unfamiliar with, save for “Going Home” which goes on for far too long at nearly eleven minutes and arriving in the middle of this record (I listened to the UK version) is an albatross around its neck that prevents me from giving this a full 5 stars rating.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Mother's little helper, Stupid girl, Under my thumb

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4

Favorite band ever. Don’t listen to this era of their music as much but it holds up

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4

Good breakthrough album for Stones….. liked it…..

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4

Flere fede snce og generelt et godt album. Lyden er måske lige lovlig 60er og nogle af numrene for lange og kedelige 3,5

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4

Como si estuviera en Trémolo. Me gusta

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4

Not their strongest outing but still fun and some classics

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4

I love this album! But I think you have to give it a 4 because there are better Stones albums that are a definite 5

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4

Early Stones is always a little weird to me. The band sounds big and live here but the production is very much a product of his time. It all sounds great but it also sounds extremely 60s. Lots of good tracks here, and the band is definitely getting a little experimental. And there’s always that little country twang to the early stuff. Rock solid all the way through.

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4

Number 2! Never listened before and again lots of songs I don’t know. Great start with Mother’s Little Helper which I first heard the Tesla cover of. Under my thumb, what a great song and beat.

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4

A very strong start, though drags a bit by the end i feel like they were just solid blues/rock songs, though not much at the end stands out. Still enjoyable.

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Siempre he tenido un problema con los Stones: sus rolas, por más buenas que sean, de agarran de una línea y la repiten infinidad de veces. En este disco, aunque me gustaron varias partes, no es la excepción. Desde Mother’s Little Helper y Out of Time, pero sobre todo en a Going Home. Y sí, quizá eso es la influencia del Blues, pero también pasa en canciones menos blueseras. De cualquier manera, no quita que el disco sea muy bueno, especialmente en la enorme adición de nuevos sonidos al repertorio de las bandas de rock de la época. Una lástima que no venga Paint It Black en esta versión del disco, es de mis top de ellos. Ya por último ¿qué diablos con las letras de Stupid Girl y Under My Thumb?

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4

En general creí que iba a suceder algo muy similar a Queen, que el disco entero no iba a ser por completo de mi agrado y que me quedaría con los sencillos. Fue bastante refrescante verme equivocado en mi idea. Excelente disco directo y sencillo de blues y rock and roll; la instrumentación siempre vívida pero sin sobrecomplicar las canciones. El único gran problema que puede tener es esa diferencia entre versiones. Me es impensable que hay una versión sin Paint it Black, que puede ser mi canción favorita del grupo, mientras que a la otra le quitaron 3 canciones... Terminando con 4 canciones de diferencia, ninguna versión que realmente sea por completo la correcta, una corta con el mejor sencillo otra con unas canciones adicionales (aunque Goin Home es un poco sobreindulgente y creo sobra). Fuera de la logística terrible para poder escuchar el disco como un album completo, la música es excelente, los Rolling nunca fueron tan complicados o innovadores pero tampoco les hizo falta en mi opinión.

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4

An amazing early Rolling Stones album. It is interesting that the UK version has "Mother's Little Helper" and the US release has "Paint It Black." Both killer songs.

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4

Great record with bonafide all-time great singles.

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4

A curious beast, with emphasis on the word "beast". The most popular songs associated with it (Paint It Black, Under My Thumb, Mother's Little Helper), are all in my Rolling Stones top 10, and I adore Out of Time, even though I prefer the Gary Filmore version (seriously, I completely adore Gary Filmore's take on it). And yes, I appreciate the dark paths the Stones explored here: all the snottier to sound, an admirable trait. Prosaically, I just think there's a touch too much filler for this to be a full 5-starrer. I'm practically nitpicking, there's obviously excellent stuff here, but if you go dirty, you'll have fun but you'll probably end up with nits.

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4

I like this new direction that they take in this album, some really good classic 60s music here with Out of time, Sweet lady Jane and my fav, Under my thumb. Interesting that the UK version that I listened to on Youtube didn't have Paint it Black. I'll assume that song is on this LP which would elevate this to a 4 star record.

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4

4th British / 6th American album of Rolling Stones, 1966. This one was a breakthrough for the band. They became famous as much as The Beatles. "Aftermath" consist entirely of original compositions written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Sound of this album is more experimental than previous.

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4

4/5

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4

Not their best album but still good.

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4

rolling!

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4

Early Stones is a great time warp back to their rudimentary roots, on the bridge from early 60s Rock and roll towards 70s psychedelia.

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4

I liked this. It's classic. I don't really have much else to say. If I saw this at my record store I would pick it up

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4

Good coworking music. Quite classic

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4

Growing up, I was very anti-Stones. Being a huge Beatles fanatic, I felt like the Stones were inferior in every way. I've softened that stance as I've gotten older. I can appreciate the Stones, although I still believe they were overrated and sellouts in many ways. I like this album though, it feels like they were finding their identity as they made it. Some songs sound like they are trying to imitate elements of the Beatles, but others are the Stones finding their own sound. I like the bluesiness of some songs, and impressed that they included an 11 minute song - definitely innovative. Out of Time is a great song. 4 stars.

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4

Some good stuff on here like Mother's Little Helper, Lady Jane, Under My Thumb, I Am Waiting, High and Dry, Flight 505. There's a bit of dross as well mind, especially the long boring jam Going Home. I prefer their two 1967 albums 'Between The Buttons' and 'Their Satanic Majesty's Request', which are similar but better.

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4

pretty cool, 8/10 kinda wild that people consider this a competitor to Sgt Peppers, when The Beatles were so far ahead of The Rolling stones granted the rolling stones later stuff is also legendary

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4

Tiene grandes canciones pero acá los Stones como que tratan de salir de su zona de confort (rock y blues) y son más experimentales. Y no, a los Stones no les va muy bien que digamos siendo experimentales. Ojo, escuchar la versión inglesa que tiene 14 canciones, la de USA solo 11.

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4

It's so good to deep dive into the tracks that you don't know. This is the 'dive into commerciality' album - more pop-rock than blues-rock, but it's awesome. Loses 1 star for 'Paint it Black' being on the US release - NOT this UK one. Tune

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4

Brilliant dirty blues rock from the other invading Brits, the dark undertones of this recording make the Stones feel like the anti -Beatles; but here they are ploughing their own furrough, upsetting the neighbours, upsetting women and causing all kinds of chaos. Under my Thumb is the highlight - Sinister and unsettling. The experimentation with a variety of instruments adds flavour and the drumming of Charlie Watts (RIP) is exemplary.

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4

It's a pretty good album, you could hear the Stones come onto their own here. It could do without the poorly aged songs like Stupid Girl and Under My Thumb but the fact that they sound great is what makes them Stones classics. The boldest thing for them to do is to add an 11 minute track in the middle of the album and it pays off. Pretty good all around. Favorites: Going Home and Out of Time.

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4

Good old rock and roll of the swinging sixties. Couterculture to the counterculture sprinkled with some misogyny, and it rocks.

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4

It’s ok…

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4

Thankfully Spotify had both the UK and US versions of the album. After listening to the UK version, initially, I thought it was a perfectly good album by the Rolling Stones, but there was something lacking from it to elevate it to the next level. Then I decided to listen to the US version, and instantly found what was missing - "Paint it Black" along with the arrangement and placement of songs throughout the album. It really is amazing what changing around, adding and cutting a few songs does to an overall album sound and flow. I found the US release much tighter and flowed so much better than the UK version. Where the songs had more cohesion as a whole and sonically seemed to make better sense. Best: Paint It Black Worst: What To Do

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4

The UK version leads off with Mother's Little Helper and doesn't have Paint It Black. The US version leads off with Paint It Black, but omits Mother's Little Helper. The Spotify link here goes to the UK version, which means you miss one of the all time great Stones songs. That's a pretty big swing. Both versions give you the overlong Going Home, which is probably the song that makes McCartney think the Stones were just a great blues cover band, even if they did write all of the songs on both the UK and US versions of this album.

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4

4? Maybe a 3.5, but I'm going to err on the side of 4 since it's the Stones and all. i feel like I disregard the Stones a lot as I'm sick of their biggest hits. I forget about their earlier ones that have that old raw rock n roll sound like this one.

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I think I get it now. I understand why The Stones were so big in their day. This album, while feeling very middle-of-the-road today, was stand-out-from-the crowd in '66. Sure, there were other British acts reaching across the pond to make a splash in the US but they were either The Beatles or riding the coattails of The Beatles. The Stones took a different direction - real, old-school blues - and then went further by not pulling punches with the lyrical content. "Mother's Little Helper" and "Stupid Girl" while being almost painfully misogynistic, were certainly not playing around lyrically. I can see why this appealed to the disaffected youth of the time the same way that Sex Pistols, Ice T, or Tool did in later years. Musically, the album is solid. Lyrically, it's solid if a bit dated. The performances, however, are stand out and pull the whole thing up from a middling grade to a solid 4 stars.

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On a basic level, you can’t go wrong with the Stones. They’re an exceedingly talented band and they’re really the gift that keeps in giving. They have a deep catalog full of little gems to discover, many of which aren’t widely heard by casual listeners. The early albums are a bit of a mixed bag, a little overly fixated on mastering American blues. But Aftermath is probably the first album where the Stones really begin to stretch their musical legs. And oooh, Charlie Watts with that first beat crashing in on Brian Jones’ sitar in "Paint It Black," what a way to kick it off. That's one of the best openings to a song you will ever hear and a brilliant way to start an album. The exotic, middle eastern vibe gives this song such a rich sound. It’s one of the few earlier Stones songs that retains its musical power to this day. The rest of the album, although musically ambitious, is kind of all over the place. It comes off like this is a band in search of a sound. You have the dark numbers like "Paint It, Black" and “Under My Thumb,” mixed in with typical Stones bluesy fare like "Doncha Bother Me" and the affected, baroque sounding "Lady Jane." The Stones haven't figured out yet what kind of band they want to be, and it shows. That said, the album is absolutely a solid listen. The songs are crisp and concise, most of them barely clearing the 3-minute mark. The songwriting is dark, insouciant, full of attitude. And musically, the band is really tight. This is the best of the early albums, without a doubt. Fave Songs (U.S. version): Paint It Black, Under My Thumb, Doncha Bother Me, I Am Waiting; Lady Jane

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The first Rolling Stones album I have listened to from start to finish which I think surprise most people I know. I've always been a huge Beatles fan so I would hear constant debates on which band was the better of the two. This led me to directly compare both throughout most of my life, and I definitely felt that the Beatles were the more talented, unique, and fun band (and still do). Although I have never considered myself a huge fan of the Stones, I enjoy their style and can think of quite a few songs that I think are fantastic which made me excited to give this one a go. Overall, I felt Aftermath was a really good set of songs and exactly what I would expect from a Rolling Stones' album featured on this list (mostly solid blues rock with some experimental elements). I thought that the album started off super strong, and while there were some songs that I could have done without towards the middle, it ended up being a great and fun listen. My immediate favorites were Under My Thumb, Flight 505, and I Am Waiting which were all pretty upbeat. I found the album to be at its weakest when it slowed down which thankfully didn't happen too often. I did think that the last track was a VERY underwhelming closer as I was surprised once the album ended since it didn't give that impression at all. In short, I enjoyed this one enough to be excited for other RS albums that are on this list. While I'm sure this isn't their best work, it was rather enjoyable for what it was. 3.5/5. NOTE: I ended up listening to the UK version since, as a Beatles fan, I know that the US versions don't really count. That being said, I was disappointed that the UK release did not feature Paint It Black as that has always been one of my favorite Rolling Stones tracks since it first appeared on Guitar Hero 3. There is a chance that I would have given this a 4 if it was included as I feel it would have been an amazing opener.

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The link that I used from this site sent me to the UK version. Which straight up doesn't have paint it black on it. Which is an absolute bummer. So I said fuck it and listened to both of them. Paint it black is an absolute banger of a song. Mothers little helper proves that Suburban house wives have had mental health issues for the last 60 years. Under my Thumb is real fucking weird.

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I like this era Stones. Hadn't listened to this in a while if ever. Nice mix of their sounds

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Nice variety of sounds on this album. Would love to have a mono version. These stereo recordings from the 60s are hard to enjoy.

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I love the classic 60s pop vibes mixed with blues on a lot of these songs, sounds like Led Zeppelin must have listened to this album a lot, definitely hear things on here that they would do later on.

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Good album, very beatles-eque with a blues touch. Not a real bad song but also not a lot of song standing out very positively

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There are awesome famous songs on this albums, but a lot of them are not the classic Stones sound we come to know in the 70s. The rest is blues that is good but nothing exceptional. Good 60s album, but not quite a Stones album just yet.

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Probably worth it to mention that I've never been much of a Stones fan. So there's nothing outside of maybe "Gimme Shelter" that ever gives me chills or demands listening. Having said that, it's pretty clear this is an important historical rock document - the album where the Stones became The Stones™ in a lot of ways; first one consisting of all originals, first one recorded in stereo; more usage of different instruments (largely due to Brian Jones' influence). There are some all-time hits on this album [depending on which version: the UK version doesn't have "Paint It Black" while the US version is missing "Mother's Little Helper" - both classics] which makes it worthwhile. And even though they're not really my favourites, I feel like this is too important to not give a 4 star rating to - inarguably one of the 2 or 3 most recognizable and influential rock bands in history with their first proper original album. Even if some of it sounds incredibly dated, it's certainly worth a few listens at least. 7/10 4 stars

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decent stones sounding stones

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Muy bueno

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Great album! A bit heavy on the honkey tonk feel, but a strong Stones album nonetheless.

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Some excellent tracks on this. Faded away towards the end.

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La photo indique la version UK, mais pour moi, c'est la version US la meilleure à cause de l'inclusion de ce qui est selon moi la meilleure pièce des Stones, Paint It Black. C'est la première pièce qui m'a vraiment fait accrocher au groupe et qui m'a poussé à explorer les autres albums. La face A est vraiment excellente. Il y a Going Home où on aurait pu se passer du défi de faire une chanson vraiment trop longue, mais bon, c'est la dernière alors on peut y survivre.

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So good.

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8/10. Pretty good, would listen again. Paint it Black is a great way to start an album, and while it gets a bit weaker towards the B-side, it's still pretty pleasant.

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very good one

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What a drag it is getting old, indeed. Stupid Girl didn't age well; we can agree with that. This has all the sounds of Stones. Rock, blues, baroque, rockabilly, and great riffs. But this is not peak Stones. This is also not their most listenable album. As far as one of the more mainstream albums on this list, it's not a home run at all. I do love how Tarantino used Out of Time in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood though. I am Waiting is another clever song that is buried deep on this album. This is a 3.5, and I will round up because while it's not top Stones, it would be for almost every other band.

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classic

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Love the stones- this album I kinda zoned out on- maybe not their best

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At times you can really hear the green shoots of what was to come. Some classic stones tracks on this.

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In a parallel universe of beards and eye patches this would have been The White Album. Misogyny aside it’s a near miss. Ironically misogyny included and it’s a miss.

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I went with the UK version, since that’s the cover reflected here. But I know the US version is still in print and prefered by plenty. Anyway, I understand why this album is considered important for the Stones. It’s around this point that the Jaggers and Richard songwriting team really started to take off, and they started to cut back on their R&B covers. But there’s still plenty of those as well, and they’re all mostly fine, although I’d consider little of this to be essential. Their best stuff here are all-timers, but a lot of it is fluff meant to fill up an LP. I do give them credit for ending side A with Goin’ Home. Most artists would save that for the very end, and I believe they did in the US version. B-

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I enjoyed this, but not a ton. I like the Stones, but they can be pretty same-y. Overall, I'd say it's a 3.75/5, so I'll round up.

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Evidence of Stones expanding their palette in interesting ways – some credible, others less so. “LadyJane” Is most intriguing case in point. I took it seriously and probably found it beautiful upon first hearing it in late 70s, early 80s, but now it sounds contrived (probably because Stones abandoned such artiness in favor of … well, so many other alternatives.. Mick’s yelping, growling and whooping now sound more like a valid interpretation of the blues, and there are many cool guitar licks and accents. “Goin’ Home” is great and points the way forward to “Love in Vain” and the longer-form jams to come. Solid from top to bottom and one feels the gathering storm, even if this remains sub-masterpiece. Note the UK and US versions have different tracks -- the former opens with “Mother’s Little Helper” (latter with “Paint It Black”) and has more songs.

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This is the third Rolling Stones album that I've had so far and was the one I enjoyed the most (vs Beggars Banquet and Let it Bleed)

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Fun to hear the transition. Like still some of that poppy stuff they did in early 60s but you can hear the transition to more bluesy stuff and Jone's influence with different instruments.

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Classic music.

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Weird discrepancy between the UK and American version. A Stones album with great other tracks beyond the singles.

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le monde si under my thumb avait d'autres paroles

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Javaisjamais entendu, plus doux que leur autre album mais ca sonne tres rock and roll, j’aime beaucoup. 4.25

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Some great songs, really enjoyed it.

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I never knew how misogynistic The Rolling Stones were. Sure, they were musically influential but damn.

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Paint it Black is one of the best ever. The rest is a good blend of styles and songs. I'm more of a stones fan now.

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Listened to the US version (the one with Paint It Black (the superior version)). A lot of the lyrics seem like they haven't aged the best. Also could have gone without that 11-minute track. Other than that, it's very enjoyable.

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Some gems of songwriting and the next steps in song craft for the Stones. But also a lot of filler

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I have an idea in my head about who The Rolling Stones are but after listening to a few albums I’m starting to realize they defy classification. This had a very 60s rock/pop feel and it’s as good as anything I’ve heard in that genre. It doesn’t really fit my image of them though. Still pretty good stuff. 3.75 stars.

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I give it a 4, it's a good album. Before I listened to this I listened to Beggars Banquet and I think they're neat. My favorite is Mother's Little Helper, since it completely caught me off guard with it's dark lyrics.

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I like the way 70s-era Stones is seeping into this one.

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First listened to this on reel to reel that my dad brought back from Vietnam. Funny thing is when I played them as a kid, my dad would yell from the other room "turn that noise down". Also was my first intro to the Beatles, Manfred Man, Mamas and Papas...

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Some outstanding but some fillers.

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classic stones

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Early Stones is always interesting to hear.

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Blues base. High and low points, picked 3 good songs to learn. Paint it black 😎

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Starts with best stones song, but rest of album is softer more folky. The mixing and use of stereo is fun. but a bit distracting at times (guitar is way to soft in much because of this mix)

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Vintage Stones. You can hear the blues influence heavy here. My favorite Stones song, Under My Thumb, is a perfect summary of this album and their early work. There's not much else to be said other than the fact this is must listen music for anyone.

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Slaps

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I said Exile was probably their best, most consistent album. I'm still not sure if that's right. There's some real stonkers on here and the potential of the band is really showing. A cracker of an album.

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International version is better. The stereo sound is a bit weird sometimes..

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Drinks bailed but the rosh hashanah was fun

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tis good not great, Paint it Black is a masterpiece though. 3.5/5

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1/26 Standout Tracks: Paint It Black, Mother’s Little Helper, Lady Jane, Going Home

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A bit monotonous

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Tasasen hyvää ja aika moni ennen kuulemattomia biisejä. Näkisin, et tätä varten tää koko homma on

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Sorry to be Americentric, but the US version, which includes Paint it Black and ditches some of the less creative tracks of this album, is way better and more mature sounding than the UK version. As it is, it feels like they're on the verge of breaking out, but not quite there. Best track: Doncha Bother Me

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A couple classics, the rest were done well enough, just not interesting to me.

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Ihan ok rallattelua. Ei vituta muttei myöskään koveta.

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3 rock albums in a row...The album is fine

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Mother's Little Helper is a solid opener, very catchy. Album is pretty samey throughout though. Liked the acoustic tone in Lady Jane a lot. I was surprised at how much of a old-school country vibe some of these tracks have, with harmonica and acoustic guitar only. And at just how "light" early rock was, with a distinct lack of real lead solos. And how short the tracks are!

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This was a really tough one for me to rate. This album has some songs that I really like on it, but it also has some that I found pretty boring. The attitude towards women in the album is definitely not great, but I've tried to set that aside when rating other albums. I also feel like this album would sound a lot better if it was recorded today. As it is, it doesn't sound great, but there are later Stones albums that have a lot of similar sounds in them that pop a lot more on the recording. This whole recording sounds flat and muffled, and I don't know how to account for that in my grade. 3/5

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The album was ok. It has my favorite stomea song, Under My Thumb. I can imagine how divergent it was during its time but it still didn't speak to me.

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Det er bare 60'er rock

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Favourites: under my thumb, out of time.

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classic classic rock - 1/2 meh 1/2 not bad

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Best song was I am waiting. 5/10 everything else

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not bad, classic paint it black but not much else

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Pretty good. This is definitely early-on in their career, but it was still enjoyable.

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Eerst nummer heel goed maar de rest van het album wel lekker wegluisterbaar maar niet bijzonder

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Decent Rock and roll

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This may be unpopular but this album is far too long. Overindulgent with some solid tracks.

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Sólo dos rolonones son las que levantan ese album la neta.

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It was fine, I like the Stones, but in my old age have heard enough of them. I did like hearing some songs I have never heard before.

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under my thumb is fantastic, and always will be...but i just don't love the stones. i think it's mick. he's just always felt kinda sleazy to me, ever since i was a kid. i'd probably like them better if i'd been older when i first heard them.

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Yep, fine. Fave track - "Paint it Black", by a mile. "Under My Thumb" is a tune too, though...

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not bad. some good songs

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All my stones knowledge comes from greatest hits. Frankly I always thought they were overrated. This album was solid! Paint it black and under my thumb are two favorites. Aside from those two, the only new songs I really liked were stupid girl and I am Waiting. The rest of the album did a great job showing the stones blues roots, and I got a kick out of the slide guitar, but nothing else struck me the same way. This feels like a 3.5 that I’m struggling to round up or down on.

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Lever listened to this. Wow!

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- a very folky Rolling Stones album - lyrics feel kind of scumy and misogynistic - overall decent album, something to put on in the background

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