Aftermath (The Rolling Stones album)

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Aftermath
RSAftermathUK.jpg
Studio album by The Rolling Stones
Released 15 April 1966 (1966-04-15)
Recorded 3–8 December 1965, 6–9 March 1966
Genre Rock
Length 53:20
Label Decca (UK)
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones British chronology
Out of Our Heads
(1965)
Aftermath
(1966)
Between the Buttons
(1967)

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: it is the first to consist entirely of Mick Jagger/Keith Richards compositions, while Brian Jones played a variety of instruments not usually associated with their music, including sitar, Appalachian dulcimer,1 marimbas, and Japanese koto, as well as guitar, harmonica and keyboards, though much of the music is 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".2 In the same year the US edition of Aftermath was ranked No. 108 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.3

Personnel

The Rolling Stones
Additional personnel

4 5 6

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.

British version

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Mother's Little Helper"   2:45
2. "Stupid Girl"   2:56
3. "Lady Jane"   3:08
4. "Under My Thumb"   3:41
5. "Doncha Bother Me"   2:41
6. "Goin' Home"   11:13
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "Flight 505"   3:27
8. "High and Dry"   3:08
9. "Out of Time"   5:37
10. "It's Not Easy"   2:56
11. "I Am Waiting"   3:11
12. "Take It or Leave It"   2:47
13. "Think"   3:09
14. "What to Do"   2:32

North American version

Aftermath
Aftermath.rollingstones.usalbum.cover.jpg
Studio album by The Rolling Stones
Released 20 June 1966 (1966-06-20)
Recorded 3–8 December 1965, 6–9 March 1966
Genre Rock, pop
Length 42:31
Label London (US)
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones American chronology
December's Children (And Everybody's)
(1965)
Aftermath
(1966)
Between the Buttons
(1967)
Singles from Aftermath
  1. "Paint It, Black" / "Stupid Girl"
    Released: 7 May 1966
  2. "Mother's Little Helper" / "Lady Jane"
    Released: 2 July 1966

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.7 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.8

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Paint It Black"   3:22
2. "Stupid Girl"   2:56
3. "Lady Jane"   3:08
4. "Under My Thumb"   3:41
5. "Doncha Bother Me"   2:41
6. "Think"   3:09
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "Flight 5051"   3:27
8. "High and Dry"   3:08
9. "It's Not Easy"   2:56
10. "I Am Waiting"   3:11
11. "Goin' Home"   11:13

Other songs

Title Length Notes
"19th Nervous Breakdown" Single
"Sad Day" "19th Nervous Breakdown" B-side
"Long Long While" "Paint It Black" B-side

Chart positions

Album
Year Chart Position
1966 UK Albums Chart 19
1966 Billboard 200 210
Preceded by
The Sound of Music by Original Soundtrack
UK Albums Chart number-one album
30 April – 25 June 1966
Succeeded by
The Sound of Music by Original Soundtrack
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1966 "Paint It, Black" UK Singles Chart 19
1966 "Paint It, Black" Billboard Hot 100 17
1966 "Mother's Little Helper" Billboard Hot 100 87
1966 "Lady Jane" Billboard Hot 100 247
1990 "Paint It, Black" UK Singles Chart 639
2007 "Paint It, Black" UK Singles Chart 709
2010 "Paint It, Black" Billboard Rock Digital Songs 257
Certifications
Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA Platinum
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (UK) 5/5 stars11
Allmusic (US) 5/5 stars12
Blender 5/5 stars13

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 (High Tide and Green Grass). The track list for the shelved album includes "Take It or Leave It", "Mother's Little Helper", "Think", "Goin' Home" (short edit) 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.

References

  1. ^ a b Mick Jagger interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  2. ^ Walsh, Christopher (24 August 2002). "Super audio CDs: The Rolling Stones Remastered". Billboard. p. 27. 
  3. ^ "Aftermath". Rolling Stone. January 2003. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.rollingstones.com/
  5. ^ Stone Alone - Bill Wyman
  6. ^ Rolling With The Stones - Bill Wyman
  7. ^ a b c d e "Billboard Singles". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "RIAA searchable certification database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d "UK charts rchive". chartstats.com. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Albums". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  11. ^ Allmusic review (UK)
  12. ^ Allmusic review (US)
  13. ^ Blender review

External links

  • Link to Patti Smith piece for Creem, January 1973, detailing her response to the Rolling Stones and Aftermath