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Old 04-07-2017, 12:25 PM   #1
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Fifty years of "Between the Buttons"

Sequestered deep within The Rolling Stones’ mid-1960s archive, there’s a song called “English Summer.” Entire legends have grown up around it; collectors dream of some day hearing it, researchers dream of pinning it down. The best recollections of historians, musicians and observers alike insist that it was recorded at Olympic Studios in November 1966, potentially to become the Stones’ next single.

But the “Let’s Spend The Night Together”/”Ruby Tuesday” coupling stepped in instead, and “English Summer” was left to languish in the vault, not even considered worth completing for the band’s next album.

It was handed on to Marianne Faithfull, for use in her own decelerating career — she recorded it the following May, allegedly alongside a version of The Beatles’ then still-unreleased “With A Little Help From My Friends,” but it’s not a gift that she recalled when asked about it a few years ago.

Quite simply, “English Summer” vanished as quickly as its seasonal namesake usually does, and maybe that’s just as well. It could never have been as great as the legend insists it must be; and, although the title resonates like no other, that’s just hindsight talking. Yes, the band was heading towards its most tumultuous summer yet; yes, the music scene in general was swinging into its most turbulent. But, sitting in the studio one cold, damp November evening, the Stones could not have known any of that. Could they?

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Old 04-07-2017, 01:30 PM   #2
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In creating a sequence of songs that, though they had no overt thematic connection to one another, nonetheless flowed with an unprecedented cohesion, a conceptual offering in all but storyline, “Between The Buttons” blueprinted all that The Beatles would go on to achieve. “Sgt. Pepper” was The Beatles’ attempt to make their own “Between The Buttons.” And you know what? Song for song, mood for mood, they failed.
Interesting point.

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Re: Fifty years of "Between the Buttons"

Actually, "Their Satanic Majesties Request" was The Stones' attempt to make their own "Sgt. Pepper". And you know what? Song for song, mood for mood, they failed.
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Actually, "Their Satanic Majesties Request" was The Stones' attempt to make their own "Sgt. Pepper". And you know what? Song for song, mood for mood, they failed.
Dave Thompson wrote a article trying to suggest that the Beatles got their ideas from The Rolling Stones. And you know what? Word to word, idea to idea, he failed.
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Re: Fifty years of "Between the Buttons"

Between the Buttons, UK version is probably my favorite Stones Albums. It seemed to flow well from song to song and it has a certain feel to the album that I cannot quite explain, but there is a feel there for me throughout the album. I think of it as a theme album, but not sure if it was intended to be a theme album or not.
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Between the Buttons, UK version is probably my favorite Stones Albums. It seemed to flow well from song to song and it has a certain feel to the album that I cannot quite explain, but there is a feel there for me throughout the album. I think of it as a theme album, but not sure if it was intended to be a theme album or not.
My favorite Stones album too, just a bunch of great songs. It was described somewhere as "demonic folk rock".
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Actually, "Their Satanic Majesties Request" was The Stones' attempt to make their own "Sgt. Pepper". And you know what? Song for song, mood for mood, they failed.
I disagree. I really like six of the tracks on Their Satanic Majesties Request.

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My favorite Stones album too, just a bunch of great songs. It was described somewhere as "demonic folk rock".
It's one of my very favourites as well.

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Re: Fifty years of "Between the Buttons"

Blonde On Blonde had influenced most, this was layed down in late '66 in Barnes. Nice that Bob Dylan wrote and had a hit with his tribute to Brian... and then financed his coffin - shame on the rest!
One of 3 albums this year.
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Nice that Bob Dylan wrote and had a hit with his tribute to Brian....
Which one was that?

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Re: Fifty years of "Between the Buttons"

I know it's a bit of a musical urban myth (like Rod playing harmonica on My Boy Lollipop.) but Al Kooper said it a few times and Bob himself (especially with Brian present at the 1967 Monterey festival) said it was written with Brian in mind, maybe just massaging his ego?
I always thought it was about one of Warhols hangers on Edie?
Anyways Bob was a genuine ear to Brian's woes.
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