||8 December 1967
||9 February - October 23 1967,
||Rock, Psychedelic Rock
||The Rolling Stones
||"Contains some weird but groovy tunes."
Recording for this album was long-winded and continuously interrupted by jail terms and court appearances by certain members of the band. The musical contrast between this album, it's predecessor (Between the Buttons) and it's successor (Beggars Banquet) is most striking.
Release & Aftermath
There were mixed views of the album when it was release. Many believed that the Stones were making a cheap attempt to match The Beatles' release in the same year Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and others believed that the Stones took too many chances with the music in the album. However, it was viewed well in the public eye and performed quite well in both UK and US album charts.
The cover was photographed by Michael Cooper. The inside cover of the UK and US release had a maze on it which was impossible to complete.
The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger - lead vocals, backing vocals, moog synthesizer, percussion
Brian Jones - brass, mellotron, percussion, organ, flute, recorder, electric dulcimer, saxophone, concert harp, guitar, backing vocals
Keith Richards - guitars, backing vocals
Charlie Watts - drums, percussion, tablas
Bill Wyman - bass, percussion, backing vocals, lead vocals
Nicky Hopkins - piano, harpsichord, organ, mellotron
John Paul Jones - string arrangement on "She's a Rainbow"
Eddie Kramer - percussion
Ronnie Lane - backing vocals
Steve Marriott - backing vocals and acoustic guitar
John Lennon - vocals
Paul McCartney - vocals
Anita Pallenberg - vocals
Ian Stewart - organ
In 1968 the album reached #3 in the UK album charts and #2 in the US Billboard Pop Albums Chart.