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© Abkco Records
Year of Release: 1966
Paint It Black
Under My Thumb
Doncha Bother Me
High And Dry
It's Not Easy
I Am Waiting
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The early years of The Rolling Stones (1965-1969) -- focused on the Blues.
They developed their own style and "bad boy image" as part of the British Invasion,
sparked by The Beatles. Having the "bad boy image" would develop them as a
popular act in Rock N Roll music, and despite the ups and downs of the band,
they are still rocking today, almost 4 decades!
The 1966 release Aftermath features many well-known hits, easily
found on great Stones compilations. What also makes the album great are the
"not-so-popular" tunes. Aftermath is an original album, and where most
music lovers prefer the original albums over greatest hits compilations,
Aftermath proves to be an original of its own.
Referring to the most famous early Stones (Greatest Hits) compilation,
Singles Collection: The London Years, the first 4 songs from
Aftermath were included: "Paint It Black," "Stupid Girl," "Lady
Jane," and "Under My Thumb." These songs are obviously popular
ones; "Stupid Girl" may not ring bells as the others, but like the
other three songs, it is just as outstanding as the others.
The remaining 7 songs on Aftermath is where the listener begins
to explore the "lost" album tracks, and discover those that could easily have
been popular favorites. "Doncha Bother Me" has a great early Blues
sound, as heard on many songs on
Beggars Banquet. "Think"
is definitely a "lost" album track; it may not have received heavy airplay, but
it's an enjoyable Stones tune.
"Flight 505" is another great upbeat blues/rock number, and is a
great candidate for the "not-so-popular tunes by a popular group or artist"
category. Likewise, we can say the same for the folksy-bluesy "High And
"It's Not Easy" may not be a recognizable hit, yet it is very easy
to identify this song by the Rolling Stones. The remaining 2 songs are definitely
"lost" album tracks -- the slow-paced "I Am Waiting" and the near
12-minute blues-inspired "Going Home." Both songs are great in
discovering "the other songs" by The Rolling Stones.
Early Blues, as heard by such artists as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker
best describes the core of the "lost" album tracks found on Aftermath.
Not only are the well-known popular tunes are heard here, it is great to
discover the songs that were not heavy radio favorites. If you enjoy the
Stones' Beggars Banquet release, you'll love Aftermath.
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