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#351: Between the Buttons by The Rolling Stones

6.22.2011


Between the Buttons by The Rolling Stones (1967)

Favorite Track(s): "Yesterday's Papers" and "Back Street Girl" and "She Smiled Sweetly" and "All Sold Out"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) Well, the day has come. Our first Rolling Stones album. You'd think that given the name of the magazine, the Rolling Stones would be the artists with the most albums on the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. But they aren't. They share the same number as Bob Dylan: 10, and the top appearances and ranking goes to--guess who?--The Beatles with 11, 4 of which are in the top 10. It's only natural (perhaps in my mind alone) that there is a real or imagined rivalry between The Stones and The Beatles, as different as they are. And you can probably guess which side I take in that particular contest. :)

I could probably name 10 Rolling Stone songs. Should I try? "As Tears Go By", "You Can't Always Get What You Want", "Hang Fire", "Brown Sugar", "Sympathy for the Devil", "I Can't Get No Satisfaction", "Paint It Black"...and that's all I've got. I'm sure as we hit their albums, I'll recognize a lot more. But the point is, I've just never been into The Stones. And it's not for any necessarily good reason. I never made, I believe, a conscious choice NOT to listen to their music, I just never hit a point where I had to devour their discography. But the time has come and I'm excited, because I know they are Rock Royalty, but apprehensive because I'm afraid they'll be overrated to me. Here we go! (P.S. I'm listening to the UK track listing, not U.S.)

(Post-Listening) It's a 1960s rock album, so I knew I wouldn't hate it, but...really? That's it? As you can see from my favorite tracks, there were songs I definitely liked. But this is THE STONES. I expected more, personally. But then this is all new territory, so maybe I need to warm up to them.

Is This Better Than A Hard Day's Night?: Heck no.

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