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The Rolling Stones - TheirSatanicMajestiesRequest, 8/10

Oct 8 2005, 11:34 PM (Post #1)
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Artist - The Rolling Stones
Album - Their Satanic Majesties Request
Year - 1967
Lyrics - Click here.
Buy - Amazon

Members -
Mick Jagger - all songs and singing (except where otherwise credited)
Keith Richards - all songs and singing (except where otherwise credited)
Brian Jones - not credited
(Bill Wyman) - writer and singer of "In Another Land"
(Nicky Hopkins) - piano
(J.P. Jones) - strings on "She's A Rainbow"

Track List -
1 - Sing This All Together (3:46) (Lyrics)
2 - Citadel (2:50) (Lyrics)
3 - In Another Land (3:13) (Lyrics)
4 - 2000 Man (3:05) (Lyrics)
5 - Sing This All Together (See What Happens) (7:58) (Lyrics)
6 - She's A Rainbow (4:35) (Lyrics)
7 - The Lantern (4:24) (Lyrics)
8 - Gomper (5:12) (Lyrics)
9 - 2000 Light Years From Home (4:45) (Lyrics)
10 - On With The Show (3:40) (Lyrics)

Album Cover -
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Review -

"Sing This All Together" sets the pace for this fantastical voyage, starting with a trippy piano tune, complimented with random brass outbursts, evolving into a typical 60s sing-along complete with tambourine and assorted other percussion sounds.

If the album cover wasn't warning enough, the sounds and words displayed in this opener should give out a pronounced warning to listeners - do not experience this album whilst on drugs.

"Citadel" storms into being with a boisterous rhythm and almost demanding tone of singing, announcing its arrival as a new song and not just an extension of the trip. Around a minute into the song, the first proper guitar sound is heard struggling through the wall of sounds and organised chaos, providing backbone to the song and supporting the marching, demanding tone of the song, which still managers to mellow out with the drone of 'candy and taffy'.

A brief silence gives way to more madness, as jagged vocals and puzzling music, seemingly from some sort of medieval string instrument, brings all sober listeners up to the level of a pothead's greatest high, 'In Another Land' as it were. Lyrically, Mr Wyman describes to us a fantastical dream, and just as he awakes in his poem, so to does the music as drums and guitars take over from the olde music. This would have made an excellent build up to some shouting, but is spoiled/complimented by a piano line not unlike most of Elton John's work.

As if returning home from the other land, '2000 Man' starts off as it aims to finish - guitars, a steady drum beat, and popular/folk singing. The song predicts the future as it tells of a man having an affair over the computer/internet in the year 2000. A perfect mid-album break from the drug-aided beautiful mess of the first four songs. The drums being the main focus of this song, it detracts a little from the meaning of the lyrics, but gives great basis for the music. Heralded as the only great thing about this album by most critics, I simply see it as a welcome change.

"Sing This All Together" makes an extended return at this point, to remind what this album is all about. The track length has almost doubled, the lyrical content has been cut down to about 33% of the original song, and the rest is made up of guitar confusion and noisical effects which sound like something 'Smells Like Children' era Marilyn Manson would have produced were he born a few decades earlier and equipped with a penny whistle and full brass section. The random grunts evident in the first half of the song remind me somewhat of System Of A Down's "Bounce", although it may be the music has began altering my mind and memories, as well as reality.

Three minutes through this epic mid-song is where your true psyche lies - it will either drive you insane, force you to change the song in disgust, strike you with confusion, or provide you with a moment of clarity where it all finally makes sense.

Myself? Well, the monkey groans, random female screams, and abuse of stringed instruments almost had me in the 'changing the song' category, until the guitars finally returned like a knight in shining armour, slaying the nuisance noise and breaking a clearing for a marching-band style tambourine to break through, before being itself ambushed by the chanting misery and return of the noise nonsense. A battle rages between the chaos, the control, and the drum beat, when, at little more than a minute remaining, the guitar returns, silences all, and leaves room for what little lyrics remain to be relayed in the most non-chalant way possible. "See What Will Happen"? I think I just saw sound.

"She's A Rainbow" truly sets the second half of the album off in terrifying style, with old black and white sci-fi style feedback sound effects and a tolling drum boom introducing the song. After another bout of silence, the noise of what seems to be a market salesman is heard, a whistle is blown, and a jazzy piano beat starts up, building into stereotypical 60s pop song style, complete with backing singers. However, something still remains dark about this seemingly bounding and cheery tune, but the sunflower-bright lyrics give nothing away about this hidden depth, and simply leave you feeling guiltily happy. It's not until the random string scratches and freaky chanting begins after 4 and a half minutes do you start to feel justified in your paranoia, as the joy blends in to the speedy, scary tune of "The Lantern".

This song, complete with Western guitar effects and harmonica sound, provides a stop-start tempo which is carried throughout the pianos, cymbals, guitars, and crooning to depict the last thoughts of a dying man with an overactive imagination.

"Gomper" comes in unannounced with sweet guitar and thumping-yet-mellow drums, and it's not until the singing begins that you remember the rest of the CD. Coupled with the previous two songs of seeming joy, you could be forgiven for blanking out the memory of the last half hour's experience. However, the guitar and words still leave you feeling unsettled. The talking ends with "she moans with a sigh" and leaves over half the song left for the music to tell the tale - and it does, with screeching, building, freakish guitar work, the mellow drums now seeming psychotically determined, like the way Michael Myers et al would slowly stalk their prey, building up momentum whilst plainly walking, leaving the defenseless guitar to play the part of the running teenager, scared for her life. More instruments join in the fray, protecting and hiding the guitar away whilst the percussion rattles on, until not even gibberish singing and another guitar can save the victim. It is not until everything gives up that the drum relinquishes, satisfied with it's past three minutes of puffing the proverbial chest.

"2000 Light Years From Home" is little improvement, with freakish sounds running free over a drum-less intro. However, eventually the drums kick in, and the whole song is transformed into a darkly beautiful melody. The blueprint for Terrorvision's entire catalogue of music was drawn out in this one song. The distorted guitar even makes a brief appearance, along with more sci-fi effects and background chanting. This makes for a great mixture of music and sounds, and a perfect build up for the finale.

"On With The Show" lives up to it's name, beginning with a ringleader style speech, the posh accent keeping up for the entire song, which in a perfect anticlimactic point remains with the mellowed out guitars and drums for the most part, although the piano tries to instill some chaos halfway through, it is eventually silenced with the ringleader returning back to wish us good health. Disappointedly, but perhaps fittingly, the albums ends with random chatter, crazy noises, and finally an old-saloon style piano outro.

Summary -
I would give this album 10 out of 10 for excitement and 6 out of 10 for musical prowess, so in fairness I would award it an even 8 out of 10. For all it's faults and drawn out random bouts of instrument battling, it provided me with everything I could ever have hoped or anticipated for in an album from this era - trippy noises, experimental effects, lovely vocals, beautiful melodies, and bizarreness in abundance.

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This post has been edited by Roger Smith: Jul 5 2008, 11:22 PM
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Apr 3 2007, 07:48 PM (Post #2)
Here for the cute boys ;)
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Wow, long review.

Good job though!
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