Karen Dallas H. (kikkilu) from CHICAGO, IL Reviewed on 4/6/2011...
If you like the Stones and don't know about this album, you MUST! And that's why I want to tell you this Rolling Stones' masterpiece. I bought at least 3 copies of the original LP--the one that has the 3D art on it (accomplished with a specially-waved/designed plastic square that covers the picture of the Stones sitting in front of the castle)--all of which were stolen! Everyone wanted this album, which is why so many were stolen!
THIS IS THE REASON THAT THIS RECORDING IS SO DAMNED GOOD: Have you ever heard that artists project what will happen in the future by about 30 years? It's so true. Just look at the coldness within the machine-age pieces of "Modern" art and compare that to the dreaming beauty of Impressionism. Read extensional authors like Sarte and Camus. Listen to the ugly, dissonant sounds in "Modern Jazz," as well as in "Modern Classical," and you will get my drift.
Wow! You will be amazed to hear that artists' projection of the future in this particular recording--as well as damned good music. It's amazing how the Stones wrote [lyrics] and sang about, in 1967, the civilization that we are living in right now. How did they project the loneliness of space travel to lands on planets in distant galaxies that would take more than one lifetime just to get to here on Earth? How did they know, back in 1967, when they recorded "2000 Light Years from Home?" How did they know that all of us were to become a number (2000 Man) in the future? And in "Sing this all Together (See what Happens)," you'll understand, if you never got high on MJ and/or acid back in the sixties like we old flower-power hippie baby boomers did, the creativity that flowed in to us from those drugs. "In Another Land" is a land of the dreams, of the castles that you build for yourself in your mind, that you'd get if you were high. Marijuana should be legal.
You are missing the boat if you listen to the Stones without hearing this album. Gee, if I get it on CD, I HOPE, in my olla-age, that no one will steal it from me! I have always LOVED this recording. Sure, you can compare it to Sgt. Pepper by the Beatles, since they too were tripping on grass and acid at the time they recorded it. But the Stones' outlook at that time is a little bit different. Any rocker that does not listen to BOTH the Beatles and the Stones of that time period (middle to late 1960s and very early 1970s) can't understand the evolution of rock to what it is now. And remember: keep your ears peeled at what is being said by musicians today for a glimpse of the future. The way I hear it, it is getting pretty harry out there!
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I Love this Record
Danielle Lane | Horseshoe, North Carolina | 06/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every note, every word, every song, I just love this record. It's true that my friends don't like it as well as I do, but I can't help that. The Stones, Like the Beatles with "Sgt. Pepper" and Bob Dylan with "Blonde on Blonde" went a little psychedelic. But I think this record tops those other efforts. The music is just fab. Can I say that, fab. I shiver every time I play "2000 Light Years from Home." Those opening chords send chills up my spine. "On with the Show" is a pure delight as is "Citadel." I love "Sing this All Together," the opening song, but I really like to get into the long and strangely weird sort of instrumental "Sing this All Together (See What happens)." Anyway, like I said, I just love this record and if you give it a chance I think you will too."
L-oosely (rolling) S-tones with D-arvons
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 01/03/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Perhaps THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST is supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek parody of the psychedelic excesses prevalent in 1967. If so, it succeeds in such aspirations "majestically." Or maybe Mick and the boys were only ripping off SGT PEPPER'S as a lark-- I'd like to think this is the case. Merry Pranksters weren't exclusive to California, after all.
To really appreciate this album in all its glory, one must see the original LP with its murky animated 3-D plasticine artwork (Look-- they turn their heads!). To savor the music however, a CD is quite sufficient.
This set has a lot of terrific songs on it. The only reason it gets a middling rating is "Sing This All Together (See What Happens)" --an unnecessary endless jumble that brings SATANIC MAJESTIES to a screeching halt-- much like Lennon's car crash does to the White Album on "Revolution #9." Both tracks badly mar the records they are on, yet neither experience would be truly complete without them. So, we must muddle through somehow.
THEIR SATANIC (etc.) has the distinction of containing both (to my mind) the best and worst examples of the Stones' golden era (1965-'73). The latter of course, being the cacophonous song mentioned above. Now, my all-time favorite Rolling Stones track may surprise you--- its....."On With The Show." For all its intended prurience, this one has always made me smile. You see-- there's a bit of Merry Prankster in us all!"
finulanu | Here, there, and everywhere | 10/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These Stones role doobies! This album should suck, and for the longest time, I thought I did. Ah, but I learned my lesson. For those who honestly don't know, this is the group's psychedelic album. A lot of people view it as a cheap shot at Sgt. Pepper, but that's pretty far from the truth. To me, it sounds like the Stones just took a bunch of everything that was going on in '67 and mashed it together in a big melting pot.
So you've got your loud, fantastically catchy acid-rock a la Jimi Hendrix ("Citadel"), your universalist marching band anthems a la just about everyone back then ("Sing This Song Together"), your creepy, dissonant space freakouts a la Pink Floyd ("2000 Light Years from Home"), some druggy folk a la Traffic ("The Lantern," "2000 Man"), and even some world music inspired jamming a la nobody else at the time ("Gomper," "Sing This Song Together (See What Happens)". For fear of being hated by everyone, I am going to come out right now and say I like all of "Sing This Song Together (See What Happens)". It's unlike anything else you'll ever hear - a chaotic combination of free jazz and world music, with a "sex part" thrown in just for good measure. Even the album's defenders tend to crap all over it, but I think it's a really enjoyable, if odd, jam.
Actually, I pretty much enjoy every song on this album. Only two are true classics, and "On with the Show" is a pathetic attempt to send us all home laughing. And it's not like this can compete with Are You Experienced? or Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. But it's cool! "The Lantern" is one of the grooviest things in history, with rumbling piano and blues guitar licks. Bill Wyman's "In Another Land," with hazy "underwater" vocals and a catchy harpsichord line, must be about an acid trip or something. And it is quite good! "Gomper" proves that no Brit could play bizarre instruments like Brian Jones.
"2000 Light Years from Home" is my favorite. The mellotron is so spooky! The rumbling bass vamp is so cool! And the piano-bashing intro rules! And despite its uncanny similarity to the Beatles, "She's a Rainbow" is a fantastic little pop song, with a brilliant string arrangement from future Zeppelin member John Paul Jones.
This album shouldn't work at all, but it does. It does very well. Why? Because the early Rolling Stones could do anything, that's why. Oh, and you know why record companies suck? I'll tell you why. The trippy, brass-and-harmony fortified "We Love You" and the gently psychedelic "Dandelion" somehow missed the final cut on this album! They're both great songs, but they were only put out as a single. Why? I'm just guessing it has something to do with those stupid UK single separated from album practices, practices that make no sense to me. "
Not Their Best Effort
Ophella Paige | Reno, Nevada | 06/11/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I think you have to be stoned to listen to this record In fact in the opening of "Sing this All Together (See What happens)" you can hear Mick say "Where's that joint?" and that really freaked me out the first time I heard it, because what I was doing. None of the songs here, in my opinion, measure up to anything on any of their other records and I am happy that this sort of psychobabbley experiment stopped here. To be fair, because I knew I was going to be reviewing several of the Stones records with my friends, I gave this record several listens, because it had been years since I'd last heard it and I have to say, if you're not stoned, then none of this makes much sense. However, if you're passing a joint around and this record is playing in the back ground, they you're probably really going to like it. And if you're doing a stronger psychedelic, you're probably really going to love it."