He plays several different instruments on this LP besides guitar. Most interesting is his heavy metal sounding sitar on "Paint It, Black".
Brian Jones with sitar at Ready Steady Go, London Nobody up to this time had ever played a sitar as the lead instrument for a Hard Rock song, yet it turned out sounding so great that the song is still today considered one of "The Rolling Stones" all time best ever.
Aftermath was an instant commercial success in the United States , rising to number 2 on the Billboard chats and selling over one million copies. It would remain on the charts for 50 weeks. The critical consensus on Aftermath seems to be that it marked the point where "The Rolling Stones" really started to come into their own from a creative standpoint.
All the songs were original and the band began to deviate from its Blues Rock roots both instrumentally and stylistically. John Lennon with an Aftermath copy during Revolver sessions, Most people also accept that these changes were instigated by the activities of other artists, primarily "The Beatles" as well as "Bob Dylan" and possibly "The Beach Boys".
To a certain extent, "The Rolling Stones" outdid "The Beatles" but not "The Beach Boys" in terms of the sheer diversity of non-standard instrumentation. The only thing "Rubber Soul" had on it was the first appearance of "George Harrison" 's sitar and some maracas. This time period saw "The Rolling Stones" use the marimba, sitar and dulcimer, as well as various pianos and keyboards.
The result? The real question is whether they were able to make a record as consistent, or artistically cohesive as "Rubber Soul" or "Pet Sounds". I appear to be in the minority in this view but I'd have to say that in this respect, they totally failed. Unlike "The Beatles" or "The Beach Boys" , their use of unusual instruments comes off as forced, inorganic and unnecessary. In "Norwegian Wood" , "John Lennon" already had the basic melody worked out, and "George Harrison" 's use of the sitar on the track was a decision made to improve an already existing song.
Brian Jones with dulcimer, And that's exactly what makes Aftermath so unique. It's a bunch of non-professionals that happen to have a good nose for Pop hooks, but are way too soaked in the Blues to adorn them with sitar and dulcimer, and have to resort to the good ol' Fuzzbox , the trusty old Blues harmonica and crappy guitar tuning instead.
The hooks on Aftermath are, indeed, exceedingly strong, but it is their combination with the regular stonesy grittiness that gives the album its outstanding flavour. At least, that's how I view it. Too many people have complained that from to "The Rolling Stones" were nothing but a pallid imitation of "The Beatles" ; I certainly prefer the 'original evil twin' description instead.
Granted, "Brian Jones" seemed to be aware of these limitations. His transformation on this record - even though he's never credited for any of the songs - is perhaps even more stunning, as it was he who'd been the original Blues purist in the band. Amazon Business: Make the most of your Amazon Business account with exclusive tools and savings.
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It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. No customer reviews. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Make Money with Us. Amazon Payment Products. Let Us Help You. Aftermath is considered the most important of the Rolling Stones' early albums. Aftermath is regarded as the most artistically formative of the Rolling Stones' early work. Club , Hyden describes it as "a template for every classic Stones album that came afterward", crediting its "sarcastic, dark and casually shocking" songs with introducing themes Jagger would explore further in the future through a "complex, slippery persona" that allowed him to "be good and evil, man and woman, tough and tender, victim and victimiser".
This deliberately "confounding, complicated image" helped make Jagger one of the most captivating lead musicians in rock, Hyden concludes.
The album proved influential in the development of rock music. Its dark content pioneered the darker psychological and social themes of glam rock and British punk rock in the s.
Some of Aftermath ' s blues-oriented rock elements foreshadowed the blues-rock music of the late s. Aftermath is often considered the Rolling Stones' first classic album. However, he adds that with the August release of Revolver , Aftermath appeared "limp, tame, dated". Some retrospective appraisals are critical towards the harsh treatment of female characters on the album. As Schaffner remarks, "the brutal thrust of such ditties as 'Stupid Girl,' 'Under My Thumb' and 'Out of Time' has since, of course, induced paroxysms of rage among feminists.
Aftermath frequently appears on professional rankings of the best albums. In contemporaneous listings of the "coolest" albums, Rolling Stone and GQ ranked it second and 10th, respectively. The album is also highlighted in popular record guides. It is named in Greil Marcus' anthology Stranded as one of his "Treasure Island" albums, comprising a personal discography of rock music's first 25 years.
Based on Aftermath ' s appearances in professional rankings and listings, the aggregate website Acclaimed Music lists it as the 34th-most-acclaimed album of the s and the th-most-acclaimed album in history. All tracks are written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hard rock pop rock blues rock art rock.
US release by London Records. In , inspired by the formidable women around them, driven by the twin engines of ambition and drugs, the Rolling Stones continued a run of visionary hit singles and began to release albums that stood as crucial works of the era. The influence of a powerful new female energy on the Stones was undeniable … At the same time, it was the era of " Stupid Girl " and " Under My Thumb ," misogynist songs of dominance set to the Stones' darkest, most ardent music.
A second sample of the song, featuring marimba textures by Jones and guitar figures played by Richards in a low tessitura — both departures from the conventions of the band's earlier blues-based rock music. It was almost as if women in all their contradictory humanity symbolised the conditions of life that were the ultimate target of the Stones' anger.
Aftermath follows directly in the wake of the Stones' trilogy of songs based on their American Experience: " I Can't Get No Satisfaction ", " Get Off of My Cloud " and " 19th Nervous Breakdown ", and it establishes that they had gained sufficient confidence in their own writing prowess to present an album of all-original material.
Though perhaps they weren't aware of it then, their initial adrenalin rush which had sustained them for three years was just about exhausted. However, the sheer momentum of their struggle for Stateside supremacy enabled them to pull off this coup de grace without showing any signs of artistic fatigue.
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