The Rolling Stones – Between the Buttons (1967)

Artist Credit
Lenne Allik Concept
Jon Astley Digital Transfers, Transfers
Jason Byrne Tape Archivist
Paschal Byrne Digital Transfers
Mick Jagger Composer, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Brian Jones Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Iris Keitel Repackaging Art Direction
Jody H. Klein Restoration Supervision
Teri Landi Tape Archivist, Transfers
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Gered Mankowitz Cover Photo, Photography
Mick McKenna Tape Archivist
Nicole Monea Design Production Assistant
Andrew Loog Oldham Producer
Maria Papazahariou Production Assistant
Keith Richards Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Alisa Ritz Repackaging Art Direction
The Rolling Stones Arranger, Primary Artist
Steve Rosenthal Archives Coordinator, Restoration
Gus Skinas Engineer
Laura Walton Production Assistant
Charlie Watts Drawing, Drums
Bill Wyman Bass, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals

The Rolling Stones’ 1967 recordings are a matter of some controversy; many critics felt that they were compromising their raw, rootsy power with trendy emulations of the Beatles, Kinks, Dylan, and psychedelic music. Approach this album with an open mind, though, and you’ll find it to be one of their strongest, most eclectic LPs, with many fine songs that remain unknown to all but Stones devotees. The lyrics are getting better (if more savage), and the arrangements more creative, on brooding near-classics like “All Sold Out,” “My Obsession,” and “Yesterday’s Papers.” “She Smiled Sweetly” shows their hidden romantic side at its best, while “Connection” is one of the record’s few slabs of conventionally driving rock. The best tracks on the American edition were the two songs that gave the group a double-sided number one in early 1967: the lustful “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and the beautiful, melancholy “Ruby Tuesday,” which is as melodic as anything Mick Jagger and Keith Richards would ever write.

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