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For this 1966 album, one Stone asserted himself even more than Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who for the first time wrote all the album's songs. Brian Jones is all over the opening "Paint It Black," which remains a dark classic more for its spooky sitar than for Jagger's dated psychedelia. Jones's marimba boosts the R&B-derived "Under My Thumb" and his harpsichord somehow makes the subject of "Lady Jane" more interesting. Though Charlie Watts's jazz-derived fills and Bill Wyman's bass continue growing into rock's greatest rhythm section, a disturbing misogyny creeps into Jagger's class-conscious lyrics, especially on "Under My Thumb," and "Stupid Girl." --Steve Knopper

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Paint It Black
  2. Stupid Girl
  3. Lady Jane
  4. Under My Thumb
  5. Doncha Bother Me
  6. Think
  7. Flight 505
  8. High And Dry
  9. It's Not Easy
  10. I Am Waiting
  11. Going Home

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Abkco
  • ASIN: B000003BEA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By James McDonnell on January 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Consider where the Stones were up until this point. For the most part, earlier Stones records were 99% derivative of American blues/R&B. Aftermath changed all that. The album includes "Paint it Black" ("Mothers little helper" in the UK - I have both releases), Lady Jane (which is as English as you can possibly get - I'm surprised Masterpiece Theater hasn't discovered it yet), "High and Dry" - a seminal attempt at combining rock and country, the gentle and stirring "I am Waiting", "Under My thumb" - a staple of classic rock, and, of course, the experimental "Going Home", probably one of the longest tracks to be recorded at the time, and still very listenable. Brian Jones' unique thumbprints are all over this album and would never again be so prominent in future Stones albums. Other important artists of the period took note of the fact that you could creatively incorporate other instruments in pop songs besides guitars, bass and drums. The texture of pop music was forever changed because of the innovations brought to bear by the late Brian Jones on Aftermath. Note, the UK version included "Out of Time" and "Take it or leave it". I recommend this CD. This is classic '66 Stones, different from earlier releases and never to repeated in the future.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Erik Bronk on November 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Aftermath is an essential record for every collector of rock masterpieces. You don't have to be a big Stones fan to pick up a copy of this. There is just one problem with this CD, it's the US version. There ones was a time when record companies thought they were free to change a great work of art for audiences on different sides of the Atlantic. Or maybe they thaught the lyrics of Mothers Little Helper weren't appropriate for the American Market. And it's obviously profittable that the real fans bought two versions of the same album. I would like to think those days are over, but unfortunatly they are not. Abkco still doesn't bring a decent copy of Aftermath on the market. We're waiting for the version that starts with Mothers Little Helper, includes the excellent Out Of Time, Take It Or Leave It and What To Do and has Paint It Black as an extra track.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JOHN SPOKUS on September 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This will always be my album of choice from the Stones. It's not only the best of the Brian Jones period, but superior over all their incarnations. For the first time it was a record written entirely by Jagger and Richard(s) without the inclusion of any blues/r&b/early r n' r cover tunes. It's a great showcase for Keith on guitar; listen closely on headphones for various layered parts, quite intricate. Brian Jones provides the odd instruments like dulcimer and sitar. The band stretches out on "Goin Home", one of the first really long rock tunes (11 + minutes). Their great pop sense is present in "Under My Thumb" alongside the menacing "Paint It Black" and "Dontcha Bother Me" and the scathing "Stupid Girl". Every track is a gem, especially some of the lesser knowns like "Think" and "I Am Waiting" which are hits in my mental jukebox forever. Indescribably essential.This one is always in my top ten all time albums when someone asks me for a list.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Weingartner on January 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Aftermath to me was one of the best, if not the best, Rolling Stones Lp ever recorded. It was the first Stones Lp to consist of all original Jagger/Richards compositions. The Lp included the number one hit "Paint It Black" and the American top forty hit "Lady Jane", it also includes the very popular "Under My Thumb". Their are other underrated gems such as "Doncha Bother Me", "High And Dry", "I Am Waiting" and the ten minute "Goin' Home". Besides Mick Jagger and Keith Richard blossoming as songwriters, the late Brian Jones is beginning to flourish as a musician playing Indian sitar, dulcimer, marimbas, harmonica, keyboard and guitar, making Aftermath one of the most musically colorful Lp's the Rolling Stones ever recorded. It' a classic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Carlton on September 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the July 2, 1966 American release, not the original April 15, 1966 UK release. This is also the original CD release, not the remastered SACD, which is much better. Most Stones fans consider this to be a vastly inferior album due to meddling by the record execs. At this time it was common for the execs to make decisions on what they thought would sell to the "American" market, which usually translated into holding back releases in order to create new packages to increase sales before the band faded into obscurity.
This American version replaced Mothers Little Helper with what was at that time a recent hit - Paint It, Black, while cutting Out Of Time, Take It Or Leave It, and What To Do.
Nearly everyone knows this music and now you can enjoy it the way it was meant to be heard. For the music itself, it's hard to improve on the review done of the UK Aftermath release by Brian Christie on Aug 29, 2002.
ABCKO acquired the Stones' catalog when Allen Klein became their manager in the 70s. The resulting legal battles produced releases that the Stones opposed (they took out full page adds asking fans not to buy them), including the controversial Metamorphosis releases (which are now available on CD for the 1st time ever). But the sad fact is that the Stones lost control of their great early material. With the recently remastered SACD releases, we at last have some idea of what they really sounded like in the studio. I guess if we had them 40 years ago they would have ended up Greatest Rock And Roll Band in the Universe instead of just our tiny little World.
All the tracks for Aftermath were recorded during 2 sessions at RCA Studios in Hollywood.
Dec 3-8, 1965 at RCA Studios in Hollywood
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