Flowers (The Rolling Stones album)

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Flowers
Compilation album by The Rolling Stones
Released 26 June 1967
Recorded 3 December 1965 – 13 December 1966
Length 37:20
Language English
Label London (US), ABKCO (UK)
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones American chronology
Between the Buttons
(1967)
Flowers
(1967)
Their Satanic Majesties Request
(1967)

Flowers is an American compilation album by The Rolling Stones, released in the summer of 1967.[1] The songs either appeared as singles, had been omitted from the American versions of Aftermath and Between the Buttons, were collected from studio sessions dating back to 1965, or are reissues of songs recently released on other albums.

Three tracks had never been released. "My Girl", "Ride On, Baby" and "Sittin' on a Fence" are from the Aftermath sessions from December 1965. The title refers to the album's cover, with flower stems underneath the portrait of each band member. Bassist Bill Wyman claims that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards deliberately arranged the stem of Brian Jones's flower so that it had no leaves, as a prank.[citation needed]The portraits are from the British version of Aftermath.

Flowers reached #3 in the US during the late summer of 1967 and went gold. In August 2002 it was remastered and reissued on CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records.

Critical reception[edit]

Because of its assorted compilation, Flowers was originally disregarded by some music critics as a promotional ploy aimed at American listeners.[2] Robert Christgau, on the other hand, argued that music managers Andrew Loog Oldham and Lou Adler produced a concept album out of Flowers by "rendering their product invisible" when they released it soon after the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.[3] He wrote in 1970 in The Village Voice:

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Richie Unterberger gave Flowers four-and-a-half out of five stars and said that the music it compiles is exceptional enough not to be dismissed as a marketing "rip-off": "There's some outstanding material you can't get anywhere else, and the album as a whole plays very well from end to end."[2] Tom Moon gave it five stars in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004) and wrote that "it holds together as one of the Stones' best records, a concept album about the social scene that gathers around five rich young men with an appetite for sex, drugs, and gossip."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Ruby Tuesday" – 3:17
  2. "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" – 2:34
    • A September 1966 single release
  3. "Let's Spend the Night Together" – 3:36
    • A January 1967 single release also featured on the American edition of Between the Buttons
  4. "Lady Jane" – 3:08
    • Also featured on Aftermath in 1966, as well as the b-side of the U.S.-only "Mother's Little Helper" single in July 1966
  5. "Out of Time" – 3:41
    • An abridged alternate mix of the version originally released on the British edition of Aftermath in 1966
  6. "My Girl" (Smokey Robinson/Ronald White) – 2:38
    • Previously unreleased; recorded in May 1965, with strings added in fall 1966
Side two
  1. "Backstreet Girl" – 3:26
    • Originally released on the British edition of Between the Buttons
  2. "Please Go Home" – 3:17
    • Originally released on the British edition of Between the Buttons
  3. "Mother's Little Helper" – 2:46
    • Originally released on the British edition of Aftermath; first released in the U.S. as a single in July 1966
  4. "Take It or Leave It" – 2:46
    • Originally released on the British edition of Aftermath
  5. "Ride On, Baby" – 2:52
    • Previously unreleased; recorded during the 1965 sessions for Aftermath
  6. "Sittin' on a Fence" – 3:03
    • Previously unreleased; recorded during the 1965 sessions for Aftermath

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1967 Billboard Pop Albums 3[5]

Certification[edit]

Country Certification Sales
United States Gold 500,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Show 46 - Sergeant Pepper at the Summit: The very best of a very good year. [Part 2] : UNT Digital Library
  2. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Flowers - The Rolling Stones". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1970). "Album of the Year". The Village Voice (8 January) (New York). Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Moon, Tom (2004). "The Rolling Stones". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. pp. 695–699. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ Billboard Album Chart 1967

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