|1. Ruby Tuesday|
|2. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby Standing in the Shadow?|
|3. Let's Spend the Night Together|
|4. Lady Jane|
|5. Out of Time|
|6. My Girl|
|7. Backstreet Girl|
|8. Please Go Home|
|9. Mother's Little Helper|
|10. Take It or Leave It|
|11. Ride on Baby|
|12. Sittin' on a Fence|
The album blasts you with one great single after another: "Ruby Tuesday," "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow" (foreshadowing their later involvement with big sounds and horns), the superb, defining "Let's Spend the Night Together" with its Beach Boys background vocals," Jagger's great wry tones and the harpsichord sounds on "Lady Jane," and another signature tune, "Out of Time." (Jagger is so expressive on the unusual "Lady Jane," you can almost picture him in ruffled sleeves, suavely exiting from his courtesans.) What's amazing is the band's uniformly superb musicianship. The songs are textured with flute, accordian, marimba, and other instruments, the bass and drums are tight and driving, and the guitars add nuance as well as bite. Then...then, there's "My Girl, " as bad as its reputation. The band actually gets much of a Motown feeling on the preceding "Out of Time." Maybe someone else knows why "My Girl" is so completely flat: Was the production rushed, were they over-awed by the original? I don't know, but the rest of the album more than makes up for this basically boring cover.
To cite "Backstreet Girl" as an example of the Stones' enlightened treatment of women (as one reviewer did here) is ridiculous; although Jagger's has an unusually tender vocal, he clearly relegates the song's subject to his hidden life.Read more ›
Rarities such as Backstreet Girl and Ride On Baby feature nice instrumental support. I really like the accordian touches on the former piece and the energy is quite infectious on the later song. However, Out of Time is the real gem on this collection. Great lead and harmony vocals and a hook that is oh so super catchy. Now where else can you find this tune?
I liked this record when I first purchased it many years ago. Today I still find it very enjoyable as it neatly sums up many of the best songs from the Rolling Stones mid sixties period. Very useful for those seeking a quick fix compilation.
The only reason you buy Flowers is because you want all the Stones releases. It was originally released as a clean up of the Stones American catalog. The band was working on albums and releasing singles without worrying about getting them onto albums during this time, so the record execs were going nuts trying to find a way to grab all the money they could before the band faded away.
Let's Spend The Night Together and Ruby Tuesday had been released together as a single in January of 67 along with the Between The Buttons album (which did not include either of them). Both songs had just dropped from the charts and were stuck on Flowers to increase sales, as was Have You Seen Your Mother which had been released the previous Sept but had not been included on an album either. Mother's Little Helper had been pulled from the American version of Aftermath for some reason, so Flowers was it's first album release. Lady Jane had been released both as a single and on Aftermath, so who knows why it was stuck on Flowers. Out of Time has such a wierd history, but this was the first American release.
This leaves us with the remainder of the Flowers cuts, which are the reason why Stones collectors still buy the album. All of them are available only on Flowers. Of this bunch, none are especially good, although I do sort of like Mick's rendition of My Girl.Read more ›
what a piece of leverage ...
This is a great way to lure friends into Stonesville. Read more