I read one review saying that the Stones were trying to cash in on the psychadelic craze. This is not true, the Stones were probably doing more LSD than most bands out there. This album is pure LSD-influenced psycadelia. I don't compare this album to anything the Beatle's did either. The guitar sounds more influenced by Syd Barrett, especially on the reprise to Sing This All Together. I do have to say that though, it doesn't sound like they are really trying to copy anyone or anything, just doing music that they thought sounded cool while tripping and they wanted the world to hear it. I think Mick Jagger was quoted with saying "We took too much acid while recording that." I don't know how accurate that quote is but he did say something similar about taking too much acid. When bands take alot of acid, you get a psychadelic album, look at Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Land, Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde, and Syd Barrett's solo albums. I think Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts club band was somewhat psychadelic but it was a pop-psychadelic, something made to bring the psychadelia to the mainstream, and make that kind of music more accessible. This stones album is far from easily accessible though. The more you listen to it, the more you appreciate it. I for one wish that the Stones did more psychadelic stuff, but we are still left with a great catalog from a great band. You can't hate on one album because it was completely different than anything else they did. One of the most underappreciated albums of all time, and one of my favorites.