“a fascinating anomaly in the group's discography” – Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide
Sing This All Together [3:46]
In Another Land (Wyman) [3:15]
2000 Man [3:07]
Sing This All Together (See What Happens) [8:33]
She's a Rainbow [4:35]
The Lantern [4:23]
2000 Light Years from Home [4:45]
On with the Show [3:39]
Songs written by Jagger/Richards unless indicated otherwise.
Total Running Time: 43:28
She’s a Rainbow (11/67) #25 US
In Another Land (12/16/67) #87 US
Notes: This was the first Stones' album released in the same form in both the US and UK.
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“Without a doubt, no Rolling Stones album--and, indeed, very few rock albums from any era--split critical opinion as much as the Rolling Stones' psychedelic outing. Many dismiss the record as sub-Sgt. Pepper posturing; others confess, if only in private, to a fascination with the album's inventive arrangements, which incorporated some African rhythms, mellotrons, and full orchestration. Never before or since did the Stones take so many chances in the studio. This writer, at least, feels that the record has been unfairly undervalued, partly because purists expect the Stones to constantly champion a blues ‘n’ raunch worldview” (Unterberger).
“About half the material is very strong, particularly the glorious She's a Rainbow, with its beautiful harmonies, piano, and strings; the riff-driven Citadel; the hazy, dream-like In Another Land, Bill Wyman's debut writing (and singing) credit on a Stones release; and the majestically dark and doomy cosmic rocker 2000 Light Years from Home, with some of the creepiest synthesizer effects (devised by Brian Jones) ever to grace a rock record” (Unterberger).
“The downfall of the album was caused by some weak songwriting on the lesser tracks, particularly the interminable psychedelic jam Sing This All Together (See What Happens)” (Unterberger).
“It's a much better record than most people give it credit for being, though, with a strong current of creeping uneasiness that undercuts the gaudy psychedelic flourishes. In 1968, the Stones would go back to the basics, and never wander down these paths again, making this all the more of a fascinating anomaly in the group's discography” (Unterberger).