The Rolling Stones, 'Between the Buttons'
Accused of psychedelia, Beatlephobia and murky-mix
syndrome, this underrated keeper is distinguished by complex rhymes, complex
sexual stereotyping and the non-blues, oh-so-rock-&-roll pianos of Ian
Stewart, Jack Nitzsche, Nicky Hopkins and Brian Jones. Like all Beatles and
Stones albums till
that time, it was released in different American and British versions. The
surefire U.S.-only "Let's Spend the Night Together"/"Ruby
Tuesday" single parlay is almost too much because its greatness is
understood – "Backstreet Girl," bumped to the Flowers compilation released later that year, more closely
resembles such gemlike songs of experience as "Connection," "My
Obsession" and "She Smiled Sweetly." Capper: Mick and Keith's
zonked music-hall "Something Happened to Me Yesterday," the Stones'
drollest odd-track-out ever.