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50 Essential Albums of 1967

From the Doors' debut to Aretha Franklin's first smash

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The Rolling Stones, 'Flowers'
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The Rolling Stones, 'Flowers'

The Stones were cresting so high around 1967 that even this pieced-together hodgepodge of singles and tracks left off the U.S. releases of Aftermath and Between the Buttons has a distinctness of style and invention about it. It re-recycles "Let's Spend the Night Together"/"Ruby Tuesday," which shouldn't have been on Between the Buttons to begin with. It disrespects the rightful owners of 'My Girl" (the Temptations) and the target of "Mother's Little Helper" (yo mama). As for "Lady Jane," what's that about? Nevertheless, every track connects. That's more than can be said of Their Satanic Majesties Request, which is better than its rep even so.

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