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Editors’ Notes

Dismissed almost immediately on release as a failed attempt to match Sgt. Peppers, for those with open ears and open minds, this has always been a terrific, if anomalously blues-free album, full of surprising turns and rewarding experiments in sound and imagery — as trippily luring as the lenticular 3D cover that graced the original LP. The sinister title is realized in the dark garage-rock psychedelia of "Citadel," "The Lantern," and especially the bleak space stranding of "2000 Light Years from Home," balanced by the unexpected utopian prologue of opener "Sing This All Together" (the chant and percussion core perhaps reflecting Brian Jones' stays in Morocco) and the gorgeous baroque-pop of "She's a Rainbow" (centered on Nicky Hopkins' piano). Even Bill Wyman's debut as a writer and singer on "In Another Land," drenched in opium-esque haze, fits the mood perfectly. Heck, even the indulgent jam "Sing This All Together (See What Happens)" is a legitimate period piece.

Customer Reviews

Poor Attempt to make a Sgt. Pepper

This album is a blip on the radar with most stones fans....has a few good songs..."citadel".."she's like a rainbow"..."2000 light years"...but not up to par with the rest of he late 60's efforts

Better than Pepper

What a great album. I've heard all the comparisons with Sgt Peppers and I think this is better. Love the Beatles, love the Stones more, so I may be biased. Listen all the way through as I did when I was 13, no distractions (no drugs....) just the music. What a trip. Stones could do all genres better than most.

It's not peppers. And that's good.

People equate this to sgt. peppers to often. It's not peppers its something good in its own right.


Formed: April, 1962 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time the Rolling Stones began calling themselves the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the late '60s, they had already staked out an impressive claim on the title. As the self-consciously dangerous alternative to the bouncy Merseybeat of the Beatles in the British Invasion, the Stones had pioneered the gritty, hard-driving blues-based rock & roll that came to define hard rock. With his preening machismo and latent maliciousness, Mick Jagger became the prototypical rock frontman, tempering...
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