The Rolling Stones - Some Girls


The Rolling Stones - Some Girls

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The Rolling Stones - Some Girls
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Studio album by the Rolling Stones
 (U.S. cover not for sale)
Released 9 June 1978
Recorded 10 October – 21 December 1977, 5 January – 2 March 1978
Studio Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris
Genre
  • Rock
  • rock 'n' roll
  • punk blues
  • disco
  • country
Length 40:45
Label Rolling Stones
Producer The Glimmer Twins
the Rolling Stones chronology
Black and Blue
(1976)
Some Girls
(1978)
Emotional Rescue
(1980)
 
Singles from Some Girls
  1. "Miss You"
    Released: 10 May 1978 (US)
    Released: 26 May 1978 (UK)
  2. "Beast of Burden"
    Released: 9 September 1978 (US)
  3. "Respectable"
    Released: 15 September 1978 (UK)
  4. "Shattered"
    Released: 29 November 1978 (US)

 

  "Some Girls" is the 14th British and 16th American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in 1978 on Rolling Stones Records. It reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, and became the band's top selling album in the United States, certified by the RIAA as having six million copies sold as of 2000. It was a major critical success, becoming the only Rolling Stones album to be nominated for a Grammy in the Album of the Year category. Many reviewers called it a classic return to form and their best album since 1972's "Exile On Main Street".

 

Contents

History

By 1976, the Rolling Stones' popularity was in decline as the charts were dominated by disco music and newer bands such as Aerosmith and Kiss. In the UK, the punk rock movement was a rising force and made most artists connected with the 1960s era seem obsolete. The group had also failed to produce a critically acclaimed album since 1972's "Exile On Main Street".

Mick Jagger is generally regarded as the principal creative force behind "Some Girls". Keith Richards was in legal trouble for much of 1977, which resulted in the band being inactive on the touring circuit during that year, except for two shows in Canada during the spring for the live album "Love You Live". Jagger wrote the album's signature song "Miss You", as well as "Respectable", "Lies", and "When the Whip Comes Down". In addition to punk, Jagger claims to have been influenced by dance music, most notably disco, during the recording of Some Girls, and cites New York City as a major inspiration for the album, an explanation for his lyrical preoccupation with the city throughout.

The inspiration for the record was really based in New York and the ways of the town. I think that gave it an extra spur and hardness. And then, of course, there was the punk thing that had started in 1976. Punk and disco were going on at the same time, so it was quite an interesting period. New York and London, too. Paris—there was punk there. Lots of dance music. Paris and New York had all this Latin dance music, which was really quite wonderful. Much more interesting than the stuff that came afterward.

At least as important for the band's re-invigoration was the addition of Ronnie Wood to the line-up, as "Some Girls" was the first album recorded with him as a full member. His guitar playing style meshed with that of Keith Richards, and slide guitar playing would become one of the band's hallmarks. His unconventional uses of the instrument featured prominently on Some Girls and he contributed to the writing process. In addition, Jagger, who had learned to play guitar over the previous decade, contributed a third guitar part to many songs. This gave songs like "Respectable" a three-guitar line-up.

For the first time since 1968's "Beggars Banquet", the core band — now Jagger, Richards, Wood, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman — would be the main musicians on a Rolling Stones album, with few extra contributors. Ian McLagan, Wood's bandmate from the Faces, played keyboards, and harmonica player Sugar Blue contributed to several songs. In addition to saxophonist Mel Collins and Simon Kirke, who played percussion. Jagger's guitar contributions caused the band's road manager, Ian Stewart, to be absent from many of the sessions as he felt piano would be superfluous, making this a rare Rolling Stones album on which he did not appear.

The sessions for "Some Girls" began in October 1977, breaking before Christman and starting up again after New Years before finishing in March 1978. Under their new British recording contract with EMI (remaining with Warner Music group in North America only), they were able to record at EMI's Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris, a venue at which they would record frequently for the next several years. The Rolling Stones ended up recording about 50 new songs, several of which would turn up in altered forms on "Emotional Rescue" (1980) and "Tattoo You" (1981). Chris Kimsey was the engineer for the sessions. His approach to recording breathed life into the somewhat dense sounding recordings like "Goats Head Soup" (1973) and "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" (1974) albums. Kimsey's direct method of recording, together with the entrance of the then state-of-the-art Mesa/Boogie Mark 1 amps instead of the Ampeg SVT line of amps, yielded a bright, direct and aggressive guitar sound.

 

Packaging and artwork

The album cover for "Some Girls" was conceived and designed by Peter Corriston, who would design the next three album covers, with illustrations by Hubert Kretzschmar. An elaborate die-cut design, with the colours on the sleeves varying in different markets, it featured the Rolling Stones' faces alongside those of select female celebrities inserted into a copy of an old Valmor Products Corporation advertisement. The cover design was challenged legally when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli (representing her mother Judy Garland), Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe threatened to sue for the use of their likenesses without permission. Similarly, Valmor did take legal action and were given a monetary award for the use of their design.

The album was quickly re-issued with a redesigned cover that removed all the celebrities, whether they had complained or not. The celebrity images were replaced with black and punk style garish colours with the phrase Pardon our appearance – cover under re-construction. Jagger later apologised to Minnelli when he encountered her during a party at the famous discothèque Studio 54. The only celebrity whose face was not removed was ex-Beatle George Harrison. As with the original design, the colour schemes on the redesigned sleeves varied in different markets.

A third version of the album cover with the hand-drawn faces from the original Valmore ad was used on the 1986 CD reissue.

 

Release and legacy

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars
The A.V. Club A
Blender 5/5 stars
The Great Rock Discography 7/10
MusicHound Rock 4/5
NME 9/10
Record Collector 4/5 stars
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars
Uncut 5/5 stars
The Village Voice A

In May 1978, the first single from the album, "Miss You", a prowling, moody number built on a stripped-down disco beat and bluesy pop harmonies, was released to very strong response, garnering the Rolling Stones their last US #1 hit and reaching #3 in the UK. Some Girls appeared in June to a very welcoming audience, reaching #1 in the US and #2 in the UK. "Beast of Burden", was released as second single in the US and it reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Respectable" (in the UK) and "Shattered" (in the US) would follow as the next singles, both becoming Top 40 hits as well.

The Stones embarked on their summer U.S. Tour 1978 in support of the album, which for the first time saw them mount several small venue shows, sometimes under a pseudonym. This was shorter and less ambitious than previous Stones tours, with only 26 shows performed over one and a half months, all of them in the US. Nonetheless, Some Girls became the third-best-represented album in Stones’ concert setlists after "Let It Bleed" and "Exile On Miain Street". All its ten songs have been played live – a distinction it shares only with Let It Bleed and "Sticky Fingers" – although the title tune was never performed until 1999, and only "Lies" was never played after the last dates in support of the album.

In 2003 "Some Girls" was ranked number 269 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

 

Track listing

All tracks written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Miss You" 4:48
2. "When the Whip Comes Down" 4:20
3. "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" (writers: Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong) 4:38
4. "Some Girls" 4:36
5. "Lies" 3:11
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Far Away Eyes" 4:24
7. "Respectable" 3:06
8. "Before They Make the Run" 3:25
9. "Beast of Burden" 4:25
10. "Shattered" 3:48

 

 

 

 

The Rolling Stones - Some Girls

UK Rolling Stones Records CUN 39108 stereo (1978).

Record produced by The Glimmer Twins.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

The original inner sleeve is excellently presented.

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