Friday 4/9/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Between The Buttons (1967)

Between the Buttons is the fifth British and seventh American studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released January 20, 1967 in the UK and February 11, 1967 in the US as the follow-up to Aftermath. It reflected the Stones’ brief foray into psychedelia and baroque pop balladry during the era.

Sessions for the album began on August 3, 1966 and lasted until the 11th at Los Angeles’ RCA Studios during the Rolling Stones’ 1966 American Tour. David Hassinger was the engineer for the album. It would be the last album produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, who had to this point acted as the band’s manager and produced all of their albums.

With Between the Buttons, virtuoso band member Brian Jones had become less interested in electric guitar as an instrument, and on the album he only contributed electric guitar on one track apiece on the American release and the British version. The album is among the band’s most musically eclectic works; Jones played a wide variety of other instruments including organ, marimba, vibraphone, and kazoo. Piano duties were split by two session players: former Rolling Stones member Ian Stewart and frequent contributor Jack Nitzsche.

As with prior albums, the American and British versions contained slightly different track listings. The American version of Between the Buttons, which includes “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and “Ruby Tuesday”, is on the 2003 and 2012 versions of Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Between the Buttons reached number 3 on the British album charts and number 2 on the US Billboard Top LPs chart.

  1. “Let’s Spend the Night Together” 3:38
  2. “Yesterday’s Papers” 2:01
  3. “Ruby Tuesday” 3:16
  4. “Connection” 2:08
  5. “She Smiled Sweetly” 2:44
  6. “Cool, Calm & Collected” 4:17
  7. “All Sold Out” 2:17
  8. “My Obsession” 3:20
  9. “Who’s Been Sleeping Here?” 3:55
  10. “Complicated” 3:15
  11. “Miss Amanda Jones” 2:48
  12. “Something Happened to Me Yesterday” 4:55

Mick Jagger – lead vocals (all tracks), backing vocals (1-2, 7, 8, 10-12), tambourine (2-5, 9, 10), bass drum (4), harmonica (6)
Keith Richards – electric guitar (1, 2, 4, 6-12), backing vocals (1-5, 7, 8, 10-12), acoustic guitar (3, 9, 12), piano (1, 4, 5), bass guitar (1, 4, 5), double bass (3), co-lead vocals (12)
Brian Jones – organ (1, 5, 10), electric guitar (1, 11), accordion (3), recorder (3, 7), vibraphone (1), piano (2), tambourine (4), harmonica (9),
Bill Wyman – bass guitar (2, 3, 6-12), double bass (3), backing vocals (2)
Charlie Watts – drums (all tracks), maracas (10)