rolling stones “we love you” / “dandelion” — part 3

This is the third part in a series of three pieces on this blog about the Rolling Stones brilliant and often under-appreciated psychedelic single, We Love You / Dandelion, from the Summer of Love of 1967.

In early 1966, the Stones completed the recordings intended for their fourth long-playing album (it would be their sixth in the US). Released in April, Aftermath was a brilliant realization of black rhythm & blues melded with white ‘rock’ (rock and roll was becoming an almost meaningless term by 1966, with ‘rock’ referring to a more all-embracing form with at the very least pretensions towards a music for adults with an IQ above 90), especially the kind of eclectic pop/rock exploding around the world.

In this case, some relatively esoteric instruments were worked into the arrangements by Brian Jones, including sitar, marimbas, and dulcimer. Nonetheless, Aftermath was rooted firmly in black American blues idioms, the last Stones album for two years to make that claim.

In the latter part of 1966, the Stones recorded their fifth studio LP, Between The Buttons. While there was a sense of black blues-based music in some of the tracks, by this time Jagger and Richards were heavily influenced by Bob Dylan (like, who wasn’t?). Oddly, nothing on the album shows any influence from the Beatles’ Revolver album, released just as the earliest Buttons sessions commenced (but in plenty of time to affect the sessions in November and December).

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This entry began as an observation on the Rolling Stones’ second single of 1967 and flowered into something a wee bit more inclusive. It has been moved from this website to my new website, Rather Rare Records (ratherrarerecords.com). It has been noticeably re-edited and slightly rewritten. I have also changed the piece’s title to “from buttons to dandelions – the rolling stones embrace dylan and davies and then turn on tune in and drop out.”

2 thoughts on “rolling stones “we love you” / “dandelion” — part 3

  1. Good comments regarding the Rolling Stones ditching the blues (for 2 albums) after Aftermath. From the group’s start-up through Aftermath they were faithful to their blues beginnings. After that, Mick didn’t dance like James Brown anymore.

    1. Another interesting aspect of the BUTTONS sessions is that the LP tracks were sandwiched in between “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby (Standing In The Shadows)” and “Dandelion.” The more successful the white r&b groups got, the harder Mr. Brown worked to make sure that NO ONE could claim his spotlight. And it worked . . .

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