- Gatefold cover, catalognr: Decca txs 103

The Rolling Stones' 1967 psychedelic rock masterpiece, "Their Satanic Majesties Request" (catalog number: Decca txs 103), marked a departure from their usual sound. Encased in a captivating gatefold cover, the album's title cleverly references British passports. This avant-garde venture showcases the band's experimental spirit within the dynamic cultural landscape of the time, making it a timeless and innovative contribution to the musical tapestry of the late 1960s.


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Album Description & Collectors information:

"Their Satanic Majesties Request" is the 1967 studio album by the Rolling Stones, . It was a significant departure from their previous albums, as the band experimented with psychedelic and Eastern influences. While the album was initially met with mixed reviews, it has since become a cult classic and a fascinating document of the band's evolution during a tumultuous time in history.

The recording of "Their Satanic Majesties Request" was a departure from the band's usual approach. Instead of recording in a traditional studio, the band rented a house called Olympic Studios in London's Barnes neighborhood. The band members lived in the house together while they recorded the album, which gave them the freedom to experiment and create a more collaborative environment.

The album's sound was heavily influenced by the psychedelic and Eastern music that was popular at the time. The band used a variety of unconventional instruments, including mellotrons, sitars. The songs were also heavily layered, with multiple tracks of vocals and instruments.

The album's title and cover art were also inspired by the psychedelic era. The album's name is a play on the British monarchy's "Satanic Majesty," and the cover art features a trippy collage of the band's faces.

The album's sound was heavily influenced by the psychedelic and Eastern music that was popular at the time. The band had been experimenting with these sounds on their previous album, "Between the Buttons"", but Their Satanic Majesties Request took it to another level. The album's most famous track, "She's a Rainbow," features a harpsichord, mellotron, and a string section. The song has a bright, kaleidoscopic sound that perfectly captures the psychedelic spirit of the time.

Another standout track on the album is "2000 Light Years from Home." The song has a slower, more contemplative sound than "She's a Rainbow," but it still features the band's signature experimentation with sound. The song features a sitar and a theremin, which gives it an otherworldly quality.

The initial reception to "Their Satanic Majesties Request" was mixed. Many critics felt that the album was a misguided attempt to capitalize on the psychedelic trend. The album's cover art and title also raised eyebrows, with some critics accusing the band of promoting Satanism.

However, the album has since become a cult classic, with many fans appreciating the band's experimentation and willingness to take risks. The album is now considered a fascinating document of the band's evolution during a tumultuous time in history.



Music Genre:

English Psych Acid Prog Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "ROLLING STONES - Their Satanic Majesties Request" was produced by: Rolling Stones

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Glyn Johns at Olympic and Hall Sound

Album cover design and photography Michael Cooper, and artchie at Pictorial Design, Tony Meedwitten,

Record Label Information:

Decca TXS 103
Packaging: Gatefold (FOC) cover design with artwork / photos on the inside cover pages

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record, Gatefold cover
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 280 gram  

Year & Country:

1967 Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: ROLLING STONES - Their Satanic Majesties Request
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Mick Jagger - Vocals, Backing Vocals, Percussion
  • Keith Richards - Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
  • Brian Jones - Organ, Mellotron, Recorder, Electric Dulcimer, Concert Harp, Backing Vocals, Percussion
  • Charlie Watts - Drums, Percussion
  • Bill Wyman - Bass, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Percussion
  • Nicky Hopkins - Piano, Organ, Harpsichord

    Nicky Hopkins - Piano (full-name: Nicholas Christian Hopkins a well-known British pianist having worked with "The Rolling Stones" , "The Kinks", "The Who", "Jeff Beck Group", "Quicksilver Messenger Service", "Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages", "Cyril Davies (R&B) All-Stars", "The Beatles" , "Jefferson Airplane" and others)

  • Ronnie Lane - Backing Vocals
  • Steve Marriott - Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
  • Eddie Kramer - Percussion
  • Anita Pallenberg - Vocals

    Anita Pallenberg and Keith Richards

    Anita Pallenberg, an Italian-German actress, model, and fashion designer, was romantically involved with Keith Richards, the guitarist of The Rolling Stones. Their relationship spanned a significant portion of the late 1960s and early 1970s, making Pallenberg a notable figure in the rock and roll scene.

    Pallenberg and Richards met during the filming of the 1967 movie "Performance," in which both were involved. Their connection grew, and Pallenberg eventually became Keith Richards' partner. The couple's relationship was marked by its intensity and shared experiences within the dynamic world of the music and counterculture of that era.

    During their time together, Pallenberg played a role in influencing Richards' style, both in terms of fashion and musical exploration. Her avant-garde and bohemian sensibilities had an impact on the Stones' image and, to some extent, their sound.

    The couple faced challenges, including legal issues and struggles with substance abuse. Despite the tumultuous nature of their relationship, Pallenberg and Richards had three children together: a son named Marlon, born in 1969, a daughter named Angela, born in 1972, and another son named Tara, born in 1976.

    Anita Pallenberg's presence in Keith Richards' life and her influence on The Rolling Stones' cultural and artistic trajectory during this period remains a significant aspect of rock history. Their relationship, though complex, was emblematic of the unconventional and rebellious spirit of the 1960s and 1970s rock scene.

  • John Lennon - Vocals
  • Paul McCartney - Vocals
Complete Track-listing of the album "ROLLING STONES - Their Satanic Majesties Request"

The detailed tracklist of this record "ROLLING STONES - Their Satanic Majesties Request" is:

  • Sing This All Together 3:46 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney are featured on backing vocals
  • Citadel 2:50 - Brian Jones on Mellotron, Nicky Hopkins on piano and harpsichord
  • In Another Land (Bill Wyman) 3:15 - Concludes with a recording of Wyman snoring
  • 2000 Man 3:07 - Brian Jones on organ
  • Sing This All Together (See What Happens) 8:33 - Contains a hidden coda entitled Cosmic Christmas
  • She's a Rainbow 4:35 - Strings arranged by John Paul Jones
  • The Lantern 4:23 - Nicky Hopkins on piano and Mellotron
  • Gomper 5:08 - Brian Jones on electric dulcimer and recorder
  • 2000 Light Years from Home 4:45 - Brian Jones on Mellotron, Bill Wyman on synthesizer
  • On with the Show 3:39 - Brian Jones on Mellotron and concert harp
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