Next month sees the 50th anniversary reissue of the Rolling Stones psych record Their Satanic Majesties Request—it’s being released by record label Abkco. Originally released in December 1967, following the Summer of Love, it saw the band branch out into psychedelia, tapping into the lysergic sound and vibe of the time. The album’s unusual title was a pun on a line that featured on the inside of British passports at the time which stated, “Her Britannic Majesties Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Requests and Requires”
The experimental album was somewhat controversial when released though, not only did it see the band move away from their bluesy roots that had made them stars, it was thought of as uneven. Something that the fraught recording process couldn’t have helped.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones were all having personal issues at the time (Anita Pallenberg, Jones’ girlfriend left him for Richards), and all were fighting drug charges. During the recording their manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham quit too, after the band members continually turned up at the Olympic recording Studios in Barnes, West London with an entourage of hangers on and freeloaders who hindered the creative and recording processes.