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BETWEEN THE BUTTONS
 

Released - 1967, on London/Decca Records (now ABKCO Records) Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham.

Personnel:

Mick Jagger - Lead & Backing Vocals.
Keith Richards -  Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitar; Backing Vocals, Vocal Harmony.
Brian Jones - Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars; Sitar; Recorder; Piano; Trumpet; Trombone; Banjo; Kazoo; Violin; Backing Vocals.
Charlie Watts - Drums & Percussion.
Bill Wyman - Bass; Cello; Backing Vocal.

Additional Personnel - Ian Stewart, Jack Nitzsche, Nicky Hopkins.

(Click on song for lyrics and song personnel)

 

SONG OLD RATING NEW RATING*
LETS SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER 10.0 10.0
YESTERDAY'S PAPERS   6.9   7.6
RUBY TUESDAY 10.0 10.0
CONNECTION   7.0   7.4
SHE SMILED SWEETLY   6.3   7.1
COOL CALM & COLLECTED   6.7   7.6
ALL SOLD OUT   6.3   7.1
MY OBSESSION    6.0    6.8
WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING HERE   5.8   6.3
COMPLICATED   6.6   7.7
MISS AMANDA JONES   7.0   7.7
SOMETHING HAPPENED TO ME YESTERDAY   7.1   7.3
Ave. 7.14 7.71

 

REVIEW

A little bit of everything on Between the Buttons, including some real nice vocals throughout.

Contains one of their best ever ballads in "Ruby Tuesday". This song has Brian Jones all over it. Brian co-wrote it with Keith Richards (although BJ wasn't credited), he sings back up vocals with Keith and his fine piano and even more so his beautiful recorder, along with a great lead vocal by Mick Jagger, takes this song to the top. "Miss Amanda Jones" is another fine number, with some fine guitar weaving between Keith and Brian.

"Complicated" is such a simple song, yet it sounds great! There's a bit more to "Something Happened To Me Yesterday", a duet with Mick & Keith, with Brian on trombone and trumpet . "Cool Calm & Collected" is a very uplifting song with a nice piano - the first time Nicky Hopkins would supply his talented fingers on the keys to the Stones.

"Lets Spend The Night Together" is the second best song on the album, totally full of gusto thanks in part to Jack Nitzsche's piano playing. All in all, a great flow to this album!

*Old Ratings vs. New Ratings

The old ratings that you see here were from back in 1998 when I first rated the album for this site. Since time does change one's point of view, I decided to listen to and rate this album again, doing so in late 2005. Also note that I did not look at the old ratings from 1998 until after I placed my new ratings here.

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To listen to some sound clips, or to buy the US remastered version of BETWEEN THE BUTTONS, click on: Between the Buttons (US Version). British version click here: Between the Buttons (UK Version)

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