Mon. Nov. 29, 2021

The Rolling Stones – 2000 Light Years From Home

Classics: The Rolling Stones – 2000 Light Years From Home (Decca)

‘2000 Light Years From Home’ most likely stands among these one of a kind pieces of music. Hard to believe it saw the light back in 1967 as a matter of fact.
Taken from their ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’, the first album they produced on their own back in 1967, ‘2000 Light Years From Home’ saw the band gearing towards a psychedelic sound, with a complex blend of synth lines, quite unusual for the period. Still sounding avant-gardist close to 50 years after its release (and therefore explaining its presence on these shores). Just like Timmy Thomas‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ does too, although for way different reasons as a matter of fact…

Released Stateside as the B-side of ‘She’s A Rainbow’. A song speaking of which Jagger reportedly wrote the lyrics while in jail following his conviction on drug charges in June 1967. It came to light from an instrumental titled ‘Toffee Apple’ with its string part played by Brian Jones using a mellotron. This givin’ it such an avant-gardist concept back then, eventually flirting with Ambient…

A song which is featured on the OST of the Barry Sonnenfeld 2012 directed film ‘Men In Black 3’

Besides, hard to not establish at least a spiritual connection with Funkadelic‘s ‘Maggot Brain’. Another manifesto in terms of psychedelism which saw the light 4 years after…

What’s the value of your vinyl record?

– I guess as far as I can think of contemporary music, The Rolling Stones and their lead singer (Mick Jagger) have always been around. Pavin’ their way and, by that, punctuating history with significant lyrics. Meanwhile makin’ proof of their versatility if not avant-gardism. Such as on the psyche/ambient ‘2000 Light Years From Home’ back in 1967. But also ‘Gimme Shelter’ as a protest song against the Vietnam War. Then how not to think of the vibrant ‘Sister Morphine’ from the memorable ‘Sticky Fingers’ album? Or their flirt with Disco vibes on the extended version of ‘Miss You’ back in 1978?!? Then how to not remember of their cover version of Rufus Thomas‘Walking The Dog’ as a part of their eponymous debut-album back in 1964?!?

Meanwhile, and unsurprisingly, Jagger would explore extra teritories whenever going solo. Sharing the duties with Michael Jackson and his brothers on ‘State Of Shock’. But also covering Bill Withers‘ classic ‘Use Me’ with Lenny Kravitz. When not partnering with Chic‘s Nile Rodgers responsible for the production of ‘1/2 A Loaf’ back in 1985. Or jamming along with Peter Tosh on a cover version of The Temptations‘ classic ‘Don’t Look Back’. As many reasons pretty much justifying their presence on these shores. Don’t you think?

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