This past summer I published a piece (from July 15) on the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones biggest single (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction reaching #1 in America. And since then, I’ve been meaning to get to something related – posting the true stereo version of ‘Satisfaction.’
I was reminded of it again just the other day with my blog of Get Off Of My Cloud in stereo (from November 6) so I’m getting it done now before I forget again.
In the late 80’s a UK import double CD version (called Hot Rocks 1) of their ’71 greatest hits vinyl album Hot Rocks 1964-1971 was released which contained several previously unavailable and unheard Stones songs in stereo.
To my knowledge, it’s the only CD release with these rare stereo tracks and I’ve included two here – ‘Satisfaction’ and Play With Fire – with the most interesting one being the former.
I hope you enjoy hearing them!
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(I Can’t Get No) SATISFACTION
The Rolling Stones
(Wide Stereo Mix)
This stereo mix is quite different than the version you’ve known for years (ok, decades). It features a strong acoustic guitar on the right channel – played by original band member and founder Brian Jones – which is virtually non-existent in the mono single mix.
Although I often prefer the stereo mixes of oldies, I must admit this is very foreign sounding compared to the mono original, and I present it here simply for historical interest.
‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ was #1 for 4 weeks in July-August of ’65.
PLAY WITH FIRE
The Rolling Stones
(B-side of The Last Time)
Play With Fire was the B-side of their #9 hit from 1965, which directly preceded ‘Satisfaction’, titled The Last Time.
This song is sometimes categorized as baroque pop, due to the prominent harpsichord played by Jack Nitzsche, right-hand man to producer Phil Spector, who plays bass on this track. Keith Richards is on the acoustic guitar with Mick Jagger on vocals and tambourine.