The Rolling Stones – Flowers (1967) [ABKCO Remaster 2002]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:06 minutes | Scans included | 1,59 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 838 MB
Flowers is an American compilation album by The Rolling Stones, released in the summer of 1967. The songs either appeared as singles, had been omitted from the American versions of Aftermath and Between the Buttons, were collected from studio sessions dating back to 1965, or are reissues of songs recently released on other albums. Three tracks had never been released. “My Girl”, “Ride On, Baby” and “Sittin’ on a Fence” are from the Aftermath sessions from December 1965.
Dismissed as a rip-off of sorts by some critics as it took the patchwork bastardization of British releases for the American audience to extremes, gathering stray tracks from the U.K. versions of Aftermath and Between the Buttons, 1966-1967 singles (some of which had already been used on the U.S. editions of Aftermath and Between the Buttons), and a few outtakes. Judged solely by the music, though, it’s rather great. “Lady Jane,” “Ruby Tuesday,” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together” are all classics (although they had all been on an LP before); the 1966 single “Mother’s Little Helper,” a Top Ten hit, is also terrific; and “Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing in the Shadow?” making its first album appearance, is the early Stones at their most surrealistic and angst-ridden. A lot of the rest of the cuts rate among their most outstanding 1966-1967 work. “Out of Time” is hit-worthy in its own right (and in fact topped the British charts in an inferior cover by Chris Farlowe); “Backstreet Girl,” with its European waltz flavor, is one of the great underrated Stones songs. The same goes for the psychedelic Bo Diddley of “Please Go Home,” and the acoustic, pensively sardonic “Sittin’ on a Fence,” with its strong Appalachian flavor. Almost every track is strong, so if you’re serious about your Stones, don’t pass this by just because a bunch of people slag it as an exploitative marketing trick (which it is). There’s some outstanding material you can’t get anywhere else, and the album as a whole plays very well from end to end.
01. Ruby Tuesday
02. Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
03. Let’s Spend The Night Together
04. Lady Jane
05. Out Of Time
06. My Girl
07. Backstreet Girl
08. Please Go Home
09. Mother’s Little Helper
10. Take It Or Leave It
11. Ride On, Baby
12. Sittin’ On A Fence
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering.
DSD Engineer: Gus Skinas.