Title - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction: 50th Anniv. Edition
Artist - The Rolling Stones
Often regarded as one of the greatest songs of all time, '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' was a defining moment in music history. The song catapulted The Rolling Stones into super-stardom and captured the spirit of a generation.
To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, this limited edition, numbered 12-inch single is cut from the original mono master tapes on 180g vinyl, and features both US and UK B-sides housed in a sleeve recreating the original artwork.
The 12-inch makes this a true audiophile pressing, allowing for wider grooves that yield louder levels, broader dynamic range, deeper bass, and better high frequency response.
As for the songs themselves, well, released in 1965 it was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Richards' three-note guitar riff – intended to be replaced by horns – opens and drives the song. The lyrics, which of course, refer to sexual frustration and commercialism, gave the Stones their first #1 in the US, but in the UK, the song initially played only on pirate radio stations - because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive!
That said, 'Satisfaction' was not immediately released by Decca Records in Great Britain. Decca was already in the process of preparing a live Rolling Stones EP for release, so the new single did not come out in Britain until August 20th. The song peaked at #1 for two weeks, replacing Sonny & Cher's infamous 'I Got You Babe', between September 11th and 25th, before being toppled by the Walker Brothers' 'Make It Easy on Yourself'.
Indeed, to commemorate the anniversary with the July 10th release of a 12-inch vinyl single (which it has never before actually been), it also now comes with a Side B that features 'Satisfaction's original American B-side, 'The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man,' along with the British one, 'The Spider And The Fly.'
Featuring the classic line-up of Mick Jagger – lead vocals, backing vocals; Keith Richards – electric guitars, backing vocals; Brian Jones – acoustic guitar; Charlie Watts – drums; Bill Wyman – bass guitar; and Jack Nitzsche – piano, tambourine, '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' wasn't even the bands own number one choice for a single release! Mick Jagger has long gone on record by saying, "We like it, but didn’t think of it as a single,” but luckily for us all, themselves included, the record label wisely thought otherwise.
'The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man' - TV Show Performance
As for the three (3) songs themselves, well, we all know by now what 'Satisfaction' sounds like, so it's the other two B-Sides that are now the focus of attention. First up is the harmonica-driven 'The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man,' which can also be found on the bootleg album 2120 South Michigan Avenue. Indeed, it's the harmonica work of Jones that makes this song what it is today. A classic Stones track, when Jagger sings that he is the necessary talent behind every rock 'n roll band, you totally believe it!
'The Spider And The Fly' - Audio Music with B/W Photo Flip Book
The other B-Side track is 'The Spider And The Fly,' a much different in tone Stones track, albeit still harmonica-driven entity. This time, however, it's Jagger that takes the harmonica playing over, and alongside the slower, Southern stance of the track, it's a much more relaxed affair, for sure. A song that ends rather abruptly, if truth be told, it's a slow poke cut that simply drips out of the stereo player.
Pressed by Quality Record Pressings in Salina, KS, and limited to 10,000 numbered copies in North America, ABKCO’s '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction' 12-inch single will be released a half-century to the day after the landmark song dominated U.S. charts and helped transform the course of pop music history.
Catch The Rolling Stones on their 50th Anniversary Zip Code Tour now and aside from 'Satisfaction' pray that they play both these wonderful, classic tracks also!