Their Satanic Majesties Request is the sixth British and eighth American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in December 1967 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States.
We struggled haphazardly to make Their Satanic Majesties Request. None of us wanted to make it, but it was time for another Stones album, and Sgt. Pepper’s was coming out, so we thought basically we were doing a put-on. The album’s cover is notable for having the first 3D lenticular layout in music history. Hidden within the image are the faces of all four Beatles – a tribute to The Beatles' inclusion of a Stones' sweater-wearing doll on the cover of Sgt. Pepper. Mick Jagger says that The Satanic Majesties Request is the worst Rolling Stones album to be released.
Their Satanic Majesties Request, despite moments of unquestionable brilliance, put the status of the Rolling Stones in jeopardy. They have been far too influenced by their musical inferiors and the result is an insecure album in which they try too hard to prove that they too are innovators, and that they too can say something new. The album is marred by poor production. In the past there has been a great gulf between production styles of the Beatles and the Stones.
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The set contains both the stereo and mono versions of every song, all newly remastered by Bob Ludwig, and Michael Cooper’s original 3-D lenticular cover photograph, featuring the band in peak psychedelic regalia. Their Satanic Majesties Request was recorded in pieces between February and October of 1967. It was a tumultuous period for the Rolling Stones – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones were arrested for drug possession, with Jones spending three weeks in a nursing home. The Stones’ original manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham quit halfway through recording sessions, leaving the band to finish the album on their own.
Did the Rolling Stones intend Their Satanic Majesties Request to be a spoof of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or was it a sincere attempt to siphon some of the magic of the Beatles ’ masterpiece? This question has hung over Satanic Majesties ever since its release in late 1967, perhaps due to the persistence of the perception that the two groups are locked in a deathless rivalry, or maybe just because their album artwork is so similar-not entirely surprising, considering how both ornate cover images are based on photographs snapped by Michael Cooper