This week, 33 years after its original release, the Rolling Stones' critically and commercially acclaimed 1978 album that topped the Billboard 200 album charts and spawned the crossover disco-blues fused worldwide megahit "Miss You," Some Girls is being re-released in a newly remastered form that is now available at Amoeba Music in three versions: the Some Girls remastered LP pressing, Some Girls Deluxe edition CD, and the Some Girls Super-Deluxe edition CD which include unreleased songs and a single for "Beast of Burden."
As aptly noted by the Amoeba Online Store reviewer of the Some Girls Remastered 2-CD Deluxe Edition, "The remaster gives the drums especially a terrific crispness. And the bonus disc is far from inessential, showing a range of different tacks the band could have taken on Some Girls, including the country jangle of “Claudine” and the rollicking “Do You Think I Really Care,” in which Jagger outsneers the punks coming up behind him."
That comment makes reference to the fact that Some Girls was released at a time when punk was in its prime and established rockers like Jagger were seen as old fogies past their prime and creativeness. Recorded between October 1977 and March 1978 Some Girls, with its obvious punk influences, was seen as Jagger's reaction to this attitude. But beyond punk and its even more obvious disco/dance influences Some Girls was really Jagger's paean to New York City (the song "Shattered" with lyrics like "Life's just a cocktail party on the street, Big Apple people dressed in plastic bags directing traffic" "or "Miss You" with Jagger singing how "I been walking Central Park" - are among the album's many examples) with countless references and nods throughout to the Big Apple which, at the time, was in its most run-down, albeit decadent, best.
Rolling Stones "Shattered" (1978)
Upon its release three decades ago the album also had its controversies including one incited by the famous line by Mick Jagger in the title song that went, "Black girls just wanna get fucked all night" which incited outrage and public protest from numerous individuals and institutions including Jesse Jackson's PUSH. The other, less pointed, controversy was over Some Girls cover art which included uncleared likenesses of Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Raquel Welch, and Liza Minnelli as Judy Garland. The threat of multiple copyright infringement lawsuits led to the album been withdrawn and quickly reissued with a revised cover that deleted these images. It should be noted that this week is not the first time that Some Girls has been reissued since 1978. In 1994 Some Girls was remastered and reissued with a partial restoration of the original cover art by Virgin Records and two years ago the album was remastered and reissued by Universal Music who restored the original color scheme of the album cover art.
Rolling Stones "Miss You" video (1978)
But this week's new reissue of Some Girls Deluxe and Super-Deluxe editions is a keeper for Stones fans everywhere since it includes unreleased songs which are (in order) "Claudine," "So Young," "Do You Think I Really Care?," "When You’re Gone," "No Spare Parts," "Don’t Be a Stranger," "We Had It All," "Tallahassee Lassie," "I Love You Too Much," "Keep Up Blues," "You Win Again," and "Petrol Blues." You can pick up Some Girls at each of the three Amoeba Music stores or purchase it online from Amoeba.com where shipping is free in the US = Some Girls remastered LP repressing, Some Girls Deluxe edition, and the Some Girls Super-Deluxe edition
Rolling Stones "Respectable (SNL rehearsal, Oct 1978)"