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.