Carter’s Catalog: Rolling Stones Join Psychedelic Movement On “Between The Buttons”

The late-1960s saw a surge in popularity of psychedelic rock, popularized mainly by The Beatles’ work on albums like Sgt. Pepper’s and Revolver, as well as Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Doors, and the early work of Pink Floyd. Although The Rolling Stones had firm roots in rock and R&B, they decided to join in on the psychedelic movement with their fifth studio album, 1967’s Between The Buttons.

Between the Buttons

The album spawned the classic single “Ruby Tuesday,” and also “Let’s Spend The Night Together” which the band had to rename due to its suggestive title for public appearances. In a time where the sitar was making as many appearances on albums as the guitar, the Stones jumped right in with the craze and really hit their stride on Between the Buttons.

Though often “overlooked” in America, as Carter says, Between the Buttons is an essential part of the Stones’ catalog. Carter calls it “perfection.” What do you call it?

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