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Monday, May 15, 2017

The Rolling Stones - "Jumpin' Jack Flash/Child of the Moon" Vinyl 7" 45 rpm single, U.S., 1968 (London)


For some, this was back-to-basics from the psych world of "Their Satanic Majesties Request" world, but alas, I still hear the strains of that landscape in both "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and it's great b-side "Child of the Moon." Brian Jones' either on sitar or mellotron gives the song that acid touch, that makes it not only a riff-master piece of rock.   It's a great record due to the layers of texture in what seems to be a simple rock ditty.   "Child of the Moon" is Kenneth Anger.  At least that is the first image I obtain while listening to this song.   It reeks of decadence and that is why this single is loved so much. This is the band at its height of its strength.   The Stones still do "Jumpin' Jack Flash" on stage, but the versions I have heard (recordings) it always sounds flat to me.  It's the soup itself that is important, not the song.  And the original recording is pure magic.  So yes, this is very much part of the Satanic Request year(s) or months.