Universal Music Group and The Rolling Stones are pleased to announce that Some Girls is getting bigger and it’s getting better and it’s due to be released on November 18, 2011. Some Girls is being remastered and expanded for the Super-Deluxe, Deluxe and Digital editions of the groundbreaking album that served as an introduction for a whole new generation of fans to the music of the Rolling Stones.
It was over three decades ago that Some Girls topped the US charts and to this day it remains the best selling album of their career. This is aptly considered to be one of the finest works by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Ronnie Wood.
This new package is set to include undiscovered material that has been recently unearthed from the Rolling Stones vaults by producer Don Was. Information about the tracks will be announced at a later date.
Some Girls showcases the most diverse collection of Rolling Stones material on one album, from Jagger’s irresistible falsetto on Miss You which was the bands eighth US number one, to the country stylings of Far Away Eyes right through to Respectable with its punk meets Motown feel. Not to forget one of Richards’ finest tunes the sexy stylings of Beast of Burden which made number 8 on the US singles chart, the album’s third US Top 40 track the garage rock Shattered and the group’s timeless rendition of the Temptations’ Just my Imagination (Running Away With Me).
The remastered, expanded editions of Exile On Main Street received praise from the critics and commercial success, matching the chart performance of the 1972 album. It returned the Rolling Stones to their rightful place at the top of the British charts in 2010. In Australia they got to Top 5. The extensive reissue of Some Girls is the next step in the ongoing relationship between The Rolling Stones and Universal Music Group. The relationship began with Shine A Light, the soundtrack from the Martin Scorcese concert film, in April 2008 and has included the reissue of the remastered Rolling Stones post-1971 studio albums, several classic compilations and live albums, as well as the intensive box-set Singles 1971-2006 which was released earlier this year.
Some Girls demonstrates why The Rolling Stones remain one of the most influential and thrilling bands of all time, and it’s an album that will always fill a special place in Rolling Stones history. Before They Make Me Run is a signature Keith Richards classic that he performs to this day that was from this 1978 album. Miss You showcases Mick Jagger’s love of 70’s funk as the dance track that made the club and black charts, and paved the way for other mainstream acts to ‘go disco’.
Controversy was courted by the album because of lyrics seen to be aimed at the punk and new wave groups that incorporated so much Rolling Stones attitude and anti-establishment moves into their image. That wasn’t the only controversy surrounding the album! There was quite a commotion about the elaborate Some Girls package designed by Peter Corriston featuring the band members in drag and likenesses of Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Racquel Welch, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe that hadn’t been legally cleared so a quick withdrawal and back to the drawing board.
Some Girls demonstrated Keith Richards’ distinctive riffing with its abundance of mind-blowing power chords and rigorous licks as it drove the band into its brand new musical direction. This album was the defining moment for Richards and his playing and a new era for the Rolling Stones which has since been described by Richards as a ‘sense of renewal’. Some Girls is the only other time Richards used an effects pedal to ‘elevate’ the sound since recording Satisfaction.
Ronnie Wood joined the band in 1975 and this album cemented the guitarists position and added his trademark slide and pedal steel playing to several of the most memorable tracks on the album. These tracks include When The Whip Comes Down and Shattered. Everything Is Turning To Gold is the B-side to Shattered and was co-written by Ronnie Wood. Some Girls also marked a Parisian move to the Pathe Marconi Studios for the Glimmer Twins production team of Jagger and Richards.
Combining all of these factors gives you what is undeniably the group’s most dynamic and focused album driven by the unparalleled rhythm section of drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman. Fewer guest musicians appeared on Some Girls than on any Rolling Stones album since 1971 but the contributions of Ian McLagan on keyboard, Mel Collins on saxophone and Sugar Blue’s harmonica made Miss You sound brighter than ever.
The highly anticipated extras on the new editions are sure to be a big hit with fans. The Super-Deluxe edition of Some Girls will include a previously unseen Helmut Newton photo session from 1978, an essay putting the album into its cultural context by author and journalist Anthony DeCurtis and a 7″ single of Beast Of Burden/When The Whip Comes Down in its banned sleeve.
Thirty-three years on from its original release, the re-mastered, expanded, Super-Deluxe, Deluxe and Digital editions of Some Girls show why the 1978 album has often been hailed as the equal of Exile On Main Street. Some Girls is both a time capsule and a timeless listen. It features the band at their tightest and toughest, at their most vibrant and vital. It’s an all-killer, no-filler, must-have album. It still packs a punch.
SOME GIRLS – now bigger, brighter and better than ever.
Some Girls – November 18