Their satanic majesties request (album dei Rolling Stones del 1967)

THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST è un album dei Rolling Stones pubblicato nel dicembre del 1967 con dieci tracce in scaletta.

Sings this all together è una traccia cupa ma corale che vanta anche le voci di supporto di John Lennon e Paul McCartney. Citadel è un formidabile pezzo duro e aspro dal ritmo incessante. In another land porta la firma di Bill Wyman, che interpreta la canzone con tono alienante: bello l’impianto musicale distorto in linea con la voce del bassista. 2000 man splende una doppia personalità e sprigiona un arrangiamento solare – nota anche la versione dei KISS – gioia allo stato puro sprizza da tutti i pori anche in She’s a rainbow, il singolo più noto del disco con degli archi sublimi arrangiati da John Paul Jones, futuro membro dei Led Zeppelin. On the with show, con la sua atmosfera circense, spicca per notevoli passaggi di mellotron e piano. 2000 light years from home è un brano lisergico ed anche in questo caso il mellotron è in grande spolvero: c’è anche una ripresa ampliata di Sings this all together di quasi otto minuti con uso affascinante di strumenti tribali confluiti in un contesto disturbante. The lantern, tra un inquietante gong poi addolcito da una chitarra, cori ed effetti sonori cari al grande Brian Jones, aumenta lo stato psichedelico dell’album. La stessa struttura viene ampliata dal polistrumentista in Gomper, che affascina in un turbinio di strumenti d’ispirazione orientale con dentro un motivo accattivante.

In definitiva un capolavoro controverso, amato e disprezzato, capace di notevoli vendite tuttavia scemate in fretta. Le pietre rotolanti peccarono in seguito di coraggio abbandonando la psichedelia per comporre comunque la cosiddetta tetralogia perfetta della loro discografia tra il 1968 e il 1972. Ciononostante, proprio in quanto pagina isolata di un gruppo leggendario, va letta con ammirazione e entusiasmo per quella sua fonte di ispirazione alternativa in seno al quintetto inglese.

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