Everyone says the Beatles' Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the best rock album of all time. Meanwhile, the Rolling Stones' Their Satanic Majesties Request is generally considered their worst album. (Keith Richards calls BOTH "a load of sh*t.") After the Stones got this psychedelic experimentation out of their system though, they certainly went on to their best five years, with "Jumping Jack Flash," Beggar’s Banquet, "Honky Tonk Women," Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street (which probably IS the best rock album of all time).
But relistening to Satanic, which turns 50 this month, and looking back at the original reviews of both albums, it's easy to make the case the Stones' maligned album is BETTER than Sgt Pepper’s – at least as a psychedelic record in the great year of psychedelic rock. And I dare anyone to claim a song on it (other than "A Day in the Life") is better than the Stones' obscure single "She's Like a Rainbow."
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