Their Satanic Majesties Request

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Blue and white outer edge around a photograph of the band in front of a surreal background

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"Their Satanic Majesties Request", released in 1967, is The Rolling Stones’ sixth album in Great Britain (and their eighth album in the United States due to music industry practice during the 1960s of reconfiguring and altering albums for U.S. audiences).  The album marks a departure from band’s characteristic sound rooted in rock and blues music, with the band employing the psychedelic style that was popular at the time.  The album experimented with unconventional instruments, sound effects and African rhythms.

While the album sold well, and was certified gold shortly after its release, it received mixed reviews from the music press.  Many critics felt that it was derivative of other psychedelic music at the time, specifically The Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" that was released earlier that year.  In spite of that, the album has been reviewed more favorably in subsequent years. 

The cover art of initial pressings of "Their Satanic Majesties Request" was noteworthy for having a lenticular image, showing the band members turning their heads when viewed at a particular angle.  The cover is also known for incorporating the faces of The Beatles into the foreground design.

Catalog ID MU0401