“ Beast Of Burden is this.. special song. i didn’t write it to be a special song or thought it was a special song when we recorded it but.. uh.. it’s grown on me over the years. And i realize why people respond to it so much. I wish i could write one just as good! But it’s a beautiful song.. it just has all of the feel. What i aim for is to write great soul ballads… And that’s gettin’ close.” - Keith
On this day in music history: June 9, 1978 - “Some Girls”, the sixteenth (fourteenth in the UK) studio album by The Rolling Stones is released. Produced by The Glimmer Twins, it is recorded at EMI Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris, France from October 10 - December 21, 1977, January 5 - March 2, 1978. Following the musical and cultural sea change that punk rock brings to popular music, The Rolling Stones will be written off by much of the younger generation and many critics as “dinosaurs”. Not willing to take the criticism lying down, the band responds with what is regarded as one best albums of their career. The sessions are highly prolific, producing nearly thirty new songs with much of the unreleased material surfacing on later albums including “Emotional Rescue” and “Tattoo You”. Keith Richards potential long term incarceration for drug possession in Toronto, Canada the previous year also motivates the band to produce as much material as possible. The albums cover art designed by Peter Corriston features a die cut jacket with photos of Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli, Raquel Welch, and Marilyn Monroe printed on the inner sleeve. It runs into legal trouble when all threaten to sue the band for unauthorized use of their likenesses. The cover is quickly revised and reissued with the photos covered up. A huge critical and commercial favorite upon its release, the album spin off three singles including “Miss You” (#1 Pop), “Beast Of Burden” (#8 Pop), and “Shattered” (#31 Pop). Remastered and reissued numerous times since making its CD debut in 1986, the album is remastered and reissued again in 2011. The reissues include a double CD set with the first disc featuring the original ten song album, with disc two including twelve bonus tracks of outtakes from the original sessions. It is also released as a numbered Super Deluxe edition with the aforementioned contents, plus a DVD including the music videos for “Miss You”, “Respectable”, “Far Away Eyes”, and three live performances from the Stones “Some Girls: Live In Texas ‘78” concert. The box also comes with a 100 page hardback book with extensive annotation and rare photos, a print of the band taken by famed photographer Helmut Newton, six postcards, a reproduction of the original LP promotional poster, and a 7" of “Beast Of Burden” b/w “When The Whip Comes Down”, with a replica of the original withdrawn picture sleeve. “Some Girls” spends two weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.