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Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers
Posted by: NICOS ()
Date: June 6, 2016 11:43

Comments, input and alterations are very welcome!
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Yesterday’s Papers (1967)

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: 8th - 26th November 1966
Recording locations: Olympic Studios & Pye Studios, London, England
Producer: Andrew Oldham
Engineers: Glyn Johns

First released: 20th January 1967: The Rolling Stones (LP) ‘Between The Buttons’
Label: Decca SKL 4852


Line-up:
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Marimbas: Brian Jones
Bass: Bill Wyman
Drums: Charlie Watts
Background vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Harpsichord: Jack Nitzsche
Tambourine: Mick Jagger

3rd - 11th August: Los Angeles, RCA Studios, Hollywood.
Yesterday's Papers I (MJ/KR) -early version, sounds like a demo
Yesterday's Papers II (MJ/KR) -Jack Nitzsche on harpsichord; instrumental backing
track
Producer: Andrew Oldham.
Sound engineer: Dave Hassinger.

8th - 26th November: London, Olympic Sound Studios and London, Pye Studios.
Yesterday's Papers III (MJ/KR) Between The Buttons-version
Jack Nitzsche on harpsichord;
Producer: Andrew Oldham.
Sound engineer: Glyn Johns.



Yesterday’s Papers

Who wants yesterday's papers?
Who wants yesterday's girl?
Who wants yesterday's papers?
Nobody in the world

Well after this time I've finally learned
After pain and hurt
After all this what have I achieved?
I've realized it's time to leave

Cause who wants yesterday's papers?
Who wants yesterday's girl?
Who wants yesterday's papers?
Nobody in the world

I'm living a life of constant change
Every day means a turn of the page
Yesterday's papers is such bad news
The same thing applies to me and you

Who wants yesterday's papers?
Who wants yesterday's girl?
Who wants yesterday's papers?
Nobody in the world

It seems very hard to have just one girl
When there's a million in the world
All of these people just can't wait
To fall right into their big mistake

Cause who wants yesterday's papers?
Who wants yesterday's girl?
Who wants yesterday's papers?
Nobody in the world

Note: Info taken from TIOMS, NZentgraf and the WW-Internet



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2016-06-13 10:57 by NICOS.

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: matxil ()
Date: June 6, 2016 11:51

Try as I might, I can never manage to like any of Between the Buttons, and also not this song. (I am mainly referring to the UK version, because at least the USA version has Let's Spend the Night Together and Ruby Tuesday.)
I don't like the rhythm, I don't like the backing vocals, I don't like the melody, I don't like any of the instruments. And really, the lyrics are rather petty and nasty too, arent't they?

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: June 6, 2016 13:10

What a spooky song. Where the hell did this one come from? With that crazy marimba it's like a cross between some pilled up mod jazz and pre-psychedelic r'n'b.

It really shows the Stones going off in their own direction and not keeping an eye on their main rivals The Beatles.

I mean who else does this one sound like? The Kinks? Not really. The Small Faces? I don't think so. The Who? No crashing power chords!

So apart from the staggering singles We Love You and Let's Spend The Night Together/Ruby Tuesday 1967 is considered by rock critics to be when the Stones lost the plot.

Not for my ears though - for me this song and most of Between The Buttons and Satanic Majesty's were bold experiments in trying to find an original sound which resonated with the general public. That didn't happen until Beggar's Banquet when they ascended to rock's Mount Olympus but Yesterday's Papers was a groovy adventure on the way. Love it.



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Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: drewmaster ()
Date: June 6, 2016 13:22

This edition of the Stones’ output from 1967 earns points for creativity, but it’s not especially successful, IMO. Brian’s marimbas almost keep me from tossing it in the recycling bin.

Drew

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: 1962 ()
Date: June 6, 2016 13:31

The wole Between The Buttons: just one word

COOL



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Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: Maindefender ()
Date: June 6, 2016 13:35

Quote
Silver Dagger
What a spooky song. Where the hell did this one come from? With that crazy marimba it's like a cross between some pilled up mod jazz and pre-psychedelic r'n'b.

It really shows the Stones going off in their own direction and not keeping an eye on their main rivals The Beatles.

I mean who else does this one sound like? The Kinks? Not really. The Small Faces? I don't think so. The Who? No crashing power chords!

So apart from the staggering singles We Love You and Let's Spend The Night Together/Ruby Tuesday 1967 is considered by rock critics to be the Stones lost the plot.

Not for my ears though - for me this song and most of Between The Buttons and Satanic Majesty's were bold experiments in trying to find an original sound which resonated with the general public. That didn't happen until Beggar's Banquet when they ascended to rock's Mount Olympus but Yesterday's Papers was a groovy adventure on the way. Love it.

thumbs upthumbs upthumbs up

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: marcovandereijk ()
Date: June 6, 2016 13:37

(I guess DandelionPowderman will point us to the falsetto back ground vocals, so I will not mention them).

I guess this song is not the first one that comes to my mind if someone asks me to mention
a favorite song, but I think there's a couple of things to enjoy on this track.
I don't exactly know what creates the sound of the drums, but I think it's great.
And I really appreciate the difference between the rather monotuous chorus and the
melody of the verses. The way the song builds up from the opening chorus into the
first verse is offering some kind of relief.

I agree with Silver Dagger that this is one of those songs that were important for them,
trying to find their own musical direction.
They played it in combination with Get Off of my Cloud in a few shows in 1967 and
Chris Farlowe had a hit single with this song that came out on the very day before I was born.

Just as long as the guitar plays, let it steal your heart away

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Date: June 6, 2016 13:40

The first song Mick wrote by himself, apparently.

I've always liked it. A catchy little tune, with some unexpected sounds.

The live versions were way heavier, and the melody sounded different. It was merged into Going Home, if memory serves.

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: Testify ()
Date: June 6, 2016 13:44

I love this song !!!

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: filstan ()
Date: June 6, 2016 18:02

I almost prefer an early alt take where it is without the frills and subtleties that were eventually added. Still a good song from an underrated album.

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: Monsoon Ragoon ()
Date: June 6, 2016 18:05

BTB maybe the worst album. But YP is great, especially version I.

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: wonderboy ()
Date: June 6, 2016 18:45

Part of the evolution of the Jagger-Richards songwriting team. Catchy enough, and the arrangement is fine. But too poppy and the lyrics are just petty rather than nasty.
I have the impression that if they had put these songs aside and then recorded them again in 1969 it would have bee a powerful album.
Interesting that the previous album, Aftermath, is a lot stronger.
I guess they had been off the road for a few months and were too exhausted/stoned/losing Brian/distracted by swinging London to really focus on the music. Satanic had the same problems but was another step forward in their evolution.

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: nightskyman ()
Date: June 6, 2016 19:01

It's one of a handful of tracks that makes the Between The Buttons album a somewhat interesting listening experience. Has an interesting sound, and lyrically at least it is distinctive. The repeating call and response chorus is a little more entertaining than the verses in my opinion (personal taste). I guess Jagger taking lyrical ideas straight out of his personal lifestyle. Love that title.

Yes, of course, Brian Jones' marimba probably makes the song.

Supposedly Jagger's first song written on his own, but I don't believe it...he must've written other's on his own that were actually recorded.



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Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: LeonidP ()
Date: June 6, 2016 19:17

Okay, at best. Probably my least favorite in Between The Buttons.

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: Come On ()
Date: June 6, 2016 19:47

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LeonidP
Okay, at best. Probably my least favorite in Between The Buttons.

Yeah, something like that for me too..3/5

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Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: wonderboy ()
Date: June 6, 2016 20:18

Quote
DandelionPowderman
The first song Mick wrote by himself, apparently.

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My theory is that Keith taught Jagger how to write a song and as time went by Jagger started doing more and more. I think Jagger always needed a partner, so that when Keith was not available he used Mick Taylor as a collaborator. Again, just a theory, this need for a collaborator (on both of their parts) has kept them together. Keith needs someone around to get him to finish the damn song (Jagger, Steve Jordan), otherwise he'd camp out in the studio forever and not release anything.

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: buttons67 ()
Date: June 6, 2016 20:37

poor very overrated song on a very good underrated album.

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Date: June 6, 2016 21:56

<Part of the evolution of the Jagger-Richards songwriting team>

How? Keith writing less and less, you mean? grinning smiley

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: NICOS ()
Date: June 7, 2016 00:25

I remember Mick mentioned in a interview from '69/'70 I don't write music you have to ask Keith.........the whole BTB sound for me Keith tunes...

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Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Date: June 7, 2016 00:37

<The first song I ever wrote completely on my own for a Rolling Stones record>
- Mick Jagger

From timeisonourside.com

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: His Majesty ()
Date: June 7, 2016 01:47

Brian played vibraphone, not marimba. smiling smiley

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: June 7, 2016 01:47

Lurv Yesterday's Papers .... gentle but with that similar deadly girly put-down of Out of Time ...

Hey don't forget the punkier Demo ...




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Theee sweeping longer instrumental version ...





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Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: His Majesty ()
Date: June 7, 2016 01:49

Quote
wonderboy

I guess they had been off the road for a few months and were too exhausted/stoned/losing Brian/distracted by swinging London to really focus on the music.

Wrong on all points. smiling smiley

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: His Majesty ()
Date: June 7, 2016 01:57

Quote
DandelionPowderman
<The first song I ever wrote completely on my own for a Rolling Stones record>
- Mick Jagger

From timeisonourside.com

The differences between the melody of the very basic demo and the finished release is quite notable.

One wonders what might have influenced such obvious changes. grinning smiley

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: hopkins ()
Date: June 7, 2016 02:25

Like the track. It's a great album all through. Horribly, horrifyingly under-rated imo.

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: alimente ()
Date: June 7, 2016 03:02

Great tune. The mono mix is slightly longer with an extra chorus at the end.

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: Witness ()
Date: June 7, 2016 04:13

So beautiful song and tune on that really great and utterly lovable album. The Rolling Stones album that in a certain sense I am most fond of. (Before this thread I had only heard the album version.)

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Posted by: Come On ()
Date: June 7, 2016 11:06

Hey don't forget the punkier Demo ...

thumbs up Now that's a great version 5/5...

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Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Date: June 7, 2016 11:08

Quote
His Majesty
Quote
DandelionPowderman
<The first song I ever wrote completely on my own for a Rolling Stones record>
- Mick Jagger

From timeisonourside.com

The differences between the melody of the very basic demo and the finished release is quite notable.

One wonders what might have influenced such obvious changes. grinning smiley

Perhaps Mick was expanding his record collection at the time, and got inspired smiling smiley

Re: Track Talk: Yesterday’s Papers (New)
Date: June 7, 2016 11:17

The live version of Yesterday's Papers, extracted from a meddley with GOOMC (1967). Pretty energetic smiling smiley





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