My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Aftermath was recorded at the end of 1965 and early 1966 and was released later in 1966. The album was completely recorded in the U.S. at RCA studios in California. The U.S. and U.K. versions of the album are significantly different.
What I think: This album is such a breath of fresh air after The Mothers of Invention album. This is great straight forward rock n’ roll and blues, with some great additional instrumentation that adds to the songs while keeping the spirit of simplicity alive. When looking at the U.S. and the U.K. version, I would take the creepy U.S. cover (It’s the perfect cover for such a cryptic album title) over the U.K. cover. I would then add “Paint it Black” (to the U.K version) while taking “Going Home” off of the U.K. version. “Going Home” isn’t that bad of a song, but it’s eleven minutes long and nothing really happens in the last five. My favorite track on this album is by far “Out of Time”, it’s a great pop gem in the midst of thirteen other stand up tracks.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I really like this album, and it most certainty belongs in the book.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (55/73)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 75%