Flowers - London 1967
The album might seem a bit messy - the song-order probably could have been better but it does contain a lot of pearls. "Ruby Tuesday" are supposedly one of the most beautiful the group has ever recorded, and both "Backstreet Girl" and "Lady Jane" are very delicate ballads.
"Out of Time" could have been a hit for the Rolling Stones, but it was instead for Chris Farlow. "Mother's Little Helper" has both the twinkle in his eye and a good dose of social realism - while it is also a nice melody.
As with the three "new" songs the group's version of "My Girl" is definitely my favorite version of this number. "Ride On Baby" has very fine melodic verses, the chorus, unfortunately does not quite live up to this, but after all, a good number. "Sitting on a Fence" is both lyrically and melodically a very good number, which also has a very nice guitar melody-line - strange that the mistake towards the end ws not corrected. This song was in a much weaker version a minor hit for the duo "Twice as Much".
"Take it or Leave it" from "Aftermath was incidentally also a minor hit for The Searchers - so the strength of the song writing is obvious.
The Stones' own two hits "Let's Spend the Night Together" and "Have You Seen Your Mother" are not among the group's best, yet hits. The only slightly weak number is "Please Go Home"