ORIGINALLY RELEASED JUNE 9, 1978
By 1976, the Rolling Stones’ popularity was in decline as the charts were dominated by disco music and newer bands such as Aerosmith and Kiss. In the UK, the punk rock movement was a rising force and made most artists connected with the 1960s era seem obsolete. The group had also failed to produce a critically acclaimed album since 1972’s ‘Exile On Main St’. Mick Jagger is generally regarded as the principal creative force behind ‘Some Girls’. Keith Richards was in legal trouble for much of 1977, which resulted in the band being inactive on the touring circuit during that year, except for two shows in Canada during the spring for the live album Love You Live. He was able to attend the recording sessions for the album. Jagger claimed in a 1995 interview to have written a great number of the album’s songs (though when the amount was pointed out to him he denied that the record was mostly his own), including its signature song, ‘Miss You’. In addition to punk, Jagger claims to have been influenced by dance music, most notably disco, during the recording of Some Girls, and cites New York City as a major inspiration for the album, an explanation for his lyrical preoccupation with the city throughout.
The inspiration for the record was really based in New York and the ways of the town. I think that gave it an extra spur and hardness. And then, of course, there was the punk thing that had started in 1976. Punk and disco were going on at the same time, so it was quite an interesting period. New York and London, too. Paris—there was punk there. Lots of dance music. Paris and New York had all this Latin dance music, which was really quite wonderful. Much more interesting than the stuff that came afterward. – Mick Jagger.
Recorded October 10 – December 21, 1977 and January 5 – March 2, 1978 in
Studio Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris.
This resequenced version features a new opener, two new tracks on side A and a new running order, where side B is the four singles played in reverse order.
This is disco rock and punk blues music at its best!