The Rolling Stones: Child of the Moon (1968)

 |   |  1 min read

The Rolling Stones: Child of the Moon (1968)

Although the Stones' psychedelic album Their Satanic Majesties Request of late '67 has taken a bad rap, they didn't entirely abandon the trippy sound even as they put it behind them and moved into a more blues-based rock for their next single Jumpin' Jack Flash and the album Beggar's Banquet (which had Street Fighting Man on it).

They might have been toughening up -- spending hours in a flower-filled studio fiddling with tapes to get a trippy sound hardly matched Keith Richards' approach to music -- but on the flipside of the JJFlash single was this droning little gem which owes more than a nod to the Beatles' Rain of two years previous.

Given that JJFlash was so huge you would think many people might have heard Child of the Moon when they flipped over the single. But it is one of the least known in the Stones' catalogue, largely because it only ever appeared on subsequent compilation albums usually filled with the familiar: the '72 collection More Hot Rocks (Big Hits and Fazed Cookies), No Stone Unturned of '73 which was mostly b-sides and didn't sell well, and in the belated box set The London Years of '89.

The Stones camp must have liked it because they made a video for it (here).

It is certainly the last gasp of them in psychedelic mode (except perhaps for this slight return two decades later?), but not without interest. It was also one of the first things Jimmy Miller produced for them, and that's his voice right at the start.

For more oddiites, one-offs or songs with an interesting backstory get the daily updates From the Vaults by using the RSS feed.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Roy Hall: Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On (1955)

Roy Hall: Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On (1955)

The origins of some songs are lost, but often a definitive version will stand out. So it is with Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On which exists in the minds of most as the Jerry Lee Lewis hit in '57.... > Read more

Larry Williams: Bad Boy (1959)

Larry Williams: Bad Boy (1959)

In his exceptional study of the Beatles All These Years; Tune In – the first of three intended volumes, this only taking us to the start of '63 – Mark Lewisohn confirmed (via... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

BLACK KEYS, TURN BLUE (2014): What a long strange trip it's being

BLACK KEYS, TURN BLUE (2014): What a long strange trip it's being

For a band made up just two guys, the Black Keys can be awfully hard to keep up with. Akron's finest, now Nashville-based, duo – Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney – have not only been... > Read more

MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN, 30 YEARS ON (2009): Still a bit of a naughty boy

MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN, 30 YEARS ON (2009): Still a bit of a naughty boy

It seems only yesterday that Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ was being debated for its uncompromising brutality. I wonder if those who bought it on DVD watch it often? And will... > Read more