Their Satanic Majesties Request was a departure from the band’s roots in rhythm & blues and divided critics and fans alike, who saw it as an attempt by the band to align themselves with the psychedelic movement of the 1960s.
“2000 Light Years From Home”, however, was regarded as a highlight, and is often ranked as one of the top songs from the band’s extensive catalog. Many critics have since argued in the album’s defense and encouraged fans to give it another chance.
Grammy award-winning music historian Rob Bowman writes in the liner notes for the new edition: “Their Satanic Majesties Request should be recognized as an important stepping stone in the Rolling Stones’ development from an R&B-inspired band to the inventors of modern rock for the 1970s.”
Written for The Independent
By Roisin O’Connor | Music Correspondent