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The album is also notable for its musical experimentation, with Brian Jones playing a variety of instruments not usually associated with rock music—including sitar on "Paint It, Black", the Appalachian dulcimer on "Lady Jane" and "I Am Waiting", the marimbas (African xylophone) on "Under My Thumb" and "Out of Time," harmonica on "High and Dry" and "Goin' Home", as well as guitar and keyboards. The songwriting featured some of the Stones' most overtly misogynistic lyrics and, though full of experiments (as noted above), the music was still wholly rooted in early Chicago electric blues.

As with all the Stones pre-1967 LPs, different editions were released in the UK and the USA. This was a common feature of British pop albums at that time—the same practice was applied to all The Beatles albums prior to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band—because UK albums typically did not include tracks that had already been released as singles, and because British pop albums generally included 13 or 14 tracks, while American albums usually featured 11 or 12 tracks.

The original British version of Aftermath was issued in April 1966 as a fourteen-track LP. Issued between the non-LP single releases of "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "Paint It, Black", Aftermath was a major hit in the UK, spending eight weeks at #1 on the UK album chart.

The American version featured different cover art and an alternate, shorter running order that eliminated "Out of Time", "Take It or Leave It", "What to Do", and "Mother's Little Helper". All four tracks were later issued in the US on other compilations, and "Mother's Little Helper" was also issued as a single, in 1966, peaking at #8 on the Billboard charts.Template:Fact In their place, the album substituted their current # 1 hit "Paint It, Black". The revamped Aftermath still reached #2 in the US, eventually going platinum.Template:Fact

In 2002, the US edition of Aftermath was ranked number 108 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.Template:Fact

In August 2002 both editions of Aftermath were reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records.

British track listing

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Side one
  1. "Mother's Little Helper" – 2:45
  2. "Stupid Girl" – 2:56
  3. "Lady Jane" – 3:08
  4. "Under My Thumb" – 3:41
  5. "Doncha Bother Me" – 2:41
  6. "Goin' Home" – 11:13
Side two
  1. "Flight 505" – 3:27
  2. "High and Dry" – 3:08
  3. "Out of Time" – 5:37
  4. "It's Not Easy" – 2:56
  5. "I Am Waiting" – 3:11
  6. "Take It or Leave It" – 2:47
  7. "Think" – 3:09
  8. "What to Do" – 2:32

American track listing

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

  1. "Paint It, Black " – 3:45
  2. "Stupid Girl" – 2:56
  3. "Lady Jane" – 3:08
  4. "Under My Thumb" – 3:41
  5. "Doncha Bother Me" – 2:41
  6. "Think" – 3:09
  7. "Flight 505" – 3:27
  8. "High and Dry" – 3:08
  9. "It's Not Easy" – 2:56
  10. "I Am Waiting" – 3:11
  11. "Goin' Home" – 11:14


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