Between The Buttons [U.K.]
Released: Jan 1967
The Stones themselves (particularly Mick Jagger) were dismissive of Between the Buttons upon its release in '67. Indeed, the production is muddy, blurry and out of focus (proto-lo-fi?), plus the harmonies often sound like the feral screeches of alley cats in heat. However, these imperfections only add to the album's grimy, demented charm. Clearly influenced by The Kinks' Face to Face and Dylan's Blonde on Blonde, the band attempted to craft a fusion of baroque pop and folk rock, but because they're sonic Neanderthals when all is said and done, they wound up inventing psychedelic punk-rock.