The Rolling Stones — “Get Yourself Together/I Can See It”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — March 29, 2022

398) The Rolling Stones — “Get Yourself Together/I Can See It”

One of the greatest Stones songs never to be released — a Between the Buttons outtake. Martin Elliott calls it a “lively rock and roll jaunt” (The Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2012) and it is #1 on Ultimate Classic Rock’s list of unreleased Stones songs. Dave Swanson writes that:

Recorded in November 1966 at Olympic Sound Studios in London, ‘Get Yourself Together’ would have been a highlight of ‘Between The Buttons’ had it made the final cut. It’s a driving rocker written by Mick and Keith in classic Stones mode, with a soul riff at its core. The guitars blister as the band push it forward. Jagger is in fine form as well. It’s still a mystery as to why this was abandoned . . . .

It could be just me, but I hear definite wisps of Bob Dylan’s ‘66 outtake “She’s Your Lover Now.” (see #126). Coincidence?

Of the two apparent recordings of the song, I prefer #1, unfinished and more biting, but I include YouTube links to both so you can decide.

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