Several years ago, for my own enjoyment, I made three mix cd's of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones singles, A&B sides back to back, for the years 1965, 1966 and 1967. I tried my best to include the original single mixes in all cases, though I can't say for sure if I always got it right - it was far enough back that I'm not sure what my sources were at the time. But those three mixes have continued to provide me with a lot of enjoyment over the years, especially when immersing myself in the music of a particular year. These mixes also nicely illustrate the divine symmetry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Well, I've finally gotten around to covering 1968 & 1969 which I have combined into one mix, because both bands were releasing fewer singles by that point and it all blends into one period stylistically. If there is any interest I may follow up and post the mixes for the previous three years, but for now we'll start near the end and then perhaps work our way back from there. Enjoy!
1. Lady Madonna- The Beatles
2. Jumpin' Jack Flash- The Rolling Stones
3. The Inner Light- The Beatles- Appropriately the b-sides to both of the Stones and the Beatles first singles of 1968 contained, arguably, their last full stabs at psychedelia, the Inner Light and Child of the Moon.
4. Child of the Moon- The Rolling Stones
5. Hey Jude- The Beatles
6. Street Fighting Man- The Rolling Stones
7. Revolution- The Beatles- Lennon caught a lot of flak for this from the radical left, but time has vindicated both his hesitancy to embrace radical groups and especially his dis of Chairman Mao.
8. No Expectations- The Rolling Stones
9. Get Back-The Beatles
10. Honky Tonk Women- The Rolling Stones- The guy rushing the stage at 1:50 in the Madison Square Garden performance below reminds me of that Jim Morrison line "well that's New York for ya, only people that rush the stage are guys".
11. Don't Let Me Down- The Beatles
12. You Can't Always Get What You Want- The Rolling Stones-
13. The Ballad of John & Yoko- The Beatles
14. Old Brown Shoe- The Beatles- "I want a short haired girl who sometimes wears it twice as long"
15. Memo From Turner- Mick Jagger- Cheating a bit with this one as it wasn't released as a single till late 1970 and not sure if it features any Stones other than Jagger. But the movie Performance was filmed in 1968 and the soundtrack was recorded sometime in 68 and/or 69 and both are heavy duty and help flesh out this mix. Easily one of Jagger's best lyrics and vocals.
16. Come Together- The Beatles- The Ike and Tina Turner version below, though not part of the mix, was too damn hot not to include here. Yowsa!
17. Natural Magic- Jack Nitzsche- The B-side to Memo From Turner from the highly recommended soundtrack to the film Performance.
18. Something-The Beatles- The promo featuring the Beatles' ladies below.