175 – The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black (1966)
Written by Jagger/Richards
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham
Label – Decca/London
1966 was the point at which Mick Jagger and Keith Richards really asserted themselves as quality songwriters, and kind of ousted Brian Jones from his position of creative focal for the band. That’s not to say that his musical contributions weren’t important, as one only has to acknowledge that his Sitar embellishment to this song is vital, but his influence was beginning to diminish. “Paint It Black” is like nothing they’d ever released before, a hint of psychedelia, driving rhythms and a dark lyric, describing the extreme grief suffered by one stunned by the sudden and unexpected loss of wife, lover or partner.