Studio tracks recorded & mixed:
November 2, 1964: RCA Studios, Los Angeles, USA
January 11-12, 1965: De Lane Lea Studios, London, England
January 17-18 1965: RCA Studios, Los Angeles, USA
February 17, 1965: RCA Studios, Los Angeles, USA
May 10, 1965: Chess Studios, Chicago, USA
May 11-12, 1965: RCA Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Producer: Andrew Oldham
Engineers: Dave Hassinger, Ron Malo, Glyn Johns
Released: July 1965
Original label: London Records (Polygram)

Contributing musicians: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Jack Nitzsche, Phil Spector.

Mercy Mercy
Hitch Hike
The Last Time
That's How Strong My Love Is
Good Times
I'm All Right (*live)
Cry to Me
The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man
Play with Fire
The Spider and the Fly
One More Try


A lot of covers, still... Most of that was recorded in RCA Studios, in Hollywood, and the people working on it, the engineers, were much better. They knew how to get really good sounds. That really affects your performance, because you can hear the nuances, and that inspires you... (My singing) is obviously soul influenced, which was the goal at the time. Otis Redding and Solomon Burke.

- Mick Jagger, 1995

RCA Studios in L.A. was a great studio. We recorded Satisfaction against the same backdrop that the famous Duke Ellington records were made, and Dave Hassinger engineered those too. He knew the place best. It was like when we recorded at Chess, and we used Ron Malo, who did a lot of the later Chess stuff.

- Charlie Watts, 2015

Andrew (Oldham) was always pushing us to get us to do Motown things like Can I Get a Witness?. And he was right as well; he was more right than we were. And, of course, when Mick and Keith got into writing, the songs came out more like he was looking for. Keith was always more into soul music than me or Charlie, and Mick loved soul performers like Wilson Pickett and James Brown.

- Bill Wyman



Satisfaction is the greatest of the Stones' inner-city hymns: blues words with a soul sound in a rock song.

- David Dalton, 1981

Satisfaction asserts that tensions and frustrations are inherent in capitalist society with consumerist values. In other words, Satisfaction is a Trojan horse - a quasi-Marxist critique of consumerism and its cost to society and the individual, disguised as a mindlessly sexy rock and roll song.

- Robert Palmer, 1984


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