& Keith Richards
First release: single, September 1966
Recording date: August-September 1966 Recording location: RCA Studios, Los Angeles, USA; IBC Studios, London
Producer: Andrew Oldham Engineers: Dave Hassinger & Glyn Johns
Performed onstage: 1966
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitars: Keith Richards
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Brian Jones
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Pianos: Keith Richards & Jack Nitzsche
Tambourine: Jack Nitzsche
Trumpets: The Mike Leander Orchestra
We tried trombones, saxes and nearly all permutations of brass before arriving at the trumpets. Everything but the trumpets dragged.
I liked the track, I hated the mix. Mainly because there was a fantastic mix of the thing, which was just right. But because they were in a rush and they needed to edit it down for the Ed Sullivan Show - 'cause we were booked to play our latest single which was gonna be Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? - the mix was rushed and the essential qualities of it, for me, disappeared. Because... just because of the lack of time, you know...
It needed another couple weeks. The rhythm section is almost lost completely.
Keith always felt that the incorrectly mixed version was released as the single. The rhythm section is buried in the mix and it failed to create as much excitement as we all felt it should have done. Although we took longer to record and mix this single than any of our previous releases, Keith always felt it needed more - this was the beginning of the future!
I get the ideas for the words by sitting down and following a train of thought - one thing just leads to another. This is simply about a boy and his bird. Some songs I write are just for a laugh. Others are extensions of ideas. This is a mixture of both. You must listen to it and place your own interpretation on the lyric. There is no attempt to present a controversial Mother theme. Mother is a word that is cropping up in a lot of numbers.
I'm not going to burst into tears if this doesn't go to number one. At least it is the best we could do and I am satisfied that we have given our best.
Have You Seen Your Mother? was like the ultimate freakout. We came to a full stop after that. I just couldn't make it with that anymore; what more could we say? We couldn't possibly have kept it up like that. You just drain out totally. Because it's just the end of a certain period and we just had to stop. Because we'd done it, you know, there was nothing more we could do. And we just had to wait until we'd organized ourselves, and, you know, things have changed a little.