Composers: Mick Jagger &
First release: single, August 1967
Recording date: May & July 1967 Recording location: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England
Producers: The Rolling Stones Chief engineer: Glyn Johns
Never performed onstage
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Mellotron (brass sounds): Brian Jones
I sing the lead and some harmonies, Brian played the mellotron, Bill the bass and Charlie on the drums. Brian was away when we did the voice tracks. The music is kind of freer and the kind of thing we are aiming for on the next album.
The piano riff that starts the song was an idea I'd had in my head for about three weeks, and it fit beautifully.
We just had a very, very basic thing and Mick and I think we're going to jail, so our minds weren't totally concentrated; but yeah, that was Nicky's riff all the way through. Without that piano it wouldn't have happened.
(Brian plays) the brass on We Love You, all that Arabic riff.
The tape played backwards at the end of We Love You is the last few bars of Dandelion, and we took the warders' footsteps from an actual prison sound effects tape.
We Love You - well it's funny. It's last month's message for this month! I had a piece off one of the Goons LP I wanted them to use for the sound of the prison gates at the beginning... We Love You was really a case of creating the music in the studio. Although Mick and Keith had the basic idea for some time.
We put the jail noises on while we were waiting for the appeal. I really like it - it's got a foreboding sound.
It's just a bit of fun. You're not meant to think about it - it's very funny I think. I'm not involved in this love and flowers scene but it is something to bring people together for the summer - something to latch on to. In the winter we'll probably latch on to snow!... The word love as we use it means an all embracing emotion for the rest of humanity.