|"Screw you, Mick, I'm turning the tambourine up!"|
Flame away if you feel the need, but Jimmy Miller (and, sadly, Brian Jones' death) were the best things to ever happen to the Rolling Stones' career. Miller produced a run of Stones albums that may never be touched again in Rock. And only the Beatles produced a similar type of run.
(And do not come darkening my doorway with a bunch of poop about how great the Stones early records were. The Stones were strictly a Singles Group until Jimmy Miller arrived. And yeah, I think Aftermath is crap. And I am right, too. Just because you write a misogynistic, mean song and call it, say, Stupid Girl does not, in and of itself, make that song good.)
If Jimmy Miller had not arrived, I would not be surprised if the Stones had disbanded or splintered in to a bunch of little crappy nostalgia bands. (Except for Charlie, he would have led a large jazz combo, most likely.)
Miller's secrets were adding percussion instruments, an uncanny talent with Rock Dynamics, and a flair for the dramatic. One of the best producers ever.
(An excellent example of Miller's talent can be seen with The Spencer Davis Group's hit Gimme Some Lovin'. There is a version available before Miller got his mitts on it. Right away, with just some percussion instruments, handclaps, party noises, what have you, Miller turned the already good track in to a monster Rock Classic.)