ARTIST: The Rolling Stones
TITLE: The Rolling Stones
YEAR RELEASED: 1964
CHART ACTION: US #11, UK #1
SINGLES: Carol, Tell Me (#24 US), Not Fade Away (US Version) (#48 US, #3 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: You probably know some of the songs they covered.
LINEUP: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts plus Ian Stewart (of course), Gene Pitney (!) and Phil Spector (!!)
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After a few singles, England’s Newest Hit Makers make a covers-heavy album and show they’re going to be contenders for the UK’s best band.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I listened to this record with a bit of trepidation, since there are only a couple of originals on here and it’s filled with R&B and blues covers. Well, I shouldn’t have doubted the Stones. They’re a tight band and Jagger’s swagger is there from the first vocal sounds of “Route 66”.
Many of the early Stones albums are all jacked around in the US, and I’ll probably combine two reviews into one – but the only change here for the US was adding “Not Fade Away” in place of a cover of “Mona”. “Mona” was kind of meh as a cover, so it was a great choice. So what I did is take that song and add it to the end of the UK version.
NOTES & MINUTAE: Before this came out they released two singles and an EP. You can get the EP for streaming (it’s also called The Rolling Stones) and the singles are on the vast singles collection. They’re OK tracks, but the song Stoned is kind of devilish. The only way that could be played on the radio is if they didn’t know what Stoned meant and in 1964, that was possible.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but I made one!
GRADE: B : It’s good, and it’s good to hear the roots of the Stones.