Rolling Stones – 12 X 5

ARTIST: Rolling Stones                    220px-12x5(Rolling_Stones_Album)_coverart

TITLE:  12 X 5



SINGLES: It’s All Over Now (#26 US, #1 UK), Time Is on My Side (#6 US)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: 2120 South Michigan Avenue and some covers of famous songs.

LINEUP: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ian Stewart

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second US release takes a UK EP and expands it by adding singles and stealing cuts intended for the Stones’ second UK album. Because that’s what they did then.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Unlike the Beatles, the Stones weren’t born songwriters, and it took time for them to hone their craft. So into the studio they went and recorded a few covers to supplement their songwriting. Half of the album are covers, and they do show great taste.

They don’t quite steal “Around and Around” from Chuck Berry, but they come close. Their version of “It’s All Over Now” is what people know. However, a couple of the covers miss the mark, but they gave an effort at least.

The big noise on this album was “Time Is on My Side”, which was their first US Top 10 and the first Stones song to make a real dent on the US consciousness. With other cuts just being OK, it’s more for the devoted than the curious, but devotees of the early stones will love it. 220px-Five_by_five

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The version of “Time Is on My Side” on the album and the US single is different than what we all remember on compilations. They re-recorded it for their next UK album.

Also, the EP, Five by Five, was the #1 EP in the UK.


GRADE: B-: Some hot cuts, some cold cuts. They were learning the art of albums here.

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