ARTIST: The Rolling Stones
TITLE: Out of Our Heads / December’s Children (and Everybody’s)
YEAR RELEASED: 1965
CHART ACTION: OOOH – #1 US, #2 UK; DC – #4 US
SINGLES: The Last Time (#9 US, #1 UK), Play with Fire (#96 US), (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (#1 US, #1 UK), Get Off My Cloud (#1 US, #1 UK), As Tears Go By (#6 US)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man, I’m Free,
LINEUP: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ian Stewart, Jack Nitzche
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The confusing US / UK Stones’ discography reaches its peak, with the same title for two pretty much different albums and a US collection that collects leftovers and singles, with some live cuts from a UK EP.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Whew. This was a productive time for the Rolling Stones, and both Decca and London we’re trying their best to keep up. In the UK, singles came out (not on an album), and an album and live EP were delivered. The same singles came out in the US, with two albums cobbled together from the various sessions.
These recordings mark the end of the Stones as interpreters, but they go out on a strong note with great covers of “Mercy Mercy”, “Cry to Me”, and “She Said Yeah” among others. The Stones’ originals come to the fore, with “I’m Free”, “Under Assistant…”, “Heart of Stone”, “As Tears Go By”, and the two smash singles “Satisfaction’ and “Get Off My Cloud”. They were really rivaling the Beatles now in success and songwriting.
The one ‘interesting’ piece of this puzzle is the live EP Got Live if You Want It, since it’s mostly a bunch of screaming with the Stones somewhere in the clatter. They kind of reduce the value of the US versions as they’re out of sync, and the US versions don’t have a lot of continuity (since they go back to 1963 at some points to make up the numbers).
Cobble together your own ‘super’ Out of Our Heads with December’s Children (and Everybody’s) with these sessions. Most everything is worthy of keeping in your collection.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The EP Got Live if You Want It is not the same as the US LP from 1966 (which the Stones didn’t like at all and was mostly a contractual obligation).
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, it’s all together there.
GRADE: A-: The whole lot gets an A-, some outstanding tracks and a few flaws in continuity.