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The Rolling Stones were formed in London in April 1962 by Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica, guitar), and Keith Richards (guitar, vocals). Bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts completed the early line-up. R&B and blues cover songs dominated the Rolling Stones' early material, but their repertoire has always included rock ... Read more in Amazon's The Rolling Stones Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Aug. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ABKCO
  • ASIN: B00006RT4M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Not Fade Away
2. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
3. I Just Want To Make Love To You
4. Honest I Do
5. Now I've Got A Witness (Like Uncle Phil And Uncle Gene)
6. Little By Little
7. I'm A King Bee
8. Carol
9. Tell Me
10. Can I Get A Witness
11. You Can Make It If You Try
12. Walking The Dog

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The Rolling Stones’ debut single was a Chuck Berry cover, their second a Lennon-McCartney tune, and third a Buddy Holly number. Their first EP was packed with similarly cynically mainstream and/or romantic fare. Only with the release of their eponymous debut LP did they reaffirm the bluesiness in which they were steeped and which had obtained them a record contract in the first place.

Released in April 1964, The Rolling Stones was – according to guitarist Keith Richards – half-comprised of rough mixes precipitously rushed onto the market by their manager (and the album’s nominal producer) Andrew Loog Oldham. It's a testament to the group’s brilliance that the result was still the best album to emerge from the early 1960s British blues boom.

It can't be seriously posited as a heavyweight artistic statement insofar as the Jagger/Richards songwriting team had yet to develop: only three of the tracks are originals. Moreover, Mick Jagger sounds like the Welfare State whitey he is.

Set against the dependency on covers and the inexperienced vocalist, however, is a truly cooking and imaginative band. Drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman provide a brawny frame for the intermeshing guitars of Richards and Brian Jones as the ensemble lovingly deliver some of their favourite shots of rhythm ‘n’ blues.

Between the breakneck travelogue opener Route 66 and the madcap parting shot Walking the Dog, however, the Stones crucially sidestep the mistake committed by many others on the scene in thinking that high quality is enough. The shimmering surrealism of Mona, the sensuality of I’m a King Bee, the romanticism of Tell Me and the soulfulness of You Can Make It If You Try create a variety of moods and textures that obviates ‘blueswailing’ one-dimensionality.

The album was issued as England's Newest Hit Makers in the States, with Not Fade Away (which opened proceedings) displacing Mona, and did moderately well. In Britain, its release was an event. Despite daringly featuring no artist name or title on its half-lit cover, it became the first non-Beatles album to top the charts since May 1963. The Stones had not yet achieved the “way of life” status claimed for them in Oldham’s sleevenotes, but they were well on their way.

Indeed, it was a remarkable enough record to consign to the folds of history the fact that the Stones sold out before they got cred.

--Paul Whitelaw

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Al-13 on 27 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
On the face of it this is a re-packaged version of the Stones first UK album which was released in 1964 and titled simply The Rolling Stones - but beware because it's not.
The original UK release did not contain Not Fade Away which,in fact,came out as a UK single. However the original UK vinyl album did contain a track which is not on this CD, that being the bluesy I Need You Baby (Mona). This is a pity because Mona, as the song became known is very good and was in fact covered by Craig McLachlan in the late 80's.
This CD must presumably be based on the USA version of the album as it was common practice to release different UK/USA albums and singles etc.in those days. The Beatles suffered from similar problems until about 1967.
The UK track-listing was made available on CD in original mono by London Records only in the States in the late 80's and is now available again through Amazon as an import and can also be downloaded from Amazon MP3 site.
Whether the UK version of the album will ever see the light of day as an official UK release again remains to be seen but the CD import or MP3 download will satisfy the needs of fans for the time being.
Having said that this is an excellent debut album by any standards and the re-mastered CD mix is much better than the tinny, flat sound of the original Decca Records vinyl way back in 1964. Apparently the album was recorded in one track mono and no true stereo mix has ever been in existence.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Muzyka on 22 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The debut album by the Stones has many things in common with the Beatles first effort 'Please, Please Me'. The most obvious of which is the sheer raw energy that both records contain. Indeed it could be argued that neither band ever captured the same adrenaline rush on any of their subsequent albums. The difference, of course, was in the image. The Stones debut contained absolutely no wording on the cover of the original UK release. It was also self-titled and showed an unsmiling group staring arrogantly at the camera as if daring the person looking at it to make a smart-arsed comment.

When released in the US however, it was given a (rubbish) title and the group name plastered on the front. The tracklisting was also tampered with-'Not Fade Away' added to the beginning and the swampy, throbbing rendition of 'Mona' dropped. Understandable given the similarities between the two tracks, but for UK fans it's just not right that the rousing 'Route 66' doesn't open the album and the fourth track HAS to be 'Mona'.

The album was recorded at Regent Sound in London. An incredibly primitive,tiny, studio that only had two-track machines, egg boxes on the walls for soundproofing and a speaker hung on a nail for playback. In a way,though, this crude recording set-up helped contribute to the 'live' feel of the record as overdubbing would have been kept to an absolute minimum. Taken as a whole, the album is a rush of nervous energy that the listener can't help but be swept up in. Songs speed up as the band get excited, particularly on 'Carol', taken at such breakneck speed that Jagger can hardly get the words out. It's the definitive version of the song (sorry, Chuck Berry fans!).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Stones first album is a superb mix of rock n'roll, blues and even soul. The stand out tracks are "Not Fade Away", "Route 66", "Carol" and "I just want to make to you," All the tracks on this record are up to scratch even the group composed numbers "Now I've got a witness" and "Little by Little," show special quality. Overall this record is a classic which will make an excellent addition to any Stones fan's music collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 28 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
I want to state at the outset that I love this music and this band. The format of this album, however, was the Stones American record label London taking liberties with the bands initial LPs. All the albums up until Their Satanic Majesties Request had their tracks altered. There were additional LP releases in the US where EP and B-side tracks were used as well as the inclusion singles, that in the UK were not included on albums as was common practice at that time, to boost the number of albums released.

The Rolling Stones real debut LP was just called The Rolling Stones and the track listing was

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Route 66" (Bobby Troup) 2:20
2. "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (Willie Dixon) 2:17
3. "Honest I Do" (Jimmy Reed) 2:09
4. "Mona (I Need You Baby)" (Ellas McDaniel) 3:33
5. "Now I've Got a Witness" (Nanker Phelge) 2:29
6. "Little by Little" (Phelge/Phil Spector) 2:39
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "I'm a King Bee" (Slim Harpo) 2:35
8. "Carol" (Chuck Berry) 2:33
9. "Tell Me" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) 4:05
10. "Can I Get a Witness" (Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/Eddie Holland) 2:55
11. "You Can Make It If You Try" (Ted Jarrett) 2:01
12. "Walking the Dog" (Rufus Thomas) 3:10

The other reason to be irritated by what London did to this album is the horribly insensitive lettering on the front which in most original UK fans opinion defaces a beautiful photograph of the band. The only lettering on the original LP was the iconic Decca logo with all the writing on the back cover.
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