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How It Began...
on 16 September 2007
Oh how this album must seem unrecognisable to those fans only familiar to the gutsy rock of the late 60s-early 70s Stones. Truth is, this is how they started. England's Newest Hitmakers perfectly encapsulates everything the Rolling Stones were about in their formative years- rhythm and blues, rebellion and acting (at least for the tabloids) the complete opposite of The Beatles
The album is basically eleven blues and RnB numbers and one early Jagger-Richards attempt (the poppy and altogether unsatisfying `Tell Me (you're coming back)'. Amongst the highlights is the opening track `Not Fade Away' (their first UK top ten single) which is a rougher and more aggressive stab at the Buddy Holly original and Chuck Berry's `Carol'. The latter being a rip-roaring homage thanks to Mr Richards electrifying guitar fills. Keith was very much the master copyist before finding his own feet over the next couple of years. The slow `Honest I Do' and `Can I Get A Witness' (covered also by Marvin Gaye) are two favourites of mine also.
The albums primitive sound and lack of self-penned originals are indeed the major reasons why so many today will undoubtedly give it a wide berth, yet for those nostalgically looking back or those appreciative of what went before and are interested in the bands evolution, then this debut release will please.