Wow! The Original Hit Single - not the yukky Stereo mix.,
This review is from: Gimme Some Lovin' (MP3 Download)
Almost all SDG re-issues of "Gimme Some Lovin'" are or the vastly inferior stereo version - a different performance from the original UK hit single, although recorded during the same sessions. This album contains the (now) rare - and far better - mono version. The stereo version is nothing like as tight as the mono version - it has that messy percussive overlay to the intro, and Stevie's vocal is far more precise and motivated here on the mono version.
You can easily tell the two versions apart; the mono single has a pitch bend note in the first bar that's missing from the stereo version. Also the percussion overdubs on the latter part of the intro are there on the stereo but hardly at all on the mono. I can't imagine why anyone ever thought the stereo version (which they put out in the US) was a better version than original mono version, but the latter is quite hard to find now. That's why it's good to hear the original mono version on this compilation.
BTW: On a closely related 60s subject: If you've only ever heard the gutless version of Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay" seek out the mono version of that too, again, you'll hear what the fuss was all about - something you'd not really get from the emasculated stereo remix of the same performance.