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on 12 November 2011
I downloaded this album, sadly, because it isn't available in cd format. Unfortunately, in the UK, we have to put up with having to buy the American versions with different track listings. This review also applies to the Stones first album which I downloaded at the same time, as I think both are equally good albums showing the Stones were a great future force when they were still, largely, recording blues/soul covers. I have the original vinyl albums and also the means to transfer onto disc, however my copies are a bit battered and scratchy and jumped a bit so the only option was the MP3 version. Having said that,both are still great to listen to after all this time, showing the Stones latent rawness and power.
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Sadly not available currently on CD except as a very expensive Japanese import the second LP as released in the UK by the Stones is very like their first UK LP (which is thankfully more easily traceable but you do need to look hard to find a good copy). Both are excellent snapshots of what they were like at the start of their career and a good reflection of how they were live at that time, having seen and heard them many times on TV in the early 60s and on radio ("Saturday Club" especially).

A well chosen mix of blues, rockers, soul (Jagger trying to be a soul singer works on "Time is on my side" but not so well on the Drifters "Under the boardwalk") and three self penned numbers as Richards and Jagger slowly under manager Oldham's demands started to write songs. A lot of the tracks being cut almost live in the studio with only additional effects like handclaps being added, it still packs a punch with a mono mix. Also the brave step for a UK group at that time was taken to also record some tracks n the USA with their engineer of choice Dave Hassinger (who was to feature more prominently on their next few LP releases). This was the time when the group was truly a band with all members plugged in to the music being laid down and before the egos and dysfunction set in.

I never understood why the ABCKO SACD/DSD remixes and reissue programme from 2002 and since did not include the Stones's first two LPs in their UK versions but instead went only with US releases (a mistake the Beatles reissue programme addressed with separate releases of both UK and US versions of their LPs) since this is where the real gold from those early years is.

An LP definitely made to be played loud (and well before that promo term was coined)!
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on 13 February 2013
This set of songs make up the UK edition of the Stones' second album released in 1965 under the title of The Rolling Stones No.2. As far as I know the original UK version with this listing has never been available on CD format, either in the US or UK even though all it's constituent tracks could be obtained in CD format via various albums.

So while it's still not possible to get this album on one single CD it can now be purchased via MP3 download. Those of us who like a physical copy of our music will be able to transfer the downloaded MP3 files to a compact disc and this is perfectly legal. Problems only arise when making multiple CD's from downloaded music files as this infringes the copyright.

The actual album is in the much the same vein as the highly successful Stones debut album and it went to the top spot in the charts. A mixture of R&B standards with a few songs from Jagger/Richard who were still developing their own songwriting skills at the time.

There may come the time when all of the Stones UK early 60's albums are released on CD in their original versions but for the time being this is as near as us Brits can get to owning this particular favourite.
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on 9 June 2014
So pleased that Amazon have compiled this correctly using ‘4 tracks from ’12 X 5’, 6 from ‘Now!’ & 2 from ‘More Hot Rocks’ (2002 release) including ‘Everybody needs somebody to love’ as the version on ‘Now!’ is the wrong one.
A wonderful LP as was its predecessor 'The Rolling Stones'
It's a scandal that we don't have 'proper' CD releases of these two Decca LPs.
Get 'burning'
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on 14 December 2011
The second UK Stone album. Really it was more of the same. And my comments on the first album apply to this. It never made it to CD format, but is now available in mp3 format. The songs on it were split between the 2nd & 3rd US albums "12x5" and "The Rolling Stones Now."

Mick & Keith were beginning to flex their song writing skills.
The Stones were about to burst on the world.

Listen and enjoy.
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on 11 September 2013
This is a classic from the Stones and a great sound from their earlier works and a must have for all Stones fans
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on 18 April 2013
Young,raw,fantastic! that's all you need to know. Go buy it. Only down side for me is that this album should be available on C.D. So much better than the American 12X5 version.
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on 8 April 2014
This is an excellent choice of music. As it's very expensive to buy as a cd it was good to be able to
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on 18 February 2013
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on 23 November 2014
The second best album they ever made. Disappointed that I couldn't buy a CD but the download will have to do.
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