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4.0 out of 5 stars Stones first album? Not Quite, 27 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: England's Newest Hit Makers (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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Initial post: 25 May 2010 10:18:09 BDT
J. Franks says:
I have a CD copy of the original UK version of the Stones first album which I bought when it was first released in the 1980's. It is called The Rolling Stones, does not contain Not Fade Away and does contain I Need You Baby (Mona). The tracks are exactly as they were on the vinyl album, the only difference being that Tell Me is faded out instead of stopping abrubtly. My version is on the London label.

Posted on 4 Oct 2010 13:37:17 BDT
K. Tan says:
England's Newest Hitmakers is the US version and does not contain Mona (I need you). Mona is on The Rolling Stones Now.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2011 14:11:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Sep 2011 14:18:42 BDT
Bernard J. says:
I have that album too. Glad I bought it when I did. Out of print now.

The UK 'Aftermath' was available at that time also. The only two UK albums to be on CD then.
All the other CDs then were the US albums. Then the first UK album and the UK Aftermath fell out of print in favor of the US equivalents. The first two UK albums are STILL out of print.

Posted on 8 Dec 2011 14:20:52 GMT
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Posted on 8 Dec 2011 14:23:15 GMT
C. J. T. says:
The original U.K. release kicked off with a thundering version of the Troup classic 'Route 66.' Goodbye Mersey sound, good morning Chicago.

Posted on 24 Jan 2012 07:23:15 GMT
Dave says:
Judging by the comments it must be obvious to the Stones UK record company (which they own) that bringing out their early albums in exactly the same song line-up format as the original Decca issues would be a winner.
A box set of the first five albums on CD as originally issued by Decca - pure magic.
Come on guys how about it?

Posted on 30 Jan 2012 13:55:14 GMT
Al-13 says:
The original UK version of the album which includes Mona and omits Not Fade Away is now available for MP3 download from Amazon UK, and you can print off the album cover from Amazon if you burn the tracks to CD.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2012 01:43:27 GMT
Al-13 says:
The Stones don't own the rights to any of their Decca recordings as they inadvertently sold them to their Manager Allen Klein in 1970. In the USA these were all released under the London label and it is mainly these versions of their earlier albums that are commercially available now.

Posted on 22 Feb 2014 14:51:09 GMT
C. Wright says:
Yeah, I have the original album from 1964. Given to me for my 16th birthday and it is the original with I need you baby, and not including Not fade away. Just played it and still good. Shame I wrote my name on it, what we did in the 60s. I am ordering the cd now to play in my car,

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Jan 2015 23:47:58 GMT
Al-13 says:
Yes one of the many advantages of CD over vinyl is that you can play them on a car stereo. Imagine trying to play a 12 inch record in a moving vehicle with the stylus jumping all over the place!
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