MUSIC MONDAY The Rolling Stones first album

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The Rolling Stones Debut Album

Published on Aug 27, 2016

Released 16 April 1964
Recorded 3 January – 25 February 1964 at Regent Studios, London
Recorded at Regent Sound Studios in London over the course of five days in January and February 1964, The Rolling Stones was produced by then-managers Andrew Loog Oldham and Eric Easton. The album was originally released by Decca Records in the UK, while the US version appeared on the London Records label.

The majority of the tracks reflect the band’s love for R&B. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (whose professional name until 1978 omitted the “s” in his surname) were fledgling songwriters during early 1964, contributing only one original composition to the album: “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)”. Two songs are credited to “Nanker Phelge” – a pseudonym the band used for group compositions from 1963 to 1965. Phil Spector and Gene Pitney both contributed to the recording sessions, and are referred to as “Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene” in the subtitle of the Phelge instrumental “Now I’ve Got a Witness.”

First pressings of the album, with matrix numbers ending in 1A, 2A, 1B, and 2B, have a 2:52 version of “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)”, which was pressed from the wrong master tape. Subsequent pressings include the 4:06 version. Early labels and covers also have misprints with the fourth track on side 1 listed as “Mona”, which was later changed to “I Need You Baby””, the subtitle of “Now I’ve Got a Witness” written “Like Uncle Gene and Uncle Phil”, the word ‘If’ omitted from “You Can Make It If You Try”, and ‘Dozier’ spelt ‘Bozier’. “Route 66” is listed as “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” on some versions of the album, and some later versions of the album have “I Need You Baby” listed as “Mona (I Need You Baby)” and the subtitles of “Now I’ve Got a Witness” and “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)” removed entirely.

The album cover photo was taken by Nicholas Wright. The cover bears no title or identifying information other than the photo and the Decca logo – an “unheard of” design concept originated by manager Andrew Oldham.[3][4]

Upon its release, The Rolling Stones became one of 1964’s biggest sellers in the UK, staying at No. 1 for twelve weeks.

The original British version is out-of-print on CD. In November 2010, it was made available as part of a limited edition vinyl box set titled The Rolling Stones 1964–1969, and by itself digitally at the same time. The album was only released in mono in both the UK and US; no true stereo mix was ever made.

The Rolling Stones (album)

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For the EP, see The Rolling Stones (EP).
The Rolling Stones
RS64.jpg
Studio album by The Rolling Stones
Released 16 April 1964
Recorded 3 January – 25 February 1964 at Regent Studios, London
Genre
Length 33:24
Language English
Label Decca
Producer Eric Easton, Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones British chronology
The Rolling Stones
(1964)
The Rolling Stones No. 2
(1965)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Rolling Stones is the debut album by The Rolling Stones, released by Decca Records in the UK on 16 April 1964. The American edition of the LP, with a slightly different track list, came out on London Records on 30 May 1964, subtitled England’s Newest Hit Makers, which later became its official title.

The album is included in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[2]

Recording and releases[edit]

Recorded at Regent Sound Studios in London over the course of five days in January and February 1964, The Rolling Stones was produced by then-managers Andrew Loog Oldham and Eric Easton. The album was originally released by Decca Records in the UK, while the US version appeared on the London Records label.

The majority of the tracks reflect the band’s love for R&B. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (whose professional name until 1978 omitted the “s” in his surname) were fledgling songwriters during early 1964, contributing only one original composition to the album: “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)“. Two songs are credited to “Nanker Phelge” – a pseudonym the band used for group compositions from 1963 to 1965. Phil Spector and Gene Pitney both contributed to the recording sessions, and are referred to as “Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene” in the subtitle of the Phelge instrumental “Now I’ve Got a Witness.”

First pressings of the album, with matrix numbers ending in 1A, 2A, 1B, and 2B, have a 2:52 version of “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)”, which was pressed from the wrong master tape. Subsequent pressings include the 4:06 version. Early labels and covers also have misprints with the fourth track on side 1 listed as “Mona”, which was later changed to “I Need You Baby””, the subtitle of “Now I’ve Got a Witness” written “Like Uncle Gene and Uncle Phil”, the word ‘If’ omitted from “You Can Make It If You Try“, and ‘Dozier’ spelt ‘Bozier’. “Route 66” is listed as “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” on some versions of the album, and some later versions of the album have “I Need You Baby” listed as “Mona (I Need You Baby)” and the subtitles of “Now I’ve Got a Witness” and “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)” removed entirely.

The album cover photo was taken by Nicholas Wright. The cover bears no title or identifying information other than the photo and the Decca logo – an “unheard of” design concept originated by manager Andrew Oldham.[3][4]

Upon its release, The Rolling Stones became one of 1964’s biggest sellers in the UK, staying at No. 1 for twelve weeks.

The original British version is out-of-print on CD. In November 2010, it was made available as part of a limited edition vinyl box set titled The Rolling Stones 1964–1969, and by itself digitally at the same time. The original title was also re-instated as part of the Rolling Stones in Mono CD box set, released on September 30, 2016. The album was only released in mono in both the UK and US; no true stereo mix was ever made.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) 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. I Need You Baby Ellas McDaniel 3:33
5. “Now I’ve Got a Witness (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene)” Nanker Phelge 2:29
6. Little by Little Nanker Phelge, Phil Spector 2:39
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. I’m a King Bee James Moore 2:35
8. Carol Chuck Berry 2:33
9. Tell Me (You’re Coming Back) 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

American release[edit]

The Rolling Stones
(England’s Newest Hit Makers)
RollingStones.album.cover.jpg
Studio album by The Rolling Stones
Released 30 May 1964
Recorded 3 January – 25 February 1964, Regent Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll, rhythm and blues
Length 31:05
Language English
Label London
Producer Eric Easton and Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones American chronology
The Rolling Stones (England’s Newest Hit Makers)
(1964)
12 X 5
(1964)
Singles from The Rolling Stones (England’s Newest Hit Makers)
  1. Not Fade Away“/”I Wanna Be Your Man“”
    Released: 6 March 1964
  2. Tell Me/”I Just Want to Make Love to You“”
    Released: 13 June 1964
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The American version of the album, originally subtitled but later officially called England’s Newest Hit Makers, is the band’s debut American album and was released by London Records on 30 May 1964, a month and a half after the British version.

The track “Not Fade Away” (the A-side of the band’s third UK single) replaced “I Need You Baby“,[5] and the titles of the tracks “Now I’ve Got a Witness (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene)” and “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)” were shortened to “Now I’ve Got a Witness” and “Tell Me” on most versions of the American release. Upon its release, The Rolling Stones reached No. 11 in the US, going gold in the process. To date, this is the Stones’ only American studio album that has failed to place in the top five on the Billboard album charts.[6]

In August 2002, the album, by now officially called England’s Newest Hit Makers, was reissued as a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Not Fade Away Buddy Holly, Norman Petty 1:48
2. “Route 66” Bobby Troup 2:20
3. “I Just Want to Make Love to You” Willie Dixon 2:17
4. “Honest I Do” Jimmy Reed 2:09
5. “Now I’ve Got a Witness” Nanker Phelge 2:29
6. “Little by Little” Nanker Phelge, Phil Spector 2:39
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. “I’m a King Bee” James Moore 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

Personnel[edit]

The Rolling Stones
  • Mick Jagger – lead and backing vocals, harmonica on “Little by Little” and “I’m a King Bee”, percussion
  • Keith Richards – guitar, backing vocals
  • Brian Jones – guitar, harmonica, percussion, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on “Walking The Dog”
  • Bill Wyman – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Charlie Watts – drums, percussion
Additional musicians

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart (1964–65) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 1
US Billboard 200[11] 11

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1964 “Not Fade Away” UK Singles (OCC)[10] 3
Billboard Hot 100[11] 48
“Tell Me” Billboard Hot 100[11] 24

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] Gold 500,000^
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Richie Unterberger (1964-05-30). “The Rolling Stones (England’s Newest Hit Makers) – The Rolling Stones | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards”. AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  2. Jump up^ ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  3. Jump up^ Wyman, Bill (2002). Rolling With the Stones. DK Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 0-7894-9998-3.
  4. Jump up^ Oldham, Andrew Loog (2000). Stoned. St. Martin’s Griffin. p. 327. ISBN 0-312-27094-1.
  5. Jump up^ McPherson, Ian. “The Rolling Stones’ Complete Discography Part I: 1963–1965”. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  6. Jump up^ “The Rolling Stones – Chart History”. Billboard. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  7. Jump up^ Walsh, Christopher (24 August 2002). “Super audio CDs: The Rolling Stones Remastered”. Billboard. Billboard. p. 27.
  8. Jump up^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. Jump up^ Offiziellecharts.de – The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones” (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  10. ^ Jump up to:a b “Rolling Stones | Artist | Official Charts”. UK Albums Chart Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  11. ^ Jump up to:a b c “The Rolling Stones – Chart history” Billboard 200 for The Rolling Stones. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  12. Jump up^ “Canadian album certifications – The Rolling Stones”. Music Canada. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  13. Jump up^ “American album certifications – The Rolling Stones”. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 11 June 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Preceded by
With the Beatles by The Beatles
UK Albums Chart number-one album
2 May – 25 July 1964
Succeeded by
A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles
Preceded by
A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
16 January – 5 February 1965
Succeeded by
Beatles for Sale by The Beatles

 

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