Thursday, 4 October 2018

The Rolling Stones - 12 x 5 (1964)


Released October 1964

Recorded in Chicago and London

This album was actually only released in the USA, but it has long been available everywhere. It featured more Jagger/Richards compositions than the debut album from five months earlier. There were still several impressive, excitingly-played cover versions, though, notably Chuck Berry's rocking "Around And Around", The Drifters' "Under The Boardwalk" and Bobby Womack's "It's All Over Now". "Grown Up Wrong" is an excellent early Stones composition.

It is, once again, a vibrant, energetic album that cemented The Stones' reputation in the USA, as well as in the UK as the tracks eventually got released on the next two albums "No.2" and "Now".

With regard to the best way to listen to it, as with the debut album, the mono version of the album taken from the excellent "Rolling Stones In Mono" box set is simply wonderful, with a huge, bassy sound shaking your floor. Just check out "Around And Around". Sublime. Having said that, the ABKCO remaster of the album has six songs in stereo - "Around And Around", "Confessin' The Blues", "Empty Heart", "Michigan Avenue", "If You Need Me" and "It's All Over Now" and these sound absolutely magnificent too.

All these early Stones albums, whether in the UK or US format are excellent and worth checking out. There is a youthful, irrepressible energy to them all.


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