2120 South Michigan Avenue
|"2120 South Michigan Avenue"|
|Song by The Rolling Stones from the album 12 X 5|
|Released||14 August 1964|
|Recorded||11 June 1964|
|Genre||Rhythm and Blues, instrumental rock|
|Length||2:07 (EP and original 12 X 5 album version)
3:38 (German album and 2002 12 X 5 CD version)
"2120 South Michigan Avenue" is an original instrumental by the Rolling Stones recorded for their second EP Five by Five. It was also released on their second US album 12 X 5 in 1964. Composer credit goes to Nanker Phelge, a title giving credit equally to all members of the band. In the book Rolling with the Stones, Bill Wyman recalls that the composition process started with him playing a bass riff and that the others followed on jamming.
AllMusic reviewer Richie Unterberger described the song as "a great groovin' original blues-rock jam". The song was originally released at just over two minutes in length, fading early for lack of time available on a conventional EP in 1964. A full length (3:38 minute) version appears on the 1964 West German Decca LP Around And Around, and the 2002 CD re-release of 12 X 5. There is also a rarer second take which has a rougher, more blues-based sound than the better known Five by Five rock-groove version. This version, with its short but distinctive tremolo guitar riff, was under consideration as the title track of an eventually unreleased 1964 blues album.
- Bill Wyman - bass
- Brian Jones - harmonica
- Charlie Watts - drums
- Keith Richards - guitar
- Ian Stewart - organ
- Mick Jagger - percussion
- Faded 2:07 version of the song on YouTube
- Full length version of the song (in stereo) on YouTube
- Second Take version used on a trucking video on YouTube
- 1965 cover version on YouTube by The Brogues
- 1967 cover version on YouTube by The Roadrunners
- cover version by Japanese boogie-rock combo The Privates on YouTube
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- "Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation (former home of Chess Records Office and Studio)". Explorechicago.org. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
- Unterberger, Richie. "The Rolling Stones: 5x5". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
- "Second Take version". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
- "2120 Michigan Ave - the 1964 unreleased blues album". Cousin-mike.ucoz.com. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
- Comment by poster on YouTube[dead link]