The Rolling Stones (album)

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The Rolling Stones
Studio album by The Rolling Stones
Released 16 April 1964
Recorded 3 January – 25 February 1964 at Regent Studios, London
Genre Rock and roll, rhythm and blues
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, with the added title England's Newest Hit Makers.

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."

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.[2][3]

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.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title 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. "Mona (I Need You Baby)" (Ellas McDaniel) 3:33
5. "Now I've Got a Witness" (Nanker Phelge) 2:29
6. "Little by Little" (Phelge/Phil Spector) 2:39
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "I'm a King Bee" (Slim Harpo) 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

American release[edit]

The Rolling Stones
England's Newest Hit Makers
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)
Singles from England's Newest Hit Makers
  1. "Not Fade Away"/"Little By Little" (UK)/"I Wanna Be Your Man" (US)"
    Released: 6 March 1964
  2. "Tell Me/"I Just Want to Make Love to You" (US)"
    Released: 13 June 1964
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Rolling Stones, subtitled England's Newest Hit Makers, is the American debut album by the Rolling Stones, released by London Records on 30 May 1964.

The track "Not Fade Away" (the A-side of the band's third UK single) replaced "Mona (I Need You Baby)".[4] Upon its release, England's Newest Hitmakers reached No. 11 in the US, going gold in the process. To date, this is the only one of the Stones' American studio albums that failed to place in the top five on the Billboard album charts.[citation needed]

In August 2002, England's Newest Hitmakers was reissued as a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Not Fade Away" (Charles Hardin/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" (Phelge/Phil Spector) 2:39
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "I'm a King Bee" (Slim Harpo) 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
  • Charlie Watts – drums, percussion
  • Bill Wyman – bass guitar, backing vocals
Additional musicians

Chart positions[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1964 UK Albums Chart[6] 1
1964 Billboard 200[7] 11
1965 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1964 "Not Fade Away" UK Singles Chart[6] 3
1964 "Not Fade Away" Billboard Hot 100[7] 48
1964 "Tell Me" Billboard Hot 100[7] 24

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. ^ Wyman, Bill (2002). Rolling With the Stones. DK Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 0-7894-9998-3. 
  3. ^ Oldham, Andrew Loog (2000). Stoned. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 327. ISBN 0-312-27094-1. 
  4. ^ McPherson, Ian. "The Rolling Stones' Complete Discography Part I: 1963–1965". Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  5. ^ Walsh, Christopher (24 August 2002). "Super audio CDs: The Rolling Stones Remastered". Billboard (Billboard). p. 27. 
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 469. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ a b c Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Rolling Stones | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
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