12 X 5

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12 X 5
12x5(Rolling Stones Album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by The Rolling Stones
Released 17 October 1964
Recorded 25 February, 12 May, 10–11 and 24–26 June, 2 and 28–29 September 1964; Chess, Chicago, Illinois, United States and Regent Sound Studios, London, United Kingdom
Genre Blues rock, rock
Length 30:50
Language English
Label London Decca, Abkco
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones American chronology
The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hit Makers)
(1964)The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hit Makers)1964
12 X 5
The Rolling Stones, Now!
(1965)The Rolling Stones, Now!1965

12 X 5 is the second American album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1964 following the massive success of their debut The Rolling Stones in the UK and the promising sales of its American substitute, The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hit Makers).


The album, like its predecessor, largely featured R&B covers; however, it does contain three compositions from the still-developing Mick Jagger/Keith Richards songwriting team, as well as two group compositions under the pseudonym of "Nanker Phelge". 12 X 5 is notable for featuring the first, and less-often-heard, of the Stones' two versions of Jerry Ragovoy's "Time Is on My Side", with a prominent electronic organ part instead of the better-known version's electric guitar.

After a series of sessions in Chicago in June 1964, The Rolling Stones' UK label Decca Records released the five-song EP Five by Five. Because EPs were never a lucrative format in the US, London Records—their American distributor at the time—spread the EP songs across an entire album, adding seven new recordings to create a release of 12 songs by five musicians, hence the album's title. The rest of the songs were singles "It's All Over Now" and "Time Is on My Side" with their B-sides, plus three songs that were later included on The Rolling Stones No. 2 album. Decca would use the same cover (minus the lettering) for The Rolling Stones' second UK album The Rolling Stones No. 2 in early 1965.

Remastered version[edit]

In August 2002, 12 X 5 was reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records. This edition includes stereo versions of "Around and Around", "Confessin' the Blues", "Empty Heart", "It's All Over Now", an extended version of "2120 South Michigan Avenue", and "If You Need Me".[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Around and Around" (originally released on the Five by Five EP) Chuck Berry 3:03
2. "Confessin' the Blues" (originally released on the Five by Five EP) Jay McShann, Walter Brown 2:46
3. "Empty Heart" (originally released on the Five by Five EP) Nanker Phelge 2:35
4. "Time Is on My Side" Norman Meade 2:50
5. "Good Times, Bad Times" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 2:32
6. "It's All Over Now" Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack 3:27
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "2120 South Michigan Avenue" (originally released on the Five by Five EP) Nanker Phelge 2:03
8. "Under the Boardwalk" Arthur Resnick, Kenny Young 2:48
9. "Congratulations" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 2:28
10. "Grown Up Wrong" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 2:04
11. "If You Need Me" (originally released on the Five by Five EP) Robert Bateman, Wilson Pickett 2:03
12. "Susie Q" Eleanor Broadwater, Stan Lewis, Dale Hawkins 1:51


  • The 2002 CD edition features an extended version of "2120 South Michigan Avenue", at 3:41


The Rolling Stones[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

12 X 5 proved to be a faster seller than England's Newest Hit Makers, reaching No. 3 and going gold quickly.

Year Chart Position
1964 Billboard 200[3] 3
Year Single Chart Position
1964 "It's All Over Now" Billboard Hot 100[3] 26
1964 "Time Is on My Side" Billboard Hot 100[3] 6


Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA Gold


  1. ^ Walsh, Christopher (24 August 2002). "Super audio CDs: The Rolling Stones Remastered". Billboard. Billboard. p. 27. 
  2. ^ If You Need Me - Lyrics
  3. ^ a b c "The Rolling Stones – Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 

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