Out of Our Heads

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Out of Our Heads
Studio album by the Rolling Stones
Released24 September 1965 (1965-09-24) (UK)
Recorded2 November 1964 – 6 September 1965
ProducerAndrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones UK album chronology
The Rolling Stones No. 2
Out of Our Heads
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[3]
Music Story4/5 stars[5]
The 1000 Best Pop-Rock Albums5/5 stars[6]

Out of Our Heads is the Rolling Stones' third British studio album and their fourth in the United States. Although they share the same title, the two have significant differences in the track listings. In the US, London Records released it on 30 July 1965 and it became the group's first number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. Decca Records released it in the UK on 24 September 1965, where it reached number two.


The majority of the songs on Out of Our Heads were written and previously recorded by American rhythm and blues artists.[7] According to music critic Richie Unterberger, the album's US release largely had soul covers and its "classic rock singles", including "The Last Time", "Play with Fire", and "Satisfaction", still drew on the band's R&B and blues roots, but were updated to "a more guitar-based, thoroughly contemporary context."[1] Kent H. Benjamin of The Austin Chronicle wrote that the album was "the culmination of the Stones' early soul/R&B sound".[8] In his review of the album's UK edition, Allmusic's Bruce Eder characterised it as rock and roll and R&B.[9]

Recording and releases[edit]

The British Out of Our Heads – with a different cover – added songs that would surface later in the US on December's Children (And Everybody's) and others that had not been released in the UK thus far (such as "Heart of Stone") instead of the already-released live track and recent hit singles (as singles rarely featured on albums in the UK in those times). Issued later that September, Out of Our Heads reached number two in the UK charts behind the Beatles' Help!. It was the Rolling Stones' last UK album to rely upon R&B covers; the forthcoming Aftermath was entirely composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

In August 2002 both the US and UK editions of Out of Our Heads were reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."She Said "Yeah""Sonny Bono, Roddy Jackson1:34
2."Mercy, Mercy"Don Covay, Ronnie Miller2:45
3."Hitch Hike"Marvin Gaye, Clarence Paul, William "Mickey" Stevenson2:25
4."That's How Strong My Love Is"Roosevelt Jamison2:25
5."Good Times"Sam Cooke1:58
6."Gotta Get Away"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards2:06
Total length:13:13
Side two
7."Talkin' 'Bout You"Chuck Berry2:31
8."Cry to Me"Bert Russell3:09
9."Oh, Baby (We Got a Good Thing Going)" (Originally released on The Rolling Stones, Now!)Barbara Lynn Ozen2:08
10."Heart of Stone" (Originally released on The Rolling Stones, Now!)Jagger, Richards2:50
11."The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man"Nanker Phelge (pseudonym used for group compositions)3:07
12."I'm Free"Jagger, Richards2:24
Total length:16:09

American release[edit]

Out of Our Heads
Studio album by the Rolling Stones
Released30 July 1965 (1965-07-30)
Recorded2 November 1964 – 12 May 1965
ProducerAndrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones US album chronology
The Rolling Stones, Now!
Out of Our Heads
December's Children (And Everybody's)

Initially issued in July 1965 in the US, Out of Our Heads (featuring a shot from the same photo session that was used for the cover of 12 X 5 and The Rolling Stones No. 2) was a mixture of recordings made over a six-month period, including the Top 10 hit "The Last Time" and the worldwide number one "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" with B-sides as well as a track from the UK-only live EP Got Live If You Want It!. Six songs would be included in the UK version of the album. "One More Try" is an original that was not released in the UK until 1971's Stone Age. Riding the wave of "Satisfaction"'s success, Out of Our Heads became the Rolling Stones' first US number one album, eventually going platinum.

In 2003, the US edition was listed as number 116 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[11]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Mercy, Mercy"Don Covay, Ronnie Miller2:45
2."Hitch Hike"Marvin Gaye, Clarence Paul, William "Mickey" Stevenson2:25
3."The Last Time"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards3:41
4."That's How Strong My Love Is"Roosevelt Jamison2:25
5."Good Times"Sam Cooke1:58
6."I'm All Right" (originally released on Got Live If You Want It! EP)Ellas McDaniel a.k.a. Bo Diddley2:25
Total length:15:39
Side two
7."(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"Jagger, Richards3:42
8."Cry to Me"Bert Berns3:09
9."The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man"Nanker Phelge (pseudonym used for group compositions)3:07
10."Play with Fire"Nanker Phelge2:13
11."The Spider and the Fly"Jagger, Richards3:39
12."One More Try"Jagger, Richards1:58
Total length:17:48


The Rolling Stones

As per the American release:

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals (all tracks), backing vocals (1-3, 5, 7, 12), harmonica (11, 12), tambourine (10)
  • Keith Richards – electric guitar (all but 10), backing vocals (1-3, 5-7, 12), acoustic guitar (3, 7, 10)
  • Brian Jones – electric guitar (1-3, 6, 8, 11, 12), acoustic guitar (5), harmonica (9)
Additional personnel
  • Jack Nitzsche – percussion (3, 7, 10), piano (7), organ (8), harpsichord (10)

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1965 UK Albums (OCC)[12] 2
1965 Billboard 200[1] 1
1965 French SNEP Albums Charts[13] 7


Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA Platinum


  1. ^ a b c AllMusic review (US)
  2. ^ "Review: Out of Our Heads". NME. London: 46. 8 July 1995.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 May 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  4. ^ Smith, Sid. "BBC - Music - Review of The Rolling Stones - Out Of Our Heads". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Acclaimed Music". Acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Fresh Cream". acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Strickler, Yancey (2 April 2008). "The Rolling Stones, Out of Our Heads". eMusic. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Review: The Rolling Stones". The Austin Chronicle. 13 December 2002. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  9. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Out of Our Heads [UK]". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  10. ^ Walsh, Christopher (24 August 2002). "Super audio CDs: The Rolling Stones Remastered". Billboard. Billboard. p. 27.
  11. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Rolling Stones | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  13. ^ Tous les Albums classés par Artiste, Note : user must select The Rolling Stones in the list

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