Out of Time (The Rolling Stones song)

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"Out of Time"
Out of Time cover.jpg
Picture sleeve for 1975 hybrid release
Song by the Rolling Stones
from the album Aftermath (UK)
  • 15 April 1966 (1966-04-15) (UK)
  • 26 June 1967 (US Flowers album version)
Recorded March 1966
Studio RCA, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock
  • 5:37 (UK)
  • 3:41 (US)
Label Decca
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Andrew Loog Oldham
Aftermath (UK) track listing
14 tracks
Side one
  1. "Mother's Little Helper"
  2. "Stupid Girl"
  3. "Lady Jane"
  4. "Under My Thumb"
  5. "Doncha Bother Me"
  6. "Goin' Home"
Side two
  1. "Flight 505"
  2. "High and Dry"
  3. "Out of Time"
  4. "It's Not Easy"
  5. "I Am Waiting"
  6. "Take It or Leave It"
  7. "Think"
  8. "What to Do"

"Out of Time" is a song by the Rolling Stones, first released on their 1966 album Aftermath (UK version). A shorter alternative mix was released in the US in 1967 on the album Flowers. A third version featuring only Mick Jagger's vocal (and the orchestration and backing vocals from Chris Farlowe's cover version plus a new female backing vocal) was released on the 1975 compilation album Metamorphosis, which was created under the direction of former Stones manager Allen Klein and released on his ABKCO Records label. (Klein owned the rights to the pre-1971 Rolling Stones catalog.)[1]

The most successful version of the song was by Farlowe, an English solo singer. Farlowe's single, produced by Jagger, peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart on 28 July 1966 and stayed at the top for one week.[2]

Composition and recording[edit]

The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Mick Jagger produced a version for Chris Farlowe, a fellow Immediate artist.[3] It is distinctively known for its different versions. The first version, recorded in Los Angeles in March 1966, appeared on the UK version of 1966's Aftermath and featured a marimba part played by Brian Jones.

In this format “Out of Time” was 5:37 long. A shorter version of this recording appeared in the US on 1967’s Flowers, and later on 1972’s More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) and 2012’s GRRR! super deluxe edition. The song then appeared on the 1975 ABKCO compilation album Metamorphosis. This version was, in fact, the backing track from the Chris Farlowe version, only with a Mick Jagger lead vocal, recorded in London in April 1966 as a demo for Farlowe. The demo version was also released as a single in 1975, reaching #45 in the UK.

Like all the songs on the second side of the UK version of Aftermath, the Rolling Stones never performed “Out of Time” live.[4]

Cover versions[edit]

"Out of Time"
Single by Chris Farlowe
from the album The Art of Chris Farlowe
B-side "Baby Make It Soon"
Released 12 July 1966 (1966-07-12)
Format 7-inch single
Recorded Olympic, London
Length 3:14
Label Immediate
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Mick Jagger
Chris Farlowe singles chronology
"Out of Time"
"Ride On Baby"
  • Chris Farlowe recorded and released this as a single in 1966. It reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[5] and number 122 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under chart.
  • Dan McCafferty of Nazareth recorded a version on his first, self-titled solo album. It was released as a single in 1975 shortly before the album and reached No. 41, despite competition from a reissue of the Chris Farlowe version and a first-time single release of the Metamorphosis version, inaccurately credited to the Rolling Stones, as Mick Jagger was the only group member featured. These two later versions reached No. 44 and No. 45 respectively.[citation needed]
  • Serbian rock band Električni Orgazam did a cover of the song in Serbian in 1987, titled "Bejbe Ti Nisi Tu" ("Baby,You're Not Around"), and it became a big hit in Yugoslavia.
  • The Bee Gees covered the song in 1966
  • The Ramones covered the song, which was released on their 13th studio album, Acid Eaters, in 1994.
  • The Manic Street Preachers donated a cover of the track to the 2002 charity album, NME in Association With War Child Presents 1 Love[6]
  • John Paul Young covered the song on his album, The Singer (1981).
  • Del Shannon covered the song backed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on his 1981 comeback album, Drop Down and Get Me.


The Rolling Stones version[edit]

Chris Farlowe version[edit]


  1. ^ "Stones Settle With Allen Klein: Four More Albums; Klein will get rights to Rock & Roll Circus, Greatest Hits albums". 5 June 1975. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Chris Farlowe". 45-rpm.org.uk. 1940-10-13. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  4. ^ Rocks Off Setlists – Rolling Stones song live debuts
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 193. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ Andy Johnson (2013-09-23). "[O153c] 'Out of Time'". Manic Street Preachers: A Critical Discography. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 

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