The Rolling Stones, Now!

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The Rolling Stones, Now!
Studio album by
Released13 February 1965 (1965-02-13) (US)
ProducerAndrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones US album chronology
12 X 5
The Rolling Stones, Now!
Out of Our Heads
Singles from The Rolling Stones, Now!
  1. "Little Red Rooster" / "Off the Hook"
    Released: 13 November 1964 (UK)
  2. "Heart of Stone" / "What a Shame"
    Released: 19 December 1964 (US)

The Rolling Stones, Now! is the third American studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in February 1965 by their initial American distributor, London Records. Although it contains two previously unissued songs and an alternative version, the album mostly consists of songs released earlier in the United Kingdom, plus the group's recent single in the United States, "Heart of Stone" backed with "What a Shame". Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote four of the songs on the album (including the US single), with the balance composed by American rhythm and blues and rock and roll artists.

The album reached number four on the Billboard 200 album chart and was certified "gold" by the Recording Industry Association of America. The liner notes on initial pressings contained producer Andrew Loog Oldham's advice to the record buying public, which was quickly temporarily removed from some subsequent pressings:

This is THE STONES new disc within. Cast deep in your pockets for the loot to buy this disc of groovies and fancy words. If you don't have the bread, see that blind man knock him on the head, steal his wallet and low [sic] and behold you have the loot, if you put in the boot, good, another one sold!

This quote also appeared on some issues of the UK 'Rolling Stones No. 2' LP.

In August 2002, The Rolling Stones, Now! was reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records. This version included stereo mixes of "Heart of Stone", "What a Shame", and "Down the Road Apiece".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB–[3]
Music Story4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[4]

In a retrospective review, music critic Richie Unterberger gave the album AllMusic's highest rating (5 out of 5 stars). He commented "Now! is almost uniformly strong start-to-finish, the emphasis on some of their blackest material. The covers of "Down Home Girl," Bo Diddley's vibrating "Mona," Otis Redding's "Pain in My Heart," and Barbara Lynn's "Oh Baby" are all among the group's best R&B interpretations."[1]

The Rolling Stone magazine album guide also gave the album 5 out of 5 stars, the highest rating for a pre-Aftermath album by the group.[4] It noted "The Rolling Stones, Now! is their first consistently great LP, with the mean 'Heart of Stone,' the funky 'Off the Hook,' and the Leiber-Stoller oldie 'Down Home Girl'".[4] The magazine also ranked it at number 180 on the list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[6]

The album was included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings, published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981).[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"Solomon Burke, Bert Berns, Jerry WexlerThe Rolling Stones No. 2 (UK) has an alternative longer version2:57
2."Down Home Girl"Jerry Leiber, Artie ButlerThe Rolling Stones No. 24:15
3."You Can't Catch Me"Chuck BerryThe Rolling Stones No. 24:30
4."Heart of Stone"Jagger/Richardssingle (US)2:49
5."What a Shame"Jagger/RichardsB-side of "Heart of Stone" (US) & The Rolling Stones No. 2 (UK)2:50
6."Mona (I Need You Baby)"Ellas McDaniel a.k.a. Bo DiddleyThe Rolling Stones (UK)3:55
Total length:21:16
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
7."Down the Road Apiece"Don RayeThe Rolling Stones No. 23:00
8."Off the Hook"Jagger/RichardsB-side of "Little Red Rooster" (UK) & The Rolling Stones No. 2 (UK)2:35
9."Pain in My Heart"Naomi Neville a.k.a. Allen ToussaintThe Rolling Stones No. 22:12
10."Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin')"Barbara Lynn OzenThe Rolling Stones, Now!2:06
11."Little Red Rooster"Willie Dixonsingle (UK)3:00
12."Surprise, Surprise"Jagger/RichardsUnreleased (UK)2:20
Total length:15:13

Recording sessions[edit]

The songs were recorded between 10 June and 8 November 1964 at the Chess Records studio in Chicago, and RCA Records studio in Hollywood, California; except "Mona (I Need You Baby)", 3–4 January 1964, Regent Sound Studios, London.


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Additional personnel

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1965 Billboard 200 5
Year Single Chart Position
1965 "Heart of Stone" The Billboard Hot 100 19


Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA Gold


  1. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie. "The Rolling Stones, Now! - The Rolling Stones | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  2. ^ Walsh, Christopher (24 August 2002). "Super audio CDs: The Rolling Stones Remastered". Billboard. Billboard. p. 27.
  3. ^ Browne, David (20 September 2002). "Satisfaction?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Rolling Stone album guide
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  6. ^ Rolling Stone (2010). "500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 180 – The Rolling Stones, The Rolling Stones, Now!". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "A Basic Record Library: The Fifties and Sixties". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 0899190251. Retrieved 16 March 2019 – via

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