ARTIST: The Rolling Stones
TITLE: The Rolling Stones No. 2 / The Rolling Stones, Now!
YEAR RELEASED: 1965
CHART ACTION: #5 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Time Is on My Side (#6 US), Little Red Rooster (#1 UK), Heart of Stone (#19 US), What a Shame (#124 US)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They cover a whole bunch of blues and rock standards.
LINEUP: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Ian Stewart
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A mixture of well-played covers and a few originals. The dreaded US / UK album problem surfaces, though.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: In the UK, the collection resulting from these sessions were the second album released over there by the Stones, and it included “Time Is on My Side”, which wasn’t a single over there. The version on No. 2 has the intro we all remember, though.
Three of the 12 songs were on the previous US release, so there are nine new ones (counting that new version of the US single), and the Stones nail most of the covers. “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” is a five minute workout (highly unusual), and their Chuck Berry cover is spot on perfect (“You Can’t Catch Me”.)
Over here, we got close to the same collection, but it was the third album so they needed to rename it. “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” is shortened, and that’s detrimental. There are only four songs that weren’t on any previous UK album, including “Heart of Stone”, the hit.
It’s confusing, but since there’s not really continuity to worry about, you can pick and choose what album to keep and what to pick through, or keep ‘em both.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: A lot of these songs were recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago during 1964.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B+: Yeah, it’s a lot of covers, but they nail most all of them, and their originals are the beginning of their classic original singles phase.
NOTE: For my catalog thus far, I’ve kept the US version of the first album, 12X5, No.2 for all but the 12X5 cuts, and Now!’s cuts that don’t appear on No. 2. Just in case you were wondering.