The Rolling Stones: England’s Newest Hit Makers

ON THIS DATE (48 YEARS AGO)
May 30, 1964 – The Rolling Stones: England’s Newest Hit Makers is released in the US. (*)
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* – some sources give date as May 29, 1964
The Rolling Stones, subtitled England’s Newest Hit Makers, is the American debut album by The Rolling Stones, released by London Records on 30 May 1964. Upon its release, England’s Newest Hitmakers reached #11 in the US, going gold in the process. To date, this is the only of the Stones’ American studio albums that failed to place in the top five on the Billboard album charts.
The first full-length Rolling Stones album is a raw document of their early sound, which at this point was still Early British Tinny, even on this pristine re-issue. However, the band’s growing confidence throughout the course of The Rolling Stones is almost palpable.
Their take on Willie Dixon’s “I Just Want to Make Love to You” is steeped in Chicago blues filtered through a West London sensibility, while the insistent harp on their hit cover of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” is an early example of the band’s technique of using blues riffs as pop hooks. “Tell Me” is a fairly embryonic attempt at Tin Pan Alley songwriting (they’re far more at home with the raw R&B of “Little By Little”) and it’s obvious that at this early stage the band was most comfortable performing R&B covers, such as Rufus Thomas’s classic “Walking the Dog,” and particularly Chuck Berry’s “Carol,” which remained a staple of the band’s live shows for some years.
TRACKS:
Side one             
1.            “Not Fade Away” (Charles Hardin/Norman Petty) – 1:48
2.            “Route 66” (Bobby Troup) – 2:20
3.            “I Just Want to Make Love to You” (Willie Dixon) – 2:17
4.            “Honest I Do” (Jimmy Reed) – 3:54
5.            “Now I’ve Got a Witness” (Nanker Phelge) – 2:29
6.            “Little by Little” (Phelge/Phil Spector) – 2:39
Side two             
1.            “I’m a King Bee” (Slim Harpo) – 2:35
2.            “Carol” (Chuck Berry) – 2:33
3.            “Tell Me” (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) – 4:05
4.            “Can I Get a Witness” (Holland/Dozier/Holland) – 2:55
5.            “You Can Make It If You Try” (Ted Jarrett) – 2:01
6.            “Walking the Dog” (Rufus Thomas) – 3:10

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