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The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones (1964)

February 16, 2013

[Album 147/1001]RS64

Beatles or Stones?

Based on 1964 output, A Hard Day’s Night would trump this one, but that’s not an apples-to-apples comparison.

The more fair fight would be setting this one up vs. Meet the Beatles.

In that case, it’s a contender.

Surprisingly, The Stones were not terribly prolific as songwriters at this stage in their career.  As a result, covers make up the bulk of the album.

Nothing fancy (and that was likely the point), nice harmonica by Mick Jagger & Brian Jones, and promise of things to come from Keith Richard(s) on guitar.  Clearly not on par with Exile on Main Street & Sticky Fingers, but worth a listen to see where the swagger began.

Lack of songwriting aside, one need look no further than the album cover to see a band already with no shortage of confidence.  Who else in 1964 would release an album, a debut no less, without a title or any identification other than a band photo & record label logo?

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2 Comments
  1. “Who else in 1964 would release an album, a debut no less, without a title or any identification other than a band photo & record label logo?”

    That is a great point.

    The Stones of later on (the ones who wrote the massive hits) could not have become that band without first doing these albums. What better way to learn to write incredible originals than to deconstruct the blues classics and make them your own?

    • Their own indeed – it was only on ‘Carol’ where it sounded like a Chuck Berry tune, otherwise, definitely was a Stones record

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