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Monday, 17 October 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 291 - The Rolling Stones

12X5 - The Rolling Stones
London (US Release)
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham
Released 17th October 1964 
US Chart #3

The Rolling Stones
    Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica, percussion
    Keith Richards – acoustic and electric guitar, backing vocals
    Brian Jones – electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, tambourine, maracas, organ on "If You Need Me", backing vocals
    Charlie Watts – drums
    Bill Wyman – bass guitar, backing vocals, percussion

Additional musicians
    Ian Stewart – piano, organ

Singles/EPs on 12X5
5X5 EP
Decca Records
UK Release
14th August 1964
UK Chart #1

Where the 5X5 EP was not released in the USA the next two singles that are also on the 12X5 Album did get released

It's All Over Now / Good Times Bad Times
Decca Records
Released 26th June 1964 (UK)
UK Chart #1

London Records (US)
24th July 1964
US Chart #26

 Time Is On My Side / Congratulations
London Records (US Release)
26th September 1964
US Chart #6


The 12X5 album didn't get a UK release until 1995 when it was reissued on Vinyl and on CD.

A number of tracks from 12X5 were used on the Second Studio Album - Number 2 - released in the UK three months later. Time On My Side features a guitar intro rather than the organ intro used on the American release. Grown Up Wrong, Under The Broadwalk and Susie Q were also used from the 12X5 Album.

The same front cover artwork as 12X5 was used.

Decca Records (UK Release)
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham
Released 15th January 1965
UK Chart #1

On this day in musical history The Rolling Stones released their second Studio album - 12X5 - in the USA (their second in the UK would appear in January 1965).

The album is mostly Cover Versions but it does contain three Jagger/Richards songs and the mysterious Nanker Phelge for the song Empty Heart (Nanker Phelge was actually a collective Pseudonym used between 1963-65 for several songs recorded by the Stones and anything credited to Nanker Phelge refers to a Mick Jagger/Brian Jones/Keith Richards/Charlie Watts/Bill Wyman collaborative composition. You can read a little bit more and see what other songs fell under this Credit here).

Five songs on the album were originally released as an EP in the UK entitled 5X5 but London Records in the US were not keen on the format and decided to use the five tracks and add another seven, making it 12X5. The five tracks along with It's All Over Now were recorded at Chess Records Studio in Chicago.

There's a funny story regarding the recording of It's All Over Now that's worth telling. The song written by Bobby and Shirley Womack and released early 1964 by The Womack Brothers under the name The Valentinos (Produced by Sam Cooke) came to the attention of The Rolling Stones when they were in New York and DJ Murray the K played it on his show during an interview with the group. Nine days later they would record the song at the famous Chess Studio in Chicago, but not before Bobby Womack began kicking up a fuss as he did not want them to record a version of it. He had basically told Jagger to "get his own song!" Womack's manager finally convinced him to allow the recording to go ahead. Six months later, after the song had become the Stones' first UK #1 single, on reception of the royalty cheque for the song he told his manager that Mick Jagger could have any song he wanted!

I want to Dedicate this post today to
my friend Hughie.
He's one of the most passionate fans of The Rolling Stones that I know of.

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