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The Rolling Stones, Now!
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Studio album by the Rolling Stones
Released 13 February 1965 (1965-02-13) (US)
Genre
Length 35:58
Label London
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones US album chronology
12 X 5
(1964)
The Rolling Stones, Now!
(1965)
Out of Our Heads
(1965)
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 Rolling Stones, released in February 1965 by their initial American distributor, London Records. Although it contains two previously unissued tunes 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
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[3]
Music Story4/5 stars[4]
The 1000 Best Pop-Rock Albums4.5/5 stars[5]

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.[3] 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'".[3] The magazine also ranked it at number 180 on the list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[6]

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)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)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/RichardsThe Rolling Stones, Now!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.

Personnel[edit]

The Rolling Stones

Additional personnel

Chart positions[edit]

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

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA Gold

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b c Rolling Stone album guide
  4. ^ http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/album/A47.htm
  5. ^ "Fresh Cream". acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved May 28, 2018. 
  6. ^ Rolling Stone (2010). "500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 180 – The Rolling Stones, The Rolling Stones, Now!". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 

External links[edit]

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