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The Rolling Stones
From: London, England
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The Rolling Stones (originally named the Rollin' Stones after the Muddy Waters tune 'Rollin' Stone') formed in London during the British blues revival of the early 60s. Original members, founder Brian Jones (guitar), Keith Richards (guitar), Mick Jagger (vocals), Dick Taylor (bass), Ian Stewart (piano) and Mick Avory (drums) hammered out raw blues-based rock and gained notoriety for their crude behavior and scruffy appearance. A few weeks after forming, Taylor left the band and was replaced by Bill Wyman (bass). Taylor would later go on to form the Pretty Things. Soon after, Avory also left the fold and was first replaced by Tony Chapman (drums), but he proved to be unsatisfactory and was quickly replaced by Charlie Watts (drums) a few months later. Avory would later go on to become one of the original members of the Kinks. In 1963, Stewart was removed from the official lineup, but continued to work with the band as keyboardist and road manager until his death in 1985.

In early 1963, The Stones' first manager, Giorgio Gomelsky, booked the band to play at his Crawdaddy Club for what ended up becoming an eight-month residency. Andrew Loog Oldham, a young ex-publicist of The Beatles, then signed the band to a management deal with his partner and veteran booker Eric Easton in early May, 1963 (Gomelsky, who didn’t have written agreement with the band, was not consulted). Meanwhile, the Fab Four's George Harrison recommended to Dick Rowe of Decca Records that he should give the Stones a recording contract, which he promptly did. As a side note, it was Rowe who had made the huge mistake of declining to sign The Beatles to Decca. The Stones soon released their first single, a smashing cover of Chuck Berry's 'Come On', which became a minor hit in Britain, reaching #21. In July, 1963 the Stones embarked on their first U.K. tour and played their first gig outside of greater London on Saturday, July 13 at the Outlook club in Middlesbrough where they shared the billing with the Hollies.

After signing the Stones to a tape-lease deal with Decca, Oldham and Easton booked the band on their first big U.K. tour in the fall of 1963. They were billed as a supporting act for several established U.S. stars including Bo Diddley, Little Richard and the Everly Brothers. This experience gave the Stones the opportunity to study their idols at work, which proved to be an important training ground for the young band's stagecraft.

Needing a hit in late 1963, the Stones turned to The Beatles who answered with the song 'I Wanna Be Your Man'. It indeed became a smash (#12 in the U.K.), but not before the B-side, 'Stoned', was withdrawn from U.S. radio for its drug connotations. Just one of many British Invasion bands, the Stones soon began to pull away from the pack and by 1965, they had found their sound and were cranking out #1 mega hits like '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' and 'Get Off Of My Cloud'.

By 1966, the Stones branched out with the album 'Aftermath'. New sounds like the sitar-laden 'Paint It Black' and the marimba-based 'Under My Thumb' fit in well with the artsy landscape of pop music. The early 1967 single 'Ruby Tuesday' (written by Richards and an uncredited Jones) showed more Beatles-like production with such instrumentation as cello and recorder, compliments of Brian Jones. A 1967 drug bust of Jagger and Richards further established the Stones as champions of the counter culture and they quickly put out the single 'We Love You' thanking their fans for their support. Featuring Beatles members John Lennon and Paul McCartney on backing vocals, 'We Love You' foreshadowed the experimentation that was to come on their next album.

Although it was critically panned when released in late 1967 and is still considered by many to be an inessential part of their catalog, the blatantly psychedelic LP 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' is an impressive and eclectic album that has gained in reputation over the years. Inspired largely by the Fab Four's 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' LP, "Majesties" showcases the Stones at their most exploratory. The baroque-pop of 'She's A Rainbow' and the spaced-out masterpiece '2000 Light Years From Home' show the Stones' mastery of melody and experimental sound. Psychedelic guitars shine on 'Citadel' and 'The Lantern' and even Bill Wyman chips in with the pleasant 'In Another Land'.

The release of the single 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' in 1968 heralded the Stones return to more basic, hard driving rock and roll. Their next LP 'Beggars Banquet' was the first in a series of four albums that are considered the Stones' golden period. 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Sympathy For The Devil' show a revolutionary side of the Stones while the chauvinistic 'Stray Cat Blues' only adds to their bravado.

By the time 'Let It Bleed' was recorded in 1969, Brian Jones' unreliability due to drug use had reached a breaking point. The ill-fated 'Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus' was one of his last projects with the band and he was increasingly either absent from recording sessions by choice, or simply not invited to attend. Plans were afoot to tour the U.S. again, and Jones was unable to obtain a working visa. With a growing lack of contribution to the band, he found himself forced out for good after an infamous late-night visit to his rural home from Jagger, Richards and Charlie Watts on June 8, 1969. Jones retreated to his Cotchford Farm home in Sussex, a house formerly owned by Winnie the Pooh author A. A. Milne, drinking heavily in the local pub and planning his comeback with another blues band. However, within a month of his departure, and two days before the Stones were due to play a free concert in Hyde Park, London, he was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool surrounded by statues of Christopher Robins and Winnie the Pooh. Although his death was officially ruled an accident, some to this day regard the cause of the drowning a mystery.

20 year old Mick Taylor, late of John Mayall's Blues Breakers, was hired as Jones' replacement allowing the Stones to become a vital touring band again. Their most infamous gig happened at Altamont where a Hell's Angel gang member, hired as a security guard, stabbed a patron during the Stones' set as a nervous Jagger asked for calm. By this time, Keith Richards had taken over creative control of the band and the long-awaited 'Sticky Fingers' was finally released in 1971. The jazzy 'Can't You Hear Me Knocking' became an FM-radio staple, while 'Brown Sugar' and 'Wild Horses' became well-deserved chart hits.

The Stones next release was the double album 'Exile On Main Street.' Considered by many to be the apex of their recording career, 'Exile' rambled through 18 tracks blending rock, blues, gospel and country that offered a raw but intimate listening experience. Unfortunately, Richards drug use took its toll as subsequent releases sold well but were not on par with their late sixties-early seventies material. They still continue to tour and release their brand of hard-rock music to this day, fully living up to the majestic title of "Greatest Rock Band In The World".

Out Of Our Heads [U.S. Version]
Original LP/EP Label: London 429
Released: July 1965
This record was first issued in the U.S. on the London label. It has a different LP cover than its U.K. counterpart and includes the classics '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' and 'The Last Time', which are not on the U.K. release.
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 12220, A - August 1965)
The Rolling Stones -  The Last Time
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 12104, A - February 1965)



Out Of Our Heads [U.K. Version]
Original LP/EP Label: Decca LK/SKL 4733
Released: September 1965
This is the U.K. issued 'Out Of Our Heads' LP, which was released two months after the U.S. version. 'I'm Free' was not included on the U.S. version and first appeard on this record. It was also included on the U.S. only LP, 'December's Children (And Everybody's)', released in November, 1965.
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  I'm Free



Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass) [U.S. Version]
Original LP/EP Label: London NPS-1
Released: March 1966
This is the Rolling Stones' first "compilation album", which was initially released in the U.S. It includes previously released hits, some that were not initially issued on an LP.
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  19th Nervous Breakdown
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 12331, A - February 1966)



Aftermath [U.K. Version]
Original LP/EP Label: Decca LK/SKL 4786
Released: April 1966
This record was first issued in the U.K. on the Decca label. It has a different LP cover than its U.S. counterpart and includes the classic 'Mother's Little Helper', which is not on the U.S. release.
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  Lady Jane
The Rolling Stones -  Mother's Little Helper
The Rolling Stones -  Under My Thumb



Aftermath [U.S. Version]
Original LP/EP Label: London 476
Released: June 1966
This is the U.S. issued 'Aftermath' LP, which was released two months after the U.K. version. 'Paint It Black' was not included on the U.K. version and was released only as a single there in May, 1966.
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  Paint It, Black
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 12395, A - May 1966)



Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass) [U.K. Version]
Original LP/EP Label: Decca TXL/TXS 101
Released: November 1966
This album was initially released in the U.S. in March, 1966, but that version didn't included the hit 'Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow', which was originally released in the U.K. as a single in September, 1966 and then again on this LP in November, 1966.
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 12497, A - September 1966)



Between The Buttons [U.S. Version]
Original LP/EP Label: London 499
Released: February 1967
This is the U.S. issued 'Between The Buttons' LP, which was released one month after the U.K. version. 'Ruby Tuesday' was not included on the U.K. version and was released only as a single there in January, 1967.
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  Ruby Tuesday
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 12546, B - January 1967)



Their Satanic Majesties Request
Original LP/EP Label: Decca TXL/TXS 103
Released: December 1967
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  2000 Light Years From Home
The Rolling Stones -  2000 Man
The Rolling Stones -  Citadel
The Rolling Stones -  Gomper
The Rolling Stones -  In Another Land
The Rolling Stones -  On With The Show
The Rolling Stones -  She's A Rainbow
The Rolling Stones -  Sing This All Together
The Rolling Stones -  The Lantern



Beggars Banquet
Original LP/EP Label: Decca LK/SKL 4955
Released: November 1968
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  Street Fighting Man
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 13203, A - July 1970)
The Rolling Stones -  Sympathy For The Devil



Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) [U.K. Version]
Original LP/EP Label: Decca LK/SKL 5019
Released: September 1969
This is the Rolling Stones' second "compilation album", which was released in the U.K. on September 12, 1969, one day before the U.S. issue. Both versions were originally released with similar octagon shaped covers, but had slightly different track lists. The outstanding 'We Love You' can only be found on the U.K. version.
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  Dandelion
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 12654, B - August 1967)
The Rolling Stones -  Honky Tonk Women
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 12952, A - July 1969)
The Rolling Stones -  Jumpin' Jack Flash
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 12782, A - May 1968)
The Rolling Stones -  We Love You
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 12654, A - August 1967)



Let It Bleed
Original LP/EP Label: Decca LK/SKL 5025
Released: December 1969
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  Gimmie Shelter
The Rolling Stones -  Monkey Man
The Rolling Stones -  You Can't Always Get What You Want
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 12952, B - July 1969)



Sticky Fingers
Original LP/EP Label: Rolling Stones COC 59100
Released: April 1971
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  Brown Sugar
(Original 45 Label: Rolling Stones RS-19100, A - April 1971)
The Rolling Stones -  Can't You Hear Me Knocking
The Rolling Stones -  Moonlight Mile
The Rolling Stones -  Sister Morphine
The Rolling Stones -  Sway
The Rolling Stones -  Wild Horses



Metamorphosis
Original LP/EP Label: Decca SKL 5212
Released: June 1975
Although issued in 1975, this LP features previously unissued tracks from 1964-70.
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  Downtown Suzie
(Originally Unreleased - May 1968)
The Rolling Stones -  I'm Going Down
(Originally Unreleased - July 1970)

Singles Collection: The London Years
CD Label: ABKCO
This compilation CD includes a lot of singles that were never originally released on an LP. 'Memo From Turner', although originally issued as a Mick Jagger single in 1970, features famous session man Ry Cooder (Ceyleib People) on slide guitar and has since been credited to the Rolling Stones as a Jagger/Richards composition.
Songs from this album played on TWOS:
The Rolling Stones -  Child Of The Moon
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 12782, B - May 1968)
The Rolling Stones -  I Don't Know Why
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 13584, A [1975 Release] - 1969)
The Rolling Stones -  Memo From Turner
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 13067, A [Mick Jagger Solo Release] - November 1970)
The Rolling Stones -  Stoned
(Original 45 Label: Decca F 11764, B - November 1963)



  

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