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The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hit Makers) The American version of the album, originally subtitled but later officially called England's Newest Hit Makers, is the band's debut American album and was released by London Records on 30 May 1964, a month and a half after the British version. The track "Not Fade Away" (the A-side of the band's third UK single) replaced "I Need You Baby", and the titles of the tracks "Now I've Got a Witness (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene)" and "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)" were shortened to "Now I've Got a Witness" and "Tell Me" on most versions of the American release. Upon its release, The Rolling Stones reached No. 11 in the US, going gold in the process. To date, this is the Stones' only American studio album that has failed to place in the top five on the Billboard album charts. In August 2002, the album, by now officially called England's Newest Hit Makers, was reissued as a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rolling_Stones_(album)#American_release
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The Rolling Stones, Now! The Rolling Stones, Now! is the third American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in 1965 by their initial American distributor, London Records. The album contained seven tracks from their second UK album The Rolling Stones No. 2, the recent US Top 20 hit "Heart of Stone", the recent UK No. 1 hit single "Little Red Rooster", "Surprise, Surprise", from The Lord's Taverners Charity Album, "Mona (I Need You Baby)" from The Rolling Stones and "Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin')" which would appear on the UK edition of the Stones' next album Out of Our Heads later in 1965. The album contains a different, and shorter, version of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" than the recording on The Rolling Stones No. 2, although the latter version was accidentally used on the 1986 CD of The Rolling Stones, Now!. The 2002 CD includes the shorter version, as heard on the original LP. Four of the songs on The Rolling Stones, Now! were penned by the songwriting team of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (who dropped the "s" from his surname until 1978). For the back cover, London Records simply took the back cover of The Rolling Stones No. 2 and amended the track listing and label information. Where the UK liner cover said "No. 2" after 'THE ROLLING STONES' was simply whited out for the American cover. One thing that was overlooked, however, was a mention of Ian Stewart playing organ on "Time Is on My Side," which made no sense on The Rolling Stones, Now! as the song was not on that album. This credit was deleted from the 1986 and 2002 reissues. The liner notes on initial pressings contained 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 and behold you have the loot, if you put in the boot, good, another one sold!)" The Rolling Stones, Now! is generally considered a very strong album and a highlight of their early American releases. Upon its February issuing, the album reached No. 5 in the US and became another gold seller for The Rolling Stones. In 2003, it was ranked number 180 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 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". Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rolling_Stones,_Now!
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Out of Our Heads (US) Initially issued in July 1965 in the US Out of Our Heads (featuring a shot from the same photo session that graced the cover of 12 X 5 and The Rolling Stones No. 2) was a mixture of recordings made over a six-month period, including the Top 10 hit "The Last Time" and the worldwide number 1 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" with B-sides as well as a track from the UK-only live EP Got Live If You Want It!. Six songs would be included in the UK version of the album. "One More Try" is an original that was not released in the UK until 1971's Stone Age. Riding the wave of "Satisfaction"'s success, Out of Our Heads became The Rolling Stones' first US No. 1 album, eventually going platinum. In 2003 the US edition was listed as number 116 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_of_Our_Heads
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December's Children (And Everybody's) December's Children (And Everybody's) is the fifth American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in late 1965. Drawn largely from two days of sessions recorded in September to finish the British edition of Out of Our Heads and to record their new single—"Get Off of My Cloud"—December's Children (And Everybody's) also included tracks recorded as early as 1963. Half of the songs appearing on the album were written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; they penned album cuts such as "I'm Free" and "The Singer Not the Song" as well as such major hits as "As Tears Go By" and "Get off of My Cloud". December's Children (And Everybody's) reached No. 4 in the US and went gold. Bassist Bill Wyman quotes Jagger in 1968 calling the record "[not] an album, it's just a collection of songs." Accordingly, it is only briefly detailed in Wyman's otherwise exhaustive book Rolling with the Stones. In August 2002 December's Children (And Everybody's) was reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records with "Look What You've Done" again being the album's only cut issued in true stereo. The title of the album came from the band's manager, Andrew Loog Oldham (who facetiously credits it to "Lou Folk-Rock Adler" in his liner notes on the back cover). According to Jagger, it was Oldham's idea of hip, Beat poetry. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December's_Children_(And_Everybody's)
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Aftermath (US) The American version featured different cover art and a shorter running order that eliminated "Out of Time", "Take It or Leave It", "What to Do", and "Mother's Little Helper". All four tracks were later issued in the US on other compilations, and "Mother's Little Helper" was also issued as a single in 1966, peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard charts. In their place, the album substituted their current No. 1 hit "Paint It, Black". The revamped Aftermath still reached No. 2 in the US, eventually going platinum. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aftermath_(The_Rolling_Stones_album)
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Between the Buttons (US) In the US, the album was released by London Records on 11 February 1967 (mono, LL 3499; stereo, PS 499). "Let's Spend the Night Together" and "Ruby Tuesday" were slotted onto the album while "Back Street Girl" and "Please Go Home" were removed (these would be included on the following US odds-and-ends release, Flowers, in July 1967). With "Ruby Tuesday" reaching #1, Between the Buttons shot to #2 in the US, going gold. In 2012, the American version of the album was ranked #357 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Between_the_Buttons
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Their Satanic Majesties Request Their Satanic Majesties Request is the sixth British and eighth American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released on 8 December 1967 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and the following day in the United States by London Records. Its title is a play on the "Her Britannic Majesty requests and requires ..." text that appears inside a British passport. It was also the first Stones album where the track listings were the same for the UK and US versions. Upon its release, the album "drew mixed reviews from the critics as well as some mixed reactions within the group itself," and its music was criticized as derivative of the psychedelic work of the Beatles (partially due to the similarity between the album's lenticular cover and that of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band). In subsequent decades, however, it has gradually risen in critical reputation. Following the album's release, the Rolling Stones would abandon their psychedelic style for a stripped-down return to their roots in blues music. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Their_Satanic_Majesties_Request
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Beggars Banquet Beggars Banquet is the seventh British and ninth American studio album by English rock band The Rolling Stones. It was released in December 1968 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. The album was a return to roots rock for the band following the psychedelic pop of their 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request. It was the last Rolling Stones album to be released during Brian Jones' lifetime. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beggars_Banquet
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Let It Bleed Let It Bleed is the eighth British and tenth American album by English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in December 1969 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. Released shortly after the band's 1969 American Tour, it is the follow-up to 1968's Beggars Banquet and the last album by the band to feature Brian Jones as well as the first to feature Mick Taylor. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_It_Bleed
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Sticky Fingers Sticky Fingers is the ninth British and 11th American studio album by the English rock band The Rolling Stones, released in April 1971. It is the band's first album of the 1970s and its first release on the band's newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records, after having been contracted since 1963 with Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the US. It is also Mick Taylor's first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album, the first Rolling Stones album not to feature any contributions from guitarist and founder Brian Jones and the first one on which singer Mick Jagger is credited with playing guitar. Sticky Fingers is widely regarded as one of the Rolling Stones' best albums. It achieved triple platinum certification in the US and contains songs such as the chart-topping "Brown Sugar", the country ballad "Dead Flowers", "Wild Horses", "Can't You Hear Me Knocking", and the sweeping ballad "Moonlight Mile". Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sticky_Fingers
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Exile on Main St. Exile on Main St. is a double album by English rock band the Rolling Stones. It was released on 12 May 1972 by Rolling Stones Records and was the band's tenth studio album released in the United Kingdom. The record's music incorporates rock and roll, blues, soul, country, and gospel genres. Although it originally received mixed reviews, Exile on Main St. has since been considered to be the Rolling Stones' best work while being ranked on various lists as one of the greatest albums of all time. A remastered and expanded version of the album was released in Europe on 17 May 2010 and in the United States on 18 May 2010, featuring a bonus disc with 10 new tracks. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exile_on_Main_St.
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“Sweet Black Angel” (sometimes known as “Black Angel”) is a song by The Rolling Stones, featured on their 1972 album Exile on Main St. It was also released on a single as the B-side to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Black_Angel" width="100" height="100">
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Goats Head Soup Goats Head Soup is the 11th British and 13th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in August 1973. Like predecessor Exile on Main St., it had the band forced to compose and record outside the United Kingdom, this time in Jamaica and the Netherlands. The album contained 10 tracks, all written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, including lead single "Angie", which went to No. 1 as a single in the US and top 5 in the UK. Goats Head Soup received positive reviews and achieved number one chart positions in the UK, US and several other World markets. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goats_Head_Soup
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It's Only Rock 'n Roll It's Only Rock 'n Roll is the 12th British and 14th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1974. It was the last Rolling Stones album for guitarist Mick Taylor and the songwriting and recording of the album's title track had a connection to Taylor's eventual replacement, Ronnie Wood. It also marked the 10th anniversary since the band's debut album. The album has a firmer rock sound than the band's previous album, the more funk- and soul-inspired Goats Head Soup. The album reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It's_Only_Rock_'n_Roll
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Black and Blue Black and Blue is the 13th British and 15th American studio album by the band the Rolling Stones, released in 1976. It was the band's first studio album released with Ronnie Wood as the replacement for Mick Taylor. Wood had played twelve-string acoustic guitar on the track "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" from the It's Only Rock 'n Roll album and appears on half of the Black and Blue album tracks (mostly backing vocals) with Wayne Perkins and Harvey Mandel playing guitar on the remaining titles. Keith Richards would later comment "Rehearsing guitar players, that's what that one was about". The album showed the band incorporating its traditional rock and roll style with heavy influences from reggae and funk music. Though recorded at a transitional moment for the band, the release has received mixed to positive retrospective reviews from publications such as AllMusic, with critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine stating that the album's "being longer on grooves and jams than songs" ended up being "what's good about it". Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_and_Blue
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Some Girls Some Girls is the 14th British and 16th American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in 1978 on Rolling Stones Records. It reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, and became the band's top selling album in the United States, certified by the RIAA as having six million copies sold as of 2000. It was a major critical success, becoming the only Rolling Stones album to be nominated for a Grammy in the Album of the Year category. Many reviewers called it a classic return to form and their best album since 1972's Exile on Main St. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Some_Girls
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Emotional Rescue Emotional Rescue is the 15th British and 17th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1980. Upon release, it topped the charts in both the US and UK. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_Rescue
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Tattoo You Tattoo You is the 16th British and 18th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1981. The follow-up to Emotional Rescue (1980), the album is mostly composed of studio outtakes recorded during the 1970s, and contains one of the band's most well-known songs, "Start Me Up", which hit second place on the United States's Billboard singles charts. The album proved to be both a critical and commercial success upon release, reaching the top of the Billboard charts, and selling more than four million copies in the United States alone. It was also the final Rolling Stones album to reach the top position of the US charts, thus concluding the band's string of number-one albums there, dating back to 1971's Sticky Fingers. It is considered by many fans and critics to be the Rolling Stones' last classic album. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tattoo_You
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Undercover Undercover is the 17th British and 19th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1983. After their preceding studio album, Tattoo You (1981), which was mostly patched together from a selection of outtakes, Undercover was their first release of all new recordings in the 1980s. With the advent of the MTV generation, the band attempted to re-invent themselves for a new era. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover_(The_Rolling_Stones_album)
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Dirty Work Dirty Work is the Rolling Stones' 18th British and 20th American studio album. It was released on 24 March 1986 on the Rolling Stones label by CBS Records. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, the album was recorded during a period when relations between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards soured considerably, according to Richards' autobiography Life. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Work_(The_Rolling_Stones_album)
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Steel Wheels Steel Wheels is the 19th British and 21st American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1989. Heralded as a major comeback upon its release, the project is notable for the patching up of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' relationship, a reversion to a more classic style of music and the launching of the band's biggest world tour at the time. It is also long-time bassist Bill Wyman's final full-length studio album with the Stones, preceding the announcement of his departure in January 1993. Wyman's final tenure with the band would be on two studio tracks for 1991's Flashpoint. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_Wheels
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Voodoo Lounge Voodoo Lounge is the 20th British and 22nd American studio album by British rock band The Rolling Stones, released in July 1994. As their first new release under their new alliance with Virgin Records, it ended a five-year gap since their last studio album, Steel Wheels in 1989. Voodoo Lounge is also the band's first album without long-time bassist Bill Wyman. He left the band in early 1991, though the Stones did not formally announce the departure until 1993. In 2009, the album was remastered and reissued by Universal Music. This album was released as a double album on vinyl and a single CD and cassette. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voodoo_Lounge
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Bridges to Babylon Bridges to Babylon is the 21st British and 23rd American studio album by British rock band The Rolling Stones, released by Virgin Records on 29 September 1997. It would prove to be the band's final studio album of the 1990s and their last full-length release of new songs until 2005's A Bigger Bang. Released as a double album on vinyl and a single CD, the album was supported by the year-long worldwide Bridges to Babylon Tour that met with much success. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridges_to_Babylon
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A Bigger Bang A Bigger Bang is the 22nd British and 24th American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released on Virgin Records in September 2005. It is the follow-up to their previous full-length studio album Bridges to Babylon from 1997; that gap of eight years was up to that time the longest between studio albums of the band's recording career. Released as a double album on vinyl and a single CD, it was produced by Don Was and the Glimmer Twins. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Bigger_Bang
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Blue & Lonesome Blue & Lonesome is a covers album by the Rolling Stones—their 23rd British and 25th American studio album—released on 2 December 2016. It is the band's first album to feature only cover songs, and their first studio release since 2005's A Bigger Bang. "Just Your Fool", a Buddy Johnson cover (though the Rolling Stones version is based on Little Walter's arrangement) was released as the first single from the album on 6 October. Eric Clapton contributed guitar on two tracks. Cr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_&_Lonesome_(The_Rolling_Stones_album)
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