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12 X 5 [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Hybrid SACD]

The Rolling Stones Audio CD
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1. Around and Around
2. Confessin' the Blues
3. Empty Heart
4. Time Is on My Side
5. Good Times Bad Times
6. It's All over Now
7. 2120 South Michigan Avenue
8. Under the Boardwalk
9. Congratulations
10. Grown up Wrong
11. If You Need Me
12. Susie-Q

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The best of the Stones' first three albums of hopped-up R&B, 12 x 5 hints at why there was more to this quintet than to blues-reviving brothers like the Yardbirds and the Animals. From the opening version of Chuck Berry's "Around and Around," Mick Jagger sings with a charismatic mixture of sexuality and menace. Even as a teenager--he actually looks alive in the 1964 album sleeve photo--Keith Richards shows a rare bluesman's confidence. It's unclear why covers of "Time Is on My Side" and "It's All Over Now" have become classic hits while the equally great "Susie Q" remains obscure. --Steve Knopper

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European paper sleeve pressing. Part of Abkco's `Rolling Stones Remastered Series'. Includes an `Inaugural Edition' Certificate! Universal. 2006.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As the Stones' second album, 12 x 5 is another collection of blues and soul covers with a few originals thrown in. This time, however, the album was recorded at the famed Chess Studios in Chicago, shrine of the electric blues where Muddy Waters and countless of the Stones' heroes recorded their "sides". The sound is more polished with a heavier bottom end, which was what the Stones wanted.
The album kicks off with a strong cover of Chuck Berry's Around and Around then dovetails into the moody Confessin' The Blues, featuring some fine harp playing. The album then dips into Empty Heart, a one-liner that goes nowhere, and follows with the inferior version of Time Is On My Side (the organ version, not the guitar). Side one closes with their current single at the time, Good Times Bad Times & It's All Over Now -- the album's highlight even if the latter is a Womack cover.
Side 2 is a patchy affair with If You Need Me being the only strong tune. Susie Q is too short, too fast, while Under The Boardwalk must rank along with My Girl (Flowers album) as the worst cover by the Stones.
Again, ABKCO has issued the shorter US version of the longer UK album, yet is charging full price. No bonus tracks. While there are some fine moments on this album, it is a patchwork affair and suggests that the Stones were already running out of material for their albums and relying too heavily on borrowed tunes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Side 1 is 5 stars / Side 2 is 3 Stars Sept. 15 2010
Format:Audio CD
#1 fast beat rocking rock n roll
#2 now were back in the slow blues baby
#3 lets pick it up and rock a bit
#4 time is on my side ** NO COMMENT **
#5 hillbilly redneck swamp song of the blues
#6 its all over now baby 5/5 = oh yeah baby !!!
#7 and we kept rocking, instrumental style
#8 cover song i don't wanna hear = BOO !!!
#9 this song is to slow
#10 back to the sleazy blues
#11 way to slow AGAIN !!!
#12 SUZI Q = says it all

cuz the weak songs drag it down
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This is the second U.S. album put out by the Rolling Stones, which in my opinion by far is the greatest rock'n'roll band of all time. As the review-title says, it is a slight step down compared to their first U.S. album (although they both receive four stars), but it is still a very good album. As a side note, you might have noticed that I insist on calling it their second U.S. album instead of just their second album, which is because up until late 1967 (with the release of "Their Satanic Majesties' Request") the Stones albums in the U.S. and the U.K. contained different songs, and even different names up until "Out of Our Heads", which was released in 1965. Anyway, on with the review.
Just the same as the rest of the Stones' early albums, this is an all-blues album. And just the same as on the rest of the early Stones' albums, you can feel how important Brian Jones was to the band in the early days. He left the Stones in 1969 and unfortunately died about a month later (under strange circumstances), but then he had been a quite inactive band member for a couple of years or so. But back in the early days he was the front man of the band (Mick Jagger got a hold of that spot a couple years later), and it was really thanks to him that the Stones made it big. He was a really mean guitar and harmonica player, and had some fantastic guitar-weaving going on with Keith Richards back in the days.
However, I'm not putting down the rest of the band. Charlie Watts (drums) and Bill Wyman (bass) have their own unique rhythm section going on, which is part of what makes the Stones so great, Keith Richards (my favorite Stones-member, by the way) keeps improving his guitar playing more and more, not just together with Jones but individually too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Otro buen álbum de la primera etapa Stones May 31 2004
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Los 6 meses que separan los dos primeros discos de los Stones parecen muy poco tiempo como para notar cambios. Sin embrago, y demostrando lo rápido que evolucionaba el rock en esos días, las diferencias son aparentes. El sucio r&b y rock and roll que tan bien desarrollaron en su debut sigue presente, aunque su influencia ya no es tan pronunciada. Hay mayor presencia de sonoridades acústicas y una tendencia hacia el soul, y lo más importante, el dúo Jagger/Richars aporta cuatro composiciones, las que, exceptuando Empty Heart, todavía no están para emocionar a sus seguidores, pero al menos se atreven a hacer cosas propias.
Con 2 singles exitosos de respaldo (Time is on my Side y It's All Over Now), el álbum llegó al tercer puesto en EE.UU. y es un logrado esfuerzo en un período en que los L.P. no se tomaban muy en serio. Dentro de los covers, las salvajes tomas de Suzie Q y Around and Around dejan ver a un grupo cómodo haciendo su especialidad. No está entre las mejores obras de su primera etapa, ni tampoco es probable que alguien se haga fan del grupo gracias a él, pero aún así 12x5 es media hora de entretenida y bien hecha música, suficiente para 1964.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Around and Around!!!!!!!!!!! May 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
With the first track, I was sure this was going to be a great album. Around and Around is so fun, rockin, and happy. And with the up coming songs, I was feeling The Stones. Especially when I got to Time Is On My Side and then the outstanding Its All Over NOw. Unlike most people, I didn't just get the cd to replace my record, I'm a new Stones fan. And I must say I like 1960's/Brian Jones Stones. With that said, side two, is a little worse. By Susie Q, I wasn't feeling them, but this was a good album!!!!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars 12 x 5
If you are a completeness freak buy it. Aftermath, the UK edition, was far more enjoyable. This is a great band. They have produced great albums. 12 x 5 is not one of them.
Published 6 months ago by Thomas Koreman
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Pleasures
An early Stones work that will probably only appeal to completists although it is important to seeing the evolution of the group.
Published 15 months ago by eeyoore
5.0 out of 5 stars ***** (Best Rolling Stones are with Brian Jones, Mate!)
Well, that sounds good to say, I am not adamanant about this, however, there is a great quaintness to early Rolling Stones:
Even this, being pre-Satisfaction, pre-Off of my... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2004 by "plum_village"
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Gear
Between January 28, 1963 and December 8, 1965 The Rolling Stones recorded around 150 songs, amazing for the time, unheard of today. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by John M. Pugliese, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars * * * *
"12X5" was the Rolling Stones' second LP in less than six months.
The bands' orginal songs are far from bad, but they aren't all that memorable either, with the exception of... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2003 by Docendo Discimus
2.0 out of 5 stars Who Do We Think We Are defeats12 X 5!
12 x 5 is the Rolling Stones 2nd album, released back in late '64. You get their interpretation of bluesy and rock classics, plus a few originals. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2003 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly One of Their Very Best
First, in response to those of us who couldn't figure out why the early British and American albums by the Stones and Beatles differed: sure, American greed had something to do... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by A. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars mellower, but good...
GROWN UP WRONG and CONGRATULATIONS are two of the Stones' very best songs. Check lyrics websites.
SUZIE Q and EMPTY HEART, both a little raucous at first, grow on you with... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002
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