|1. She Said Yeah|
|2. Talking About You|
|3. You Better Move On|
|4. Look What You've Done|
|5. The Singer Not the Song|
|6. Route 66|
|7. Get off of My Cloud|
|8. I'm Free|
|9. As Tears Go By|
|10. Gotta Get Away|
|11. Blue Turns to Grey|
|12. I'm Movin' On|
But there is a lot of great stuff here nonetheless, including the huge hit "Get Off Of My Cloud", one of the Stones' most powerful early rockers, the rock ballad "I'm Free", and the string-laden (and rather atypical) "As Tears Go By", which was originally a hit for Marianne Faithfull.
"December's Children" also includes a little-known Muddy Waters-tune, "Look What You've Done", energetic live renditions of "Route 66" and Hank Snow's "I'm Moving On", and the group's version of Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On", which is one of their best soul covers, alongside "Mercy, Mercy" and Sam Cooke's "Good Times" from the "Out Of Heads" album.
This fine album is more than worth a listen, it is a must-have even for moderately serious Stones fans.
There are 3 Out Of Our Heads Releases (all were released with lower case titles):
July 30, 1965 - U.S. London Records vinyl out of our heads
(the heads cover with Keith at center)
September 24, 1965 - U.K. Decca Records vinyl out of our heads
(the hallway cover with Brain at front)
December 3, 1965 - U.S. London Records vinyl december's children (and everybody's)
(the hallway cover with Brain at front)
This new remastered SACD is the December 3, 1965 U.S. London Records vinyl december's children (and everybody's) release.
Note: ABCKO acquired the Stones' catalog when Allen Klein became their manager in the 70s. The resulting legal battles produced releases that the Stones opposed (they took out full page adds asking fans not to buy them), including the controversial Metamorphosis releases (which are now available on CD for the 1st time ever). But the sad fact is that the Stones lost control of their great early material. With these remastered SACD releases, we at last have some idea of what they really sounded like in the studio. I guess if we had these 40 years ago they would have ended up Greatest Rock And Roll Band in the Universe instead of just our tiny little World.
You must buy all 3 releases to get all the tracks, although if you bought the 2 U.S. releases + the earlier U.S. release The Rolling Stones, Now! you would get everything that is included on the U.K. Out Of Our Heads release.
Here is a listing of which tracks are on which release:
Get Off My Cloud is clearly the best song in this lot with ringing guitars and super drumming. As Tears Go By is a touching ballad and I'm Free has a fairly catchy tone. The live tracks, I'm Moving On and Route 66 have some good energy but do not vary much from prior fast rockers that the Stones recorded at that time. When Blue Turns To Grey and The Singer Not The Song have nice poppy tones but seem kind of ordinary with recordings as Out Of Time and Lady Jane.
If you feel the Rolling Stones can do no wrong, pick this one up. However, it surely does not rank as a premiere recording.
Two issues I don't understand:
Notes: who cares for the lack of notes? There's Stones info all over the internet, and in all the bookstores all over the place! What's astonishiong is that we aren't all Stones experts by now, not that Abkco hasn't seen fit to supply us with such expertise.
Sound: These discs play fine on my six-month-old Dell Dimension 4400 computer. I don't understand the problems people are having with sound. I DID have to experiment considerably with 'inner' sound adjustments on my cd and media player, to get it right, however.
So, start surfin' your search engines for info on the Stones, and you'll find a plethora of info on the internet. Websities galore.
And for more on sound, variety, and other issues with regard to the new remastered, see my recent reviews for LONDON YEARS ("The Healing Power Of Decadence") and FLOWERS ("An Overlooked Weapon".)
1 ... the high resolution ("DSD") part of this disc is only available if played on an SACD player.
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