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December's Children

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4.0 out of 5 stars Everybody's B-side April 12 2002
Format:Audio CD
A collection of everybody's B-sides and definitely one A-side at the times when A-side was the bright sunny good Dr Jekyll's side and B-side was somewhat shadowy nocturnal Mr Hyde's side. The shadowy nature of this ellpee is also conveyed by the choice of the photos and low-key liner notes by Andrew Loog Oldham (rhymed, to be sure). Tired and exhausted, uninspired and knocked off in what was left of a recording session, these efforts all borrow their light from a major star called "Get Off Of My Cloud", like cold planets circling round their white hot sun.
A quicksilver rendition of "She Said Yeah" opens this little solar system of songs, the version Sir Paul McCartney surely had in mind when he said "yeah" to the song some 34 years later ("Run Devil Run"). The Stones didn't play it, they attacked it, like they attacked earlier Lennon/McCartney's "I Wanna Be Your Man".
It takes as many as four songs to balance the breathtaking pace with which the record starts. If Chuck Berry really said the Stones' "Carol" ("Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out") is best-ever version of his song, then the same could be said 'bout this classic rocker of his (Funny how the opening note resembles the notorious feedback in the Fab Four A-side "I Feel Fine").
Alexander's "You Better Move On" is an exceptional track. There's nothing one can compare it to and this might be one of the reasons the song made it on the Big Hits Volume 2 "Through the Past, Darkly", UK version.
The haunting choruses of "You Better Move On" give way to all the more haunting harmonica hovering around "Look What You've Done". The subtlety and certain elegance of this blues gives one an eerie feeling of an echo of the song itself, like if recorded long after the band had left the premises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Compilation, But... May 8 2001
Format:Audio CD
"DECEMBER'S CHILDREN is a good progress report, showing where the Stones came from and where they had arrived at, musically. It works well as a summation of their early work, but to refer to it as a "masterpiece" is a bit over the top. It isn't even a whole "piece". Instead, it is a collection of odds and ends recorded at various times and thrown together by the company to keep the momentum going in the marketplace while the band was busy with other matters. The difference in the quality of the sound from track to track is an illustration of their varied origins. Some are clearly a good bit older than others. Nor are Keith and Mick discovering their songwriting talents at this point. "Satisfaction", generally regarded as one of the best rock songs ever recorded, was written by Jagger and Richards and appeared on the band's previous album. Honing their skills? No doubt. Just discovering their talents? Hardly.
As with all of the Stones prior releases, this one includes a nice mix of Jagger/Richards compositions, covers, and the obligatory hit single ("Get Off My Cloud" in this case). AFTERMATH, their next release, changes that format, and the band relies almost exclusively on Jagger/Richards songs from then on. Here, the Stones show their mastery of their blues and R&B roots, as well as their growing ability to expand their horizons and develop their own unique sound. You won't hear anything like the marimbas and sitars that are soon to come, but songs like "As Tears Go By" and "Blue Turns To Grey" go beyond the basic style and arrangement heard on tunes like "Gotta Get Away" and "Look What You Done".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Stones at their best. Jan. 29 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This album is often overlooked by fans of the early Stones, caught as it is between Out Of Our Heads (which contained "Satisfaction" and was their first hit LP in the U.S.) and Aftermath (which usually gets the lions' share of critical acclaim for Stones albums of this period). But I actually much prefer this to either of those albums; the songs, individually and as a whole, are stronger here and the band simply sounds more "together." Toss in a great cover photo and Andrew Loog Oldham's hilariously pretentious back-cover poetry and you've got a perfect time capsule of the band in its mid-60's breakout period.
As great as the music itself is, however, you can't avoid the fact that the current CD version, like all of the Stones' '60s catalog, just plain bites. Terrible sound quality (even allowing for the age of the recordings), bare-bones packaging...when is Abkco going to reissue these titles, with decent remastering, improved CD booklets, and bonus tracks? Oh well, at least the original albums are available on CD rather than just a couple of greatest-hits collections.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A hodge-podge, not really an album (2.5 stars) June 1 2005
Format:Audio CD
After the success of OUT OF OUR HEADS, the Stones (really Abkco) take a step backwards with NOVEMBER'S CHILDREN, which amounts to a cynical packaging of leftover songs and current singles.
Again, it's half-cover versions and half Jagger/Richard originals in a package that the Stones themselves dismissed. (The UK version of this album was named OUT OF OUR HEADS -- to make things more confusing.) The saving grace is the inclusion of the then-current single, Get Off My Cloud/As Tears Go By.
Otherwise, there's little else to this album. Covers such as She Said Yeah are good, but nothing fantastic, while other Stones originals like Blue Turns To Grey sound like album filler.
Wouldn't it have been more sensible to combine the US & UK versions of OUT OF OUR HEADS?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Favorite
This cult favorite among Stones "butcher" albums has songs from an incredible number of sources including the UK issue of Out of Our Heads, and both UK EPs, Rolling Stones and got... Read more
Published on June 2 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Early Stones
Catching the Stones at the crossroads of pop success and being true to their blues roots. The second side is the hot side, from "Route 66' (a rocking live take) to the live... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2001 by Charles A Galupi
5.0 out of 5 stars De lo mejor de mediados de los 60
Junto con "Out of our Heads", y "Now" es lo mejor de la primera parte de los stones. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2001 by Romulo Dominguez
2.0 out of 5 stars Blue turns to grey ...
... A bunch of filler thrown around the band's then hit single Get Off Of My Cloud. Quality control was entirely absent -- Keith Richards confessed at the time that they'd have... Read more
Published on June 4 2001 by brad lonard
4.0 out of 5 stars On Cloud 9
December Children's (And Everybody's) was the third album released by the band in 1965. It contains their second number one song, "Get Off My Cloud". Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2001 by P Magnum
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew!
I tended to stay away from the earlier Stones albums and focusing more on their classic 68-71 run, but I picked this one up and it ranks right up there with the best. Read more
Published on April 29 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD
Published on Jan. 14 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars In this fan's opinion, the Stones' all-time best album.
"December's Children" is a record deserving closer attention from fans and critics alike. Superior efforts from each member of the band are highlighted in every song,... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 1999
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