The very first album by the band that would by the end of the sixties be known as the "greatest rock n' roll band in the world" was issued first in the UK in April of 1964, a month later in the States. College age kids pretending to be middle aged American bluesmen shouldn't really work, right?? But we're talking about the Stones here, the greatest white blues/r&b band of all time and they were a year and a half out of the gates when they slammed down the tracks on their debut. UK and US versions are virtually identical except for two major points. "Not Fade Away", their first classic, is not on the UK release as it was a single only there. It is replaced by Bo Diddley's "I Need You Baby/Mona". Also the album was subtitled England's Newest Hitmakers, while the UK one has no title shown, just the stark Nicholas Wright band photo. "Route 66" kicks off the LP in grand fashion, a stage favorite at the time, followed by an outstanding version of Muddy Waters'"I Just Want to Make Love to You". Chicago blues fills the album with examples such as "Honest I Do" (Jimmy Reed), "I'm a King Bee" (Slim Harpo) and band original "Little by Little" (actually a slight rip of another Jimmy Reed tune). Chuck Berry's work makes an appearance with the Stones classic version of "Carol" The Jagger/Richards songwriting partnership is solely represented by a rare ballad, "Tell Me" (see the UK version for the full-length sudden stop), a beautiful song that paved the way for things to come. Closing with "Walking the Dog" was just the right touch with some of Keef's most exciting lead guitar while his partner Mr. Jones shines on slide with "King Bee". If you like classic '60's British blues rock you can't go wrong with the Stones' rootsy debut, a landmark in rock history.