|1. Mercy Mercy|
|2. Hitch Hike|
|3. The Last Time|
|4. That's How Strong My Love Is|
|5. Good Times|
|6. I'm All Right|
|8. Cry to Me|
|9. The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man|
|10. Play With Fire|
|11. The Spider and the Fly|
|12. One More Try|
Rolling Stones Photos
... with the well-known hits SATISFACTION, THE LAST TIME, and PLAY WITH FIRE, one needn't feel too distant from this CD ... and the sound IS better, overall, than the previous 80s issue, which i owned and listened to many times ...
... the UK edition/version song list/sequencing may be prefferable for some listeners ... just make sure you know which CD with which 'song list' you're ordering!
MERCY MERCY and HITCHHIKE are great openers for this album ... shows newcomers the Stones can rock, 60s style, just as they could on their bigger 'hits' ... PROMOTION MAN is hilarious, ranks with 'stupid girl'... I'M ALRIGHT is one of my personal all-time favorite 'throwaways,' and is actually better on this disc than the version on 'got live if you want it'(but see my recent review for that disc)...
...the ten-minute TAMI Show version of I'M ALRIGHT is available elsewhere, for you more advanced Stones connoisseurs ...
THATS HOW STRONG MY LOVE IS and CRY TO ME may take getting used to for some, but are worth it for their overall spirit ... and SPIDER AND THE FLY is always great ... the rest of the album is also great ...
... but see my other recent Amazon.com reviews for LONDON YEARS, HOT ROCKS, and FLOWERS for more on digipak, sound quality, stereo vs. mono, lyrics and liner notes issues ...
Perhaps spurred by the phenomenal success of Satisfaction, the Stones sound confident on almost every track of this album starting with the cover version of Mercy Mercy. When I first heard this years ago on the old mono vinyl the Stones sounded like a punk band -- Jagger's aggressive vocals and above all the fuzz-guitars which are mixed to the forefront and leap out of the speakers. Who ever sounded like this?
Though the Otis Redding and Sam Cooke originals are better, That's How Strong My Love Is and Good Times are fine covers by the Stones. Same goes for the anguished delivery of Cry To Me. Hitch Hike a decent version of the Marvin Gaye tune (the opening riff was later copped by the Velvet Underground on their first album).
Jagger and Richards hit their stride with the above-mentioned Satisfaction, but also The Last Time, Play With Fire and the tongue-in-cheek Spider and The Fly.
The only weaknesses are Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man, which is really a rip-off of Fanny Mae (an outtake from this album) and the disposable One More Try.
Note that this remaster doesn't sound any different from the original issue of the 80s, and is light years different from the later UK issue, which featured a weaker song list.
OUT OF OUR HEADS is no masterpiece, but for sheer pleasure this album won't disappoint.
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 July 30, 1965 - U.S. London Records vinyl out of our heads release. This version of included include the following tracks that were not to be on the U.K. release: The Last Time, I'm All Right, Satisfaction, Play With Fire, Spider And The Fly, and One More Try. The U.K. version added She Said Yeah, Talkin' Bout You, Oh Baby, Heart Of Stone, and I'm Free.
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.Read more ›