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The Rolling Stones, Now! Original recording remastered, Hybrid SACD, Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 5 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Abkco/Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00006AW2T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
2. Down Home Girl
3. You Can't Catch Me
4. Heart of Stone
5. What a Shame
6. Mona (I Need You Baby)
7. Down the Road a Piece
8. Off the Hook
9. Pain in My Heart
10. Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin')
11. Little Red Rooster
12. Surprise, Surprise

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By A Customer on Dec 29 2002
Format: Audio CD
... with a shorter version of EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY (the longer is on MORE HOT ROCKS, I believe), the comical DOWN HOME GIRL and OFF THE HOOK, the immortal English #1 hit LITTLE RED ROOSTER, the elusive MONA, and the well-known HEART OF STONE, this may be the preferred starter-kit for many newcomers to the
early Stones essential albums ...
... I first heard LITTLE RED ROOSTER on the ROLLED GOLD lp back in the seventies ( a great collection, by the way, available in other vinyl/imported versions throughout the years. It might be reissued on CD at some point, for its variant song list for Stones/HOT ROCKS 'greatest hits' collection fans). Compare ROOSTER to 'I'm a King Bee', on the 'Newest Hitmakers' Stones CD ...
... It's great to hear the studio version of PAIN IN MY HEART, having only heard a live 60s version back in the Seventies on a small Stones EP ....
... someone said somewhere that the version of EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY on this CD is not as good as other available versions ... well, it sounds fine to me ...
I never owned the 80s 'foogy' version of this CD, so I have nothing to compare it with ... but this remastered sounds as good as all the other remastered Stones early sixties I have acquired, and I have nearly all of them ...
... you can use this to sequence MONA into your 'Newest Hitmakers' CD song list logged onto your media player in your computer, to see what the English edition of that first Stones album sounded like, overall ...
... remember: you won't catch the essence of Stones philosophy without listening a few times to all the early- to mid-sixties Stones studio albums ... the greatest hits collections just don't seem to do as thorough a job ...
... but see my recent Amazon.
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Originally released in February of 1965 (between May 1964 and November 1965 the Stones were releasing albums at 4-5 month intervals,..crazy by today's standards!) "Now!" captures the pure essence of The Rolling Stones. This would be the last Stones album comprised soley (should be souly) of Blues, Country & Western, Rhythm & Blues, and Soul music.
"Now!" opens with Solomon Burke number "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" (which used to be the opener for many of their live shows) which showcases the band's ability to grab you by the throat and give you some good old time religion in the church that R & B built! I'm not quite sure the Stones ever sounded more rootsy than they do on this record, as is evidenced by "Down Home Girl". Singing lyrics like "And everytime I kiss you girl it tastes like pork and beans" could Jagger be anymore convincing in the role of the "Southern Valentno"? If Mick doesn't get you on this song than surely the inertwined guitars of Brian Jones on slide and Keith Richards on standard will. Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me" is up next and we discover that we've been plucked off the farm and depostied in to a high speed chase on the New Jersey Turnpike. The mastery the Stones (and Keith especially) have when it comes to Chuck's music is astounding as they not only capture the sound, but they capture Berry's swagger as well. "Heart Of Stone" is next and is the strongest Jagger/Richards composition to that point. This is a song full of danger and angst that easily could been sung by Johnny Cash. "Heart Of Stone" reached #19 on the charts in the USA, not bad as you could hardly call it a love song.
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The black & white artwork on the jacket of this album (great reproduction with the newly remastered digi-pack) tells the story. 5 English kids who have done their homework listening to the likes of Solomon Burke, Howlin' Wolf & Bo Diddley to name a few, and are already absorbing their influences ; thereby creating a new synthesis of rock & roll all their own. Not a bad achievement, seeing as this is only their 3rd American release in 1965. I love Aftermath, Exile On Main St., Let It Bleed etc. This is still a personal favorite of mine. Maybe it's because their innocence lends a certain charm to the record. Only 4 out the 12 cuts are penned by Mick & Keef but the rock & roll spirit of this album is pure. The Stones sounded youthful but professional. They were taking their music serious yet still seemed to be having a lot of fun making this record. Heart Of Stone is perhaps the most familiar track on this album, but really, the covers of Down The Road Apiece, Little Red Rooster should be heard by anyone interested in The Stones early years. Buy this CD & enjoy!
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With the release of the remastered super audio CDs (SACD) of the Stones ABCKO catalog (which includes all the early Decca/London material), there is now some confusion as they have released some of the early albums in both US and UK versions.
The Rolling Stones, Now! was released on Feb 12, 1965 only in the U.S. on London Records. It was never released in the U.K., so there is no UK version on CD. This album was to be the American substitute for the UK release of The Rolling Stones No. 2. As was common at the time, the American execs tampered with the original design of the album, substituting the new American hit Heart of Stone for Time Is On My Side and eliminating Grown Up Wrong, Under The Boardwalk, I Can't Be Satisfied, and Suzie-Q. The tracks Mona, Oh Baby, Little Red Rooster, and Surprise Surprise were not on the UK release of No. 2, although Little Red Rooster was released as a single and became one of their signature songs in the UK.
More than any other Stones release, Now! showcases the original blues band that Brian was always so proud of. The way I heard the story, Brain used to play tracks from this era to show how good the band was before Mick and Keith took over. These included Down The Road Apiece, Little Red Rooster, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Bright Lights Big City, Down In The Bottom, & Road Runner (the 1st 3 of which are on Now!, the others were never released - except on bootlegs). Personally, I think Down The Road Apiece is the absolute best song they recorded during this period. The Band absolutely cooks on this one. It's what their early reputation was built on and it's what has sustained them for 40 years.....underneath all the hype, fame, and history, they are a really great band.
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