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12 X 5 Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Hybrid SACD

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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: B00006AW2O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
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1. Around and Around
2. Confessin' the Blues
3. Empty Heart
4. Time Is on My Side
5. Good Times Bad Times
6. It's All over Now
7. 2120 South Michigan Avenue
8. Under the Boardwalk
9. Congratulations
10. Grown up Wrong
11. If You Need Me
12. Susie-Q

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European paper sleeve pressing. Part of Abkco's `Rolling Stones Remastered Series'. Includes an `Inaugural Edition' Certificate! Universal. 2006.


The best of the Stones' first three albums of hopped-up R&B, 12 x 5 hints at why there was more to this quintet than to blues-reviving brothers like the Yardbirds and the Animals. From the opening version of Chuck Berry's "Around and Around," Mick Jagger sings with a charismatic mixture of sexuality and menace. Even as a teenager--he actually looks alive in the 1964 album sleeve photo--Keith Richards shows a rare bluesman's confidence. It's unclear why covers of "Time Is on My Side" and "It's All Over Now" have become classic hits while the equally great "Susie Q" remains obscure. --Steve Knopper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As the Stones' second album, 12 x 5 is another collection of blues and soul covers with a few originals thrown in. This time, however, the album was recorded at the famed Chess Studios in Chicago, shrine of the electric blues where Muddy Waters and countless of the Stones' heroes recorded their "sides". The sound is more polished with a heavier bottom end, which was what the Stones wanted.
The album kicks off with a strong cover of Chuck Berry's Around and Around then dovetails into the moody Confessin' The Blues, featuring some fine harp playing. The album then dips into Empty Heart, a one-liner that goes nowhere, and follows with the inferior version of Time Is On My Side (the organ version, not the guitar). Side one closes with their current single at the time, Good Times Bad Times & It's All Over Now -- the album's highlight even if the latter is a Womack cover.
Side 2 is a patchy affair with If You Need Me being the only strong tune. Susie Q is too short, too fast, while Under The Boardwalk must rank along with My Girl (Flowers album) as the worst cover by the Stones.
Again, ABKCO has issued the shorter US version of the longer UK album, yet is charging full price. No bonus tracks. While there are some fine moments on this album, it is a patchwork affair and suggests that the Stones were already running out of material for their albums and relying too heavily on borrowed tunes.
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Well, that sounds good to say, I am not adamanant about this, however, there is a great quaintness to early Rolling Stones:
Even this, being pre-Satisfaction, pre-Off of my Cloud Stones: the more blues oriented band, the band started by Brian Jones; Muddy Waters/Lightin Hopkins Chi-Town Blues based sound; and Chuck too.
Around and Around, great version, Stones do it the Animals did; Love you live has a great version, Chuck Berry knew R N R. "When the police came those doors flew back, but they kept on a-Rockin' goin' round and round", this song, Stones did on TV, maybe Ed Sullivan or Shindig, even.
Confessin the Blues, ain't no one better, than Mick at such covers,
Empty heart; oh yes, the boys start to write their own songs, no pussy footing here; great guitar work, classic Stones, the much dissed release, Metamorphosis, has that "Don't you lie to me", with those excellent rocking guitars, I find similar.
Time is on my side, great, this is the organ based version as opposed to the subsequent hit single soon after, with the opening well-known blues chords, slightly different version. (I hope I have this straight, on re-edit).
Good Times Bad Times, on High Tide and Green Grass as a hit, another one of the Stones songs, like Play with fire one may not know of that well; nice harmonica, bluesy feel, smooth as silk. Maybe here, is where they started using slide guitar, or if not would have benefitted from it; but doesn't need anything more to begin with.
It's all over now, this song, Not fade away, as well, as other bands contributions like Them's Gloria did much for the later Rock;
2120 South Michigan, Hey, is this street in Chicago? It's a gem.
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Between January 28, 1963 and December 8, 1965 The Rolling Stones recorded around 150 songs, amazing for the time, unheard of today. This unbridled fertility had it's ups and downs as is witnessed by "12 X 5". Kicking off with the Chuck Berry stalwart "Around And Around", recorded on the hallowed ground of Chess Studios, we are treated to a band whose confidence level is surging. Half of the twelve songs on "12 X 5" were recorded at Chess Studios the others being: "Confessin' The Blues", "Empty Heart", "It's All Over Now", "2120 South Michigan Avenue", and "If You Need Me". These Chess Recordings comprise most of the strongest material on "12 X 5" leaving much of the remainder of the album (recorded at Regent, IBC, London) to sound weak and unfocused.
Back to the good stuff, "Confessin' The Blues" a blues standard of sorts, continues to blow me away some 30 years after first hearing it. The band is at full nick on this recording with Mick singing some of his best blues, Keith's guitar is searing, Brian's harp playing is unmatched, and the Charlie & Bill's rhythm section is air tight. "Empty Heart" (a band compostion) is a rollicking soul number in which you can feel the inspiration flowing from the walls of Chess Studios. What else can be said about "Time Is On My Side"? One of the two good songs on the album recorded in London it stands in grandeur as the first Stones' classic. "Good Times, Bad Times" (Jagger/Richards)the other good song recorded in London is a semi-acoustic slow blues that simmers throughout, and is aided and abetted by some more of Brian's great harp playing. "It's All Over Now" with it's thundering openning riff and great guitar interplay between Messrs. Jones and Richards was the second classic to come out of "12 X 5".
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This is the second U.S. album put out by the Rolling Stones, which in my opinion by far is the greatest rock'n'roll band of all time. As the review-title says, it is a slight step down compared to their first U.S. album (although they both receive four stars), but it is still a very good album. As a side note, you might have noticed that I insist on calling it their second U.S. album instead of just their second album, which is because up until late 1967 (with the release of "Their Satanic Majesties' Request") the Stones albums in the U.S. and the U.K. contained different songs, and even different names up until "Out of Our Heads", which was released in 1965. Anyway, on with the review.
Just the same as the rest of the Stones' early albums, this is an all-blues album. And just the same as on the rest of the early Stones' albums, you can feel how important Brian Jones was to the band in the early days. He left the Stones in 1969 and unfortunately died about a month later (under strange circumstances), but then he had been a quite inactive band member for a couple of years or so. But back in the early days he was the front man of the band (Mick Jagger got a hold of that spot a couple years later), and it was really thanks to him that the Stones made it big. He was a really mean guitar and harmonica player, and had some fantastic guitar-weaving going on with Keith Richards back in the days.
However, I'm not putting down the rest of the band. Charlie Watts (drums) and Bill Wyman (bass) have their own unique rhythm section going on, which is part of what makes the Stones so great, Keith Richards (my favorite Stones-member, by the way) keeps improving his guitar playing more and more, not just together with Jones but individually too.
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