12 X 5 Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Hybrid SACD
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
If you are a completeness freak buy it. Aftermath, the UK edition, was far more enjoyable. This is a great band. They have produced great albums. 12 x 5 is not one of them.Published on Jan. 4 2014 by Thomas Koreman
An early Stones work that will probably only appeal to completists although it is important to seeing the evolution of the group.Published on April 29 2013 by eeyoore
#1 fast beat rocking rock n roll
#2 now were back in the slow blues baby
#3 lets pick it up and rock a bit
#4 time is on my side ** NO COMMENT **
#5 hillbilly... Read more
Los 6 meses que separan los dos primeros discos de los Stones parecen muy poco tiempo como para notar cambios. Read morePublished on May 31 2004
With the first track, I was sure this was going to be a great album. Around and Around is so fun, rockin, and happy. And with the up coming songs, I was feeling The Stones. Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by Christoher Covais
"12X5" was the Rolling Stones' second LP in less than six months.
The bands' orginal songs are far from bad, but they aren't all that memorable either, with the exception of... Read more
12 x 5 is the Rolling Stones 2nd album, released back in late '64. You get their interpretation of bluesy and rock classics, plus a few originals. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2003 by John