If this were the only Rolling Stones album it wouldn’t be on the list.
The Rolling Stones is the debut studio album by the English rock band of the same name, released by Decca Records in the UK on 16 April 1964. The American edition of the LP, with a slightly different track list, came out on London Records on 30 May 1964, subtitled England's Newest Hit Makers, which later became its official title. Recorded at Regent Sound Studios in London over the course of five days in January and February 1964, The Rolling Stones was produced by then-managers Andrew Loog Oldham and Eric Easton. The album was originally released by Decca Records in the UK, while the US version appeared on the London Records label. The majority of the tracks reflect the band's love for R&B. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (whose professional name until 1978 omitted the "s" in his surname) were fledgling songwriters during early 1964, contributing only one original composition to the album: "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)". Two songs are credited to "Nanker Phelge" – a pseudonym the band used for group compositions from 1963 to 1965. Phil Spector and Gene Pitney both contributed to the recording sessions, and are referred to as "Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene" in the subtitle of the Phelge instrumental "Now I've Got a Witness".
If this were the only Rolling Stones album it wouldn’t be on the list.
It's pretty good, I can see why it caught on, and their debut album is certainly an important moment in rock history. The fact that all but one are covers makes the album less interesting, and the one original is a sleeper. I like the bold move of not including the band name on the cover, but it would have been even better if they didn't put the label name there either (if I'm honest that almost ruins the effect).
It’s alright R&B and blues styled music, but I have no idea why they chose this over one of their later albums. It’s got none of their famous songs, nor does it work well as an album. Purely meh.
As with the first album of the Beatles, listening to this is historically interesting but nothing you need to check out. A cover of blues songs and not as interesting as their later works.
They're a good cover band, though I'm not a fan of covers, especially on 1001. It would take a few years before they got over writer's block and became hit machines. But if this and their next couple of albums, free of original compositions, was all they ever put out, we would have never heard of them.
Nacimiento de la leyenda. Vinilo.
It's The Stones but in a more subdued way. You can tell it's their very early stuff. Sounds and feels like them but punches lighter to me
Enjoyable, but yer not getting more than 3 for an album of covers.
1. How did Charlie Watts ever get caught up with these people? Did he lose a bet? 2. This album doesn't make me want to stab myself in the ears.
Just too early. Shades of what was to come, but R&B/Honky Tonk covers just don't thrill me. Ground breaking at the time I'm sure, but just dull and dated 60 years later sadly.
I guess the first album of a band as big as the Stones has to be included. It falls short compared to the Beatles and The Who’s first albums since it lacks the creativity those other debut albums had and doesn’t have a meaningful original tune. I always thought of the Stones as followers rather than trend setters - darn good followers but followers nonetheless. This album validates that.
Really? Karaoke R&B covers, would have preferred the opportunity to hear literally *anything* else instead. Not mean spirited enough to give a 1* as the efforts are technically OK and I like the cover photo, but damn close. No more completist crap please
Just a few covers of black musicians which did it better
I like the Rolling Stones and personally enjoyed listening to this album, but it shouldn’t on this list, it’s a covers album with no stand out hits,
From the very beginning the Stones had a raw and decadent sound, the crude production adds rather subtracts. Sure it relies heavily on covers but that's just a reflection of those times. Easily the best of their early albums.
It's the rolling stones
Peerless and answers the question for me of comparisons to The Beatles - how can you compare apples to oranges?
What a completely unexpected debut for the Rolling Stones! These blue classics just fly through my headphones though. Very important piece of music history, and an album very well deserving of this distinction. Favorite track: Carol
Oh what a stellar album. I’m new to most Rolling Stones but as far as debuts go, this is way better than most. Perfect and timeless.
This is the kind of stuff that I was hoping to hear a ton of with this list. Mona- I thought this was Bo Diddley at first. There was another song that sounded just like a chuck berry song.
I think I actually liked this more than their later stuff. Sacrilege, I know. I liked the majority of the songs. My favourite was "Carol" which I see now is a Chuck Berry cover. I listened to this twice through, which means that's 5 material.
Super Album pour une premier j'ai adoré. 5
They should have quit while they were ahead.
El començament d'una llegenda. Per més anys que passin, això continua sonant igual de desgarvat, rebel, sorollós i irresistible. 5 estrelles no només pel que va significar, sinó per la seva pròpia vàlua com a àlbum. Versions que milloren les originals, originals que marcaven l'emprempta d'una de les millors societats compositives de la història. Oblidant tot el que el futur depararia, el treball per si mateix ja mereix el seu propi lloc a la història
Beginnings of a great bad
I loved this. I don't think I've listened to their early stuff much to be honest and this was just really fun
An early classic - I kind of like the innocence of this album, its definitely more youthful than later stuff. A great array of originals and covers, bluesy and rocky numbers. Can imagine this was so exciting in 1964 when released!
This is very cool 60s debut from the Rolling Stones. It's packed with covers though aside from one original track, I don't love this but it was standard in the 60s. One thing I cannot understand is why they put Now I've Got a Witness before Can I Get a Witness??? Haha! Is it just to make people think about their album more? I Just Want to Make Love to You is obviously a banger to the max and I love their version of it in fact I now don't know if I even know a different/original version of that song. The instrumental moments are excellent it's so tight and crisp and I want to dance. Good fun!
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: I just wanna make love to you, Can I get a witness
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A blunt punch in the front bottom. The Rolling Stones are the only group of men I would let loose on my mother. She's gagging for it, the slag.
that was easily the best rolling stones album we've had. which is weird because it's basically a covers album.
It's a demo tape where they play R&B tunes from other folks. You can hear what they're going to be, but they're not breaking new ground yet. Best track: Walking the Dog
I really enjoyed this album. Proper old school.
There is something insidious about this British Invasion boys becoming famous off of black music. That said this is fine/good
Classic, old school rock. Didn't hear a song i disliked.
Lots of Chuck Berry influence (some doo wop and soul as well) in the Rolling Stones' first album. Though most of this album is covers, they are clearly students of the blues. Where the Beatles are polished (and writing their own songs) the Rolling Stones are loose and more interested in getting across a certain attitude. Once again, we see English students influenced by Black American music which is pretty great considering the racial tensions in the US at the time.
Enjoyable blues/rock and roll album with catchy songs and a great runtime
The only 60s British group that understood the soul of American blues, which was the seed to their understanding of what rock n roll was supposed to be. Loved this collection of blues and rock tunes.
Rolling Stones do Blues/R&B. If this was a one-off band you'd go "Hey Rolling Stones, they did that one album that was pretty good Blues Rock." Unfortunately we know they have much higher trajectory ahead of them, but standalone it's solid and enjoyable. Route 66 is probably the best track.
Heartfelt covers and all, but the most promising thing here is the Jagger/Richards original "Tell Me." Almost sounds like it could be an outtake from "Aftermath" or "Between The Buttons."
This album was a lot of fun! It was blusier than I expected in some portions, while also sounding more like the beach boys than I expected in others.
very 60s rock, seemingly sans the usual psychedelic influences prevalent in the era. I have, embarrassingly, not listened to TRS' early music but do not find it surprising to see them start their discography strongly. Its always refreshing to see an album almost entirely composed of songs just over the two minute mark. no faff no filler, just a group of guys jamming out in the recording studio with raspy vocals, twangy guitar and a healthy amount of harmonica usage. 7/10 'Route 66' & 'I just want to make love to you' - upbeat and vibey, strong openers to an album. 'now I've got a witness' - nice instrumental piece 'little by little' & 'Carol' - some standouts through the album with 'Carol' Being my favourite after 'Route 66'. the album makes me want to be on a road trip, windows down, music blaring driving under the summer sun.
Great start to something truly amazing
It's quite bare bones and slight in its way, but you can sense the power and the fun behind all of it. The first Jagger-Richards song is great, and their reading of some of the Blues classics is near-faultless.
Our fifth Rolling Stones album and the fourth one I give 4 stars. Again, it's a lot bluesier than their best-known hits and it makes for a very solid, enjoyable album. But it's not amazing either. More of a great background listen than a real headturner.
7/10. Ah, the Rolling Stones before they gathered any moss.
Genre: Classic rock Review: The origins of one of the best artists ever. And it shows. The tracks here are quite crude and u unassured but the Rolling Stones sound is clearly there. Can't wait to get into more of their albums, sure to come up in upcoming recommendations. Rating: 8/10
What a listener! Great to hear these old blues tracks where the stones got their fame with
I imagine at the time this came out it would have been pretty revolutionary. It is fun and it rocks
Great tunes but did they rip off Black American artists, or bring them to attention? Rock n roll.
Good basic blues rock. If it was some other band, the album wouldn't be on this list, but I suppose it has historical significance since it is the first Stones album. My favorite track is probably I'm a King Bee (I'm just a fan of this song in general).
4.0 - I guess I’m a sucker for bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Rolling Stones. No, they didn’t write these songs. Yes, it’s white kids capitalizing on black music. But I like it.
En extra poäng för lite banbrytande inom genren
Solid blues rock
Bello! Molto classico!
Mick Jagger started to become Mick Jagger already on this album...
The debut album from the "Greatest Rock 'n' roll band" is a solid introduction to the band and though it's comprised many of covers, it showcases the raw, enthusiastic sound of a promising bunch of scruffy lads that would make a huge impact on the music history. The performance of these covers is adequate, but the look and sound of the band was unique, and the Stones don't really take off artistically until they find their own style and start writing and performing their own songs. This is a good sampling of their potential and an important album historically and it's an essential listen to hear the band at the beginning before you tackle the rest of their long (and sometimes uneven) discography.
Best rolling album 4
Today's record is the debut studio album by The Rolling Stones. I don't know any of the songs on this record (at least their versions anyways, with most of them being covers of old blues/R&B hits). Even though this is an album of 95% blues covers, The Rolling Stones were instrumental in introducing this blues music to a younger audience. These guys had the "cool rock star" appearance, and were only ~21 years old during the recording of this album. The Beatles had the appearance of preppy school boys, whereas the Stone's looked like a biker gang. Many of the kids that were listening to these guys in their formative years had never heard of blues music before, and were looking to rebel against their parents neat, clean cut, acoustic music of the 50's. From here, it caused a chain reaction, which resulted in so many acts to come such as: The Allman Brothers Band, The Kinks, and Aerosmith to name a few. Overall, maybe not an amazing debut album as far as creativity is concerned, but absolutely important as the beginnings of something huge to come. Favourite songs: Carol, I Just Want To Make Love To You, Walking the Dog, Route 66, You Can Make It If You Try Least favourite song: Honest I Do 4/5
What a treat. Rolling Stones first album, as far as I can tell.
Vier opgeschoten Engelse knullen die vooral covers brengen van Amerikaanse voorbeelden? Dat kan toch nooit wat worden. Maar het voorgaande jaar bewezen de makers van het album 'Please please me' dat zoiets verkocht als warme broodjes. Dus wilde de platenmaatschappij het wel proberen met Mick Jagger en de zijnen. En de rauwe energie spat eraf, ook al zijn het voornamelijk covers, met Amerikaans klinkende dictie en al. Kun je rustig meerdere keren luisteren, het is niet zo zwijmelig als de collegas van EMI-Parlophone ('Mag ik je hand vasthouden?'). En hierna zou al snel blijken dat ze heren ook zelf nummers konden schrijven.
This album just screams the 60's in a great way
Genres: Blues rock, British R&B Formed: London, England in 1962 Run time: 12 songs, 32 min, 56 sec The debut studio album by the English rock band. Spotify: Least popular song: over 1.3M Most popular song: almost 10M plays. Not a massively popular album, given just how influential they would become in Rock. There were two original compositions on the album and the other ten were covers of Blues/R&B standards. They were responsible for bringing predominantly black Blues/R&B music to white British listeners. And we must thank them (and others) for doing that. Most of the tracks on this are covers and have subsequently been covered by lots of artists since. It’s hard to imagine the significance of this album today, but given that the Stones are still around it must have been the start of something special. They have just kept evolving and producing amazing tracks and albums since. They are still touring and this album will be 60 years old next year!!! Listen Again?: Possibly My Rating: ****
more bowlcut british pop. the length of the album is respectful of my finite time on this earth. none of my favorite rolling stones songs are on this. it grew on me and i like it better than the beatles. weak 4 I'm a king bee, walking the dog
Route 66, I Just Want To Make Love To You, Mona, King Bee, Carol (best song), Can I Get A Witness (Hell yeah brother) and Walking the Dog. Like the early Beatles, just covers but great. A couple aren’t as in par with others but very enjoyable to me. 9/10
Pretty solid but I've heard too much music that sounds just like it to give it a 5. I'm aware that's my problem and not the album but
Mostly with Alex on this one (though I like “Tell Me”!) in that this is all about Jagger. It’s easy to imagine superior versions of these songs being performed by Little Richard or Jerry Lee Lewis or somebody else from the 50’s, but… there is something about what Jagger’s doing here that makes these versions unique enough to stand apart. His whole approach to this type of music is just different, almost like he doesn’t belong at the table at first but then somehow wins you over. Really wonder what the old school American blues heads must’ve thought of this guy and this band when they first broke. Must’ve been an interesting time. Anywho, really liked “Can I get a Witness” and did not like “Now I’ve got a Witness.” It’s weird that they sequences the latter before the former on the record, but hey man it was the 60s man.
Man, I could listen to this over and over again. In terms of the British blues boom, this feels like it's near the top of tree. Great song selection and variety, the band sounds tight, but best of all is Mick Jagger. It may be their first album but already he sounds slithery, fey and dangerous. 'Tell Me' is probably the weakest joint here but it's fine, if slightly generic 60s beat pop. There are great versions of 'Carol', 'Route 66' and personal highlight, 'I'm a King Bee' - so yeah, four, verging on five stars.
Early Stones. This shit rocks. Each and every track shows why the band has longevity in the business and is a testament to 1960s rock n roll.
The earliest Stones stuff barely sounds like the version of the band we’ll know and love, most notably since they didn’t write most of it- only one Jagger/Richards contribution, and it’s no “Paint it Black”. Still pretty charming 60s rock and roll, but I’d take what they would do a couple of years later anyday. B-
Too new and young to be impressive, but one star for the youth and energy.
Not a terrible blues album, not my thing
Toen de Stones nog meer blues waren. Goeie plaat
I enjoyed this one quite a lot. A legendary and influential rock band for the ages.
This is a good album but not really sure why it's included on this list, unless it's just because it was the Stones' debut album. They do a great job with these covers but that's mainly all this has on it. Their one original wasn't the strongest. I'm a big Rolling Stones fan and I'm still rating this higher because it's an enjoyable album but still not sure why it would be one of the top 1,001. Standout Tracks: Route 66, Mona (I Need You Baby), Little By Little, Can I Get a Witness, Walking the Dog
A great debut by The Rolling Stones. It's great to hear how far have they come from their true blues roots with this album and the changes that they made in moving onto their later albums. Not to mention how clean-cut they look on the cover of the album! Whilst the album is mainly covers, you can see how they were able to capture the zeitgeist of the youth of the 60s. Bringing a fresh spin on blues classics, with more of a guitar heavy feel, such a great vibe. Best: Route 66 Worst: Little By Little 4.5 Stars
One of the best Stones albums. Some bands are just better when they are limited. More money led to more bloat for the Stones, whereas this raw album is full of life and excitement. Would have five stars bit for a lot of cover versions!
Few bangers and a history lesson
As this is an album almost entirely of covers, I expected it to be a bit underwhelming and not a touch on some of the original blues tracks on which the songs are based. That wasn't really the case. There's enough personality and unique flavour here, and also hints of what's to come, that it's a thoroughly enjoyable album on its own merits.
Il faut se remettre dans le contexte de l'époque, c'est un album beaucoup plus sage que ce à quoi je me serais attendue, mais agréable. Pour une fois, j'entends Mick Jagger chanter sans avoir l'impression d'avoir affaire à une caricature. Par contre, on sent déjà bien leur énergie contagieuse.
Eh, I'm not much on this album, but the blues tracks they cover are pretty dope.
Sometimes this albums thing is a matter of learning where songs I know come from, and also what music really really famous bands actually make. I thought the rolling stones did totally different music, but I did know one or two of the songs. Had a bit of a dance, enjoyed it!
It's just weird that back in the 60s so many bands' first albums were just cover tunes. 3 stars.
Five British kids showing R&B some respect and ushering in multiple pop music movements in general. Whodathunkit!? I wish I didn't have to overlook Phil Spector's involvement to appreciate it.
I can't help but think of that scene in Spinal Tap, as a skiffle band, The Thamesmen. Those slightly embarrassing early years. 2.5
Helft is covers, leuk maar niks geweldigs