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England's Newest Hit Makers.
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The Rolling Stones is the debut studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1964. Though generally considered a solid album, it features just one Jagger/Richards composition ("Tell Me (You're Coming Back)") and two Nanker/Phelge compositions ("Now I've Got a Witness (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene)" and "Little by Little"), with the rest of the album consisting of covers.

Upon release, it became one of the most successful albums of 1964 in the UK. Unfortunately, it is currently out of print.

The US version of this album is subtitled England's Newest Hit Makers. It omits "Mona (I Need You Baby)" and adds the single "Not Fade Away".

A Big Name Fan was influential British radio DJ John Peel who, in 1997, placed it at #20 in a list of his 20 personal favourite albums note  when asked by the newspaper The Guardian.

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Tracklist (Standard Version):

Side One

  1. "Route 66" (2:20)
  2. "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (2:17)
  3. "Honest I Do" (2:09)
  4. "Mona (I Need You Baby)" (3:33)
  5. "Now I've Got a Witness (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene)" (2:29)
  6. "Little by Little" (2:39)

Side Two

  1. "I'm a King Bee" (2:35)
  2. "Carol" (2:33)
  3. "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)" (4:05)
  4. "Can I Get a Witness" (2:55)
  5. "You Can Make It If You Try" (2:01)
  6. "Walking the Dog" (3:10)


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Tracklist (US Version):

Side One

  1. "Not Fade Away" (1:48)
  2. "Route 66" (2:20)
  3. "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (2:17)
  4. "Honest I Do" (2:09)
  5. "Now I've Got a Witness (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene)" (2:29)
  6. "Little by Little" (2:39)

Side Two

  1. "I'm a King Bee" (2:35)
  2. "Carol" (2:33)
  3. "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)" (4:05)
  4. "Can I Get a Witness" (2:55)
  5. "You Can Make It If You Try" (2:01)
  6. "Walking the Dog" (3:10)


Principal Members:

  • Mick Jagger - lead vocals, harmonica, percussion
  • Brian Jones - guitar, backing and co-lead vocals, harmonica, percussion, tambourine, maracas
  • Keith Richards - guitar, vocals
  • Charlie Watts - drums, percussion
  • Bill Wyman - bass, vocals


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  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "Little By Little"
    And little by little I'm losin' my love for you
  • Alliterative Title: "Little By Little"
  • Break Up Song: "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)".
    You said we're through before
    You walked out on me before
    I tried to tell you, but you didn't want to know
    This time you're different and determined to go
    You gotta tell me you're coming back to me
  • Cover Version: All the songs bar "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)", "Now I've Got a Witness (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene)" and "Little by Little", making it almost a Cover Album.
  • Face on the Cover: A group shot of the band.
  • Instrumental: "Now I've Got a Witness (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene)".
  • Intercourse with You: "I'm a King Bee" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You".
    Well I'm a king bee, baby
    Buzzing around your hive
    Yeah I can make honey baby
    Let me come inside
  • List Song: "Route 66" lists all the locations you pass by on that particular route, from Chicago to L.A.
  • Obsession Song: "Honest I Do"
    Stop driving me mad
    You the sweetest little woman that I ever had
    Please tell me you love me
  • One-Woman Song: "Carol" and "Mona (I Need You Baby)".
  • Pep-Talk Song: "You Can Make It If You Try".
    Sometime you had to fall
    Don't you know sometime you want to cry?
    Don't it make you feel so bad sometime?
    You wanna lay down and die
    Yeah, yeah, you can make it if you try
  • Self-Titled Album: Although it is averted in the US version of the album.
  • Shout-Out: "Walking the Dog" provides a small shout-out to the nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary":
    Tell me, Mary, what's your twelve
    How does your garden grow?
    What with silver bells and cockle shells
    And pretty maids all in a row
  • Singer Name Drop: "Little by Little" has a Guitarist Name Drop:
    Alright, Keith, come on, now
  • Special Guest: Phil Spector and Gene Pitney play maracas and piano respectively on "Little by Little", and possibly "Now I've Got a Witness (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene)".
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Brian Jones shares co-lead vocals with Mick Jagger on the chorus of "Walking the Dog".
  • Textless Album Cover: At least on the standard version.


Alternative Title(s): Englands Newest Hitmakers, The Rolling Stones Album

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