Sunday, March 30, 2008

12 x 5 Roundup

12 x 5 Roundup

Side 1
1. "Around and Around" (Chuck Berry) – 3:03
2. "Confessin' the Blues" (Jay McShann/Walter Brown) – 2:47
3. "Empty Heart" (Nanker Phelge) – 2:37
4. "Time Is on My Side" (Norman Meade) – 2:53
5. "Good Times, Bad Times" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) – 2:30
6. "It's All Over Now" (Bobby Womack/Shirley Jean Womack) – 3:26

Side 2
1. "2120 South Michigan Avenue" (Nanker Phelge) – 3:38
2. "Under the Boardwalk" (Arthur Resnick/Kenny Young) – 2:46
3. "Congratulations" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) – 2:29
4. "Grown Up Wrong" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) – 2:05
5. "If You Need Me" (Robert Bateman/Wilson Pickett) – 2:04
6. "Susie Q" (Eleanor Broadwater/Stan Lewis/Dale Hawkins) – 1:50

I'll start including some album info from TimeIsOnOurSide and Wikipedia on these roundup pages.

Recorded & mixed:
February 24-25 and May 12, 1964: Regent Sound Studios, London, England
June 10-11, 1964: Chess Studios, Chicago, USA
August 31-September 4, 1964: Regent Sound Studios, London, England

Producer: Andrew Oldham
Engineers: Bill Farley, Ron Malo
Released: October 1964
Original label: London Records (Polygram)

12 X 5 is the second US album by The Rolling Stones released in 1964 following the massive success of their debut The Rolling Stones in the UK and the promising sales of its American substitute England's Newest Hit Makers .

Not surprisingly, 12 X 5 followed its predecessor's tendency to largely feature R&B covers, however it does contain three compositions from the still-developing Mick Jagger/Keith Richards songwriting team, as well as two group compositions under the pseudonym of "Nanker Phelge".

After a series of sessions in Chicago in June 1964, The Rolling Stones' UK label Decca Records released the five song EP Five by Five. Because EPs were never a lucrative format in the US, London Records - their American distributor at the time - spread the EP songs across an entire album, adding seven new recordings to create a release of 12 songs by 5 musicians, hence the album's title. Decca would use the same cover (minus the lettering) for The Rolling Stones' second UK album The Rolling Stones No. 2 in early 1965.

12 X 5 proved to be a faster seller than England's Newest Hit Makers, reaching #3 and going gold quickly.

In August 2002, 12 X 5 was reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records.