England’s Newest Hitmakers
Side 1, Track 4
“Honest I Do” (Jimmy Reed) – 2:09
The old Jimmy Reed pop/blues number. I guess it wasn't old when the Stones recorded it – Reed released his version in 1957. The song has a great melody, but Mick doesn't have the chops yet to do anything interesting with it. I wonder who did the song selections in those days – I'm willing to bet the harmonica player (Brian?) picked this one: he gets two solos, both forgettable. Keith's part is way too busy and loud in the mix. The drums sound great, though.
Note: This site says that Mick was the probable harp player on this track -- but it sure sounds to my ears like the other solos played by Brian.