"Out Of Our Heads"
October 29 - 04, 2017
Year of Release: 2002
The Last Time
That's How Strong My Love Is
I'm All Right
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Cry To Me
The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man
Play With Fire
The Spider And The Fly
ONe More Try
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The Rolling Stones return again this week, with their 1965 release, (and third chronological album of their career), Out Of Our Heads.
The album was #1 in August, 1965, for a total of 3 weeks. The album's biggest hit would be the song that started it all off for the Stones, "(I Can't
Get No) Satisfaction." By 1965, both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones would become what would be called "The British Invasion." Americans were
mourning the loss of President John F. Kennedy. Elvis Presley had joined the Army. Teen idols from the U.S. were hitting the charts. And quite frankly,
a new chapter in music was needed, and on the rise.
Enter the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Both bands from Britian would dominate the rest of the 1960s decade, alongside other many British groups and
artists. But in reality, it was John, Paul, George and Ringo, and their fellow counterparts Mick, Keith, Bill, Brian, and Charlie would become the new
bloods in Rock music.
Out Of Our Heads was their third album. Their previous releases No. 2 (1965) and The Rolling Stones (1964). The Beatles had
already released more albums than the Stones, beginning in 1962. For Out of Our Heads, the songs were mostly rhythm and blues cover songs.
Of the 12 songs for this review (and this version of the album was the U.S. version, not the British one; both versions had different album covers), 5
were written/co-written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "The Last Time," "Play With Fire." (These three songs
were hits; and most memorable. Fifty years later, they are often included in today's Rock radio formats.) The other two tracks were "The Spider And
The Fly" and "One More Try."
One description of the R&B tracks on this album -- the Stones' early Soul/R&B. Soul is definitely the feel of most of these tracks. "Mercy Mercy"
starts this U.S. version, as it's a great mix of R&B/Rock. "Hitch Hike" I want to say was from the early years of Motown. The slow blues style is
done very well by Mick and the boys, on "That's How Strong My Love Is," and "Cry To Me." And the same is for the Jagger/Richards tune,
"The Spider And The Fly." Another remake is Sam Cooke's "Good Times." And for the "unknown Rolling Stones song" you've probably never heard,
is "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man," the B-side of "Satisfaction' (when I had the 45). This song is one of those where you just
can't help but say "This is a great song, but I never heard it on the radio." And for the remaining tracks -- "I'm All Right" and the other
Jagger/Richards composition, "One More Try," it's all part of the new trend in Rock & Roll, back in 1965, called the British Invasion, as it had
that distinctive British rock sound and style.
The early years of the Rolling Stones is captured in fine form on Out Of Our Heads. The Stones had always recorded fantastic music throughout
the end of the 1960s and 1970s decades, and for most of the early 1980s as well. "Satisfaction," "The Last Time," "Play With Fire" are the standouts,
as they are always played on oldies Rock radio. Even today, the Rolling Stones have continued to tour (despite many of what they called "final tours").
Every now and then, both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards release an occasional solo album. And despite their ages (both born in 1943), they have outlived
many of rock stars who have unfortunately passed on. Speaking of, many of those rock stars have left us within the past year (2016) and 2017. Some were
not even close to 70+ years as Mick and Keith are now. And how everyone talks about Keith Richards, it seems that he just may be the last rock star
standing to outlive every else in Rock music, before and after him. At 74 years old, (Keith will be 74 on December 18 this year), we can only hope that
they keep continuing, and as mentioned, Keith or Mick just maybe the last rock artists to join what is called "Rock & Roll Heaven."
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