The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones, Now! (1965) [ABKCO Remaster 2002]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:47 minutes | Scans included | 1,13 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 750 MB
Although their third American album was patched together (in the usual British Invasion tradition) from a variety of sources, it’s their best early R&B-oriented effort. Most of the Stones’ early albums suffer from three or four very weak cuts; Now! is almost uniformly strong start-to-finish, the emphasis on some of their blackest material. The covers of “Down Home Girl,” Bo Diddley’s vibrating “Mona,” Otis Redding’s “Pain in My Heart,” and Barbara Lynn’s “Oh Baby” are all among the group’s best R&B interpretations. The best gem is “Little Red Rooster,” a pure blues with wonderful slide guitar from Brian Jones (and a number one single in Britain, although it was only an album track in the U.S.). As songwriters, Jagger and Richards are still struggling, but they come up with one of their first winners (and an American Top 20 hit) with the yearning, soulful “Heart of Stone”.
01. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
02. Down Home Girl
03. You Can’t Catch Me
04. Heart Of Stone
05. What A Shame
06. Mona (I Need You Baby)
07. Down The Road Apiece
08. Off The Hook
09. Pain In My Heart
10. Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin’)
11. Little Red Rooster
12. Surprise, Surprise
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering.
DSD Engineer: Gus Skinas.