No words, no title, just five young men staring menacingly, the cover of the first Rolling Stones long player hints at the bad boy image that followed them throughout their career.
Here was a band that refused to conform, not least of which was the custom of all groups wearing matching suits. At this point there was no other band in Britain it could be. Of the twelve tracks, nine are covers, there’s one original by Mick and Keith and two group compositions (including one with a little help from Phil Spector). Recorded at Regent Sound in London it’s as close as you can get to a live album, but in a studio setting. There’s not a UK hit single to be heard, although Mick and Keith’s “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)” became the second US single, making No.24 on the Billboard chart as well as their first ever composition to appear as a Stones single – there would be a few more. . .