Start Me Up
Richard R. Carlton | Ada, MI United States | 08/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most of the reviews of this album (which was originally released in the UK without any title....the Band wanted people to ask for "the Rolling Stones album") sound like the reviewer is hearing the Stones for the 1st time. Come On! (which is the one song that should have been included on the album), this one features no less than *5* signature songs! The best version of Carol done until the Stones themselves topped it with the live versions in the 80s, the classic Route 66 (which they still do), Mick's 1st signature song in Buddy Holly's Not Fade Away, Willie Dixon's I Just Want To Make Love To You (years before Mick would make headlines mouthing the much less controversial Let's Spend The Night Together on the Ed Sullivan Show), and the 1st Jagger/Richards composition Tell Me (which is still hard to get out of your head). And this doesn't even get into the 2 Motown groove pieces Can I Get A Witness and Walking the Dog. Now, try to think of another band that came anywhere near this on their 1st release....not many....perhaps the Beatles, but jeesh, at least the Stones didn't do any Broadway hits!"
More for the early early Stones blues-cover-era fans
Dan | Ohio | 06/29/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Rolling Stones produced a heap of albums, and this is the first. Like most of their first few albums, it has mostly blues and rock'n'roll cover songs, such as Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" and Chuck Berry's "Carol". These songs are done very well in early-stones style, but for those new to the stones and looking for another album packed with hits, I wouldn't look here. If you're looking for a more popular early-stones album, I suggest Out of our Heads, December's Children, and 12x5. If you decide you like those, then by all means buy this album. It's a solid blues/rock cover extravaganza..."
Do You Think They Knew?
Ophella Paige | Reno, Nevada | 06/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Route 66," "I Just Want to Make Love to You," "Honest I Do," and the rest of the songs on this record show us the influence of the Blues on Rock and Roll. I have to admit that I came late to the Stones and haven't really paid much attention to the earlier stuff, till my friends and I decided to review their records. I spent a week with this record, "Out of Our Heads" and "Aftermath," playing them over and over again, so that I'd have a good understanding and appreciation of them when we got together to write our reviews. Wow, is all I can say. I appreciate them now, and I think I understand them, they are just plain down and out Rhythm and Blues records. Do you think they knew back then, when they heard this record for the first time that they were listening to what was going to become THE GREATEST GROUP ON EARTH, Really, do you think they knew?"