The Rolling Stones, Now!

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The Rolling Stones, Now!
Studio album by The Rolling Stones
Released 13 February 1965 (United States)
Recorded 10 June – 8 November 1964, except "Mona (I Need You Baby)", 3–4 January 1964
Genre Rhythm and blues[1]
Length 35:58
Language English
Label London
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones American chronology
12 X 5
(1964)12 X 51964
The Rolling Stones, Now!
Out of Our Heads
(1965)Out of Our Heads1965
Singles from The Rolling Stones, Now!
  1. "Little Red Rooster"
    Released: 13 November 1964 (UK)
  2. "Heart of Stone"
    Released: 19 December 1964 (United States)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

The Rolling Stones, Now! is the third American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in 1965 by their initial American distributor, London Records.

The album contained seven tracks from their second UK album The Rolling Stones No. 2, the recent US Top 20 hit "Heart of Stone", the recent UK No. 1 hit single "Little Red Rooster", "Surprise, Surprise", from The Lord's Taverners Charity Album, "Mona (I Need You Baby)" from The Rolling Stones and "Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin')" which would appear on the UK edition of the Stones' next album Out of Our Heads later in 1965. The album contains a different, and shorter, version of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" than the recording on The Rolling Stones No. 2, although the latter version was accidentally used on the 1986 CD of The Rolling Stones, Now!. The 2002 CD includes the shorter version, as heard on the original LP. Four of the songs on The Rolling Stones, Now! were penned by the songwriting team of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (who dropped the "s" from his surname until 1978).

For the back cover, London Records simply took the back cover of The Rolling Stones No. 2 and amended the tracklisting and label information. Where the UK liner cover said "No. 2" after 'THE ROLLING STONES' was simply whited out for the American cover. One thing that was overlooked, however, was a mention of Ian Stewart playing organ on "Time Is on My Side," which made no sense on The Rolling Stones, Now! as the song was not on that album. This credit was deleted from the 1986 and 2002 reissues.

The liner notes on initial pressings contained Andrew Loog Oldham's advice to the record buying public, which was quickly temporarily removed from some subsequent pressings:

"(This is THE STONES new disc within. Cast deep in your pockets for the loot to buy this disc of groovies and fancy words. If you don't have the bread, see that blind man knock him on the head, steal his wallet and low and behold you have the loot, if you put in the boot, good, another one sold!)"

The Rolling Stones, Now! is generally considered a very strong album and a highlight of their early American releases. Upon its February issuing, The Rolling Stones, Now! reached No. 5 in the US and became another gold seller for The Rolling Stones. In 2003, the album was ranked number 180 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[2]

In August 2002 The Rolling Stones, Now! was reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records. This version included stereo mixes of "Heart of Stone", "What a Shame", and "Down the Road Apiece".[3]

Track listing

All songs written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" (alternative long version appears on The Rolling Stones No. 2) Solomon Burke, Bert Berns, Jerry Wexler 3:00
2. "Down Home Girl" (originally released on The Rolling Stones No. 2) Jerry Leiber, Arthur Butler 4:13
3. "You Can't Catch Me" (originally released on The Rolling Stones No. 2) Chuck Berry 3:40
4. "Heart of Stone"     2:49
5. "What a Shame" (originally released on The Rolling Stones No. 2)   3:06
6. "Mona (I Need You Baby)" (originally released on The Rolling Stones) Ellas McDaniel 3:35
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Down the Road Apiece" (originally released on The Rolling Stones No. 2) Don Raye 2:56
8. "Off the Hook" (originally released on The Rolling Stones No. 2)   2:36
9. "Pain in My Heart" (originally released on The Rolling Stones No. 2) Allen Toussaint 2:12
10. "Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin')"   Barbara Lynn Ozen 2:06
11. "Little Red Rooster"   Willie Dixon 3:04
12. "Surprise, Surprise"     2:29


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Additional personnel

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1965 Billboard 200[4] 5
Year Single Chart Position
1965 "Heart of Stone" The Billboard Hot 100[5] 19


Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA Gold


  1. 1.0 1.1 Richie Unterberger. "The Rolling Stones, Now! - The Rolling Stones | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  2. "#180 The Rolling Stones, Now!". Rolling Stone. 1 November 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  3. Walsh, Christopher (24 August 2002). "Super audio CDs: The Rolling Stones Remastered". Billboard. Billboard. p. 27. 
  4. Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Rolling Stones | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  5. Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Rolling Stones | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 

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