Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1966 Upcoming Set

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by Best Classic Bands Staff



The Rolling Stones continue to be celebrated on their 60th anniversary. ABKCO Records has announced the release of a limited edition collection, The Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1966 June 10, 2022.

A second companion vinyl box set to the series, The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971will be released next year.

Since the May 12 announcement: Before being considered one of the quintessential album bands of the rock era, the Rolling Stones began their recording career in 1963 with a slew of singles that captured the energy and excitement created by the classic lineup of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman. Their version of Chuck Berry’s “Come On” accompanied by a cover of Muddy Waters’ “I Want To Be Loved” kicked it all off, and was quickly followed by “I Wanna Be Your Man”, a song written by John Lennon. and Paul McCartney for the Stones to use, before being recorded by the Beatles themselves. London Records, their US label, quickly pulled the single on “moral grounds” due to the illicit implications of the B-side “Stoned” (credited to Nanker Phelge – the songwriting pseudonym for the entire band). None of the songs from those first two singles appeared on any of their albums.


The new collection follows the band’s move away from covers in favor of originals, largely thanks to Jagger and Richards becoming one of the most accomplished songwriting duos of their generation. Of the nine US Top 40 hits contained in the set, all but one are Jagger/Richards compositions. These include “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Get Off Of My Cloud”, which were number one hits on both sides of the Atlantic. This collection includes the US and UK versions of these two singles, which feature different covers and B-sides. The only Top 40 cover is “Time is On My Side” (written by Jerry Ragovoy and notably recorded by Irma Thomas). The single from this collection is the lesser known version which features an organ intro. Another rarity that has never made it onto an album in any form is “Sad Day,” the American B-side to the 1966 hit “19th Nervous Breakdown.”


Three 7-inch extended play (EP) discs are included in The Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1966, which were originally UK-only releases. These are The rolling stones (not to be confused with the album of the same name) and five by five (recorded at Chicago’s famous Chess Studio at 2120 South Michigan Avenue), both released in 1964, as well as those from 1965 Live if you want! – the first of many live records from a band that to this day is known as an explosive concert attraction.

The set includes reproductions of the first 18 singles on 7-inch vinyl and extended play recordings by “The World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band”, originally released by Decca and London Records. The tracks are all remastered by 12-time Grammy-winning engineer Bob Ludwig. The set, filled with sleeves of vintage images, will also come with a 32-page book with extensive liner notes by Stones authority Nigel Williamson, as well as rare photos and ephemera as well as a set of five photo cards and a poster, all housed in a hardshell box.

ABKCO Records houses the entire Rolling Stones catalog from 1963 to early 1971.

The full track list can be found under the links.

The Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1966 Track list

“Come On” (originally released June 1963)
Side A: Come on!
Side B: I want to be loved

“I Wanna Be Your Man” (originally released November 1963)
Side A: I want to be your man
Side B: Stoned

The Rolling Stones EP (originally released January 1964)
In front of:
goodbye johnny
Money
B-side:
You better move on
poison ivy

“Not Fade Away” (originally released February 1964)
Side A: does not fade
Side B: Little by little

“Tell Me” (originally released June 1964)
Side A: Tell me
Side B: I just want to make love to you

“It’s All Over Now” (originally released June 1964)
Side A: It’s all over now
Side B: good times, bad times

Five by Five EP (originally released August 1964)
In front of:
If you need me
empty heart
2120 South Michigan Ave
B-side:
Confess the blues
Around and Around

“Time Is On My Side” (originally released September 1964)
Side A: Time is on my side
Side B: Congratulations

“Little Red Rooster” (originally released November 1964)
Side A: Little Red Rooster
B-side: Off The Hook

“Heart Of Stone” (originally released December 1964)
Side A: Heart of Stone
Side B: What a shame

“The Last Time” (originally released February 1965)
Side A: The Last Time
Side B: Play with fire

Live if you want! EP (originally released June 1965)
In front of:
We want the stones (Live)
Everybody Needs Someone To Love (Live)
Pain in my heart (Live)
Route 66 (live)
B-side:
I advance
I’m fine

“(I can’t get any) satisfaction”
(US version, originally published June 1965)
Side A: (I can’t get no) Satisfaction
Side B: The West Coast Promotion Sub-Wizard

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction)”
(UK version, originally published August 1965)
Side A: (I can’t get no) Satisfaction
Side B: The Spider and the Fly

“Get Off Of My Cloud” (US version, originally released September 1965)
Side A: Get out of my cloud
Side B: I’m free

“Get Off Of My Cloud (UK version, originally published October 1965)
Side A: Get out of my cloud
Side B: The singer, not the song

“As Tears Go By” (originally released December 1965)
Side A: Along the tears
Side B: I have to go

“19th Nervous Breakdown” (US version, originally released February 1966)
Side A: 19th nervous breakdown
Side B: Sad Day

Related: We spoke to ABKCO’s longtime chief sound engineer about the label’s work on the Stones catalog

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