The Rolling Stones 'The Rolling Stones' 7" Single EP on Decca, released in 1964, catalogue number DFE8560. Matrix numbers EFF-2663-1K/EFF-2664-1K.
The Rolling Stones were formed in the early days of the beat boom of 1962, and by their numerous appearances at clubs in and around London rapidly established themselves as one of the leading groups in the country.
Their approach to their music is far closer to the brash, hard driving Chicago style rhythm & blues that the majority of groups currently riding the beat wagon, and it is possibly this refusal to compromise their music to match the 'current sound' that has gained them their legions of fans.
Their performances have an honesty & power about them and make those of their contemporaries look insipid.
Much of their material will rattle the chord of memory in those who were studying the field of pop music some five years or so ago, for many of the better numbers are now enjoying a resurgence of popularity as for example the Coasters hit POISON IVY from 1959. Chuck Berry too is at last enjoying the acclaim long due to him - and the Stones have included their version of his composition BYE BYE JOHNNY which they frequently use to close their club appearances. YOU BETTER MOVE ON brought Arthur Alexander's name to international notice in 1962 and more recently MONEY seems to have struck a responsive note in the affluent society and brought itself a place in the charts.
Whichever way the present musical trends develop the Stones are likely to stay in there swinging at the top of the uniquely refreshing contribution to popular music.