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Twelve Reviews - Overall Average Rating - 8.2 Tongues
June 27, 2009
What an underrated gem of an album! I'm giving it a 9 instead of a 9.5 only because of the filler live version of "Route 66". Every other song is just brilliant! Once again, the Stones prove just how good they are at covering Chicago blues with their version of Muddy Waters' "Look What You've Done". Brian's harmonica steals the show here.
Other winners are the well-known "Get Off My Cloud", "Blue Turns to Grey" and another live track, "I'm Moving On". "Get Off My Cloud" is a rocker with one of those fantastic riffs that the Stones are famous for. "Blue Turns to Grey" is a lovely little tune with great guitar work from both Brian and Keith. It is regrettable that "I'm Moving On" was never recorded in the studio. But it is possible that a studio version would not have matched the intensity displayed here. This track simply smokes.
All in all, an often-overlooked album that deserves to be rediscovered.
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February 19, 2005
I just stumbled onto this web site. Wish I had had a crack at some of the albums for which reviews are closed off. I really like December's Children, and the standout cuts to me are apparently not the same as what some others have pointed to. "Get Off of My Cloud" and "As Tears Go By" are classic Stones, of course, although I am not sure whether the former does much that, say, "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "Satisfaction" did not do better. The cuts I really like are "Better Move On," "Singer Not the Song," and "Blue Turns to Grey." The first is Stones doing real American Black music--soul with a tinge of country and western--without irony, without a wink and an nod. A great Arthur Alexander, Jr. song. See also the Beatles version of "Anna." Brits recognizing American Black music better than white folks in the States had. "Singer" mean-spirited in the same kind of groove as "Under My Thumb" and "Heart of Stone." Classic Stones theme of the time. I understand we have rap these days, but what other group was writing about dominating women this was in the early 60s. "Blue Turns to Grey" drips with Brian Jones' musicianship and subtle hooks, again with good lyrics "now, that she is gone, you won't be sad for long"--but in fact you will be. If "I'm Free" is a steal, it sure isn't from "8 Days a Week." Maybe from The Who "I'm Free." But still a good celebration of the attractiveness of a guy that is "free." I could have done without "Rt. 66" live. "Got to Get Away" seems like very solid work by the Stones in the time period. The other cuts seem at least okay with lots of Brian Jones interesting things coming up all over the place. On the overall ratings, I think I like this album as much as or than any other of the early Stones albums, which means I like it a whole lot. A tad better than Aftermath for instance. 12x5 seems underrated here, too. I see the Stones as starting to move away from being one incredible R&B cover band in these albums to being a truly distinct voice. That does not hurt at all.
February 18, 2005
As said in other reviews, December's Children was the third Stones album released in one year. While the album makes it clear that they'd covered a lot in one year, it does show that the Stones may have been running out of material to use and were not willing to release an EP, which, in my opinion, should have been released. This album isn't a great buy. It doesn't have very many good songs, but the Stones should get some credit. They were making way for Aftermath.
By Starsuckin' Ruby Flash
January 11, 2004
There's still some blues on this album but rock was getting into the Stones' sound pretty quick. This was released in 1965, and still sounds hard and raw!
"She Said Yeah" opens the album with a minute and thirty-five seconds of action. Hard guitars. "Talkin' About You" is a nice little slower ballad. "You Better Move On" is really good. Some fine percussion and that bass. "Look What You've Done" is the only stereo track and is great. The harmonica solo is one of the best ever. "The Singer Not The Song" is a thoughtful song about love, Mick and Keith wrote good lyrics. The song rocks, but at the same time is gentle. Then we have a live cover of "Route 66." It's hard and strong, but the audience's screaming distracts. "Get Off My Cloud" is the best song, pounding drums and a great chorus make it one of rock's best songs. "I'm Free" is another beautiful, yet rocking number. "As Tears Go By" is the Stones' "Yesterday." Great song! "Gotta Get Away" is alright. "Blue Turns To Grey," what a great song! "I'm Moving On" ends the album with another rockin' live number. Sweet harmonica, fuzz bass (Aftermath, anyone?) and less audience noise makes this a great closer. All in all, the album holds together well, and is one of '65's best rock albums. This could be better than Aftermath!
September 16, 2002
This is more poppy collection of songs, to some extent, but nowhere to the point that the album loses energy - at all. This is a very good rock album. What we get here is a fair number of ballads and slower numbers.
LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE is a nice slow blues. Very Stones. ROUTE 66 is a driving live version. Very hard. It shows the difference between the Beatles of this era and the Stones. I'M FREE is a simple, strikingly effective anthem. There are more great rockers here, like GOTTA GET AWAY, TALKING ABOUT YOU, and SHE SAID YEAH. There's also the SATISFACTION-encore, GET OFF MY CLOUD.
I enjoy this album very much, and I'm sure all Stones fans will dig it too!
By the chipper
March 24, 2002
A cut and paste job concocted for the American market, this gathers together songs from various British albums, singles and EPs, some of which had been released more than a year and a half earlier. Marketing at its most crass? Of course, and it also presents a distorted view of the group's development as recording artists and songwriters. But like all the early Stones albums this is worth your cash anyway, simply because the songs are so good. "Get Off Of My Cloud" is the standout, a smash hit single with some of Charlie Watts' most propulsive drumming and some of Mick Jagger's most interesting lyrics (though you can't make them all out due to Andrew Loog Oldham's ...er... production). Another uptempo number is the rousing opening track, "She Said Yeah" (all 1 minute, 36 seconds of it). And, interestingly enough, this also includes raucous live recordings of "Route 66" and Hank Snow's "I'm Moving On", culled from the British EP Got Live If You Want It. But for the most part, this is a quieter, gentler Stones album, with such subdued songs as "Blue Turns To Grey", the famous "As Tears Go By" (originally written to order for teenaged Marianne Faithfull), the cheerfully naive "I'm Free", and the much maligned "The Singer Not The Song", which features slightly out-of-tune guitars, but nevermind! Of the cover songs, "Talkin' About You" is one of their only Chuck Berry numbers that is'nt up to snuff, but the takes on Muddy Waters' "Look What You've Done" (great harmonica!) and Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On" are primo. And don't overlook "Gotta Get Away", an early Jagger-Richards "down on chicks" original. Lastly, the impact may be diminished in the CD age, but I would like to nominate the group photo for "December's Children" as their best album cover... all you 21st century grunge acts, eat your heart out!
By Brian McMahon
June 6, 2001
This is an interesting album, very uncharacteristic of the Stones sound (aside from 'Get Off My Cloud'). It also has 2 live songs and at least 2 songs they wrote for other people ('As Tears Go By' and 'Singer Not The Song'). I love the tremolo guitar on "I'm Free" (a re-make you may recognize came out in the 90's) and like that harmonica sound on "Look What Ya Done". Not a dud on it, though some of the songs could use some polish. I don't know if they have improved the initial CD release, but I'm holding onto my album until they improve the mix on the CD!
February 4, 2001
December's Children is quite as underrated Stones Album. I perceive this album as a typical Spring Album. The tracks on it are mostly soft with the occasional tough track. The ballads on this album together exceed those on almost any other Stones album. " You Better Move On", " The Singer not the Song", "I am Free", "As Tears go By", " Look What You've Done", and " Blue Turns to Grey" are not typical love songs. A certain pleasant and sweet melancholy pervades most of these songs which express feelings of loneliness, freedom, self assurance, and regret. Only "Sweet Virginia" and "Wild Horses" are other songs by the Stones in the genre that are always a pleasure to listen to, regardless of ones mood. Live tracks like " She said Yeah", " Route 66", are full of raw power, They are precursors to the Stones album "got live if you want it!" The live "Route 66" is better than the studio recording. "Get off my Cloud" exemplifies the Rolling Stones toughness and grit.
I do not think that people should buy this as their first Stones album, or even as their second Stones album. This album is for fans who are familiar with the Stones work of the 60's and early 70's. For those fans this albums would be like a spring breeze. To maximize the listening experience, this album should be listened to with the one you love while viewing the constellations on a warm summer night.
By Net Pimp
December 27, 2000
This album does house some classics, but even with good covers, there are others that just stink, same goes with some originals. But, a great band is human once in a while. "She Said Yeah" is way too short of a beginning. They play pretty sloppy. "Talkin' Bout You" seems to lack that spark too. "You Better Move on" and "Look what You've Done" are nice little tracks. But "The Singer Not the Song" is a weak, junk song that's rather embarrassing. "Route 66" is a fine live track that's energizing. "Get Off of My Cloud" holds this up pretty well. The repeated riff makes it a fantastic angst-filled rocker. "I'm Free" is a folk-rockish that barley has any more to it other than the verse and chorus. It's a little-known gem. 'As Tears Go By" is a beautiful song, made as a spin-off to the orchestral overtones of "Yesterday" when recorded, it still is a bitter, dandy little track. "Gotta Get Away" is perhaps the strongest original here next to those three. The bluesy "Blue Turns to Grey" is an acoustic-filled track that brings forth a calm, peaceful, atmosphere. "I'm Moving on" is a well-done cover of the Hank Williams tune and is a countryside closing to an erratic album.
By Alex Short
November 3, 2000
This album is a mix match of A sides, B sides and the English version of Out of Our Heads. Hense the conclusion of 'She Said Yeah'. This song has to be the best starting track to any album. But why so short? This album has few flaws, except in my opinion 'Im Free'. 'Get off Of My Cloud' has to be one of the classic singles of all time. Its just so affective. Its hook grabs you immediately. I love 'The Singer Not The Son'. Why this wasn't released in England until the seventies I will never understand. Another stand out which didn't grab me until I got a harmonica is 'Look What You've Done'. Just who plays that harmonica? Finally, I have to say that their two live renditions of firstly, 'Route 66' and then 'IM Moving On' are terrific. So much so that I'm going to buy the Got Live If You Want It album. Just one more thing to say. If you don't have this album, go out and buy it now!
August 25, 2000
I just can't say enough about this album! This was my first Stones album, which was given to me as a Christmas present in Dec.
1965. This first copy was ruined, and as soon as I could afford it, I bought another one! And when I got my 8-track tape deck
I quickly got the tape too! And when it was available as a CD ( remastered ) I got that too!
The songs on this album pretty much exemplify the best of the early Stones. A little bit of blues, a little bit of rock, and, of
course, a bit of pop . . . and even a pretty ballad in, "As Tears Go By." I like the whole album but my fave songs are "She Said
Yeah!" "Look What You've Done," ( love the harmonica! ) "Get Off My Cloud," "As Tears Go By," and "I'm Moving On."
This album is the Rolling Stones best early effort, IMO. Buy it! You'll like it!
Oh yes, I don't care if it's an "ABKCO" record now . . . as far as I'm concerned it's a "LONDON" record!
By Steve Cronen
April 11, 2000
Hoo, boy, what a great album. It's always seemed very underrated to me. Maybe because of its being sandwiched in between "Satisfaction" (Out Of Our Heads) and "Paint It, Black," (Aftermath) it didn't get as much attention. But some of my favorite Stones songs come from this album, and I feel I should point this out! Wow, how many albums out there kick off as strongly as "She Said Yeah"? It rocks so hard, yet it's incredibly short, which is the only thing about it that makes me angry. The rest of the
first side is okay, if not a little dull. But "The Singer Not the Song" and the live "Route 66" always get me moving. The former is like a sequel to "I'm Free," which can be found later on the album. And if "She Said Yeah" didn't float your boat as a kick-off tune, wait'll you get a load of "Get Off Of My Cloud." An instant classic! Mick's idea of a "ballad" comes through on songs like "Gotta Get Away," which is really just about a really hard break up. "As Tears Go By" is just beautiful, but "Blue Turns to Grey" is the absolute most beautiful song on here, and it always makes me think of Brian Jones. Speaking of Brian, that's him carrying "I'm Moving On" with that slide guitar. Ah, but my all-time favorite Stones song lies on this very album: "I'm Free," an absolutely beautiful song with an awesome message: "I'm free at any old time to get what I want." It's one of my personal favorite sayings. Ah, and that live version from 1969... (drools on keyboard) A great album, but what I also like is the cover. Such as stark and simple cover, yet really striking. Jones stands out the most, like the alien, the outsider. Keith also seems to be very prominent, while Mick, Bill, and Charlie are in the background, really. But as for Andrew Loog Oldham's Dylan-wannabe liner notes? (Shudders)
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