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The Rolling Stones [U.K.] (EP)

The Rolling Stones [U.K.] by The Rolling Stones
Released: Jan 1964
Label: ABKCO (US)
Coming on the heels of their searing Beatles cover, "I Wanna Be Your Man," this debut EP never saw stateside release, but songs from it became available with More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) in 1974. Featuring a rawness that's extreme even for these masters-of-surface-noise, the four songs here seem to have had a direct, indelible effect on The Flamin' Groovies, for starters. "Bye Bye Johnny" is just the second time (of many, many times) they nail Chuck Berry like no one else, and "Poison Ivy" sounds good no matter who's playing it.
Mike McGuirk
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