The Rolling Stones12" Vinyl12
  • GB1964-04-17
Decca RecordsLK 4605[none]
England’s Newest Hit Makers12" Vinyl12
  • US1964-05-29
London RecordsPS 375[none]
The Rolling StonesCD12
ABKCO, London Records820 047-2042282004727
The Rolling Stones (digitally remastered)12" Vinyl12
ABKCO, Decca Records820 047-1, LKD 4605042282004710
England’s Newest Hit MakersCD12
The Rolling StonesCD12
ABKCO, London Records844 055-2[none]
England’s Newest Hit Makers12" Vinyl12
ABKCO, London Records844 460-1042284446013
England’s Newest Hit MakersCD12
ABKCO844 460-2042284446020
The Rolling StonesCD12
London RecordsPOCD-1911
England’s Newest Hit MakersHybrid SACD12
  • US2002-08-27
England’s Newest Hit MakersHybrid SACD12
  • XE2002-10-21
  • GB2002-10-21
England’s Newest Hit MakersCD12
  • GB2002-10-21
England’s Newest Hit MakersCD12
ABKCO882 316-2042288231622
England’s Newest Hit Makers (DSD remastered)12" Vinyl12
  • GB2003-11-25
ABKCO882 316-1042288231615
England’s Newest Hit MakersCD12
  • JP2006-03-16
England’s Newest Hit MakersDigital Media12
  • MX2008-11-26
Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America)00042288231622
England’s Newest Hit MakersDigital Media12
  • -2009-07-14
Universal Music AB (Swedish subsidiary of Universal Music Group)042288228721
England’s Newest Hit Makers (non‐E.U.)Digital Media12
  • -2009-07-14
Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation)042288234524
England’s Newest Hit MakersSHM-CD12
  • JP2010-04-03
The Rolling StonesDigital Media12
  • XW2010-11-22
England’s Newest HitmakersDigital Media12
  • XW2011-02-21
England’s Newest Hit MakersDigital Media12
  • GB2013-06-18
  • US2013-06-18
The Rolling StonesDigital Media12
  • XW2013-06-18
England’s Newest Hit MakersDigital Media12
  • XW2014-12-23
The Rolling StonesDigital Media14
  • XW2015-09-01
TP4 Music5056005055311
England’s Newest Hit MakersCassette12ABKCO, London Records844 460-4042284446044
The Rolling Stones (2a pressing)CD12London Records, ABKCO820 047-2, 820 047-2 RH042282004727
The Rolling StonesCD20
  • -2001
Decca RecordsLK 4605
England’s Newest Hit MakersCD22
СД-Максимум (CD-Maximum)CDM 1202-1037/02
The Rolling Stones + 2 Singles (1964)CD14
  • -2012
RMP seriesRMP 03[none]
The Rolling Stones (2002 Russian bonus tracks edition)CD20СД-Максимум (CD-Maximum)CDM 1202-1036/01


included in:1964–1969
Greatest Albums in the Sixties
The Rolling Stones in Mono
part of:Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 15) (order: 15)
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition) (order: 43)
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The Rolling Stones' debut single was a Chuck Berry cover, their second a Lennon-McCartney tune, and third a Buddy Holly number. Their first EP was packed with similarly cynically mainstream and/or romantic fare. Only with the release of their eponymous debut LP did they reaffirm the bluesiness in which they were steeped and which had obtained them a record contract in the first place.

Released in April 1964, The Rolling Stones was - according to guitarist Keith Richards - half-comprised of rough mixes precipitously rushed onto the market by their manager (and the album's nominal producer) Andrew Loog Oldham. It's a testament to the group's brilliance that the result was still the best album to emerge from the early 1960s British blues boom.

It can't be seriously posited as a heavyweight artistic statement insofar as the Jagger/Richards songwriting team had yet to develop: only three of the tracks are originals. Moreover, Mick Jagger sounds like the Welfare State whitey he is.

Set against the dependency on covers and the inexperienced vocalist, however, is a truly cooking and imaginative band. Drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman provide a brawny frame for the intermeshing guitars of Richards and Brian Jones as the ensemble lovingly deliver some of their favourite shots of rhythm 'n' blues.

Between the breakneck travelogue opener Route 66 and the madcap parting shot Walking the Dog, however, the Stones crucially sidestep the mistake committed by many others on the scene in thinking that high quality is enough. The shimmering surrealism of Mona, the sensuality of I'm a King Bee, the romanticism of Tell Me and the soulfulness of You Can Make It If You Try create a variety of moods and textures that obviates 'blueswailing' one-dimensionality.

The album was issued as England's Newest Hit Makers in the States, with Not Fade Away (which opened proceedings) displacing Mona, and did moderately well. In Britain, its release was an event. Despite daringly featuring no artist name or title on its half-lit cover, it became the first non-Beatles album to top the charts since May 1963. The Stones had not yet achieved the "way of life" status claimed for them in Oldham's sleevenotes, but they were well on their way.

Indeed, it was a remarkable enough record to consign to the folds of history the fact that the Stones sold out before they got cred.