Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
The Rolling Stones Vinyl 12 Decca Records LK 4605 [none]
England’s Newest Hit Makers 12" Vinyl 12 London Records PS 375 [none]
The Rolling Stones CD 12 ABKCO, London Records 820 047-2 042282004727
England’s Newest Hit Makers CD 12 ABKCO 73752 018771737520
England’s Newest Hit Makers CD 12 ABKCO 844 460-2 042284446020
The Rolling Stones CD 12 London Records POCD-1911
England’s Newest Hit Makers Hybrid SACD 12 ABKCO 93752 018771937524
England’s Newest Hit Makers CD 12 ABKCO 8822872 042288228721
England’s Newest Hit Makers Hybrid SACD 12 ABKCO 8822872 042288228721
England’s Newest Hit Makers CD 12 ABKCO 882 316-2 042288231622
England’s Newest Hit Makers 12" Vinyl 12 ABKCO 882 316-1 042288231615
England’s Newest Hitmakers (176kHz/24bit) Digital Media 12 ABKCO 018771937524
England’s Newest Hit Makers CD 12 ABKCO UICY-93013 4988005422002
England’s Newest Hit Makers SHM-CD 12 ABKCO UICY-93780 4988005535740
The Rolling Stones Digital Media 12 ABKCO 018771882527
The Rolling Stones (unknown) 12 ABKCO 018771893820
England’s Newest Hit Makers Digital Media 12 ABKCO 018771893721
England’s Newest Hit Makers CD 22 СД-Максимум (CD-Maximum) CDM 1202-1037/02
The Rolling Stones + 2 Singles (1964) CD 14 RMP series RMP 03 [none]
The Rolling Stones (2002 Russian Bonus Tracks Edition) CD 20 СД-Максимум (CD-Maximum) CDM 1202-1036/01


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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.