Five by Five (The Rolling Stones EP)


Five by Five (The Rolling Stones EP)

Infobox Album | Name = Five By Five
Type = EP
Artist = The Rolling Stones


Released = 14 August 1964
Recorded = 11 June 1964 Chess Studios, Chicago
Genre = Rock
Length = 12:49
Label = Decca DFE 8590
Producer = Andrew Loog Oldham
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:zad1vwxva9rk link]
Last album = "The Rolling Stones"
(1964)
This album = "Five by Five"
(1964)
Next album = "got LIVE if you want it!"
(1965) |

"Five By Five" is the second EP by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1964. Captured during a prolific spurt of recording activity at Chess Studios in Chicago that June, "Five By Five" was released that August in the UK shortly after their debut album, "The Rolling Stones", had appeared. The title of "Five By Five" is a play on words - five tracks recorded by the five members of the band.

Because Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were still honing their songwriting skills, only "Empty Heart" and "2120 South Michigan Avenue" were credited to "Nanker Phelge", a pseudonym for band-written compositions. The rest of the EP is comprised of R&B covers from some of their favorite artists. Andrew Loog Oldham produced "Five By Five" and even contributed liner notes (a tradition begun here) where he lists the band's achievements thus far (and stretches the truth by claiming The Rolling Stones' debut album had spent 30 weeks at #1 when it, in fact, was at the top for 12).

"Five By Five" reached #1 in the UK singles chart, while its five tracks and namesake would form the basis for their second American album, "12 X 5", later in 1964.

Unavailable for decades, "Five By Five" was finally reissued on CD in 2004 on the "Singles 1963-1965" box set through ABKCO Records.

Track listing

#"If You Need Me" (Robert Bateman/Wilson Pickett) – 2:03
#"Empty Heart" (Nanker Phelge) – 2:37
#"2120 South Michigan Avenue" (Nanker Phelge) – 2:07
#* "The full recording, now heard on the remastered 12 X 5, was faded early here for lack of time available on a conventional EP in 1964"
#"Confessin' the Blues" (Jay McShann/Walter Brown) – 2:48
#"Around and Around" (Chuck Berry) – 3:05


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