The Rolling Stones, Singles 1963-1965

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Singles 1963-1965

The Rolling Stones
A chronological survey of the Stones’ first singles.

Crafted with an eye to compilation rather than curation, this first volume of Stones singles compiles every side the group recorded from 1963 to 1965 and runs through them chronologically. The upside of such unfussy structure is the opportunity to actually hear the group evolve. The opening run is straight beat band basics; the Stones turn in stomping, if unsurprising, renditions of "Come On" and "Money" and the early Beatles bruiser "I Wanna Be Your Man." They turn a corner halfway through, though, with the beery hymn "Time Is on My Side," and hit cruising altitude with the first run of Jagger/Richards compositions in the album's final third. "Heart of Stone," "The Last Time," "Play with Fire" — all of them hint at the kind of dark power and blown-out blues that the Stones discover and exploit full-on in the very next installment of the Singles series. The rollicking, youthful songs on 63 — 65 are simple pleasures, but they're pleasing nonetheless.