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  • Audio CD (September 3, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1965
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Abkco
  • ASIN: B00006AW2R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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DECEMBER'S CHILDREN marked a crucial point in the Stones' development. The band was beginning to move away from its blues/R&B roots toward something more uniquely its own. Certainly those roots were far from absent in the songs composed for this album, and the Stones still cover their share of the masters here (Chuck Berry, Arthur Alexander, Hank Snow), but something new was afoot.

The aching ballad "As Tears Go By," complete with baroque orchestration, heralded a new direction in the Stones' songwriting. Similarly, the folk-rockish strains of "The Singer Not The Song" hint at previously uncharted directions. Perhaps the most crucial track here is "Get Off My Cloud, which, while it incorporates the band's rootsy influences, is possessed of a decidedly modern power that the Stones were only beginning to learn to harness. This was the beginning of a style more specific than pop, blues, or rock & roll. DECEMBER'S CHILDREN may be seen as the beginning of what can only be defined as Rolling Stones music.

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Dig how even a tossed-together cash-in by the Stones' U.S. label--the group's third American album of 1965--ends up smoking like all but their very best. They invent thrash with the opener, "She Said Yeah" (a Specialty Records obscurity penned, under a pseudonym, by Sonny Bono!) before laying down a leering "Talkin' 'Bout You," a frenetic "I'm Movin' On" and their most consistent, varied list of originals yet. Dig, too, how even "As Tears Go By" sounds like a sneer in the midst of "Get Off of My Cloud," "Gotta Get Away," "I'm Free" and the dourly off-key "Blue Turns to Grey." --Rickey Wright

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He definitely recommends it.
D. P. Taylor
Sure there are some great tunes here like She Said Yeah, Get off of My Cloud, As Tears Go By and some decent tunes like You Better Move On and I'm Free.
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The loud and fast rhythm guitar of Brian Jones and crazy guitar solo of Keith Richards makes it a proto-hard rock song.
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95 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Carlton on September 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
With the release of the remastered super audio CDs (SACD) of the Stones ABCKO catalog (which includes all the early Decca/London material), there is now mass confusion about the Out Of Our Heads releases, which includes the December's Children release. Allow me to clarify for you:
There are 3 Out Of Our Heads Releases (all were released with lower case titles):
July 30, 1965 - U.S. London Records vinyl out of our heads
(the heads cover with Keith at center)
September 24, 1965 - U.K. Decca Records vinyl out of our heads
(the hallway cover with Brain at front)
December 3, 1965 - U.S. London Records vinyl december's children (and everybody's)
(the hallway cover with Brain at front)
This new remastered SACD is the December 3, 1965 U.S. London Records vinyl december's children (and everybody's) release.
Note: ABCKO acquired the Stones' catalog when Allen Klein became their manager in the 70s. The resulting legal battles produced releases that the Stones opposed (they took out full page adds asking fans not to buy them), including the controversial Metamorphosis releases (which are now available on CD for the 1st time ever). But the sad fact is that the Stones lost control of their great early material. With these remastered SACD releases, we at last have some idea of what they really sounded like in the studio. I guess if we had these 40 years ago they would have ended up Greatest Rock And Roll Band in the Universe instead of just our tiny little World.
You must buy all 3 releases to get all the tracks, although if you bought the 2 U.S. releases + the earlier U.S. release The Rolling Stones, Now! you would get everything that is included on the U.K. Out Of Our Heads release.
Here is a listing of which tracks are on which release:
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J P Ryan on March 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
From the screaming hysteria of the live tracks to the occasionally off key vocal 'harmonies' to the Byrds' California 'folk-rock' influence, "December's Children's" is as haywire and vital as the Stones' lives and experiences must have felt in the fall of 1965. This is the Stones' fifth (U.S.) and last 'early' album, and it kicks off with one of the group's fastest, wildest rockers ever, the minute-and-a-half 'She Said Yeah,' whose metallic grunge sets the tone of things to come and whose spirit would be reigned in a bit and harnessed for '19th Nervous Breakdown' in early '66. The loping, bottom-heavy take on Chuck Berry's classic 'Talkin' About You' is up next, with its slashing Keith Richards guitar, followed by a true stereo recording of Muddy Waters' 'Look What You Done,' from the great 1964 Chess sessions, and it is definitive early Stones Chicago blues (special credit goes out to Ian Stewart's piano). 'The Singer Not The Song' is the first of six Jagger/Richards originals, and with Byrdsian guitars, utterly unsentimental warmth and lyricism, and statement of purpose, it marks a true step forward and yet another highlight of what at first feels like an awfully bedraggled album but with time and familiarity proves to contain many defining and superlative moments. Such as the rush and roar of what follows: the live 'Route 66,' closing out side one on the old London label vinyl. As "December's Children" was patched together, a mix of new material and earlier tracks, we are also treated to a soulful and affecting take on Arthur Alexander's 'You Better Move On', which dates back to 1963 making it the earliest recording to be included...Read more ›
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on October 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is, more or less, just a collection of Rolling Stones songs that hadn't been on an album before. As such, it doesn't have the cohesiveness of some of their other albums. But regardless of that, there is a lot of great material here. The album starts off with great cover versions of songs by Larry Williams, Chuck Berry, Arthur Alexander and Muddy Waters. The album also includes six oustanding Jagger/Richards originals, most of which had been released as singles (both a-sides and b-sides). The only thing that keeps me from giving this album 5 stars are the poorly recorded live versions of "Route 66" and "I'm Moving On". While the performances themselves are fine, it's hard to hear them about all the audience screaming, and they don't really belong here among the studio recordings. But there is still a lot of great material here, which will make the album a "must have" for Stones fans. Oh, I should also mention that, although the CD is labeled as "stereo", "Look What You've Done" is the only song here that is actually in stereo. The rest of the CD is in mono.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 5, 2008
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The first thing that strikes me as I look at the cover is how young the Stones looked back in the mid-1960s! It's amazing how well they have maintained their level of performance even as their faces now show their age. The second thing is that the center of this work is "Get Off of My Cloud." It was playing so widely that, in the middle of my first year living in a dorm at Bradley University, all sorts of variations on the song took place. I remember one of my floor mates, for example, telling someone "Hey, hey, you, you, Get out of my room." And everyone chuckled, knowing that Jim was riffing from this song.

This CD/album has no thematic coherence. It is a set of songs, most recorded in the studio plus a bit of live music, some covers, and some original Stones' tunes. Still, it's nice to revisit the raw energy and raw playing of the young Rolling Stones.

The CD starts off with a cover of Chuck Berry's "Talkin' about You." They do a good job here, and display a strong blues flavor to their playing and to Mick Jagger's singing. A nice start to this CD.

The Stones began their career as a group focusing on the blues. One of the most important bluesmen of that (or any other) time was, of course, Muddy Waters. "Look What You're Done" shows the Stones up to playing a song by one of the masters of the genre.

And then, "Route 66," a live version. Sound quality muddies what I hear when I listen; the sometimes shouting by the audience drowns things out. But I can tell that the Stones are playing energetically and Jagger's singing is fine.

And, of course, "Get Off of My Cloud," one of their great songs. One characteristic is a whole series of interesting lines with some cool wording.
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