Out of Our Heads

Out of Our Heads is a studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in two editions with different covers and track listings. In the US, London Records released it on 30 July 1965, while Decca Records released its UK edition on 24 September 1965. Overall, it is the band's third British and fourth American studio album.

Out of Our Heads
Original US release
Studio album by
Released30 July 1965 (1965-07-30)
Recorded2 November 1964 – 1965
ProducerAndrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones UK chronology
The Rolling Stones No. 2
Out of Our Heads
The Rolling Stones US chronology
The Rolling Stones, Now!
Out of Our Heads
December's Children (And Everybody's)
UK edition cover
Issued by Decca on 24 September 1965
Issued by Decca on 24 September 1965

Besides the key band members of singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Brian Jones and Keith Richards, bassist Bill Wyman, and drummer Charlie Watts, the album also contains musical contributions from former Rolling Stones member Ian Stewart, and frequent collaborator Jack Nitzsche. It was produced by the band's manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

As with the prior two albums, it consists mostly of covers of American blues, soul and rhythm and blues songs, though the band wrote some of their own material for this album (4 out of the 12 tracks on the UK version, and 6 out of 12 for the US version). The American version contains "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", which would be the band's first number one US hit, and would go on to top the charts in 10 other countries, including the band's native UK, and being ranked as the second greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone.

Out of Our Heads became the group's first number one on the American Billboard 200 album chart; in the UK it charted at number two.

Musical styleEdit

The majority of the songs on Out of Our Heads were written and previously recorded by American rhythm and blues artists.[1] According to music critic Richie Unterberger, the album's US release largely had mid-1960s soul covers and "classic rock singles" written by the band, including "The Last Time", "Play with Fire", and "Satisfaction", still drew on the band's R&B and blues roots, but were updated to "a more guitar-based, thoroughly contemporary context." Among the soul covers were Marvin Gaye's "Hitch Hike", Solomon Burke's "Cry to Me", and Sam Cooke's "Good Times".[2] Kent H. Benjamin of The Austin Chronicle wrote that the album is "the culmination of the Stones' early soul/R&B sound".[3] Writing of the album's UK edition, AllMusic's Bruce Eder characterised it as rock and roll and R&B.[4]

Release and receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [5]
Music Story     [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [8]
Tom HullUK: A–
US: A[9]

The British Out of Our Heads – with a different cover – added songs that would surface later in the US on December's Children (And Everybody's) and others that had not been released in the UK thus far (such as "Heart of Stone") instead of the already-released live track and recent hit singles (as singles rarely featured on albums in the UK in those times). Issued later that September, Out of Our Heads reached number two in the UK charts behind the Beatles' Help!. It was the Rolling Stones' last UK album to rely upon rhythm and blues covers; the forthcoming Aftermath was entirely composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Initially issued in July 1965 in the US, Out of Our Heads (featuring a shot from the same photo session that was used for the cover of 12 X 5 and The Rolling Stones No. 2) was a mixture of recordings made over a six-month period, including the Top 10 hit "The Last Time" and the worldwide number one "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" with B-sides as well as a track from the UK-only live EP Got Live If You Want It!. Six songs would be included in the UK version of the album. "One More Try" is an original that was not released in the UK until 1971's Stone Age. Riding the wave of "Satisfaction"'s success, Out of Our Heads became the Rolling Stones' first US number one album, eventually going platinum.

The US edition of the album was included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings, published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981).[10] In 2003, this edition was also listed at number 116 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time,[11] maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list.[12]

In August 2002 both the US and UK editions of Out of Our Heads were reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records.[13]

Track listingEdit

US editionEdit

Side one
1."Mercy, Mercy"Don Covay, Ronnie Miller2:45
2."Hitch Hike"Marvin Gaye, Clarence Paul, William "Mickey" Stevenson2:25
3."The Last Time"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards3:41
4."That's How Strong My Love Is"Roosevelt Jamison2:25
5."Good Times"Sam Cooke1:58
6."I'm All Right" (originally released on Got Live If You Want It! EP)Ellas McDaniel a.k.a. Bo Diddley2:25
Total length:15:39
Side two
1."(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"Jagger, Richards3:42
2."Cry to Me"Bert Berns3:09
3."The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man"Nanker Phelge (pseudonym used for group compositions)3:07
4."Play with Fire"Nanker Phelge2:13
5."The Spider and the Fly"Jagger, Richards3:39
6."One More Try"Jagger, Richards1:58
Total length:17:48

UK editionEdit

Side one
1."She Said Yeah"Sonny Bono, Roddy Jackson1:34
2."Mercy, Mercy"Don Covay, Ronnie Miller2:45
3."Hitch Hike"Marvin Gaye, Clarence Paul, William "Mickey" Stevenson2:25
4."That's How Strong My Love Is"Roosevelt Jamison2:25
5."Good Times"Sam Cooke1:58
6."Gotta Get Away"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards2:06
Total length:13:13
Side two
1."Talkin' 'Bout You"Chuck Berry2:31
2."Cry to Me"Bert Russell3:09
3."Oh, Baby (We Got a Good Thing Going)" (Originally released on The Rolling Stones, Now!)Barbara Lynn Ozen2:08
4."Heart of Stone" (Originally released on The Rolling Stones, Now!)Jagger, Richards2:50
5."The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man"Nanker Phelge (pseudonym used for group compositions)3:07
6."I'm Free"Jagger, Richards2:24
Total length:16:09


The Rolling Stones

As per the American release:

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals, backing vocals, harmonica (on "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man"), tambourine (on "Play with Fire")
  • Keith Richards – electric guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar (on "The Last Time" and Play with Fire")
  • Brian Jones – electric guitar, acoustic guitar (on "Good Times" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"), harmonica (on "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man" and "One More Try" [14]), backing vocals
  • Bill Wyman – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Charlie Watts – drums
Additional personnel
  • Jack Nitzsche – percussion, piano (on "Satisfaction"), organ (on "Cry to Me"), harpsichord (on "Play with Fire")
  • Phil Spector – tuned-down electric guitar (on "Play with Fire")
  • Ian Stewart – piano, marimba (on "Good Times")


Year Chart Position
1965 UK Albums (OCC)[15] 2
1965 Billboard 200[2] 1
1965 French SNEP Albums Charts[16] 7


Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA Platinum


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  4. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Out of Our Heads [UK]". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Out of Our Heads". acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 May 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Hull, Tom (n.d.). "Grade List: The Rolling Stones". tomhull.com. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "A Basic Record Library: The Fifties and Sixties". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 0899190251. Retrieved 16 March 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
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  12. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time". Rolling Stone. 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  13. ^ Walsh, Christopher (24 August 2002). "Super audio CDs: The Rolling Stones Remastered". Billboard. Billboard. p. 27.
  14. ^ Stones Complete Recordings Sessions - Martin Elliott
  15. ^ "Rolling Stones | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  16. ^ Tous les Albums classés par Artiste, Note : user must select The Rolling Stones in the list

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