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Five By Five


Download links and information about Five By Five by Rolling Stones. This album was released in 1964 and it belongs to Blues, Rock, Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll, Heavy Metal, Country, Pop genres. It contains 5 tracks with total duration of 12:48 minutes.

Artist: Rolling Stones
Release date: 1964
Genre: Blues, Rock, Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll, Heavy Metal, Country, Pop
Tracks: 5
Duration: 12:48
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No. Title Length
1. If You Need Me 2:06
2. Empty Heart 2:38
3. 2120 South Michigan Avenue 2:09
4. Confessin' the Blues 2:50
5. Around and Around 3:05



In his book The Rolling Stones: An Illustrated History, British rock critic Roy Carr wrote that "along with the Beatles' Long Tall Sally four-tracker, 5 X 5 is unquestionably the first and last great EP." That might have been an overstatement, but in the waning days of the EP format in the U.K. — within three years or so, they'd start to become rare events on release schedules — this August 1964 release was certainly a standout. In those days, it was still not uncommon for British EP releases to contain material not on 45s or LPs — as had been the case with the Beatles' Long Tall Sally — and the five tracks on 5 X 5, all recorded in Chess Studios during the Rolling Stones' first American tour, would not appear at the time in any other format in Britain. The performances are first-rate representations of the Stones as a great cover-heavy, R&B-heavy band, at a time when they had yet to write their first big original hit, encompassing early soul (Wilson Pickett's "If You Need Me"), slow Chicago blues ("Confessin' the Blues"), rock & roll (Chuck Berry's "Around and Around"), a decent if slightly underdeveloped Bo Diddley-styled original ("Empty Heart"), and a great groovin' original blues-rock jam ("2120 South Michigan Avenue"). For American listeners, however, the EP was kind of a moot point; all five of the tracks appeared on the 1964 U.S. LP 12 X 5, which was infinitely easier to obtain Stateside (indeed, most likely few Americans at the time even knew of 5 X 5's existence). All five tracks are now widely available internationally on the 12 X 5 CD reissue, which has the considerably longer version of "2120 South Michigan Avenue" that for a long time was available only on a German LP.