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The Rolling Stones — Not Fade Away
Album: Stripped
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Released: 1995
Length: 3:06
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I wanna tell you how it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
I'm gonna love you night and day
Love is love and not fade away
Well love is love and not fade away
And my love is bigger than a Cadillac
I'll try to show it if you drive me back

Your love for me has got to be real
Before you'd have noticed how I feel
Love real not fade away
Well love real not fade away
Yeah

I wanna tell you how it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
Love that lasts more than one day
Well love is love and not fade away
Well love is love and not fade away
Well love is love and not fade away
Well love is love and not fade away
Not fade away
Not fade away
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I like what you're doing here, Bill. Carry on.
 h8rhater wrote:

Holy s@*t!  Not Fade Away is the very FIRST song The Rolling Stones ever released in the United States.  Also, their first top-50 hit in America.  Additionally, it's the first song on the first Rolling Stones American album release (Englands Newest Hitmakers The Rolling Stones). 

In 1964, The Rollings Stones cover of "Not Fade Away", with a strong Bo Diddley beat, was a major hit in Britain. It was the A-side of the band's first US single.  It was a mainstay of the band's concerts in their early years, usually opening the shows.  In 1994 they made it a staple in their setlists on the Voodoo Lounge Tour (Stripped coming from that tour) frequently as the show opener.

I think they EARNED this cover.

 
At least half of each of their early records were covers. 
Waaay coool
Obviously decent, based on the source material and decades (even in 1995!) of quality musicianship.  It just lacks the spark of the original, and lacks the spark of better Stones tracks. 
5 from me - decent.
 lizardking wrote:

I agree that the Buddy Holly song kicks ass, one of my favorite 'early' rock songs....this isn't too bad....so "sorry, yes!" - it's a 7 and Long Live RP!!
 
I'll go +1, liking this intermediate era Stones cover of this CLASSIC rock track.  And played after Natalie Merchant's cover of "Symptahy for the Devil" makes me wonder if a Buddy Holy will be featured next covering a song.....good luck with that transition, BillG!  and LLRP!!
 Sunman wrote:
Love the Stones but I'm sorry, the Dead OWN this cover!!
 
No one "owns" this treasure.  The beauty of the song is how it can be interpreted so many ways and to great effect by radically different artists.  That makes it a true Traditional to me.
 david16 wrote:
Sorry, but no! Not a patch on the original.
 

Don't think they were going for the Buddy Holly sound on this one in 64 or 95.
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
Like the Stones really need to play covers.
 
Holy s@*t!  Not Fade Away is the very FIRST song The Rolling Stones ever released in the United States.  Also, their first top-50 hit in America.  Additionally, it's the first song on the first Rolling Stones American album release (Englands Newest Hitmakers The Rolling Stones). 

In 1964, The Rollings Stones cover of "Not Fade Away", with a strong Bo Diddley beat, was a major hit in Britain. It was the A-side of the band's first US single.  It was a mainstay of the band's concerts in their early years, usually opening the shows.  In 1994 they made it a staple in their setlists on the Voodoo Lounge Tour (Stripped coming from that tour) frequently as the show opener.

I think they EARNED this cover.

 david16 wrote:
Sorry, but no! Not a patch on the original.
 
I agree that the Buddy Holly song kicks ass, one of my favorite 'early' rock songs....this isn't too bad....so "sorry, yes!" - it's a 7 and Long Live RP!!
Like the Stones really need to play covers.
 Proclivities wrote:

I prefer the version they recorded 50+ years ago.
 

I prefer the Dead's version actually.
Bam chaga bam bam chaga bam
I'd say this version speaks more to the quality of the songwriting than anything else.
Sorry, but no! Not a patch on the original.
 kingart wrote:
Almost a pleasure to hear Jagger singing in an unaffected voice. Aside from the basic but solid drumming, I'm not hearing a lot that screams "that's a hell of a fine cover of a classic." Why bother? 
 
I prefer the version they recorded 50+ years ago.
Almost a pleasure to hear Jagger singing in an unaffected voice. Aside from the basic but solid drumming, I'm not hearing a lot that screams "that's a hell of a fine cover of a classic." Why bother? 
 
 Sunman wrote:
Love the Stones but I'm sorry, the Dead OWN this cover!!

 
Kept waiting for Bobby to wail "NOT FADE AWAY!!!"
                                                                               No to fade away.
Love the Stones but I'm sorry, the Dead OWN this cover!!
Probably the last time that Mick sang in English.
 oneyet wrote:

A song by the Stones that I like!

That is something new.

Great tune.



 
you realize it's a Buddy Holly cover, right?
 Agreed.Skydog wrote:
The best Buddy Holly cover was The Beatles Live On BBC Radio doing "Words Of Love", Lennon's voice was pure honey and he drove the whole thing with his rhythm guitar,...sorry for being off topic.

 


The best Buddy Holly cover was The Beatles Live On BBC Radio doing "Words Of Love", Lennon's voice was pure honey and he drove the whole thing with his rhythm guitar,...sorry for being off topic.
Nice cover, keeps much of the energy of the Buddy Holly original. Still and all: Mr. Holly's had the feel of a big block V-8 on a street drag that this doesn't quite match. The Grateful Dead version is just kinda of meh, IMHO.
Everybody in the room loved it!!
 nu-GFX wrote:
I have to admit that I don't know Buddy Holly's version. Shame on me.
My first take on that song was through Grateful Dead. And though I love the old stuff the stones did in the 60ies, and this cover is pretty darn close to that, I like the Dead's version a LOT more. It just has more life to it. 

 
The Grateful Dead's version had "more life" to it; are you kidding?  I think if Buddy Holly recorded this today (in his present condition), his version would have more life than The Dead's version.  Well, to each his own.
I got a stack of very early used RS's records for 2 bucks a piece in the 1980s ... and they provided many hours of listening pleasure.  It's hard to get enough pre-1977 RS's.
PSD got me to this gem!
I'm with you Ziakut...a 10 song done by a 3 band
 cc_rider wrote:
This song is one of those rare gems that can be covered by practically anyone, in any style, and still sound good. The Stones do it nicely here, not straying too far from the feel of the original. This song also shows what an incredible talent Buddy Holly really was: his songs still sound fresh, fifty-plus years on.

 
RIGHT ON CC!

A song by the Stones that I like!

That is something new.

Great tune.


Oh please forgive us, Buddy. This is pure sacrilege. 
 hayduke2 wrote:
fuckin wicked.    10

 
Oh YES, a very big I0
fuckin wicked.    10
 oldfart48 wrote:
 can't get any better....{#Dance}

 
Yes it can try the Buddy Holly version.
 can't get any better....{#Dance}
 helgigermany wrote:
One of their best albums!

 
Anyone who doesn't have this album who loves the Stones needs to get it....now!!!!
 horstman wrote:


Long live Buddy Holly.



 

Dude... you didn't hear?

Wow...  cool cover...  we be dancing...
 
I hadn't heard this version previously. 'Fresh' is the word that comes to mind.
Underrated album.
Now ihave heard more versions....Bruce, the byrds Although I didn't recognize anyone like David Crosby or my favorite gram parsons......., or chris hillman or roger maguine, Stevie nicks, .....kind of on and on...but think stones is the bomb
Dead has a nice version too but mick owns this song even tho he didn't write it....
I like the Stones' original version better than this.  And I also like Buddy Holly's version.  There are so many excellent versions of this song!
I first heard this song when the Stones did it in the 60s.  Later I heard the original by Buddy Holly and liked it too.  This is also another good take on a song that apparently is timeless.  Has that great "Bo Diddley" beat.
nice version...
ah!! les stones  toujours bons les "vieux", like Buddy he was so good too
 cc_rider wrote:
This song is one of those rare gems that can be covered by practically anyone, in any style, and still sound good. The Stones do it nicely here, not straying too far from the feel of the original. This song also shows what an incredible talent Buddy Holly really was: his songs still sound fresh, fifty-plus years on.
 
QFT!

Great follow up song!{#Tongue}
 Rooney wrote:
Once you've heard Buddy Holly's version, he beats Mick's ass everytime. 


                                                  {#Moon} 
Ah, the Stones have owned this song for years.  Ever seen them do it live?  Very impressive.


oh oh,  could Buddy Holly be next, please?
 Rooney wrote:
Once you've heard Buddy Holly's version, he beats Mick's ass everytime. 


                                                  {#Moon} 
 
Yeah, but Mick's still shakin it, and I got to see this live!

Long live Buddy Holly.

Live on Mick Jagger. And Keith!
{#Naughty}

One of their best albums!
This song is one of those rare gems that can be covered by practically anyone, in any style, and still sound good. The Stones do it nicely here, not straying too far from the feel of the original. This song also shows what an incredible talent Buddy Holly really was: his songs still sound fresh, fifty-plus years on.
I have to admit that I don't know Buddy Holly's version. Shame on me.
My first take on that song was through Grateful Dead. And though I love the old stuff the stones did in the 60ies, and this cover is pretty darn close to that, I like the Dead's version a LOT more. It just has more life to it. 
I love the album cover art for this.  It's like the poster for "Weekend at Ronnie's"
Love it!!  {#Dancingbanana_2}
 Relayer wrote:
Very cool, how did I miss this Stones album?
 
Their first version on their first album - ca. 1964.


 Rooney wrote:
Once you've heard Buddy Holly's version, he beats Mick's ass everytime. 


                                                  {#Moon} 
 
Sure, the original was terrific, but this is also driving and sexy. Sorry you don't like it.

Once you've heard Buddy Holly's version, he beats Mick's ass everytime. 


                                                  {#Moon} 


Bo's beat...what a force.

Very cool, how did I miss this Stones album?
I wanna tell you how it's gonna be!...