During their December 3-8, 1965 recordings at RCA Studios, Hollywood, the Rolling Stones taped, as author James Hector called it, a pivotal moment in pop's slow transmutation into rock. "Goin' Home", an 'open plan' blues jam which builds up incessantly in the style of John Lee Hooker, happened to be the first track to reach rock marathon status; it lasted 11 minutes and 30 seconds.
The song turned out to be a precursor to what would be achieved with the considerably more dextrous "Midnight Rambler" and was reminiscent of early live epics like "Hey Crawdaddy". Mick Jagger leads the song's structure, thrusting the band forward and simmering them down as he feels appropriate. The whole band responds to the rock jargon he utters. It reflects their anticipation of going home following almost two months of American touring. Ian Stewart's on piano.
Adapted from the following sources:
James Hector, The Complete Guide To The Music Of The Rolling Stones, Omnibus Press, 1995.
Martin Elliott: The Rolling Stones. Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2002, Cherry Red Books, 2002.