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  • Audio CD (12 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0095VOYFW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (453 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Come On
2. Not Fade Away
3. It's All Over Now 0:03:30
4. Little Red Rooster
5. The Last Time
6. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Jumpin' Jack Flash
2. Honky Tonk Women
3. Sympathy For The Devil
4. You Can't Always Get What You Want
5. Gimme Shelter
6. Street Fighting Man
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Miss You
2. Respectable
3. Beast Of Burden
4. Emotional Rescue
5. Start Me Up
6. Waiting On A Friend
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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To mark the band's 50th anniversary, the Rolling Stones have announced a Greatest Hits collection. GRRR! features two new tracks recorded in Paris in the summer of 2012 (including the single "Doom and Gloom"), as well as a career-spanning collection of hits.

Highlights include the band's first single--a version of Chuck Berry’s “Come On”, “The Last Time”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Get Off Of My Cloud”, “Jumping Jack Flash”, “Honky Tonk Women” and the juke-box and concert favourites “Brown Sugar”, “Tumbling Dice”, “Miss You” and “Start Me Up”.

This 3-disc edition contains 50 tracks as well as a 24-page booklet.

BBC Review

This three-CD compilation gets off to a start to gladden the heart of the purist by including The Rolling Stones’ 1963 debut single Come On, underrated by even the band themselves. However, any hopes raised that Grrr! will be a completist exercise are immediately dashed by the omission of follow-up I Wanna Be Your Man.

It’s probably for the best: a collection devoted to mopping up the singles might have led to the exclusion of some of history’s greatest, most epic recordings, among them the seething Satan flirtation Sympathy for the Devil, the melancholic exploration of the demi-monde You Can’t Always Get What You Want and the smouldering, apocalyptical Gimme Shelter.

These are all blissfully present on disc 2, which straddles the late 60s to the late 70s and makes clear why the Stones’ music and image was then the template for all rock bands.

Disc 1 covers the Stones’ tenure as teen idols, a status they managed to combine with records that captured the bellicose, decorum-busting 60s zeitgeist such as Satisfaction, Get Off Of My Cloud and Let’s Spend the Night Together. Remarkably, tracks like Time Is on My Side and Ruby Tuesday prove they could do lip-quivering sensitivity with equal aplomb.

On the debit side, the stupid title and stupider cover artwork of Grrr! seem to suggest that enthusiasm was in short supply as the Stones’ camp approached yet another permutation of their greatest hits.

Meanwhile, another sort of fatigue is conveyed by the fact that seven years after their last album, all they can muster in the way of new material to mark the milestone of their half-centenary is Doom and Gloom and One More Shot, a brace of tracks that – in the typical modern Stones style – are just riff, slogan and biscuit-tin drums.

They at least don't do anything so embarrassing as try to pretend their recent output merits equivalence with their peak material: on the third disc, their last 34 years are represented by just 17 cuts.

As ever, omissions can be complained of. And concluding with the two newies is unwise, if unavoidable with a roughly chronological tracklisting.

However, the whopping 50 tracks are judiciously enough chosen to demonstrate why the band is legendary. What with that and its pocket-friendly price, Grrr! immediately assumes the status of the best Stones compilation on the market.

--Sean Egan

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Biscuits100 on 19 Jun 2013
Format: Blu-ray Audio Verified Purchase
I listened to this on a 5.1 surround-sound Sony home cinema system (BDVN790).

As other reviewers have noted, just because you have a blu-ray player, it doesn't mean this is going to blow you away - the quality and nature of the speakers and other equipment is going to be pretty important too.
I enjoyed this as an audiophile, every note was crisp and resonant and it was clear that this had been polished and balanced at loving extent by engineers.
This is an audio experience though, so don't expect anything too fancy in terms of graphics or visuals (it's a simple menu system)
As someone else said below, the different audio formats were virtually impossible to tell apart as well, but that might be more down to my cloth ears than anything else.

If I had a criticism, it's that these songs were never really meant, in my opinion, to be hermetically sealed in crystalline sound quality and listened to in a darkened room by audiophiles. That's not a criticism of the musicianship or their cultural significance at all. It's just that this process turns the tracks into museum pieces, makes them somehow sterile. The Stones to me have always been earthy and robust.
This seems the equivalent of cleaning them up and placing them gingerly in a glass case. The best way to enjoy the Stones, for me, remains with friends, some strong drinks and a party.
You could listen to this in that context sure, but it seems overkill to go to this trouble for background music.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Laura Dean on 4 Dec 2012
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They might be fossil faced and craggy after years of failing to mix spirits with mixers, but these guys still have the power to make people rock. Listening to this album makes me want to jut my hips Jagger-style as much as it did when I first heard their songs years ago (sadly, not the first time round as I'm in my thirties). I love this album, I really do. All of my favourite Stones tracks are in one place (well, three cds). It's a great entry point for anyone who knows and likes some of their better known songs, such as Paint it Black, Start Me up, Beast of Burden and Satisfaction. For anyone who already has 'Forty Licks' and is wondering whether or not this album just duplicates most of the tracks they already have, here are the songs that 'GRRR' has in addition:
Come On
Little Red Rooster
Time Is On My Side
Heart Of Stone
As Tears Go By
We Love You
Rocks Off
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
Respectable
Waiting On A Friend
She Was Hot
Streets Of Love
Harlem Shuffle
Highwire
Doom And Gloom
One More Shot
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104 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 12 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD
This scarcely needs a review because after 50 years practically everyone will know whether or not they like the Stones and most people considering this collection will know all the tracks on it very well indeed. It is worth saying, though, that this is a great collection. Obviously, any compilation like this will have some tracks you love and some you don't like so much, and some of your favourites will be missing (What - no Sister Morphine or Star...er...Star?) but as a "Best Of" collection I don't think you can do better. It is well selected and sounds fantastic: the digital transfers of the early stuff are particularly good and bring real life to the tracks without interfering with their original sound.

I suspect that quite a lot of people considering whether or not to buy this will be in the same position as I am: I have a lot of Stones music on LP and cassette and for me this was a good way of getting some of the best of it on CD. You certainly get plenty of great stuff, and personally I found listening to this was like running my life on fast forward from the age of about 10, with pretty well every track conjuring up where I was at the time. It's also great to hear the evolution of the band from the early covers, through finding their distinctive identity around the time of Satisfaction and through all their phases since. Although I haven't always liked the direction they have taken, this is a reminder that the Rolling Stones really are one of the finest bands of the last 50 years and that Jagger and Richards are a truly great songwriting team. The full range of classics is here, from the storming rockers like Jumpin' Jack Flash through to the hauntingly beautiful Angie.
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161 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Gregory's Dream on 12 Nov 2012
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Firstly, it's important to note that this review is of the 'SUPER DELUXE EDITION' of this collection:
Like many Stones fans, I have the Stones music on multiple formats & nobody MADE ME buy this. I questioned & questioned whether to order this deluxe box, but there were a few tantalizing morsels in it, even though said morsels have been available on bootleg releases for decades. So, the 'IBC' tracks were finally seeing an official release, as were the classic BBC tracks that feature on the vinyl e.p & at approx: £100, I thought the hard-back book of memorabilia would be something a bit special. Afterall- isn't this release a celebration of 50 years of the Stones?. That eventually swayed me & I've got to say I feel completely ripped-off. I'm almost embarrassed to write this 'review', as I probably should've known better. But I'm writing it for the sake of other fans/collectors who may fall into the same trap I did. This review isn't about the MUSIC, which is fantastic & if you don't have it- I suppose you may be happy with this compilation. Having said that: this release doesn't serve as 'a primer', as there's NO liner notes for the tracks- not even the year of release. So, as an 'educational item' it's redundant. That leaves the appeal of this collection for the hardcore fan, enticed by those nuggets I've already mentioned. The IBC demo disc is approx: 12 min's long (I already knew that), BUT the tracks don't even sound AS GOOD as they do on many unofficial releases!- in-fact one of them appears to have been transferred from crackling vinyl (!). The whole package is badly designed & the 'book' has many blank pages, or pages that contain eg: a picture of a small badge in the middle of it. Luckily the extra vinyl ep sounds good (for those who have a record player).
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