I bought this yesterday from my local record shop,
I'm surprised no one has yet reviewed this, as it's one of the Stones' better out-takes and rarities collections.
To start with, more or less every track on the album is good. There isn't much filler either, I'm not too keen on "Family" or Sleepy City", but other than that it's a damn fine collection. The best offers on METAMORPHOSIS are the obvious classics, which include "Heart Of Stone" and "Out Of Time". Interestingly, some of the Stones' greatest work was infact rare & unreleased material and of course the underrated stuff. This is evident in the case of THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST, the 1967 album which, although hailed as a commercial failure contained some of their best work for years.
Delving deeper into the album, you find the little gems which can't be found elsewhere. This is rare in the Stones' back catalogue as most of their material is released on several albums. Gems here include "Jiving Sister Fanny", "Don't Lie To Me" and my favourite of their 60's work, "Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind".
METAMOPHOSIS may be a mixed bag to some, but there's no denying the quality (and indeed quantity) of the work within. Casual Stones fans may not bother, afterall it contains no outstanding pieces, and certainly no chart-toppers... but for the true fans out there, METAMORPHOSIS is a true diamond.
The Stones at their best? No, of course not, but it's a damn fine attempt.