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The Singles Collection 1971-2006: 45 X 45s Box set

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  • Audio CD (11 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 45
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B004N44SPM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lavishly packaged, The Rolling Stones Singles (1971-2006) CD box set collects the amazing run of forty-five 45s the group has issued over the last four decades.

Amongst many gems, it includes US chart-toppers such as the irresistible "Brown Sugar", the beautiful ballad "Angie" and the floor-filler par excellence "Miss You", as well as the infectious rockers "Mixed Emotions" and "Don't Stop". The new box set also highlights the band's rock and roll and rhythm'n'blues roots, and showcases their wonderful cover versions of Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock", the Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", Smokey Robinson and The Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go", Bob & Earl's "Harlem Shuffle" and Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone".

The box set also brings the group's compelling story up to date with the soulful "Streets Of Love", "Rain Fall Down" and "Biggest Mistake", their most recent studio recordings.

BBC Review

Controversial this may seem, but the biggest benefactors of The Beatles splitting up were The Rolling Stones. Throughout the 1960s the two of them, whether by accident or design, were interlinked and took it in turns to top the charts with their nifty beat numbers and upset the establishment.

Having literally – as generally considered – ended the 60s dream themselves when they staged their Altamont concert, the Stones were free of the competition and stared down the barrel of a new decade with their own label and a loosening up of their sound. Gone was the aping around in wizard hats; now a grittier, sleazier, bluesier rock and roll was back, and the years ahead were theirs for the taking.

Packaged in a lavish box, with CD single-sized replicas of each sleeve and featuring a total of 173 tracks, over 80 of which are not currently available on official releases, this is catnip for any serious Stones collector not currently undergoing a financial crisis. And, obviously, it’s only produced in limited numbers. Naturally you’re going to find the cash somehow.

The first few discs are stunning. With Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, Tumbling Dice, Happy and Angie, they delivered a run of singles that any act would be honoured to come up with. The B sides weren’t too shoddy either, with Bitch, Sweet Black Angel and Silver Train as evidence. In fact, how can anyone argue with a release that includes Emotional Rescue, Miss You and Undercover of the Night? Even 1990’s Almost Hear You Sigh is an underrated nugget from when the idea of being interesting in the studio was still prevalent, questions of how much they could make by playing colossal tours still in their infancy.

From then on, however, it goes downhill a bit. The extra tracks are either (admittedly rather good) live versions or revisits of previous glories. And it would take a will of steel to sit through the half-dozen or so remixes of latter numbers such as Saint of Me or Anybody Seen My Baby, tackled by the likes of Todd Terry, Deep Dish and Armand Van Helden.

So 45 x 45 is strictly for the hardcore. Those wanting a more straightforward best-of would be best served by getting the effortless majesty of 2002’s sublime 40 Licks or Jump Back compilations. But that doesn’t take anything away from the fan-pleasing completeness of this lavishly packaged set.

--Ian Wade

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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Harvey Randall on 13 April 2011
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Oh dear. Where to start? With the expectation, I guess. The prospect of 45 Stones singles in one box was rather mouth-watering, to say the least. No more rummaging around in search of that elusive B-side, for starters. Furthermore, I'm rather fond of these box sets of singles. And here it is, and it sure does look grand. The presentation packaging is top-notch, no doubt about that. The 45 discs are housed in original replica sleeves, which is also grand, except that for some unexplained reason neither 'Angie' nor 'Beast Of Burden' boast their original picture covers. Why not, I wonder? But the questions don't end there. Oh no. It turns out that there a few problems here. On the last page of the accompanying booklet the compilers justify their inclusion of a tiresome number of duplicated tracks in the cause of 'historical accuracy', which is a bit foot-in-mouth since there are places where their historical accuracy is a little questionable. If you're going to issue a box set of Stones singles then you are going to be making the original single versions available, right? Isn't that the point of this luxury item? Well, for the most part that's what's in the box- I say most part but the single edits of 'It's Only Rock & Roll', 'Fool To Cry', 'Hot Stuff', 'Beast Of Burden' & 'Emotional Rescue' are absent, with the album versions offered instead. Why, especially since they were previously available elsewhere (the Sucking In The Seventies & 40 Licks compilations)? And what happened to the live version of 'When The Whip Comes Down' (see Sucking In The Seventies again)? But most mysterious of all, where is the controversial 'Too Much Blood' 12" single from 1984? It's not here. What's here instead is the pairing of 'Too Tough' with 'Miss You'.Read more ›
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Hardcore Stones fans should have this (all the main A sides they will have on the albums) even if for some of the B sides (Never were on any albums) and various mixes of A side tracks, most interesting or even for the cool packaging. Has a pink outer casing, the front resembles a Stones single sleeve, pink with the lips and tongue and an eye with the yellow bit of the record label. I have put this neat box set in a glass cabinet and you just can't help looking at it or it looks at you. The tight fitting pink casing comes away to reveal another box that contains the goodies. The Pic you see here opens up like a pack of cigarettes and the back has the pink sleeve, mouth and lips pic like the single sleeves first seen on Tumbling Dice. A tight fit so will not fall to pieces. The Single sleeves all have the original art work.. The book included is well made and good to have.

Ideal for music fans who just buy singles. I bet though, a lot of folk will buy this, play it and then go out and buy all the Stone's albums.

This would have been great to have in vinyl which I am not sure was ever done..

Someone did comment that Winning Ugly was missing. I agree, it would have been nice to have had that one for the various mixes. I think it was just a case of Keith probably forgetting to include it. I never realised it was released as a single.

For anyone who doesn't know, a few of the singles were only released in the USA but included here.

I bought this box of joy. So should you. It would also make a great gift to give to someone.

I would like to thank Amazon for stocking all these gems, many of them too and that you never see or know about these in most UK record Stores. Further more Amazon Stock other box sets of the Stones first 9 years 62 to 71 a and b sides of singles. The Triple CD The London Years is a good one. Compliments this set perfectly.
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Wallis on 9 May 2011
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I'm a Stones nut so I had to have this collection, depite the cost. Not an esential puchase for the average fan as the remixes on the latter CDs are a little tedious and boring. On the whole interesting but not without fault.
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You Can't Always Get What You Want 1 May 2011
By Philip A.Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
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What would like first, the good news or the bad news?

The good news: this set has very attractive packaging, generally good sound quality, and approximately 80 out of print non-L.P. songs & mixes(previously offered on out of print 7" or 12" vinyl or CD singles) are now available again, and many of these rarities will be new to American fans.

The bad news: even with the stated goal of including all 1971-2006 Rolling Stones 7",12" & CD singles tracks, this set falls short. Notably absent: "Too Much Blood"(extended version) "Too Much Blood"( dub version), "Winning Ugly"(New York Mix), "Sexdrive"(12" mix) & "Sexdrive"(Dirty Hands Mix). Hard core fans will remind me that UK & some U.S.A. vinyl singles of the 1971-1972 songs were mono mixes(dedicated mono mixes, not folded down from stereo), but the compiler of this box set uses the stereo album mixes. I may catch some flack for this, but having been a CD box set compiler in the 1990's and understanding the need to balance artistic & commercial requirements and fan wishes, I too would have chosen the stereo album mixes. Most people want stereo. (This set provides the stereo album mixes of the 1971-72 songs)

Also, not only does "I Think I'm Going Mad" have a mastering glitch causing a skip in the music 0:04 seconds into the song, it is an edited version of the track, running 4:47 versus the full 5:47(I've had the track in my collection for many years on a German 12" single "She was Hot" b/w "I Think I'm Going Mad"). Since the song is a ballad, it is unlikely that there would have been different 7" & 12" edits. In the full uncut recording, there are several bars of saxophone playing in the intro, which are lost due to the mastering glitch/skip. Given the bad shape that the record labels are in these days, it is unlikely that Universal Music will acknowledge the defect or manufacture a corrected pressing. After all, Universal wouldn't put things right for consumers who bought recent box sets or Deluxe Editions by Derek & The Dominos, Level 42 & Mike Oldfield with mastering or manufacturing defects. Universal's attitude is "If we goofed, you're stuck with it!"

Many of the early CD singles in this box are housed in generic Rolling Stones tongue sleeves, despite the fact that there were original 7" single picture sleeves for many of them.

......but the joke may soon be on Universal Music & The Rolling Stones: Online bootleggers will soon unleash a 56-disc FLAC torrent download version that shows just how incomplete this box set is. Apparently, there were many more dance mixes & variations that were exclusive to other countries other than the UK or U.S.A.
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What's Inside? 1 May 2011
By Glimmer Triplet - Published on Amazon.com
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The picture sleeves are more from the UK side than the US. "Beast Of Burden" is not included. Major omission here. "Think I'm Going Mad" (which is what it was titled as in the US), featured on the "She Was Hot" disc has a manufacturing error. There is a "skip" within seconds of the song starting on Charlie's beat. The MP3 download is the same. Save the 99 cents. Have left a message with UMG, but no returned call yet. Talked with an Amazon rep on this, but had not clue what I was referring to. By the way, the full audio version of "Think I'm Going Mad" is on You Tube - with no error.

Mismatched US/UK sleeves include "Start Me Up," "Waiting On A Friend", "Time Is On My Side," and "She Was Hot."
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Love This Set! 30 April 2011
By M. Clancy - Published on Amazon.com
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I will keep this short and sweet.I recommend this set to all Stones fans.The packaging is tight,with great ''tongue'' artwork on the second(interior) box,a hard bound booklet,with a commentary/interview w/Bill Wyman,and reproductions of all the sleeves from singles and ep's,7' releases,etc..Read the tracklisting in the product description,you'll find quite a few hidden gems and previously unreleased material(officially).A lot of music here,some 245 tracks,and a lot of live cuts and rare re-mixes.This is a great collectible and is a limited,numbered set.I opened mine carefully,making a slit on three sides of the cellophane,retaining the shrink wrap over the outer box,to keep the set in good condition.If you're a real Stones fan,this is a great collection.Enjoy!
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Duplicate Sleeves? 17 Jun 2011
By DMK - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone else have this problem?

The sleeves for:

Disc Nine
1. Fool To Cry
2. Crazy Mama


Disc Ten
1. Hot Stuff
2. Fool To Cry

BOTH say:

"Fool To Cry / Crazy Mama" (Rolling Stones Records RS-19121 (U.K./U.S.), 1976)

Is there a separate sleeve for Disc Ten: "Hot Stuff/Fool To Cry"
or was my set mixed up at the factory?
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Singles 26 July 2013
By PeterD - Published on Amazon.com
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Great for collectors. All the extended versions plus much more. Great CD covers, well thought out packaging. Be great to see something like this for earlier material.
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