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Yet another permutation on the originals
on 6 November 2007
One of my favourite Stones tracks is the five minute version of Everybody Needs Somebody on my old LP (Decca LK4661), so seeing E.N.S. on this CD was reason enough to buy even though some of my other favourites were missing (where are Not Fade Away, I Can't be Satisfied, and I Wanna be Your Man?).
It came, I played it... Aargghh! Here, E.N.S. is a weak, insipid, short version, totally horrible, unlistenable. All the more disappointment, since all the rest of the CD blurb from Andrew Loog Oldham is exactly the same as on my LP, so it is unlikely that what I would consider the proper UK version (The Rolling Stones 2 as LK4661) will be released.
The rest of the CD is OK; You Can't Catch me, Mona, and Down Home Girl are as excellent as ever, but I still feel somehow cheated by this US version.