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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting box set for collectors, 21 Jan 2010
J. Verwer (Voorschoten, NL) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Singles 1968-1971 [9CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
First of all, this box set was not meant for the casual fan, although marketing might've made you think otherwise. If you want a comprehensive and practical collection containing all their singles from the 1960s, buy Singles Collection: The London Years. If, however, you want more than just a compilation of singles, this box set (and its two companions) could be an interesting option.

Convenience was considered second to authenticity when these box sets were conceived, so instead of filling up each CD to the max, the contents of a single CD are limited to what was on the original 45 RPM single. This obviously leads to short playing times, although you thankfully don't have to turn it over halfway through. When there were different B-sides in the US and the UK, both are included here. In case of Street Fighting Man there were three B-sides, so that disc contains four songs (Everybody Needs Somebody To Love is NOT on The London Years, I might add!). Brown Sugar also had two different B-sides, but only one of them is included here (the live version of Let It Rock is omitted). The London Years, on the other hand, also omits Bitch, the B-side that was included here, and Sway, the B-side to Wild Horses. Then again, these Rolling Stones Records era singles don't really belong in either collection anyway. Strangely, Ry Cooder's Natural Magic is also included in this set, although it had nothing to do with The Rolling Stones, other than being the B-side of Mick Jagger's Memo From Turner. Seen in the light of the omission of Let It Rock, this seems like a stange decision on ABKCO's part. Another "extra" compared to The London Years is the inclusion of three Sympathy For The Devil remixes. Frankly, I can't stand them, so I don't actually consider this an advantage. However, it's a nice touch that the same disc includes the original song's guitar and piano tabs, plus some software to view them in a convenient manner. The final musical extra, one that can't be found anywhere else as far as I'm aware, is a DVD. It contains videos for Time Is On My Side, Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?, Jumpin' Jack Flash and, unfortunately, one of those pesky remixes again. Still, that means there are three interesting videos collected on one disc. Especially the Jumpin' Jack Flash video is worth checking out! It contains an alternate version of the song with different vocals and a longer running time. It's unfortunate that the sound is in AC3 format, but you can't always get what you want...

The set also contains a booklet, some photos and a double-sided poster.

A final remark I'd like to make is about the CDs themselves. They've been made to look like real 45 RPM singles, complete with fake grooves on top. What's more, their underside is also black (but smooth, obviously), which may look familiar to people who've seen Playstation CDs. In fact, even the DVD looks like a 45, although its underside is plain silver (for technical reasons). To be honest, I couldn't care less about the grooves and the vinyl nostalgia, but I do have to admit it's really cool to finally own a couple of CDs with playing sides that are completely black!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For collectors, 15 Jun 2009
This review is from: Singles 1968-1971 [9CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
This item is recommended for collectors, to whom sleeves of singles are important. The set was made with love for the detail, with a informative booklet and pictures. This is part III (the last one of a series of singles box sets). A DVD with (unfortunately only) four videos is also included. Several tracks are in mono (in the format singles normally were released until 1968-69). As a normal listener who wants to buy as many hits as possible on one record, I would suggest "Rolled Gold" instead. There you can also find more stereo-versions. But as a collector's device, this box set is a unique chance to have all the Stones' sixties singles with original singles sleeves from GB and US.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "....It's A Gas Gas Gas..." - The Singles 1968-1871 by THE ROLLING STONES (2005 Abkco 10-Disc Box Set), 22 Sep 2014
Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
This review is from: Singles 1968-1971 [9CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
The last in a series of 3 Singles Boxes by The Stones provides goodies from a period of their history that I just can't get enough of - the late Sixties and early Seventies. They seemed to be dripping magic between "Beggars Banquet" and "Exile On Mail Street" -and this brilliant but sometimes frustrating mini 7" fest only rams home their swagger and musical genius. Here are the big tongues and sticky fingers...

UK released 28 February 2005 - "The Singles 1968-1971" by THE ROLLING STONES on Abkco 0602498270752 is a 9CD + 1DVD Mini Box Set and breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (6:52 minutes):
Jumping Jack Flash b/w Child Of the Moon
UK: 23 May 1968 on Decca F 12782
USA: 24 May 1968 on London 908

Disc 2 (14:39 minutes):
Street Fighting Man b/w No Expectations
USA: August 1968 on London 909 [withdrawn, $10,000 plus rarity with P/S]
Street Fighting Man b/w Surprise Surprise & Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
UK: 25 June 1971 on Decca F 13195 [3-Track Maxi Play at 33 1/3 speed]
Street Fighting Man b/w Surprise Surprise
UK: 20 July 1971 on Decca 13202

Disc 3 (7:51 minutes):
Honky Tonk Woman b/w You Can't Always Get What You Want [Edit]
UK: 11 July 1969 on Decca F 12952
USA: 11 July 1969 on London 910
[Note: The A-side was a non-album track at the time. The B-side is an exclusive single edit at 4:50 minutes which loses the 40-piece choir at the beginning and final portion of the song - the full version at 7:29 minutes is on the 1969 "Let It Bleed" album in Stereo]

Disc 4 (5:47 minutes):
Memo From Turner b/w Natural Magic
UK: November 1970 on Decca F 13067
[Note: MICK JAGGER Solo single; the B-side is an instrumental from the film "Performance" - written by JACK NITZSCHE - it features RY COODER on Guitar]

Disc 5 (7:26 minutes):
Brown Sugar b/w Bitch
UK: 16 April 1971 on Rolling Stones Records RS 19100
[Note: some British copies came in a rare picture sleeve which is `not' used here. Some copies of the original 7" had a bonus track after "Bitch" called "Let It Rock" - a live cover version of a Chuck Berry song recorded in March 1971 at Leeds University. It's `not' included here but is available on the "Rarities 1971-2003" CD compilation from 2005]

Disc 6 (9:32 minutes):
Wild Horses b/w Sway
USA: 12 June 1971 on Rolling Stones Records RLS 101
[Note: the 1994 Virgin remasters are used for both tracks]

Disc 7 (5:19 minutes):
I Don't Know Why b/w Try A Little Harder
USA: 23 May 1975 on Abkco 4701
[Note: both tracks are taken from the 1975 outtakes compilation "Metamorphosis". The A-side is a Stevie Wonder cover recorded July 1969 (the night Brian Jones died) and is a "Let It Bleed" outtake. The B-side is a Jagger/Richards original from back in June 1964]

Disc 8 (6:42 minutes):
Out Of Time b/w Jiving Sister Fanny
USA: August 1975 on Abkco 4702
UK: 5 September 1975 on Decca F 13597
[Note: the A-side was written by Jagger/Richards for Chris Farlowe who had a Number One hit with it in the UK in June 1966 on Immediate Records. Again from the "Metamorphosis" compilation - it made its first appearance on that album and this single with Jagger's vocal on the track. The B-side "Jiving Sister fanny" is another "Let It Bleed" outtake from July 1969]

Disc 9 (26:12 minutes):
Sympathy For The Devil Remix
1. Sympathy For The Devil (Original Recording)
2. Sympathy For The Devil (Neptunes Remix)
3. Sympathy For The Devil (Fatboy Slim Remix)
4. Sympathy For The Devil (Full Phatt Remix)
UK CD single released September 2003 on Mercury 9810612

Disc 10 "The Rolling Stones Videos 1964-2003" - 4-Track DVD, Region 0:
1. Time Is On My Side (Live on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964)
2. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow (Filmed Live in 1967 - no venue stated)
3. Jumpin' Jack Flash (1968 Promo)
4. Sympathy For The Devil (The Neptunes Remix Video) (Filmed 2003)

The 32-page glossy booklet features some great picture sleeves from around the globe and the liner notes giving a history of every song are pleasingly detailed and to the point. Tape transfer, Sound Restoration and Remastering involved a trio of great names - STEVE ROSENTHAL, TERI LANDI and BOB LUDWIG. They've done a great job given the notorious and wildly differing sound sources.

As far as I'm aware this is the only place to get the rare edit of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" while fans will probably have the "Let It Bleed" outakes on their SACD of "Metamorphosis". The less said about the "Sympathy For The Devil" remixes from 2003 - the better. "Jumpi' Jack Flash", "Street Fighting Man" and "Honky Tonk Women" still amaze - even after all these years. The 4 DVD films are fabulous too (and Region Free so no playback issues) while the foldout colour poster (black and white shot on the flip side) and art-cards give the whole thing a classy feel. And who will complain about those four corkers off "Sticky". Even "Memo From Turner" rocks - as does that rare Ry Cooder instrumental B-side.

"If you try might just get what you need..." Well look no further...
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Series, 3 Mar 2005
Peter Richardson (Battle, East Sussex) - See all my reviews
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The somewhat delayed third instalment in ABKCO's repackaging of the Stones singles from an era when singles were a dominant predeterminate of a band's popularity is by far the best of the bunch.
I'm assuming here that casual buyers will not be the main market for these pretty but not totally convenient box sets of The Rolling Stones Decca/ London singles output. Casual buyers will go for collections like The Rolling Stones Singles collection on three convenient CDs, or the two Hot Rocks collections these latter being the source to go for optimum stereo mixes on many of these epoch defining tracks.
No these boxed sets seem pre-ordained for the fan who already has just about every other permutation of classic Stones trax going but nevertheless appreciates the heady nostalgia of seeing these releases re-presented as treasured artifacts replete with their original sleeves.
However what makes this third instalment attractive to both casual buyer and loyal Stones geek alike is the inclusion of a bonus DVD and that is where this particular instalment of
The Rolling Stones Singles boxes gets good.
Here presented for the first time in pristine quality on DVD is the Stones October '64 debut on the Ed Sullivan show, with a truly memorable rendition of Irma Thomas's "Time Is On My Side" complete with mesmerised U.S. teens. This heady footage is followed by Peter Whitehead's awesome film of the Stones at The Albert Hall in late '66 at the height of their teen rock iconic powers. The best has yet to come however as Michael Lyndsey Hogg's "Jumpin' Jack Flash" promo from May 1968 bestrides the screen in all it's awesome demonic majesty. Filmed as one of two Hogg directed promos for a single which effectively relaunched the band from a psychedelic torpor induced by drug busts, band rivalries and a none too well received album, this film perfectly mirrors the unsettling energy of a single that has now become de rigeur to every Stones concert since.
But this is the original version with the original film and none of the dark intensity has been lost. The accompanying track is longer than the single and features a long organ outro courtesy of Bill Wyman, Keith Richard rather peversely and not for the first time laid down the bass track. But what viewers of the film see is by far the longest version of this all to scarcely seen promo. Which for this reviewer at least is still the greatest rock promo ever - bar none!
There is a glossy and glamorous video to round of this DVD of Sympathy for the Devil remixed by The Neptunes, which along with the Norman Cook and Neptunes audio remixes seems jarringly out of place on this otherwise excellent compilation.
But these minor caveats aside this is an absolute essential for anyone remotely into or curious about what is still arguably The Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band in the world.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yihaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, 26 Mar 2011
This review is from: Singles 1968-1971 [9CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
would recommend it to all you stoners, and those who search specialities

this is a must have thing

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5.0 out of 5 stars o my god!, 13 July 2010
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talk about unique...its so unique amazon only had one in stock! iv got the dilema now of parting wiv it as im trying to buy som unusual xmas presents this year!...BUT I WANT IT!!!
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