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5/5 for the music, but packaging loses a star,
This review is from: GRRR! (Audio CD)
Everyone knows these songs, so I won't bother talking too much about them; got the standard tracks for a greatest hits compilation for the Rolling Stones, plus the two new 2012 tracks Doom & Gloom and One More Shot, both excellent.
The packaging lets down this release, especially considering it's supposed to be celebrating a huge 50 year career. It's a card case, which is glossy but feels really cheap and flimsy compared to other card cases I've seen, and it has no plastic disc holders inside, so the 3 discs just slot into slots in the card, which I can see tearing quite easily.
The booklet leaves a lot to be desired as well; a 50 year career-spanning release you'd expect a bit of text in there about some of the tracks, the band's history (we all know it, but it's nice to have it there), but instead there are a few annotated photos and then just writing credits...nothing else, no lyrics, original release dates or nothing!
A shame, but worth buying for the music alone, especially if you don't already own these classics!
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2012 17:07:28 GMT
I could not agree more. In particular I miss the original release dates (or the album references). The packaging would have been "it" in this case. On the whole, the collection stays great anyway. Too bad that "Out of Time" is not included. It remains one of my favourites after all these years...
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2012 18:01:21 GMT
Surely if you are fan, you know the chronology of the music, and the albums from whence the songs came?
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2012 18:18:04 GMT
C. Davis says:
Yeah true, but its always nice to have, especially on a chronological anniversary release. Would have been nice to have the single covers, chart positions etc, like the Beatles '1'.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2012 19:24:19 GMT
I suppose so. "The Singles Collection, The London Years" is pretty good in that respect.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 09:37:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2012 09:38:50 GMT
You are right as regards fans but it's a nice to have for a refresh. For the newcomers it's more important, so that they can gain an overview of the Stones' history. One thing helps however: the chronological sequence. I do not like those greatest hits records, where songs are arranged in a random order.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 11:38:00 GMT
Agreed. "Forty Licks" was hopelessly out of chronological sequence.
The 2009 remasters also were shoddily produced in terms of CD inner booklets/notes i.e. they did not exist. Compare this the excellent booklets provided with The Beatles remasters.
Final point. Both on "Forty Licks" and "Grrr", great tracks are edited - Miss You, Beast Of Burden, Fool To Cry, Emotional Rescue, You Can't Always Get What You Want. Criminal.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 12:56:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2012 12:57:08 GMT
Right, I saw that. It's a shame.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 20:17:39 GMT
fleegle fuzztone says:
are these the original single edits or have they just been butchered for space. a lot of the stones singles compilations use the album edits + not those from the original 7".
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