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Remastering the Stones 2015. Sticky still, but oh so sweet.
, 15 May 2009
This review is from: Sticky Fingers (Audio CD)
OK, I would imagine that most folk already know this album and will already have it in some form or other. Therefore I will not dwell too long on the peerless music contained therein. The music is a mixed bag of styles taking in deep core blues numbers, hoary rockers and a spell of jazz-rock(almost!)in the latter minutes of Can't you hear me knocking which is worth the cost of admission alone.
Straight off I could hear Bobby Keys sax playing in Brown Sugar, the background bits and not just the hard blowing. The violins in Sway were more apparent. The detail in the sound of the slide guitar in You Gotta Move and a load of other fine aspects sound even more realistic than previously. High hats and snares crisp and all correct.
In particular the background is totally silent, no hiss at all to cloud the music.I also notice that the disc has not been mastered to be loud like all too many over compressed offerings these days. The sounds just emerge out of silence.
Sound quality 5 stars all round. Best I have ever heard it. Stephen Marcusson has managed to beat his own previous cd issue. I don't know how this could be, but he has. Everything just sounds better, but this sounds even clearer than previous, without any extra compression(best for lack of compression is the Virgin ones. They sound great on the right stereo cranked up. These sound better everywhere else) that I can hear. Astonishing!
The sonic differences are noticeable, not life changing or essential, rather small but perfectly formed.
The bonus tracks are all solid gold. I love them all. The newly uncovered Brown Sugar has no less than 4 guitars chiming away on it, the extra two co of Eric Clapton and Al Kooper. Interesting and well worth repeated listening sessions. It sounds a bit more animated and loose.
Wild Horses is honed back to the acoustic and all the more poignant for it. Clear as a bell. Mick's voice just floats out of the middle of this clean acoustic backing.
Can't you hear me Knocking is another gem, if only for the "how did they figure out how to make this sound better?" aspect. Here is an early version of a great song at a point where all the elements are essentially there, but not quite gelled..... So in a sense it is fascinating to try to figure out how did they make those choices to cut out the extra guitar curlicues and to make the rhythm less flowing and more choppy. It cuts short, which is no bad thing in the end. It is good to be able to hear Keith and Mick T swap guitar licks and hear them so clearly that it is no problem figuring out who is playing which.
Bitch. Longer, resonantly loaded with horns and extended. As good as the one we are used to, but longer and none the worse for it. Different vocal take, which again is an interesting thing to hear. Different guitar work in sections......all good stuff.
Dead Flowers sounds lighter and faster. Not quite as full of gravitas and the dark humour so evident in the final mix. Some great guitar licks that got the chop float around.....
The live tracks are superb. Full on wild early Stones and well recorded at that.
Overall one of the best bonus track filled cds that I have had the pleasure of getting my ears around. If only Led Zeppelins had been this good. If only the bonus tracks on the Exile reissue did not have the vocal lines redone by Mick. His current voice and singing style does not sound the same as the wilder Mick of back then and is out of place in a sense.
So, 2015 verdict is a solid thumbs up.
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