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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete? Far from it, 7 Oct 2004
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This review is from: The Complete Stone Roses (Audio CD)
I recommend you do not buy this compilation. Many of the tunes on this 'best of' effort appear to be inferior versions of the many classics that made this band so great in their day.
For 'The Complete' Stone Roses experience simply buy 'Stone Roses' and 'Turns Into Stone'.
Do it. Do it now. If you haven't discovered the Stone Roses yet then you owe it to yourself.
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Initial post: 28 Jul 2009 17:13:13 BDT
coca-ebola says:
BUT! This is the only place you can get the b-sides of Sally Cinnamon, at the time of writing (and the song itself is hardly ubiquitous). And - while the short single mixes of the album tracks may seem like padding, they needed to be collected somewhere to get the catalogue into some kind of order. So, even if you still need "Turns Into Stone" for the full length versions of One Love et al, this is still a compilation well worth having. And it plays very well from end to end.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2009 11:53:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jul 2009 11:58:14 BDT
L J Thomson says:
Good comment by coca-ebola. I couldn't agree more. I actually started with The Second Coming back in 1996 when I bought it on CD for 2 at a car boot sale and I thought it was okay but couldn't understand what all the fuss was about (The Stone Roses as a band etc). I then bought the "Complete" and listened to that quite a lot as I thought (at the time) it was the famed first LP PLUS other A and B sides. It IS a very listenable compilation and works well played through in some kind of chronological order. It wasn't until the late 90's that I realised there was an original Stone Roses album that was not already included on this set. However, from then until today, I am STILL completely baffled as to why that first album is regarded as being such a high watermark in some (admittedly very limited) circles. It is good but it's not great and it's certainly the album I've listened to the least of the ones I have. The production is terrible and I can't for the life of me understand why some fans get so worked up about the different takes/versions/mixes of the songs. If there is any difference between them it is small and wouldn't be noticed when played on the radio. I appreciate that the "classic" songs are longer but few casual listeners will appreciate the r 'n' b funk guitar workouts that always seem tacked on anyway. I have just ordered Turns Into Stone to see if that set can really turn me onto The Stone Roses. That will be the last chance I give them. I will not be wasting more money on the upcoming remastered copy of the debut album unless I'm a fully fledged convert by then. I so want to like this group and love that debut but after 13 years I doubt it's going to happen. I guess you had to be there? I prefer early Oasis, Blur, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Dylan, The Faces, but come to think of it, probably most other artists that the Stone Roses would aspire to being like BUT I do still like them, rest assured. They have a quaint charm about them which is timeless. I just think they were a moment in time and a grossly over-rated one at that. I hope the Turns Into Stone disc is a 2008 re-master as Amazon.com seems to suggest it is. Does anyone know?
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