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Poised, once more, to unleash the behemoth that is 'The Rolling Stones on tour' upon the world, it's time to cast an eye over the CVs of Messrs Jagger, Richards, Watts, Wyman and all the other naughty boys that never grew up. 'For the first time ever!' yells the sticker on the cover - but why? Do the racks not groan with innumerable compilations of Richmond's finest? Ah yes, but none have pulled off the trick of spanning those pesky label changes. This time it's the full picture...
After (approximately) forty years of dancing with Mr D, the Glimmer Twins and Co. have not only rattled the cages of the establishment but, in refusing (with one famous exception) to go down in a blaze of hell raising glory, have become as much pillars of society (to quote ''Respectable'', shamefully omitted here) as those who sought to silence them. Arise Sir Mick, indeed. So, while Mick Jagger's famous marketing savvy undoubtedly accounts for this collection, it's still important as a reminder of the days when each new release was easily as important as any of the Fab Four's.
From the bolshy rhythm guitar intro of ''Street Fighting Man'' the synapses are instantly beaten into a realisation (or re-awakening) that these pasty West London boys virtually wrote the blueprint for hard rock in the 60s and 70s. So much here goes beyond mere R 'n' B. These are archetypes. How many garage-punk bands based their entire careers on the fuzz psych-out of ''Satisfaction''? How many wasted but wasteful wannabes have attempted to emulate the louche pharmaceutical jive of ''Honky Tonk Women'' or ''Tumbling Dice''? Even the paisley nonsense of ''She's A Rainbow'' still echoes on in the work of, say, The Flaming Lips.
CD one has (and this is astounding) NO FILLER WHATSOEVER. Every track still shines like a grubby diamond. CD two fares less well - the post-Emotional Rescue era stuff, while efficient, falls into a more lackadaisical groove-driven formula, though stuff like ''Undercover (Of The Night)'' still packs a punch. There's plenty to get your teeth into however: Tracks such as ''Fool To Cry'' and ''It's Only Rock 'n' Roll'', lambasted at the time of release, now sound fresher and more heartfelt than any of today's lame copyists while ''Miss You'' from their last truly great album, Some Girls, proves that when they lost Bill Wyman they lost a vital part of their rhythmic backbone.
Four new tracks fare perfectly well, though the closer ''Losin' My Touch'' featuring Richard's groggy vocals actually has the power to tug at the most grizzled of heartstrings. An entire essay could be written on the omissions (''Little Red Rooster'', ''We Love You'', ''Time Is On My Side'' etc. etc.) and while the booklet has a fine selection of photos some kind of Stalinism seems to exist in the Stones camp whereby only one picture of Mick Taylor is included, despite his presence during what many cite as their classic years. But minor gripes aside, this first comprehensive look at all eras of satisfaction-seeking does a mighty fine job. Its a gas, gas gas...
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Top Customer Reviews
Combine these with other rock master tunes no stones fan is without - Start Me Up, Brown Sugar, It's Only Rock n Roll to name a very few, and then mix with the new offerings from the greatest rock band ever to walk the planet (I personally reccommend Keef's track Losing My Touch - the last word of the album and boy does he put it well!). Overall the best of the best of the best from the cream of rock and roll, sounding better than ever (if that's possible!) A DEFINITE must have for any respected fan, but also for anyone who doesn't remember it all first time around! Just one word of warning - get those air guitars tuned - it's infectiously rocky! Bring on the UK tour!
Oh, and then there's Disc 2. Well, to be honest, they playlisted it very well - about fifteen minutes in a torpor descended and the sounds of a band going through the motions - for thirty years - took over. Contains a slightly different selection of later tracks to "Jump Back", again seemingly remastered rather admirably, but I wouldn't advise anyone to listen to both discs back to back. In isolation Disc 2 sounds fine, but it's infinitely depressing played after the sheer power and grandeur of disc 1.
There's some new material that's..... well, celebrity pub rock, really. I've heard better down my local of a Sunday afternoon, but it's beautifully recorded celebrity pub rock. Treat as filler, I think.
So, a representative and faithful (and fairly "warts and all", but most of the warts are on Disc 2) compilation of the Stones' output, but an inevitable part of that is accepting that fame and drink and drugs and endless touring and no Brian meant that they were never quite the same band again....
If only for Disc 1, unmissable. Think of Disc 2 as a bonus and it's still damn good value.
Of course, there are rock 'n' roll classics such as 'Satisfaction', 'Jumpin' Jack Flash, 'Honky Tonk Woman' and 'Brown Sugar', but their softer songs, such as 'Gimme Shelter' and 'Wild Horses' are beautiful; they are two of my favourite songs. Keith Richards writes, along with Jimmy Page, the best riffs ever, his range is great, and complemented perfectly by Mick Jagger's swaggering vocal performances. Charlie Watts isn't exactly a virtuoso drummer, but holds the beat brilliantly. Those who have come and gone over the years - Brian Jones, Mick Taylor, Bill Wyman, Ron Wood - they can all be heard here.
This is the definitive Rolling Stones compilation. Don't hesitate,don't read on - buy it and love it.
For a beginner to the music of The Rolling Stone's this album is a perfect starting place for an overview of their work. I really like this album and have treasured it for many years now and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoy's good music.
The Album's Track Listing is as follow's;
1. Street fighting man
2. Gimme shelter
4. Last time
5. Jumpin' Jack Flash
6. You can't always get what you want
7. 19th nervous breakdown
8. Under my thumb
9. Not fade away
10. Have you seen your mother baby
11. Sympathy for the devil
12. Mother's little helper
13. She's a rainbow
14. Get off my cloud
15. Wild horses
16. Ruby Tuesday
17. Paint it black
18. Honky tonk women
19. It's all over now
20. Let's spend the night together
1. Start me up
2. Brown sugar
3. Miss you
4. Beast of burden
5. Don't stop
8. You got me rocking
10. Fool to cry
11. Love is strong
12. Mixed emotions
13. Keys to love
14. Anybody seen my baby
15. Stealing my heart
16. Tumbling dice
18. Emotional rescue
19. It's only rock 'n' roll
20. Losing my touch
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was and am a Beatles/Led Zep/PinkFloyd fan but this is a great addition to any music collection. More i play it better i like specially the less known tracks.Published 1 month ago by spud
Met expectations no problems at all, CD in good condition and delivery was as specified.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customeradriantinkler