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ROLLING STONES Rolled Gold + (2007 UK Expanded Edition 40-track 2-CD album set [previously released in 1975 on vinyl & cassette only] comprising a collection of all their biggest early hits including Brown Sugar [I Cant Get No] Satisfaction Honky Tonk Women and Paint It Black to name but a few plus Shes A Rainbow [which also features on the 2007 Sony Bravia ad] complete with picture sleeve booklet containing extensive sleevenotes)
How times change. If you read Mick Farren's review from the NME of this compilation from 1975 and then compare it to one from any of the trendier online review sites today you'd wonder even if it were the same BAND that's being dissected. Farren can't even begin to countenance a view that allows for any of the tracks to be regarded as below par. Recent reviews treat the whole thing like a record from your rather embarrassing uncles. Once these West London boys were a threat to society. Now they're something you buy for your mum and dad to play in the car. Sheesh!
So why should you care if you happen to be one of the (presumably very) young people for whom this band signifies little more than knighthoods and Wembley-filling superannuated gigs? Well, because for at least a decade they were, as they announced on Get Yer Ya Yas Out; the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world. Often speciously pitted against the Beatles; their roots lay less in pure rock 'n' roll and more in the London blues scene. Originally Brian Jones' band, they bonded over a mutual love of all things gritty and Chicagoan.
Forced by scene-maker/manager Andrew Loog Oldham to write their own material after a string of hits covering everyone from Chuck Berry ("Come On") to the Beatles themselves ("I Wanna Be Your Man"), "The Last Time" ushered in a period where Jagger and Richards easily rivalled Lennon and McCartney for the holders of most important cultural icons of the 60s.
It's all here: The ur-riff of "Satisfaction", the snarling blues of "Little Red Rooster", the social anxiety of "19th Nervous Breakdown". Every month saw them glowering on the set of Top Of The Pops.
Rolled Gold, spans their transition from chart heroes to album kings, and from Decca to Atlantic (and their own label). recent revisionism bumps up the psychedelic whimsy from Their Satanic Majesties album on this re-release, but then gets stuck into the really dirty stuff. From Beggars Banquet ("Sympathy For The Devil") to Sticky Fingers (the oh-so-politically-incorrect Brown Sugar) the second half of this set is a perfect lesson in how to grow up disgracefully in public and still make awesome sleazy blues rock while you're at it.
Essentially Farren was right then, this is all glorious stuff, with hardly a dip in quality. Need some Stones in your life? Of course you do. Start here! --Chris Jones
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The Stones had a peak period from mid 60s to early 70s, in my opinion; Exile on Main Street was their last great hurrah. However this collection is absolutely wonderful.
Apart from the ground breaking impact they had on the culture of the day, people sometimes overlook just how versatile they were in creating original material and playing it live.
All the killer hooks are here on everything from "Jumping" to "Last Time" to "Brown Sugar". Massive singles that still define the Stones to today. But don't forget how talented they were when putting together some incredibly beautiful Melodies. "We Love You", "Ruby Tuesday" & "Lady Jane" to name just a few. In fact, I could spend an afternoon writing about each track, but why bother, go buy it and listen yourself. Next to the Beatles, they must have one of the most impressive back catalogues of anyone from that era.
This is so rich in quality; it should be in everybody's collection.
back in 64' they were up to 'It's All Over Now' by then, which was their fourth chart
entry, of course the late 'Brian Jones' was on stage with the group back then.
back then we used to have half a dozen or so acts to watch on stage in a
around two hour presentation, from memory, though I can't remember the whole
line-up I remember 'Chuck Berry' closing the first half, the 'Stones' the second.
'P.J.Proby was also one of the acts on show.....great memories.
I purchased this release when released, at the time I was pleased to have one or
two of their well known numbers on-board a greatest-hits release that up to then
very infrequent inclusions on previous releases such as this, the songs...'I Wanna
Be Your Man' 'Little Red Rooster' I have found down the years there are allways
relevant numbers missing from this type of album, on this one or two 'Stones'
greats are missing, notably, 'I Know it's Only Rock'n'Roll but I Like it' 'Fool to Cry'
and 'Miss You' (Obviously there are more)
However that aside this 2-CD release does include many popular tracks from early
album releases along with several of their Hits of course.
My all time favourite 'Stones' number has always been 'Ruby Tuesday' which actually
topped the U.S chart back in 67' in the U.K 'Melanie' had a top ten hit with the song,
another great 'non-rock' number 'As Tears Go By' charted in the U.S at number 6
in the U.K it was a hit for 'Marianne Faithfull'
The Stones penned many great numbers, many 'Rock' and several great numbers
such as the couple I've mentioned.
To actually collect all the 'Hit' material from 'The Stones' you'd probably need to buy
or download maybe four of their 'Greatest Hits' releases, as I have done down the
years.....another good 'Greatest Hits' release was 'Forty Licks' and more recently
Who would have thought that some 50 years on the 'Stones' including three of the
original line-up would be wowing the audience at Glastonbury 2013, I watched it on
TV....amazing stuff......where do they find that amount of energy, still sounding great.
Some of the tracks to cherish on this release include hits such as.....'Heart of Stone'
'The Last Time' 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' 'Get off of My Cloud' 'Paint it Black'
'19th Nervous Breakdown' 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' 'Brown Sugar' and 'Honky Tonk
Woman' among them, among the early album material included(other than what I
mentioned earlier) 'Time is On My Side' 'Under my Thumb' 'Mothers Little Helper'
'Let's Spend the Night Together' 'She's a Rainbow' and 'Gimme Shelter' among
them (one or two of which did chart in the U.S.
overall, it, of course is a terrific item to own............Keep Rockin' 'Mick and Co'
Check it out.
This was good value on vinyl and is even better value in its CD incarnation. There's never been a better summary of the Rolling Stones glory years IMO and the chronological format appeals to the music nerd such as I.
Track Listing (courtesy of Wiki:-) is as follows!
All songs composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards except as noted
"Come On" (Chuck Berry)
"I Wanna Be Your Man" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
"Not Fade Away" (Norman Petty/Charles Hardin)
"Carol" (Chuck Berry)
"It's All Over Now" (Bobby Womack/Shirley Womack)
"Little Red Rooster" (Willie Dixon)
"Heart of Stone"
"Time Is on My Side" (Norman Meade)
"The Last Time"
"Play with Fire" (Nanker Phelge)
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Get Off of My Cloud"
"As Tears Go By" (Jagger/Richards/Andrew Oldham)
"Paint It, Black"
"Mother's Little Helper"
"19th Nervous Breakdown"
"Under My Thumb"
"Out of Time"
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?"
"She's a Rainbow"
"We Love You"
"2000 Light Years from Home"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"Street Fighting Man"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Let It Bleed "
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Honky Tonk Women"
Songs that are on this version but were not on the vinyl version are:
"Heart of Stone"
"Play with Fire"
"Mother's Little Helper"
"2000 Light Years from Home"
"Let It Bleed"
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