Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Rolling Stones - Singles Collection - The London Years

What a groovy collection! This 3-CD set is a compilation of all of the Stones' singles from 1963 through 1975, all - or at least most - in the original single mono mix, including the Decca UK releases not issued in the US. This starts with the first 45, their version of Chuck Berry's "Come On" and ends with "Sympathy For the Devil" (so not completely in chronological order, as "Brown Sugar" & "Wild Horses" also appear - though I guess it was a B-side of a re-release of "Honky Tonk Women" that came out later) and includes Jagger's "Memo From Turner" (from the movie Performance) along with 4 singles from the Metamorphosis album that were released against the band's will initially.

Of course, this is 3-CD's worth of amazing music, including some comparatively difficult items to find, such as their take on "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Stoned", Who's Driving Your Plane", "Jiving Sister Fanny" and more. No, nothing that most fans haven't heard, but a nice to have everything in one place, in the original mixes. Comes with an extensive booklet, as well! Great stuff!