Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Rolling Stones singles collection London years 1

Album Review Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
The three-disc box set Singles Collection The London Years contains every single the Rolling Stones released during the '60s, including both the A- and B-sides. It is the first Stones compilation that tries to be comprehensive and logical -- for all their attributes, the two Hot Rocks sets and the two Big Hits collections didn't present the singles in chronological order. In essence, the previous compilations were excellent samplers, where Singles Collection tells most of the story (certain albums, like Aftermath, Beggars Banquet, and Let It Bleed, fill in the gaps left by the singles). The Rolling Stones made genuine albums -- even their early R&B/blues albums were impeccably paced -- but their singles had a power all their own, which is quite clearly illustrated by the Singles Collection. By presenting the singles in chronological order, the set takes on a relentless, exhilarating pace with each hit and neglected B-side piling on top of each other, adding a new dimension to the group; it has a power it wouldn't have had if it tried to sample from the albums. Although it cheats near the end, adding singles from the Metamorphosis outtakes collection and two singles from Sticky Fingers, this captures the essence of the '60s Stones as well as any compilation could. Casual fans might want to stick with the Hot Rocks sets, since they just have the hits, but for those that want a little bit more, the Singles Collection is absolutely essential.

Someone elses review, edited by me a little bit.
CD 1 (The R'n'B Period) has five 'new' songs compared to the above mentioned compilations like Hot Rocks. There are the two first Stones' singles: Chuck Berry's Come On, backed with I Want To Be Loved, and Lennon/McCartney's I Wanna Be Your Man, backed with Stoned. All four of these kick butt. I mean, Come On sounds oh so tame and pale compared to the stuff they'd begin to release only a year later, but it's still fun - and shows how much their sound depended on Bill Wyman's amazing basswork in these early days. Mick blows a mean harmonica, too, though! Ah, but the bassline is even more amazing in I Wanna Be Your Man (which, by the way, was written specially for the Stones, and only added later to With The Beatles as an afterthought), the 'ultimate' early Stones' hardcore rocker: the bassline is simply crazy, Mick croaks out the vocals like a maniac, and Keith (Brian?) adds a ferocious, stingy solo. And don't forget about the mean instrumental Stoned (later ripped off by the Beach Boys as Stoked, although probably not off the Stones, but off their common source which I do not know)! Nowadays, it sounds pretty tame, I guess, but can you imagine the horror of mothers every time the mean blues rhythm ceased and Mick uttered 'STONED... OUT OF MY MIND...' I mean, it's like, here come the warm jets! Would you let your daughter go out with a Rolling Stone? No way!
The fifth 'original' track here is a version of Time Is On My Side, quite different from the one you'll find on 12x5: less gospelish organ, more bluesy guitar. I actually prefer this one, but it's your bit.

Tracks CD I:
1) Come On; 2) I Want To Be Loved; 3) I Wanna Be Your Man; 4) Stoned; 5) Not Fade Away; 6) Little By Little; 7) It's All Over Now (I added also a stereo version); 8) Good Times Bad Times; 9) Tell Me; 10) I Just Want To Make Love To You; 11) Time Is On My Side; 12) Congratulations; 13) Little Red Rooster; 14) Off The Hook; 15) Heart Of Stone; 16) What A Shame; 17) The Last Time; 18) Play With Fire; 19) (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction; 20) The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man; 21) The Spider And The Fly; 22) Get Off Of My Cloud; 23) I'm Free; 24) The Singer Not The Song; 25) As Tears Go By.

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