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Singles Collection: The London Years - The Rolling Stones

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Genre: Rock - Classic Rock / Artist: The Rolling Stones / Box set / Audio CD released 2006-08-10 at Decca - Pop

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      27.06.2008 01:11
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      If you haven't already got it, get it, money well spent

      ----<3 Disc Extravaganza>----

      This 58 song collection of the Rolling Stones Singles was my first of many "Boxed Set" CDs I have bought over the years.
      Before I go any further, I would be here all day and night (night and day), reviewing every single song, so I'll review the ones I like and some of the ones you may never have heard of, one track on this set that is missing, is "Yesterday's Papers", however, I can't complain, this is the Stones at their rawest and best.

      ----<The Discs>----

      Disc: 1

      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
      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

      ----<Disc: 2>----

      1. Gotta Get Away
      2. 19th Nervous Breakdown
      3. Sad Day
      4. Paint It, Black
      5. Stupid Girl
      6. Long Long While
      7. Mother's Little Helper
      8. Lady Jane
      9. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
      10. Who's Driving Your Plane?
      11. Let's Spend The Night Together
      12. Ruby Tuesday
      13. We Love You
      14. Dandelion
      15. She's A Rainbow
      16. 2000 Light Years From Home
      17. In Another Land
      18. The Lantern
      19. Jumpin' Jack Flash
      20. Child Of The Moon (Rmk)

      ----<Disc: 3>----

      1. Street Fighting Man
      2. No Expectations
      3. Surprise, Surprise
      4. Honky Tonk Women
      5. You Can't Always Get What You Want
      6. Memo From Turner
      7. Brown Sugar
      8. Wild Horses
      9. I Don't Know Why Aka Don't Know Why I Love You
      10. Try A Little Harder
      11. Out Of Time
      12. Jiving Sister Fanny
      13. Sympathy For The Devil

      ----<About the Stones>----

      If you haven't just dropped out the sky, or been living in a hole in the ground for the last 5 decades then you'll need no introduction to the Rolling Stones, I bought this set in 1997, for GBP29.99 from John Menzies (now W.H Smith).

      I had been a fan of the Stones for a while and had even went out and bought Voodoo Lounge(1994), panned by the music industry as their "last bite of the cherry", I thought there were songs on that album that deserved more of a second chance, or in clinical terminology, a second opinion.

      The Stones were, for that period of the Sixties, the bad boys of rock, or the boys you wouldn't want your daughter to marry, that's all immaterial, all that really matters is what they do on stage and in a studio, from this 58 song set, I'll review 5 songs from each Disc, though whittling 5 from 25, 20 and 13 respectively will be a task and a half.

      Disc One-

      1. Come on - This opener for disc one has a "boom chick a boom boom" type sound to it, with a harmonica crying every now and then, lasting only 1.50 min its just long enough to whet your Stone thirst.

      2. I Just Wanna Make Love To You - A fast paced bluesy number with Jagger clapping away and singing this catchy tune, it is broken with another harmonica chorus, it ends with drums and tambourines beating.

      3. Little Red Rooster - My favourite song on this disc, you would be forgiven for thinking these lads were a black blues band, such is the nature of the song. The sliding guitar makes this song what it is, a mellow, open G strung sliding number, the harmonica weeps away towards the end of this piece.

      4. What A Shame - In slides the bluesy sounding guitar again, this time accompanied with a little piano work in the back, it is a swinging blues song, unlike the Red Rooster, this is something I could see myself dancing too in the Sixties.

      5. I'm Free - The Soup Dragons done a rendition of this in 1991, but nothing could beat the original, and nothing will, its simplicity makes it a firm favourite, "nothing is getting me down" type number.

      Disc Two-

      1. Gotta Get Away - The opener for the disc again, I love Jaggers voice in this song, his cruel howl for his need to get away is tremendous, typical early Stones.

      2. Mothers Little Helper - A song about "little yellow pills", 5mg valium, anything to get through the day, a dreary story of a mothers need for "tranquillizing" her mind. Jones learned sitar for this and Paint it Black.

      3. Dandelion - A Sixties psycho L.S.D song, with harmonies thrown in for good measure, it sounds a little like the Beatles, and again you would be forgiven for saying so.

      4. She's A Rainbow - The Piano opens like a kid opening a jewellery box that chimes, this is well written and has a bit of violin thrown in for good measure, the song explodes after the middle, it has been used in numerous adverts.

      5. Jumpin' Jack Flash - Stones at their absolute best, simple but sooo effective, like the Rolling Stones or not, if you haven't heard this (even if you don't like it), you've never lived. It's IMO in their top 5 best songs ever.

      Disc Three-

      1. Street Fighting Man - Have a few bottles of "wife-beater" AND listening to this will have you up in front of the judge on Monday morning, raw lyrics with no nonsense guitar work, another classic example of why the Stones stood apart back in the day.

      2. Memo From Turner - As played in Goodfellas, A song more spoken than sung, Memo is a sliding masterpiece, with Jagger poking jabs once again at the establishment, police and non Coke heads(Homosexuals)

      3. Wild horses - A beautiful acoustic piece that many a band has tried to cover, some with success, others without, the lyrics are again cracking, and Jaggers quivering voice is always nice to hear on songs like this.

      4. Sympathy For The Devil - All systems go for this epic masterpiece, The Rolling Stones homage to the horned one, Jagger brags about the demise of Christ, while Pilot seals his fate, killed the Tsar and his ministers, when he saw there was time for a change. A climatic piece favoured by all fans of music.

      5. Out of Time - Singing about the sign of the times, his baby is out of time and out of touch, Jack Nietzsche plays piano on this little ditty.

      ----<The One's That Got Away>----

      1. Paint it Black.
      2. Get Off of My Cloud.
      3. 19th Nervous Breakdown.
      4. Let's Spend The Night Together.
      5. 2000 Light Years From Home.

      ----<Other Sets Worth Looking at>----

      The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks

      With songs like Emotional Rescue, Start Me Up, Tumbling Dice and Fool to Cry, I think the two sets are an essential part to any Stones fan's collection.

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        17.08.2004 23:10
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        Among all the Rolling Stones compilations currently available, two stand out. ?Forty Licks? (2002) contains most of the essential singles right across their 40-year career, and a handful of the most important album tracks. ?The Singles Collection?, subtitled ?The London Years? (London in this case referring to the London label, which released their early records in the US, rather than the city), has 58 tracks (A- and B-sides) covering their best period ? 1963 to 1971. As the group had less control over which album tracks were released as singles in America (the Beatles had a similar problem), they had far more hits there than in the UK. Go to http://www.rollingstones.cwc.net/stones.htm for a discography of UK and US vinyl singles, though there are some omissions and errors, particularly on some of the ?highest position reached? figures. Or else grab a copy of this. All the tracks come in chronological order of release. ?Come On?, a Chuck Berry number which provided their first hit in the summer of 1963, starts it all off. Listening to the early stuff again, it all sounds quite primitive, but in those days when most of their contemporaries were trying to sound family-friendly and somewhat sanitised, Mick, Keith and the lads were aiming for a raw sound which often marked them out from the rest. Compare their version of ?I Wanna Be Your Man? with that by the Beatles, who ?gave? them the song for their second single. Not that they couldn?t be as cuddly and poppy as anyone else when they tried ? a listen to ?Congratulations?, a US-only single from 1964 (long before Cliff Richard?s 1968 Eurovision entry laid claim to the title). Just one year into making records, they were topping the charts with ease ? ?It?s All Over Now? being
        the first of five consecutive chart-toppers, a run which included ?The Last Time?, ??(I Can?t Get No) Satisfaction? and in my opinion the best of the early hits, ?Get Off Of My Cloud?. These will be pretty familiar to anyone who grew up with the Stones (yes, some of us are still around), but not so the more bluesy, less poppy stuff like ?I Just Want To Make Love To You?, a Muddy Waters standard recorded by many others, and which had a new lease of life when Etta James? version was reissued and became a hit in 1996, or ?Time Is On My Side? which gave the group their first US Top 10 single, though it was one of several songs which was only an album track in the UK. For a while the Rolling Stones could do no wrong, combining social comment with interesting new musical experimentation. Remember ?19th Nervous Breakdown?, with that clever cynical storyline in the lyric, and that juddering bass run at the end of the song? Remember ?Paint It Black?, probably the first major hit single to use a sitar prominently (admittedly they copied the Beatles? ?Norwegian Wood?)? Remember ?Mother?s Little Helper?, one of the US-only singles, which took a potshot at the hypocrisy of pill-popping housewives? Like almost everyone else, the Stones went softer, even prettier, during the summer of love in 1967 ? though there had been signs of it the previous year, in the haunting dulcimer-led ballad ?Lady Jane?. ?Dandelion?, ?We Love You? (featuring Lennon and McCartney, uncredited, plus a cast of dozens on backing vocals), and no less than two singles, four tracks, off the much-argued about psychedelic album ?Their Satanic Majesties Request?. ?2000 Light Years From Home? is weird,
        trippy, spacey fare, aeons away from their typical sound, while ?She?s A Rainbow? cleverly combines drive and a pretty tune, and ?In Another Land? ? the one and only song Bill Wyman ever wrote and sang on a Stones album ? is eccentric but likeable. It?s arguable that the years 1968-71 produced the real killer Stones oldies. Nothing can be said about the immortal trilogy of ?Jumpin? Jack Flash?, ?Honky Tonk Women? and ?Brown Sugar?, the rabble-rousing ode to student and civil unrest in ?Street Fighting Man? or the wonderfully chilling ?Sympathy For The Devil? that hasn?t been written already. Tucked in between those are a handful of lesser-known gems and curios. Best of all has to be ?You Can?t Always Get What You Want?, which unfortunately appears here only in the 5-minute edit, pared down as it was to a B-side ? you?ll have to look elsewhere for the full 7-minutes-plus epic. (As it appears on CD 3 in this collection, which has a total playing time of 49 minutes, while the other two clock in at nearly 70 minutes each, this seems a tad niggardly). ?Memo From Turner? is a strange off-the-wall item from the controversial movie ?Performance?, with Ry Cooder on slide guitar, was first issued as a solo single by Mick Jagger in 1970. ?Out Of Time?, released for the first time in 1975 ? nine years after it was recorded ? is in effect another solo outing by Mick, with session musicians. Oddly it was released to compete with a reissue of Chris Farlowe's version (a No. 1 in 1966) in 1975, and even more oddly features Mick singing to the same backing track that was recorded for Chris. (They both made the charts simultaneously ? Chris reached No. 44, the Stones No. 45). You?ll also find some othe
        r songs which had lain in the vaults for several years, like the lightweight ?Try A Little Harder? (fairly standard pop fare, recorded in 1964 and sounding rather dated), ?I Don?t Know Why?, a cover of a Stevie Wonder oldie, and ?Jiving Sister Fanny?, which sounds like the kind of boogie Status Quo were shortly to develop into their trademark sound. There?s also the mock-country weepie ?Wild Horses?, which for some reason seems to be cropping up on Radio 2 a good deal these days. Some of the tracks are better than others (well, the same can be said about any album), hence only four stars, but when considered as a whole, this package really is the goods. The accompanying booklet gives details of when and where each track was recorded, plus a note of any guest or session musicians involved. At full retail price (that quoted below is from Amazon) it?s not cheap, but look around the usual outlets in the high street or online for a better price. Capital letters courtesy of Charlie Chucklewatts: http://www.chuckleweb.co.uk/fixit.php - and our thoughts are with Charlie Watts during his present illness

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        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
        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

        Disc #2 Tracklisting
        1 Gotta Get Away
        2 19th Nervous Breakdown
        3 Sad Day
        4 Paint It Black
        5 Stupid Girl
        6 Long Long While
        7 Mother's Little Helper
        8 Lady Jane
        9 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
        10 Who's Driving Your Plane?
        11 Let's Spend The Night Together
        12 Ruby Tuesday
        13 We Love You
        14 Dandelion
        15 She's A Rainbow
        16 2000 Light Years From Home
        17 In Another Land - Bill Wyman
        18 The Lantern
        19 Jumping Jack Flash
        20 Child Of The Moon (rmk)

        Disc #3 Tracklisting
        1 Street Fighting Man
        2 No Expectations
        3 Surprise, Surprise
        4 Honky Tonk Women
        5 You Can't Always Get What You Want
        6 Memo From Turner - Mick Jagger
        7 Brown Sugar
        8 Wild Horses
        9 I Don't Know Why Aka Don't Know Why I Love You
        10 Try A Little Harder
        11 Out Of Time
        12 Jiving Sister Fanny
        13 Sympathy For The Devil