Picks and Pans Review: The Rolling Stones
It's not for the casual fan—not everybody, after all, really needs three cuts of Sympathy for the Devil-but this 11-disc, $250 set would make a peachy Christmas present for Stones devotees. It contains the group's first 10 releases, from The Rolling Stones (1964) through Hot Rocks (1971), all rerecorded using the original masters and sophisticated new recording techniques. The resultant sound quality is distinctly more detailed, sharper and fuller, though the difference between these records and the originals is still a subtle one, less night and day than night and twilight. The old LPs are still all in print, and cheaper, though not easy to find. In any case it is fun to hear the blues and rockabilly influences in the early Stones records and such classic moments as the Keith Richards and Brian Jones guitar solos on the live, Madison Square Garden version of Sympathy, from the Get Yer Ya-Yas Out LP. Many of these tracks have held up amazingly well over the 20 or so years since they were first recorded. (Mobile Fidelity)
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