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Sunday, 9 September 2012

The Rolling Stones - Yet Another Greatest Hits!

There appears to be a lot of excitement at the moment about this up and coming release by The Rolling Stones. The Guardian newspaper had an article online that declared 'Rolling Stones to release first new music since 2005'. The only problem is that it's actually only two new songs! Two new songs in seven years! I know they are getting on in years but really, two songs!!

Once again their discography has been plundered to put together yet another compilation of "Greatest Hits". It's actually quite shocking that they now have more compilations (30) than studio albums (29)! The price of the Super Deluxe Edition though is shocking I think. Okay there are a few extras included but really, are these boxsets worth the money? So many labels and artists seem to be doing this kind of thing these days and whilst I'm sure that serious collectors will go out of the way to purchase it, personally I think it doesn't really have enough to warrent such a high price.

If they wanted to do something good they should have taken a leaf out of the book of The Kinks. Their 'At the BBC' box set contains 129 tracks over 5 CD's and a DVD with live footage of concert and tv performances, all for the nice price of  £40.67! Personally speaking I know where my money would go if I was given the choice of which one I wanted!

From The Rolling Stones website
The Rolling Stones, ABKCO Music and Records and Universal Music Group are pleased to announce the release of GRRR! by the Rolling Stones on the 12th November 2012 for the world, excluding North America, and on the 13th November 2012 in North America.
Available in five different formats, including a three-CD 50 track version including 50 tracks, and a four-CD super-deluxe version gathering a whopping 80 tracks, the collection tells the fascinating ongoing story of the Greatest Rock’n'Roll Band In The World, from their high octane version of Chuck Berry’s “Come On”, their first single issued in June 1963, via the thrilling chart-toppers “The Last Time”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Get Off Of My Cloud”, “Jumping Jack Flash”, “Honky Tonk Women” and the perennial juke-box and concert favourites “Brown Sugar”, “Tumbling Dice”, “Miss You” and “Start Me Up”, all the way to the present day with the inclusion of “Gloom And Doom” and “One More Shot”, two new studio recordings recently completed by the group in Paris, France in August 2012.
These brand new recordings constitute the first time Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have all been together in the recording studio since completing the exalted A Bigger Bang album in 2005, and follow on from the critically-acclaimed expanded re-releases of the historic 40th Anniversary live Madison Square Garden concert Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out in November 2009, and of two of their seventies masterworks, Exile on Main St., in May 2010, and Some Girls, in November 2011.
All GRRR! formats will feature a striking painting by award-winning American artist Walton Ford, who has created the latest in a long line of iconic artwork that has always been part of the band’s DNA.

GRRR! GREATEST HITS FORMATS:
50 Track 3CD album
3CD / 50 tracks in a digipack with 24 page booklet
50 Track 3CD Deluxe Edition
3CD / 50 tracks in a DVD size box with 36 page hardback book and 5 postcards
Super Deluxe Edition Box Set
4CD / 80 tracks plus Bonus CD, 7″ Vinyl, Hardback book, Poster, 5 postcards in a presentation box
12” Vinyl Box Set
5x 12″ Vinyl / 50 tracks in a casebound LP Box
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