Monday, November 21, 2016

Rolling Stones on CD

This really is a kind of a follow on from the Rolling Stones in Mono cd entry from October where I talk a little about some of the other recordings on cd by them I have.
I'll ignore anything that is duplicated with that box set as they are off the shelf and in a storage box and start by saying the first main set of  "Decca era"cds by them I bought were the 2002 sacd playable on regular players to ones which came in a digi-pak packaging.

12x5 -six of the 12 songs here are in stereo as they were only mixed to stereo.
Rolling Stones, Now - Heart of Stone  and two others in stereo
December's Children - Look What You've Done in stereo

Between The Buttons (UK) - whole UK version of the album in stereo. The original cd version was US version missing two tracks.
Flowers - whole album in stereo
Beggars Banquet - whole album in stereo
Hot Rocks - has a number of singles in stereo including Paint It, Black
More Hot Rocks - I Just Can't Be Satisfied and Child Of The Moon in stereo
The London Years - complete UK/US mainly mono  singles set with extensive notes.
The original European cd series from the 1980's wasn't one I collected in full but a good number remain preferable or tie in different areas compared to the 2002's.

Aftermath - The whole album in wide stereo with no overuse of noise suppression issued in 1985
Flowers - Has the 'correct' full stereo Ruby Tuesday mix and sounds more open.
Their Satanic Majesties Request - Whole album in stereo
Let It Bleed - Whole album in stereo.Trades extreme low notes of the 2002 for openness
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out - a overdubbed by enjoyable set of concerts from New York's Madison Square Gardens in late November 1969.

Rolled Gold Plus:

This was a short-lived November 2007 expanded  two cd reissue of the groundbreaking 1975 double lp presenting in near complete chronological order hit sides of their 45's plus notable album tracks that is more satisfying as a listen than the Hot Rocks sets. The album art is a mess, the sleeve notes are very centred on the 90's but this is a extremely intelligently compiled compilation.

The Rolling Stones Records era (1971 - to date)
Unlike the Decca era these recordings are owned by the Rolling Stones themselves who lease it to labels over fixed terms and on cd this has covered Columbia/CBS (1986-1992), Virgin (1994-2007) and currently Polydor/UMG (2009 onward).
In general I find the more open sound and better contrast between sound on the Columbia discs preferable to either the Virgins and many feel the 2009/10 issue are too constantly loud.
Sticky Fingers
Exile On Main Street
Hot Stuff
Love You Live -  double album of Concerts recorded in Paris 1976/7 and Toronto 1976.
The cd used a double cd try of twice the thickness of a single which was normal until the mid 1990's.
Some Girls - with altered single tone album cover showing models compared to first issue colour cuts withdrawn after complaints from depicted persons.

Emotional Rescue
Tattoo You
Rewind - 1984 compilation reissued in 1987 covering hits from 1971-1984 issued to coincide with video anthology of the same title. This has a slightly different track list compared to the 1984 UK lp/tape.
Steel Wheels
While not perfect I feel these two of the 1994 Virgin remastered series have greater clarity and more 'snap'.
Goats Head Soup
It's Only Rock and Roll
Jump Start - 1993 Virgin compilation covering 1971 thru 1989.
Made In The Shade - 1975 ten track compilation from the first four 70's albums.
Sucking In The 70's -1981 compilation with remixes and unissued versions
Way back in the earliest days of cd, EMI had the European license and issued two titles before that changed in the mid 80's.
Undercover - 1985 made in Japan issue of the 1983 studio album.

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