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The Rolling Stones 9/30/2016

Review

It's often unfair to compare the Rolling Stones to the Beatles but in the case of the group's mono mixes, it's instructive. Until the 2009 release of the box set The Beatles in Mono, all of the Fab Four's mono mixes were out of print. That's not the case with the Rolling Stones. Most of their '60s albums -- released on Decca in the U.K., London in the U.S. -- found mono mixes sneaking onto either the finished sequencing or various singles compilations, so the 2016 box The Rolling Stones in Mono only contains 56 heretofore unavailable mono mixes among its 186 tracks. To complicate things further, the box -- which runs 15 discs in its CD version, 16 LPs in its vinyl incarnation -- sometimes contains both the British and American releases of a particular title (Out of Our Heads and Aftermath), while others are available in only one iteration (Between the Buttons is only present in the U.K. version). All this is for the sake of expedience: this is the easiest way to get all the mono mixes onto the box with a minimal amount of repetition. To that end, there's a bonus disc called Stray Cats -- with artwork that plays off the censored plain white cover art for the initial pressing of Beggars Banquet -- collecting the singles that never showed up on an official album, or at least any of the albums that made the box. Along with the odd decision to have the CD sleeves be slightly larger than a mini-LP replica (they're as big as a jewel box, so they're larger than a shrunk vinyl sleeve, a size that's rarely seen in other releases), this is the only quibble on what is otherwise an excellent set. The sound -- remastered again after the 2002 overhaul for hybrid SACDs -- is bold and colorful, with the earliest albums carrying a wallop and the latter records feeling like they're fighting to be heard in two separate channels and all the better for it. If nothing here provides a revelation -- none of the mixes are radically different, the way that some Beatles mono sides are -- this nevertheless is the best the Rolling Stones have sounded on disc (or on vinyl) and there's considerable care in this package, from the replications of the sleeves to the extensive notes from David Fricke. Plus, hearing the Stones in mono winds up being a hot wire back toward the '60s: this feels raw and vibrant, as alive as the band was in the '60s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Route 66 The Rolling Stones 2:19
  3. 2 I Just Want to Make Love to You The Rolling Stones 2:15
  4. 3 Honest I Do The Rolling Stones 2:8
  5. 4 Mona (I Need You Baby) The Rolling Stones 3:32
  6. 5 Now I've Got a Witness The Rolling Stones 2:28
  7. 6 Little by Little The Rolling Stones 2:36
  8. 7 I'm a King Bee The Rolling Stones 2:34
  9. 8 Carol The Rolling Stones 2:31
  10. 9 Tell Me The Rolling Stones 3:46
  11. 10 Can I Get a Witness The Rolling Stones 2:53
  12. 11 You Can Make It If You Try The Rolling Stones 1:59
  13. 12 Walking the Dog The Rolling Stones 3:8
  14. 1 Around and Around The Rolling Stones 3:0
  15. 2 Confessin' the Blues The Rolling Stones 2:47
  16. 3 Empty Heart The Rolling Stones 2:35
  17. 4 Time Is on My Side [Version 1] The Rolling Stones 2:51
  18. 5 Good Times, Bad Times The Rolling Stones 2:29
  19. 6 It's All Over Now The Rolling Stones 3:23
  20. 7 2120 South Michigan Avenue The Rolling Stones 3:36
  21. 8 Under the Boardwalk The Rolling Stones 2:48
  22. 9 Congratulations The Rolling Stones 2:27
  23. 10 Grown Up Wrong The Rolling Stones 2:1
  24. 11 If You Need Me The Rolling Stones 2:2
  25. 12 Susie Q The Rolling Stones 1:48
  26. 1 Everybody Needs Somebody to Love [Version 2] The Rolling Stones 5:1
  27. 2 Down Home Girl The Rolling Stones 4:10
  28. 3 You Can't Catch Me The Rolling Stones 3:36
  29. 4 Time Is on My Side [Version 2] The Rolling Stones 2:58
  30. 5 What a Shame The Rolling Stones 3:1
  31. 6 Grown Up Wrong The Rolling Stones 2:6
  32. 7 Down the Road Apiece The Rolling Stones 2:53
  33. 8 Under the Boardwalk The Rolling Stones 2:46
  34. 9 I Can't Be Satisfied The Rolling Stones 3:25
  35. 10 Pain in My Heart The Rolling Stones 2:9
  36. 11 Off the Hook The Rolling Stones 2:32
  37. 12 Susie Q The Rolling Stones 1:53
  38. 1 Everybody Needs Somebody to Love [Version 1] The Rolling Stones 2:56
  39. 2 Down Home Girl The Rolling Stones 4:13
  40. 3 You Can't Catch Me The Rolling Stones 3:40
  41. 4 Heart of Stone The Rolling Stones 2:47
  42. 5 What a Shame The Rolling Stones 3:7
  43. 6 Mona (I Need You Baby) The Rolling Stones 3:32
  44. 7 Down the Road Apiece The Rolling Stones 2:56
  45. 8 Off the Hook The Rolling Stones 2:35
  46. 9 Pain in My Heart The Rolling Stones 2:13
  47. 10 Oh, Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin') The Rolling Stones 2:6
  48. 11 Little Red Rooster The Rolling Stones 3:2
  49. 12 Surprise, Surprise The Rolling Stones 2:28
  50. 1 Mercy Mercy The Rolling Stones 2:44
  51. 2 Hitch Hike The Rolling Stones 2:23
  52. 3 The Last Time The Rolling Stones 3:40
  53. 4 That's How Strong My Love Is The Rolling Stones 2:23
  54. 5 Good Times The Rolling Stones 1:57
  55. 6 I'm Alright [Live] The Rolling Stones 2:22
  56. 7 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones 3:41
  57. 8 Cry to Me The Rolling Stones 3:6
  58. 9 The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man The Rolling Stones 3:4
  59. 10 Play With Fire The Rolling Stones 2:12
  60. 11 The Spider and the Fly The Rolling Stones 3:37
  61. 12 One More Try The Rolling Stones 1:55
  62. 1 She Said Yeah The Rolling Stones 1:34
  63. 2 Mercy Mercy The Rolling Stones 2:44
  64. 3 Hitch Hike The Rolling Stones 2:26
  65. 4 That's How Strong My Love Is The Rolling Stones 2:23
  66. 5 Good Times The Rolling Stones 2:0
  67. 6 Gotta Get Away The Rolling Stones 2:6
  68. 7 Talkin' 'Bout You The Rolling Stones 2:29
  69. 8 Cry to Me The Rolling Stones 3:10
  70. 9 Oh, Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin') The Rolling Stones 2:9
  71. 10 Heart of Stone The Rolling Stones 2:51
  72. 11 The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man The Rolling Stones 3:8
  73. 12 I'm Free The Rolling Stones 2:22
  74. 1 She Said Yeah The Rolling Stones 1:36
  75. 2 Talkin' 'Bout You The Rolling Stones 2:31
  76. 3 You Better Move On The Rolling Stones 2:39
  77. 4 Look What You've Done The Rolling Stones 2:15
  78. 5 The Singer Not the Song The Rolling Stones 2:22
  79. 6 Route 66 [Live] The Rolling Stones 2:38
  80. 7 Get Off of My Cloud The Rolling Stones 2:54
  81. 8 I'm Free The Rolling Stones 2:24
  82. 9 As Tears Go By The Rolling Stones 2:43
  83. 10 Gotta Get Away The Rolling Stones 2:7
  84. 11 Blue Turns to Grey The Rolling Stones 2:27
  85. 12 I'm Moving On [Live] The Rolling Stones 2:13
  86. 1 Mother's Little Helper The Rolling Stones 2:44
  87. 2 Stupid Girl The Rolling Stones 2:54
  88. 3 Lady Jane The Rolling Stones 3:8
  89. 4 Under My Thumb The Rolling Stones 3:21
  90. 5 Doncha Bother Me The Rolling Stones 2:39
  91. 6 Going Home The Rolling Stones 11:16
  92. 7 Flight 505 The Rolling Stones 3:26
  93. 8 High and Dry The Rolling Stones 3:6
  94. 9 Out of Time [Version1] The Rolling Stones 5:15
  95. 10 It's Not Easy The Rolling Stones 2:52
  96. 11 I Am Waiting The Rolling Stones 3:9
  97. 12 Take It or Leave It The Rolling Stones 2:44
  98. 13 Think The Rolling Stones 3:12
  99. 14 What to Do The Rolling Stones 2:27
  100. 1 Paint It, Black The Rolling Stones 3:20
  101. 2 Stupid Girl The Rolling Stones 2:57
  102. 3 Lady Jane The Rolling Stones 3:10
  103. 4 Under My Thumb The Rolling Stones 3:25
  104. 5 Doncha Bother Me The Rolling Stones 2:41
  105. 6 Think The Rolling Stones 3:17
  106. 7 Flight 505 The Rolling Stones 3:28
  107. 8 High and Dry The Rolling Stones 3:8
  108. 9 It's Not Easy The Rolling Stones 2:56
  109. 10 I Am Waiting The Rolling Stones 3:17
  110. 11 Going Home The Rolling Stones 11:20
  111. 1 Yesterday's Papers The Rolling Stones 2:15
  112. 2 My Obsession The Rolling Stones 3:18
  113. 3 Back Street Girl The Rolling Stones 3:24
  114. 4 Connection The Rolling Stones 2:8
  115. 5 She Smiled Sweetly The Rolling Stones 2:41
  116. 6 Cool, Calm & Collected The Rolling Stones 4:12
  117. 7 All Sold Out The Rolling Stones 2:11
  118. 8 Please Go Home The Rolling Stones 3:13
  119. 9 Who' s Been Sleeping Here? The Rolling Stones 3:49
  120. 10 Complicated The Rolling Stones 3:13
  121. 11 Miss Amanda Jones The Rolling Stones 2:45
  122. 12 Something Happened to Me Yesterday The Rolling Stones 4:54
  123. 1 Ruby Tuesday The Rolling Stones 3:10
  124. 2 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? The Rolling Stones 2:33
  125. 3 Let's Spend the Night Together The Rolling Stones 3:21
  126. 4 Lady Jane The Rolling Stones 3:9
  127. 5 Out of Time [Version 2] The Rolling Stones 3:38
  128. 6 My Girl The Rolling Stones 2:38
  129. 7 Back Street Girl The Rolling Stones 3:25
  130. 8 Please Go Home The Rolling Stones 3:17
  131. 9 Mother's Little Helper The Rolling Stones 2:47
  132. 10 Take It or Leave It The Rolling Stones 2:48
  133. 11 Ride On, Baby The Rolling Stones 2:57
  134. 12 Sittin' on a Fence The Rolling Stones 3:0
  135. 1 Sing This All Together The Rolling Stones 3:47
  136. 2 Citadel The Rolling Stones 2:48
  137. 3 In Another Land The Rolling Stones 3:11
  138. 4 2000 Man The Rolling Stones 3:8
  139. 5 Sing This All Together (See What Happens) The Rolling Stones 8:38
  140. 6 She's a Rainbow The Rolling Stones 4:36
  141. 7 The Lantern The Rolling Stones 4:25
  142. 8 Gomper The Rolling Stones 5:10
  143. 9 2000 Light Years From Home The Rolling Stones 4:43
  144. 10 On With the Show The Rolling Stones 3:40
  145. 1 Sympathy for the Devil The Rolling Stones 6:21
  146. 2 No Expectations The Rolling Stones 3:54
  147. 3 Dear Doctor The Rolling Stones 3:18
  148. 4 Parachute Woman The Rolling Stones 2:15
  149. 5 Jigsaw Puzzle The Rolling Stones 6:1
  150. 6 Street Fighting Man The Rolling Stones 3:11
  151. 7 Prodigal Son The Rolling Stones 2:50
  152. 8 Stray Cat Blues The Rolling Stones 4:34
  153. 9 Factory Girl The Rolling Stones 2:8
  154. 10 Salt of the Earth The Rolling Stones 4:46
  155. 1 Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones 4:30
  156. 2 Love in Vain The Rolling Stones 4:19
  157. 3 Country Honk The Rolling Stones 3:6
  158. 4 Live With Me The Rolling Stones 3:32
  159. 5 Let It Bleed The Rolling Stones 5:25
  160. 6 Midnight Rambler The Rolling Stones 6:52
  161. 7 You Got the Silver The Rolling Stones 2:50
  162. 8 Monkey Man The Rolling Stones 4:9
  163. 9 You Can't Always Get What You Want The Rolling Stones 7:25
  164. 1 Come On The Rolling Stones 1:47
  165. 2 I Want to Be Loved The Rolling Stones 1:52
  166. 3 I Wanna Be Your Man The Rolling Stones 1:43
  167. 4 Stoned The Rolling Stones 2:8
  168. 5 Fortune Teller The Rolling Stones 2:16
  169. 6 Poison Ivy [Version 1] The Rolling Stones 2:32
  170. 7 Bye Bye Johnny The Rolling Stones 2:9
  171. 8 Money The Rolling Stones 2:30
  172. 9 Poison Ivy [Verison 2] The Rolling Stones 2:5
  173. 10 Not Fade Away The Rolling Stones 1:47
  174. 11 I've Been Loving You Too Long The Rolling Stones 2:54
  175. 12 The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man The Rolling Stones 3:12
  176. 13 19th Nervous Breakdown The Rolling Stones 3:54
  177. 14 Sad Day The Rolling Stones 2:59
  178. 15 Con Le Mie Lacrime (As Tears Go By) The Rolling Stones 2:45
  179. 16 Long, Long While The Rolling Stones 2:59
  180. 17 Who's Driving Your Plane? The Rolling Stones 3:14
  181. 18 We Love You [Single Version] The Rolling Stones 4:36
  182. 19 Dandelion [Single Version] The Rolling Stones 3:47
  183. 20 Child of the Moon The Rolling Stones 3:11
  184. 21 Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones 3:34
  185. 22 Street Fighting Man [Single Version] The Rolling Stones 3:6
  186. 23 Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones 2:59
  187. 24 You Can't Always Get What You Want [Single Version] The Rolling Stones 4:46

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