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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful.
Correct “Ruby Tuesday”
The complaints of other reviewers of this CD are well-founded, but it should be noted that recent Abkco reissues have all included “Ruby Tuesday” with missing vocal overdubs. Also, older CDs that contain the stereo mix include that song at a slower speed than the original LPs. This release marks the first time for the stereo mix at the correct (single) speed with the vocal overdubs intact. An expensive proposition for the correct version of one song, to be sure… but there it is.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
Superfluous but oh-so-handy single CD
By Bruce Eder
This single CD compilation was a surprise showing up when it did in April of 2013, about four months after the multifaceted/multi-version GRRR. And it is, of course, essentially a distillation of HOT ROCKS with “She’s A Rainbow” added in — and that creates a kind of a conundrum, in that, on the one hand, one can hardly complain about the material at hand; after all, it is some of the best of the Rolling Stones’ classic work, and no one is forcing us to buy it (though I bought it and am perfectly happy with it); but, on the other hand, there’s nothing here that hasn’t been heard before, certainly by longtime fans, so there’s nothing essential about the CD itself, especially for anyone who already owns one (or more) of the compilations covering this era. (That said, however, it is nice to have the original version of “Ruby Tuesday” restored to wide circulation — at some point, in the course of doing its earlier CDs, ABKCO Records, which controls the Stones’ 1963-1970 library, substituted a version of the song with a mix that was missing some vocal overdubs from the original release — but few people were exactly screaming over that for the last decade . . .).
Boiling the highlights of the band’s hits down to one CD isn’t the worst idea in the world, even if almost everyone you talk to will have a slightly different lineup of songs in mind for what should be here, depending on their perspective (i.e. where’s “The Last Time,” or “It’s All Over Now,” or “As Tears Go By,” or “Let’s Spend The Night Together”?) — the makers here seem to have used a combination of chart performance (especially in the US) and radio play, both at the time and long after, and also took into consideration the variety of sounds represented. In that connection, the band’s early blues-based work is skipped over (despite the fact that their blues sty-lings did yield a huge UK hit in “Little Red Rooster,” which obviously meant nothing to American audiences but was still an important record for them; and when the Stones visited the United States and appeared on SHINDIG, they had as THEIR guest Chester “Howl in’ Wolf” Burnett, so obviously the blues counted for them very seriously even in presenting themselves as part of the “British invasion” in the USA); and as a purely personal preference, I wish there were room for one more side from their baroque pop/psychedelic period (maybe “2000 Light Years From Home” or, more on point if not relevant to chart positioning, “2000 Man”). On the plus side, the sound is first-rate throughout, and in that connection this release — which predates the bigger collection (having shown up as a Walmart exclusive in 2012) — is also a convenient advertisement for GRRR, which one can take as a possible crass, cynical motivation for releasing this, if one wishes, I suppose. There are no notes, but there is recording information and personnel credits. And it is a lot of fun and great listening — but that’s a given, isn’t it?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Think this over before you buy it!
By Kevin M. Harvey
Three stars for concise editing, but, a re/hash of High Tide and Through a Glass Darkly now, in 2013, after all the other useless, play once and file compilations? I’m sure the money goes to the Klein estate: surely some state prison facility can use some new sport equipment or a family member addicted to pain killers or… At least when RCA kept releasing semi/useless Elvis packages, the covers, liner notes, outtakes, and mixes were either vastly improved or actual first releases…and, besides, Elvis was dead. These guys re/release their stuff as if their plane went down. Its worth remembering only the totally corrupt Klein is dead. Bring the second volume of Hot Rocks with you the next time you have to leave the house and give Child of the Moon a spin: its one of those songs that have remained hidden in plain sight, lovely and under/played. I hear the Time Waits for No One shows are opening with Yesterday’s Papers and closing with a long, heartfelt We Love You. Say no to the Klein’s… unless its a real release… then punch the buy button.
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