Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Rolling Stones - Grrr! (ABKCO/Interscope, 2012)

The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary as the “world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band” in the summer of 2012, with rumors of reunion concerts, a splashy hardcover book and this compilation that covers their history as well as adding two new songs recorded specifically for this collection. This is an entry of the three disc version, but there is also a super deluxe version with bonus early demos and a 7” single. This collection runs roughly chronologically, beginning in their early years, enthralled by American blues and R&B and releasing singles of Chuck Berry’s “Come On” and Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster.” Disc one tracks how the band assimilate the blues into their sound and developed their unique voice one some of their best known early singles like “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” and “Under My Thumb.” Disc two is quite powerful, pulling songs from arguably the bands fines period, the late 1960’s and early 1970’s; classics from the Beggars Banquet LP “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “Sympathy For the Devil” and from the Exile on Main Street LP, “Tumbling Dice” and “Happy.” This leaves the spottier albums of the late 1970’s to today for disc three. They are chosen judiciously, with familiar tunes like “Start Me Up” and “Miss You” mixed in with the likes of album singles “Mixed Emotion” and “Highwire.” The two new songs added at the end are quite good, particularly “Doom and Gloom” which rides an excellent groove and shows that the swagger can still be called upon when necessary. GRRR! - amazon.com

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