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November 13, 2012

As a 50th-anniversary souvenir, the Stones have assembled a three-disc, 50-track compilation that is the best and most comprehensive collection of the band's high points available. "Doom and Gloom," one of two new songs here, is the Stones at their best...

Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965

November 6, 2012

In September 1965, weeks after "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" hit the charts, the Rolling Stones landed in Dublin to play four manic gigs in two days. The band's manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, commissioned filmmaker Peter Whitehead to capture every moment....

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Vintage Vinos

November 2, 2010

After the Stones wore those pastel suits on the cover of Dirty Work in 1986, everyone figured they were finished. But Keith Richards formed the X-Pensive Winos and bashed out Talk Is Cheap, a solo album great enough to scare the Stones back together....

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Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set

November 3, 2009

Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! — recorded in 1969 over two nights at Madison Square Garden — is the last official live document of the Rolling Stones in their swaggering Sixties prime; it's also one of the great live albums of all time. Expectations...

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Undercover (Remastered Edition)

June 9, 2009

Back in 1978, Keith Richards was asked why the Stones called their new album Some Girls. He replied, "Because we couldn't remember their fucking names." Well argued, sir! Some Girls stands as the craftiest rock & roll comeback in history — after...

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Rarities 1971-2003

November 21, 2005

If you're in the market for just one Stones album this year, make it A Bigger Bang. But if you happen to be shopping for an additional stocking stuffer, you could do much worse than this odds-and-sods set. Most of the tracks on Rarities aren't very rare...

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Singles 1968-1971

February 28, 2005

On Singles 1968-1971 you hear the Rolling Stones take full possession of their demonic powers. It's almost as though they waited until the Beatles started falling apart before settling down to serious business: "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Brown Sugar," "Child...

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Singles 1965-1967

July 12, 2004

With the eleven A sides and fourteen B sides collected on Singles 1965-1967, the Rolling Stones outgrew their blues roots to become genius pop craftsmen who ran neck and neck with the Beatles. (That's despite the occasional dud: See Bill Wyman's homely,...

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Bridges to Babylon

September 29, 1997

On their last two albums, the Rolling Stones proved that they still had verve and stamina, and that they could re-create the sounds of their glorious past. But were we satisfied with those records simply because we expect less of the Stones these days?...

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Live At The Hollywood Palladium

January 9, 1992

Keith Richards's 1988 solo album, Talk Is Cheap, abounded in grooves, but it still sounded like an album of songs. For a musician like Richards, the live performance is the real story, and Live at the Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988 chronicles...

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Oh Mercy

September 21, 1989

Nothing reinvigorates Sixties icons like having something to prove. In the past few years the reverence typically shown both the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan has worn perilously thin. The Stones' last two albums, Undercover and Dirty Work — not...

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Some Girls: Deluxe Edition

November 21, 2011

"I really like girls an awful lot," Mick Jagger confided to Rolling Stone in 1978. "And I don’t think I’d say anything really nasty about any of them." And yet the eternal kick of Some Girls is that Mick has a deliciously nasty word or two...

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Exile on Main Street: Deluxe Edition

May 18, 2010

The Rolling Stones' greatest album is also the best record ever made about the rock & roll life: a double-LP blur of songs about rushing between beds and gigs, high times and emotional whippings, literally cut on the run in France, then Los Angeles,...

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Tattoo You (Remastered Edition)

June 25, 2009

Back in 1978, Keith Richards was asked why the Stones called their new album Some Girls. He replied, "Because we couldn't remember their fucking names." Well argued, sir! Some Girls stands as the craftiest rock & roll comeback in history — after...

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Shine a Light: Original Soundtrack

April 1, 2008

The first time you play Shine a Light, avoid checking the set list. Let each song surprise you. You'll ask, "Hey, isn't that the intro to 'Some Girls'? No way — 'Far Away Eyes'? WTF, 'All Down the Line'?" Like Bob Dylan, the Stones thrive onstage...

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A Bigger Bang

September 5, 2005

Let's just get this out of the way: A Bigger Bang isn't a good Rolling Stones album considering their age. It isn't a good Rolling Stones album compared to their recent work. No, A Bigger Bang is just a straight-up, damn fine Rolling Stones album, with...

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Live Licks

November 1, 2004

I once asked guitarist Keith Richards why most Rolling Stones live records are such a drag, never as hot and vivid as the shows I've seen. Even the best of the lot, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!, was punched up with overdubs. "You gotta be there," he said with...

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Forty Licks

September 30, 2002

In the Sixties, they shouted and screamed and killed the king and railed at all his servants; in the Seventies, they gave it away on Seventh Avenue; in the Eighties, they did their dirty work, and they're still around today, celebrating forty years as...

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Voodoo Lounge

July 11, 1994

Gone are the smooth moves, trendy nods and lackluster songcraft of Dirty Work and Steel Wheels, the Rolling Stones' last two studio discs. The band's new album, Voodoo Lounge, is ragged and glorious, reveling in the quintessential rock & roll the...

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April 8, 1991

In 'American Psycho,' Bret Easton Ellis's vicious jab at yuppie degeneracy, Patrick Bateman, the novel's antihero, loathes live music. A Wall Street power-monger and a serial killer, Bateman is jazzed by only the sickest thrills – hacking up women...