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GRRR!

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...

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"No Spare Parts"

October 25, 2011

It's remarkable that the Stones can pull off country music, which they do via the strange alchemy of Jagger's twangy camp and Richards' whiskey-stoned riffing. On this Some Girls outtake, from the forthcoming reissue, Mick plays it less over-the-top than...

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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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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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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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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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Goddess In The Doorway

November 19, 2001

Up to this point, Mick Jagger's solo career has been an incidental affair, something that has surfaced in the interludes between Rolling Stones albums and tours. His previous releases — 1985's She's the Boss, 1987's Primitive Cool and 1993's Wandering...

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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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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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SuperHeavy

September 16, 2011

At this point, it would seem that Mick Jagger's only burden is having to be Mick Jagger all the time. The terrifically fun SuperHeavy solves that problem. Jagger passes frontman duties around like a spliff, with a spectacularly motley crew: reggae royalty...

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"Plundered My Soul"

April 17, 2010

The whole idea of an unreleased tune from the Exile on Main Street sessions is like hearing somebody dug up video footage of Jesus skateboarding. The Stones have always been circumspect to a fault when it comes to digging around in their vaults — even...

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Emotional Rescue (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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Some Girls (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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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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No Security

October 29, 1998

In the nineties, the Rolling Stones have marked the end of each of their colossal world tours with a live album. The twist on No Security, the band's third caught-in-the-act collection this decade, is the way that everything — from golden oldies...

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Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970

December 26, 1996
Not Rated

The Who went on at about 2:30 in the morning, playing in typical English festival weather — cold, dark and wet. As the centerpiece of their show, Tommy was already teetering on its last, played-out legs. And we've recently been blessed with an expanded...

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