The Rolling Stones have confirmed plans to remaster and reissue their 14 most recent albums in four batches starting May 4th. When the Stones made the move from EMI/Virgin Records to Universal in July 2008, the group brought along with them the right to rerelease their catalog from 1971's Sticky Fingers to 2005's A Bigger Bang. According to a press release, each LP will retain its original packaging and track list. The reissued albums will also be available digitally.
"The Rolling Stones redefined music. By making these iconic albums available again — and retaining the essence of the original track listings and sleeve design — we believe that music fans will rediscover just why they are the world's greatest rock & roll band," UMG's executive VP Max Hole said of the reissues. May 4th will see the release of Sticky Fingers, Goat Head's Soup, It's Only Rock N' Roll and Black and Blue. The next set comes June 8th with Some Girls, Emotional Rescue, Tattoo You and Undercover. July 13th brings us up to date with five releases: Dirty Work, Steel Wheels, Voodoo Lounge, Bridges to Babylon and A Bigger Bang.
By now, readers are probably saying to themselves "That's only 13" and "Where's Exile on Main Street?" Universal says they have "wide plans" for the Stones' double-LP, but it will be released later this year. Additionally, UMG says they'll also give fans the option of purchasing "a collector's box" to house the 14 albums. The Rolling Stones and Universal's partnership began last year with the release of the soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese film Shine a Light.