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Forty Licks [Collector's Edition] [Limited] by The Rolling Stones
Includes a 24 page color booklet with liner notes by David Wild. The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger (vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion);... Read More
Includes a 24 page color booklet with liner notes by David Wild. The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger (vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion); Keith Richards (acoustic & electric guitars, bass, bowed double bass, background vocals); Mick Taylor (electric & slide guitars, bass); Brian Jones (electric guitar, sitar, recorder, harmonica, piano, marimba, tamboura, background vocals); Ron Wood (electric guitar, background vocals); Bill Wyman (bass, maracas, background vocals); Charlie Watts (drums, percussion, background vocals). Additional personnel includes: Merry Clayton (vocals); Sugar Blue (harmonica); Bobby Keyes (saxophone, percussion); Mel Collins (saxophone); Chuck Leavell (piano, organ, keyboards); Nicky Hopkins, Ian Stewart, Ian McLagan, Al Kooper (piano); Don Was (keyboards); Darryl Jones (bass); Blondie Chaplin (percussion, background vocals); Sly Dunbar, Luis Jardin (percussion); Clydie King, Vanetta, Ivan Neville, Bernard Fowler, Lisa Fischer, Sara Dash, Doris Troy, Madeline Bell, Nanette Newman, Ma... Minimize
9 Reviews from Epinions.com
Nov 24, 2002
36 Licks and 4 Fillers
Pros: Improved sound; most of the hits on 1 album
Cons: Edited versions of hits; new tunes don't belong here
The Bottom Line:
You can't always get what you want. I couldn't get no Satisfaction, but still this album made me Happy.
Okay, you've read the other 2 technically well-written reviews on this album -- call it Hot Rocks 3 -- but the decision to buy this album really hinges on these questions:
Are you a Stones completist who has everything including many bootlegs?
Are you the casual fan who owns Hot Rocks but can't find the Jump Back import?
Or are you somewhere in the middle?
The quick answer (with reservations) is Yes, Yes and Maybe.
We completists have to buy everything even something that should have been titled, "36 Licks and 4 Spit Ups." The casual fan will just fast forward past the 4 new tunes and revel in the 36 Greatest Hits. And the middle of the road fan? You're better off with Hot Rocks and a copy of the UK import "Jump Back" which covers the Stones from 1971's "Sticky Fingers" to 1989's "Steel Wheels."
The problem with many of these new greatest hits packages is the inclusion of "new tracks" that pale in comparison to the rest of the tunes on the rest of the album. Let's face it: "Don't Stop"; "Keys to Your Love" and "Losing My Touch" wouldn't have made it on the last Stones studio album, the solid and mostly innovative "Bridges to Babylon."
"Stealing My Heart" might...barely. "Don't Stop" won't stop, it's a very unoriginal and derivative sounding track. "Keys" sounds like a Jagger solo album outtake, while "Losing" sounds like another ponderous Jack Daniel's voiced Keith solo album reject. (And I like most of everything Keith has done.) Sorry guys. These 4 licks are at least 3 too many. If this is the best from a new Stones album then, we're in trouble.
These songs have no business being on what is otherwise a sterling collection of Stones tracks. Sure, you get 40 fans of varying degrees in a room and you'll get 40 different 40 Licks of their own different preferences. Nobody's wrong there.
The reason I got this album is that I read the sound was totally improved (in the latest 40-bit remastering process for the London/'60s sides) and I had to get the new tracks, as half-baked as they turned out to be. Hey, I'm a completist.
I know this was pushed out to sell "new" product for the band's current world tour. (The last time they toured behind a pure greatest hits package, FYI, was in 1975 with "Made In the Shade." Mick Taylor had just left the band and with Ronnie Wood filling in -- he was still in the Faces, technically -- "Black & Blue" (which contained "Hot Stuff"; "Hand of Fate"; "Fool to Cry," et al) was still a year away from being released.)
So, where is that boxed sets of unreleased tracks and outtakes?! The Beatles opened their vaults. So did The Who. We're waiting for you guys now.
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