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Forty Licks Original recording remastered

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2CD set. Digitally remastered! Career-spanning, 40-track compile of classics.

The band that proclaimed itself "The Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the World" has long since represented rock's most overarching confluence of art and commerce--with a distinct emphasis on the latter in recent decades--a notion this 40-track, five-decade-spanning anthology can't completely escape. While this is the first anthology to gather hits from the band's entire career, it's the early tunes that highlight one of the Stones' central ironies: virtually their entire "bad boy" reputation was built working for The Man. That original '60s musical arc bounded from '50s rock and R&B revivalism ("Not Fade Away," "The Last Time") to anti-Mop Top aggression ("Satisfaction," "Get Off My Cloud," "19th Nervous Breakdown") to proto-goth cynicism ("Paint It Black," "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby") and psychedelic minstrelsy ("She's a Rainbow," "Ruby Tuesday") to the epitome of blues-based cock rock ("Street Fighting Man," "Jumpin' Jack Flash") in quick succession. Wresting control of their own destinies--and future copyrights--at the end of the '60s, they'd spend the next 30 years largely recycling their earlier incarnation ad infinitum--their music sprinkled with occasionally successful forays into contemporary club and disco fodder ("Some Girls," "Shattered")--and resting on their well-paid laurels. Unfortunately, the listless quartet of new tracks that flesh out this collection seems little more than another business deal to hype their 2002-03 world tour, with "Don't Stop" arguably the weakest in a long string of post-'80s Stones McSingles. If Jagger seems typically detached here, Keith Richards injects some welcome, craggy warmth into the closing barroom lament, "Losing My Touch." But it's also a performance that suggests his legendary band has become little more to him than "The Greatest Day Job in the World." --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Street Fighting Man
  2. Gimme Shelter
  3. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
  4. The Last Time
  5. Jumpin Jack Flash
  6. You Can't Always Get What you Want
  7. 19th Nervous Breakdown
  8. Under My Thumb
  9. Not Fade Away
  10. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby
  11. Sympathy For The Devil
  12. Mother's Little Helper
  13. She's a Rainbow
  14. Get Off My Cloud
  15. Wild Horses
  16. Ruby Tuesday
  17. Paint It Black
  18. Honky Tonk Women
  19. It's All Over Now
  20. Let's Spend The Night Together

Disc: 2

  1. Start Me Up
  2. Brown Sugar
  3. Miss You
  4. Beast Of Burden
  5. Don't Stop (new)
  6. Happy
  7. Angie
  8. You Got Me Rocking
  9. Shattered
  10. Fool To Cry
  11. Love Is Strong
  12. Mixed Emotions
  13. Keys To Your Love (new)
  14. Anybody Seen My Baby?
  15. Stealing My Heart (new)
  16. Tumbling Dice
  17. Undercover of the Night
  18. Emotional Rescue
  19. Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)
  20. Losing My Touch (new)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B00006IR69
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,975 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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368 of 403 people found the following review helpful By The Gut-Man! on October 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've been a die-hard Stones fan for many years and was excited to have all these great songs in one collection. But be advised, many songs on the second disc are EDITED VERSIONS!!!! Call me a ... music geek, but when I listen the the world's greatest Rock & Roll band, I wanna hear the songs the way they were intended to be heard!!! The WHOLE song, not some EDITED version!!!! The new songs are real good and maybe "Dont Stop" will come out as a single; Keith's ballad is great, too! But it's hard for me to listen to songs that I know have more to them! I hate when they EDIT songs just so they can cram a bunch onto one disc!!!! Forty Licks shoulda been 3 discs, it's that simple. And even if someone is new to the Stones, they should hear the REAL, ORIGANINAL versions!!! Disc one is okay, but disc two, not so much!! Just wanna let people know; fair warning . . . . . .
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114 of 126 people found the following review helpful By J. Lund on October 1, 2002
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FORTY LICKS is by far the recommended choice for those who only want one Stones set in their collection. Fans and collectors will only need the four new tracks (which are solid albeit non-essential cuts), but they may appreciate the novelty of having a career-spanning collection, all with upgraded sound quality. Taken as a whole, FORTY LICKS shows that the Stones absorbed a lot of influences, both inside and outside of the rock genre. The Stones manage the rare feat of maintaining a consistent albeit evolving group sound, usually without slipping into a predictable formula. Few artists with four decade-long careers have maintained this level of vitality for so long: as recently as 1997 they still could cut an outstanding, contemporary-sounding track (ANYBODY SEEN MY BABY?)
I would have preferred the tracks be presented in chronological order, but at least the 1960s-vintage tracks are on disc one, 1970s-present on disc two. If I counted correctly, FORTY LICKS manages to include 16 of 21 tracks on the HOT ROCKS collection, 15 of 23 out of the two THROUGH THE PAST DARKLY sets, and 12 of 18 from the JUMP BACK 1971-1993 anthology...and still squeezes in 7 recent-to-new cuts. While such key cuts as AS TEARS GO BY, MIDNIGHT RAMBLER, WAITING ON A FRIEND, HOT STUFF, 2000 LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME, LADY JANE, and TIME IS ON MY SIDE are missed, there just isn't enough room. In other words, it's impressive that most of the key tracks from past anthologies are now collected in one place.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Carlton on October 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the collector's edition, which comes in a large white box with a tongue that changes color. I liked the huge book with the photographs and the large poster of the original band with Bryan. It's worth the extra expense for any real Stones fan. But what really matters is the here we go:
40 Licks was released worldwide on October 1, 2002. Obviously, there are 40 tracks including 4 new ones (the single Don't Stop, Stealing My Heart, Keys To Your Love, and Keith's Losing My Touch). This one is the 22nd compilation album the Stones have released. It is the 19th compilation in the UK and the 9th in the US. There are lots of opinions about what should and should have been included/left off (there are *25* single releases that were not included). Remember, if anyone ever releases the entire Stones catalog as a box set it will have to be packaged in a trunk that comes with a dolly to get it out of the store. Since everybody knows the songs anyway, how about if I list what is on it from when for you?
These songs are the most popular from the Rolling Stones Records releases. Here are the original US and UK release dates of each song (US release and re-release dates were often different during this period):
3-6-64 Not Fade Away
7-24-64 It's All Over Now
3-12-65 The Last Time
6-4-65 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
9-24-65 Get Off Of My Cloud
2-11-66 19th Nervous Breakdown
5-6-66 Paint It, Black
7-1-66 Mother's Little Helper
7-1-66 Under My Thumb (not a single, from album Aftermath)
9-23-66 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Between the mono versions on disc one and the edited versions on disc two, think twice before you buy this cd. The song selection is ok, but why not use the stereo versions of Paint It Black and Satisfaction, for example? If there was something mentioned on the packaging, ok... but the record companies continue to play their unfortunate little games. We need consumer protection laws passed to stop this ongoing non-information-labeling scam.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Roger Cleven on October 8, 2002
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This release could have easily been a four disc set. There are far too many songs not included that should be there. In addition, I think the packaging in the 12x12 limited edition set leaves a lot to be desired. You get a skimpy 12x12 booklet and a decent poster. Instead of housing the two CD's in jewel cases, they slide into two slots in the bottom of the box. What were they thinking?
If I were to do it again, I'd go for the standard issue.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Karl on January 8, 2003
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At long last it's here. Fans have been crying out for a proper Stones retrospective for aeons and, finally, the price is right for the respective record companies and 'Forty Licks' is the result. A double set, with the 60s Decca/ABKCO material on one album (plus 1971's 'Wild Horses') and everything post-'71 on the other, although the tracks aren't sequenced chronologically. All told 40 songs from four decades, including four new tracks.
Any an album that can boast 'Street Fighting Man', 'Gimme Shelter' and 'Satisfaction' as its opening three tracks is certainly onto a winner. Even though Mick Jagger's familiar pouting, snarling voice hurtles out from another place and another time, part of tracks that are now an integral part of our culture, it still sends shivers down the spine. Same goes for the opening chords, from 'Street Fighting Man's insistent, ringing acoustic opening to 'Gimme Shelter's menacing, serpent-like notes and, of course, the all-too familiar calling card of 'Satisfaction'.
The first album is as bulletproof a selection as you could want. From the breakneck cover of Buddy Holly's 'Not Fade Away', through the classic string of self-penned singles ('The Last Time', 'Satisfaction', 'Get Off Of My Cloud', '19th Nervous Breakdown', 'Paint It, Black') to the meltdown of 'Have You Seen Your Mother Baby?', this is the mid-60s documented in all its incense-scented, scandal-ridden, narcissistic glory.
That's the signal for the trip to get darker, though the provocative 'Let's Spend The Night Together' and the wistful beauty of 'Ruby Tuesday' proved that the band could still churn out incredible four-minute pop songs.
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