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Singles Collection: The London Years [Box set]

The Rolling StonesAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 2, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Abkco
  • ASIN: B000003BD2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Come On
2. I Want To Be Loved
3. I Wanna Be Your Man
4. Stoned
5. Not Fade Away
6. Little By Little
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Gotta Get Away
2. 19th Nervous Breakdown
3. Sad Day
4. Paint It, Black
5. Stupid Girl
6. Long Long While
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Street Fighting Man
2. No Expectations
3. Surprise, Surprise
4. Honky Tonk Women
5. You Can't Always Get What You Want
6. Memo From Turner
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The most comprehensive anthology of the Rolling Stones' prime early work collects every single from the beginning up through 1971, A- and B-sides. All the obvious hits are here ("Satisfaction," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Honky Tonk Women," "Brown Sugar") as well as several B-sides ("Stoned," "I Want to Be Loved," "I Don't Know Why AKA I Don't Know Why I Love You") not previously released on CD. But it's the unrelenting succession of great cuts that make this a landmark collection. No band in the history of rock and roll has a catalog as substantial and hard-hitting. Quite simply, one the most essential rock collections ever released. --Rob O'Connor

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Rolling Stones Singles Collection - The London Years US 3-CD set

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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A WASTED OPPORTUNUTY January 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I think most collectors would agree that the Stones Decca catalogue is in desparate need of some TLC. When I first saw this (expensive) box set I thought someone had finally put some thought into doing just that. Unfortunately, not so. I purchased the original L.P. size set with large 72 page booklet and sat down to some serious listening. Surprisingly, the first disc containing the groups earliest recordings has the best sound quality, clear and clean with great presence. From then on things disintergrate and by the time I reached that last disc I realised I had pretty well wasted my money. Later tracks have ill defined stereo and tape hiss and sound nowhere near as good as the Mobile Fidelity remastering on "Hot Rocks". Surely there are stereo mixes of tracks from 1965 onwards, especially those recorded in America, which could have been used. I know this is the "singles" set but surely the way to go is to remaster the entire DECCA catalogue and reissue it as a 5 CD set. Hopefully rare tracks like "fortune teller" and the long take of "everybody needs somebody to love" (which I have on a single in stereo) could be included. This material needs to be given to Bill Inglot from Rhino who I am sure could work his usual magic and give us the stones in pristine sound. My advice to anyone contemplating buying this set is to wait and hopefully a DECENT DECCA ANTHOLOGY will be not too long in coming
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rocking with the stones! May 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a nice introductory set to the Stones despite the missing pieces mentioned by others (such as Gimme Shelter, Let It Bleed, Midnight Rambler). It contains a number of more recognisable songs that help you get acquainted to the music of the Stones such as GET NO SATISFACTION, PAINT IT BLACK (One of my all time favourite songs), JUMPIN JACK FLASH and WILD HORSES. But what is really good about this collection are the lesser songs not often mentioned when talking about the Stones. Such as the rolling Stones version of NOT FADE AWAY, a lively upbeat copy to the original but it's still great to hear Jagger get his mouth around such a classic. As a general overview:
DISC 1 : Great collection of the early work, which those who had not listened to the Stones would have great diffuclty recognising tracks from but still contains fantastic songs you should get to know such as PLAY WITH FIRE, RED ROOSTER, TIME IS ON MY SIDE (classic! as sung numerous times by Azazel in Fallen), GET OFF MY CLOUD. These songs are mainly pop numbers but still hold a lot of charm.
DISC 2 : Probably my favourite of the discs as it contains the maginificent PAINT IT BLACK, HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR MOTHER, LETS SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER (amazingly emotional despite being a quick paced one) amongst it's numbers. The start isn't fantastic until you get to about PAINT IT BLACK when it carries on astoundingly strong through to the end with a large of love songs of different approaches; SHES A RAINBOW (upbeat adoration), DANDELION (gentle musings), LETS SPEND A NIGHT TOGETHER (pacy declaration).
DISC 3 : Only just falls short of being the better disc due to it's smaller content and brief low points, but still holds strong.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sounding Disc Of Early Stones Songs May 18, 2001
By G.C.
Format:Audio CD
This is the best collection of early Stones songs available -- and the best bang for the buck. There are a couple of omissions -- namely "Under My Thumb" and "Gimme Shelter" -- but that is because those songs weren't released as singles. Also, the version of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" included in this collection is the original 7" version that was released several months before the "Let It Bleed" version that featured a chior singing the intro and outro. The mastering of these three discs is also superior than any of the groups other Abkco releases, including both "Hot Rocks" collections. Mick and Keith unfortunately signed away control of their pre-1970 catalog and one result has been that consumers are stuck with poor quality CD's (at very high prices) of their early songs. In contrast, the mastering of the Stones' CD's from 1971 on (starting with "Sticky Fingers") is much better. Some reviewers seem to prefer "Hot Rocks"/"More Hot Rocks" over this but "The Singles Collection" includes songs like "Stoned", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Little Red Rooster", and "The Spider and the Fly" that are not found on either "Hot Rocks" set. Since Disc 3 contains fewer songs than Discs 1 and 2, I would have liked to see some extra material included, such as the British "5x5" EP from 1964, but this is a minor inconvenience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Collection of Early Stones January 31, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This Box Set is the best collection available today in the market of early stones. Other collection like Hot Rocks I & II fall short as they leave many key tracks out. What you get the complete (or almost complete) singles A and B sides with a booklet that contains lyrics for each song. The set is not very fancy as the CD and book do not contain any additional information beside the track listing and the lyrics. Nevertheless, this does not alter the fact that this is probably one of the most important songs catalog in rock & roll history. Also, the set provides a perspective on how the Stones sound evolved from a Chuck Berry influenced band to a more sophisticated one that continued to evolve during the following years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stones at Their Bluesiest
This was the Brian Jones. IMO their best. All their first 6 albums or so. This is the real 60s stuff, not the touring type Stones.
Published 5 months ago by rastaman
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone needs this
This is my group I love this felt like I won a lotto fast accurate service came as a Christmas gift for myself
Published 8 months ago by Debra D
5.0 out of 5 stars How They Became "The World's Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band"....
Essential for any Rolling Stones fan. The original box set (cd & vinyl) includes a beautiful booklet with liner notes by Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, track-by-track info,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Francis Schirripe
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Collection of Songs
I would highly recommend this collection. It has everything you would want from the early to mid years of the Stones.
Published 15 months ago by James Aissis
5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling Stones
I bought this album for my husband and he is still raving about it. He says that it even has the words to each song included and it has 4 cassettes.
Published 20 months ago by Irene Szumski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service
Thank you for your prompt service and great CD collection. Plays wonderful and sounds great. Will definitely buy from this seller again.
Published on August 31, 2010 by Tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars singles collection
The CD arrived in two days and it's just as good as brand new. I'm 100% satasfied!
Published on February 27, 2009 by Philip Restivo
5.0 out of 5 stars What can a poor boy do, except to sing for a rock 'n' roll band?
This box set includes all Rolling Stones singles (a-sides and b-sides) released by London Records in the US and the UK. Practically all these songs are great, even the b-sides. Read more
Published on January 16, 2009 by Johnny Heering
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stones' best years....
Includes most of the Stones' best work - especially their bluesy roots stuff. Love it (well, most of it anyway!).
Published on January 6, 2009 by Geoffrey White
3.0 out of 5 stars All glitter and tarnished gold
THE ROLLING STONES SINGLES COLLECTION * THE LONDON YEARS consists of three CDs packed in the LP-sized box that was in vogue 10 or 15 years ago-- in hindsight, a wastefully... Read more
Published on February 26, 2007 by Annie Van Auken
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