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Sucking In The Seventies [Best of]

The Rolling StonesAudio Cassette
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Rolling Stones Records (Warner)
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • ASIN: B001EMD5PK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Odd But Very Cool Compilation April 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This Odds and Sods recording is unlike anything else in the official Stones catalog and I have often wondered what the impetus was to put it out.

This is not exclusively a rarities collection nor is it a greatest hits. It is made up of deep album cuts (non-single rock radio favorites), a b-side, an unreleased alternate version and a live track from a tour with no official live release. It is very listenable and the rarities stuff make it a must buy. The highlights:

1. Everything Is Turning To Gold is an energetic Ronnie Wood penned funk rocker that the band should dust off for their live shows. Great track.

2. When The Whip Comes Down is a savage, quasi-punk rock live version from the '78 tour, which amazingly has never been documented by an official live release. This version will make you want to holler and break stuff

3. Time Waits For No One is the IORR version but remember this is the greatest song Mick Taylor ever crafted and did not get credit for.

Two major complaints:

1. I bought this on vinyl, I bought the original CD release and now they are trying to sell me a "Re-Mastered" version that is not even in the SACD format that they made such a big deal about when the ABKO-era stuff was dusted off a few years ago

2. Why Lord, why won't The Greediest Rock And Roll Band In The World load something like this up with additional b-sides, rarities and live stuff from the era? Bowie does it. The Who do it. The Beatles even opened the vaults with the Anthology discs for heavens sake!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stones' Throwaway Holds Up April 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Back in 1981, when we saw "Sucking In The Seventies" for the first time in record stores, it almost became the first Stones album I didn't buy. The cover was nothing, it had "contractual fulfillment" written all over it, and though it was the band's first 'hits' set since "Made In The Shade" came out in 1975, it actually eschewed some of the group's biggest hits of the 1976 - 80 period ("Miss You," "She's So Cold," and "Emotional Rescue) for a rather odd mix of singles ("Shattered," "Beast of Burden") - many edited, and the three from "Black and Blue" seemingly remixed (only "Fool To Cry" presents an interesting contrast to the original) and rarities. And yet, and yet...somehow it manages to hang together pretty well 25 years later.
The key is the sequencing and the rarities. "Shattered" closed "Some Girls" but opens this set, followed by its non-lp b-side, the Jagger/Richards/Wood "Everything Is Turning To Gold," four-plus minutes of rather a unusual mix of loose funk and grunge, chugging KR rhythm and rolling rhythms (has Charlie ever relied more on cymbals?) that seem sloppy at first until you realize the seemingly wandering pulse is deliberate and the track builds momentum, climaxing with a pair of unusual, almost Moroccon bits (Sugar Blue's harmonica and Mel Collins' sax add to the gumbo) that evoke nothing as much as Ornette Coleman's "Dancing In My Head." Raw, steamy, sweaty - yet dynamic and exciting, definitely a keeper. The original side two opened with the live "Mannish Boy" that is here in a superior mix to the "Love You Live" version - a hot, inspired take on Muddy Waters' classic from the infamous El Mocambo club show of 1977, with the whole band doing what comes naturally, but better.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation of mid 70's Stones April 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was very pleasantly suprised to see this re-issued on CD. In the early 80's I somehow got hold of this on cassette and really enjoyed some of the unreleased tracks on here. On top of that the tracks fit together really well, even the straight blues Mannish Boy cover. For my taste, the Stones at their rock and roll best was their work with Mick Taylor (Sticky Fingers) and the mid 70's work with Ron Wood. This CD captures the brilliance of Keith Richards and Ron Wood's ability to blend blues, R&B, and funk/disco guitar stylings while still remaining true to down and dirty Stones rock n'roll. If I was a Dancer is a great song and my favorite on here. Kieth Richards once said that Fool to Cry was not really one of his favorite songs to play, and once while playing it in concert (during the days when smack was his party favor of choice) he was so bored he fell asleep mid-song only to be awoken by the sound of his hand hitting the guitar strings! So that's the picture that come's to mind every time I listen to Fool to Cry on this CD. I'd give this CD 5 stars if it weren't for the fact that most of the songs are available on other CD's.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent selection of tracks November 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
What you get with this album (that you don't get with 'Made in the shade") is not only a selection of music on already released music from the stones, but a few unreleased gems.

These gems are:

- Everything is turning to gold

- Mannish Boy (Live)

-When the Whip Comes down (live)

- If I was a Dancer (Dance part 2)

Of these gems, for my money, the best are evertything is turning to gold and If I was a Dancer.

Worth the price of admission for the unreleased stuff alone, however the stuff included is also great and the album really plays well as a whole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sucking in the 70's
This is a bit of a strange compilation album. It has some singles, live tracks and some unreleased material. I do like it though.
Published 9 months ago by buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a good stones album
When this came out i remember i loved the loose raw feel of this album. This remaster sounds wonderful. I wont go into the details of each song. Those have been covered elsewhere. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Afridi
4.0 out of 5 stars Right up there with "December's Children" in terms of odd track...
...But who can resist a compilation that opens with the punky, repetitive groove of 'Shattered', finds the Stones returning to their roots with a sizzling live version of Muddy... Read more
Published on August 17, 2010 by Chet L. Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Sucking in more Seventies.
Sucking in the Seventies is indeed another 70's compilation album because all 10 songs on this album came out in the 1970's decade. How good is it? Read more
Published on July 22, 2010 by sportsartist24
3.0 out of 5 stars For Completists Only
The Rolling Stones have many compilations, and this is among the worst. Only true completists should even consider it; all others should stay far, far away. Read more
Published on May 4, 2010 by Bill R. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered beauty
Played this side by side with my old copy and no comparison in sound. Like night and day.
Published on March 2, 2010 by Blan Gernstein
3.0 out of 5 stars Lives Up To Its Title
With the exception of "Everything Is Turning To Gold," the B-side to the ever-forgettable "Miss You," this is a total waste of money. Read more
Published on December 8, 2009 by Bill Board
4.0 out of 5 stars A Filthy Commercial Success...
You Chumps that complain about what is or isn't on a compilation are pathetic. If you really like the Stones then you already have everything good. Read more
Published on December 6, 2009 by Edward Z. Rosenthal
3.0 out of 5 stars Life's just a cocktail party on the street
Spanning 1974 (It's Only Rock-n-Roll) to 1980 (Emotional Rescue), the ten tracks provide a fleeting glimpse into a period where the band was exploring the rhythms of reggae & disco... Read more
Published on March 16, 2008 by Best Of All
4.0 out of 5 stars For Completists Only
Good album, noteworthy for a good live version of "When the whip comes down" and a cool B-side, "Everything's turning to gold". Also, the continuation of "Dance Pt. Read more
Published on April 11, 2005 by Steven N. Peterson
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