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The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 - Limited Edition Remastered Vinyl Box Set Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
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Upper Manhattan, mid-1980s, an underfurnished railroad apartment. Three young men whose last meal was almost certainly noodle-based sit on overturned milk crates near a turntable. They're listening hard. To what? To a fixation: the first five Rolling Stones LPs in mono.
We weren't ridiculous. We weren't wrong. If you bought these records new at Sam Goody, you'd hear sound fit for a dog: old mono reprocessed into fake stereo, bassy in one speaker, trebly in the other, sloshed with reverb. If you got yourself around a used mono version, not so hard to find in those days -- especially of the sacramental "Out of Our Heads" -- you'd hear the band's greasy transmission, its full feckless assault, much more clearly.
We didn't have the British versions, though, some with different songs in a different order. We weren't that pro. We were 20 years too early. In a breathtaking all-vinyl boxed set, ABKCO has reissued the Stones' studio-album corpus up through 1969, and those that were originally mono (pre-"Aftermath") have been kept that way. Some of these probably sound as good as is currently possible. Simultaneously, Universal has released its own vinyl-only boxed set for the rest of the band's work, from "Sticky Fingers" to "A Bigger Bang." These will be more familiar to anyone who grew up with them: there was no mono-stereo issue here, no track-order scrambling between markets. They look and sound beautiful, using the best recent remastering and vinyl cutting. And here, cultured reader, would be the occasion to start building your defense of the undervalued "Goats Head Soup." -- The New York Times, November 26, 2010
Top Customer Reviews
First, let me comment on the packaging. I think it is pretty good. It's about as good as one can reasonably expect. At least half of these are fold-opens ("gatefolds," I believe, is the term). You get a lot of classic visuals here. The covers themselves bring back memories. The "matte" finish of the cardboard actually seems like step up to me from the shiny cheap stuff; these look just a little higher-end to me than the original releases, sans the "novelty" items like the 3-D on Satanic Majesties or the zipper on Sticky Fingers, or the cuts-outs on Some Girls. But, overall, these are nicely manufactured covers, printed on cardboard at least as thick as the original releases. Most of you reading this are serious vinyl collectors, so, like me, you will immediately get these into plastic LP cover protectors. I HIGHLY recommend this, as otherwise these covers will soon show abrasion wear if you pull them out and stuff them back in with any frequency at all. Yes, all your albums will still fit in the boxes after you put them in the covers. It is a tight fit, but they are definitely protected this way better than without the covers.Read more ›
The Beatles haven't thrown meatless bones like these to their fans since the first CD pressings back in the '80s. Even the Monkees know that we like liner notes, extra photos, and whatever session information you can give us. Who is in charge here? The slimmest of booklets added to the box could have gone a long way toward redeeming this release. And the sleeves for these albums, several of which are bona fide classics of the form, have all been hastily re-created from scratch. Where is the love?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived very securely packaged. Records, all except for one, were in MINT condition, and that one blemish is superficial and makes no difference to the sound. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Paul L. Christopher
This box set is still sealed. I have not opened it yet. The only issue I have with it is that there was a significant upper right hand corner dent in the box itself when it... Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by perry sobotta
I've had mine for two years now and it's just a fantastic box set. The covers are fine. Yes, they're all matt finish. With the exception of Rolling Stones No.2. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by MucicCore69
Great album collection for Rolling Stones fan. Set was exactly as described on line. Arrived on time. Good retailer to do business.Published on December 26, 2012 by Scott M JSmith
no, these are not the best sounding rolling stones LPS out there. those would be the original LONDON/DECCA pressings. Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by lifelong fan
There's a lot of information here about the vinyl already, plus I doubt you need much of a review on the actual music. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by B. Jury
This set sounds phenomenal. In particular "Beggars Banquet" blows the original pressing away. The packaging is not perfect, but I have no problem with the covers not being glossy... Read morePublished on April 30, 2011 by Ron Nichol
If further proof is necessary that "A Bigger Bang" and "Shine A Light" represents the fact that my favorite Rock and Roll band needs to...hang it up: well, here it is. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I love The Rolling Stones and bought all their records brand new as soon as they were released. That makes me older.. Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by Timothy R. Jones