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Metamorphosis Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 27, 2002)
  • Remastered ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: ABKCO
  • ASIN: B00006AW2F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Richard R. Carlton on September 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There is some confusion here about which version of Metamorphosis has been released. Although the Amazon.com listing I have seen online shows 14 tracks, the version I received and all the versions I have seen in the stores have all 16 tracks. Here are the details on both versions, although I am quite sure the 16 track European version is what has been released, not the American 14 track version that was first released on vinyl.
With the release of the remastered super audio CDs (SACD) of the Stones ABCKO catalog (which includes all the early Decca/London material), it helps to clarify the confusion about the U.S. and U.K./European releases of the original vinyl Metamorphosis.
There are 2 Metamorphosis versions, both released on June 6, 1975:
U.S. ABKCO vinyl with 14 tracks
U.K. /European Decca vinyl with 16 tracks
This new remastered SACD is the 16 track U.K./European ABKCO vinyl release. It includes the two extra tracks that were included on the U.K./European vinyl release (Somethings Just Stick In Your Mind and We're Wastin' Time). There are several things worth noting about these tracks, for example several tracks are actually Mick backed by the Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra, not the Stones themselves (I've marked these below with a #). Of special interest is this version of Memo From Turner is the only version ever released with the Stones backing Mick (The Performance soundtrack version has Mick backed by studio musicians, which included Jimmy Page). I have noted the specifics below.
Note: ABCKO acquired the Stones' catalog when Allen Klein was released as their manager in 1972.
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It's amazing what history can do to certain albums. Released by Allen Klein's ABKCO in the mid-seventies, Metamorphosis was savaged by...well, just about everyone at the time. Bill Wyman had apparently approached Klein with his own concept of a Stones out-takes collection (caled "The Black Box"), Klein turned him down, and Metamorphosis was the result; indeed, the album is somewhat infamous for its status as THE cut-out bin record. With its ugly cover and its bizarre focus on Mick and Keith's demos for outside artists, Metamorphosis was discarded almost as soon as it was purchased.
Something strange happened, though, which I suppose was inevitable. When ABKCO and London Records issued the Stones discs on CD in the late eighties, Metamorphosis--ABKCO's baby!--was pointedly not amoung them. Its unavailibility on CD suddenly lent it a near-mythical status, with the reams of "critical evalutations" that tend to follow something suddenly becoming unavailible (never mind that vinyl copies have always been easy to find!).
Now we find ourselves in 2002, with ABKCO finally releasing the long-out-of-print compilation on CD, putting an end to the era of endless CD pirates and variations. Is this the final word? Is this indeed a lost classic?
Heavens no. Hopefully, this recent re-release will finally allow people to take a rational look at the album, without the endless "what it could've been" sentiments AND the "but-it-isn't-availible" protestations. Metamorphosis is what it always has been; a decent collection of outtakes and demos, but not the best of what could have been put-out.
For one thing, many of the tracks are "The Rolling Stones" in name only.
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Until now, this has been one of the rarest and most sought-after of the original Stones albums. Most fans of the group are probably only familiar with the four tracks which appeared on the Singles Collection ("Out of Time", "Try a Little Harder", "I Don't Know Why", "Jiving Sister Fanny"). These are also the most worthwhile tracks on this CD, which serves to reinforce the fact that many of the Rolling Stones' finest studio moments were in fact already released.
Several of early the tracks feature only Mick Jagger backed by some quality session men cutting Jagger/Richards demos for other artists (The heavily orchestrad "Out of Time" is the most famous example of this). In fact, there is really nothing notable on this disc until Track 10, a stunning cover of Stevie Wonder's "I Don't Know Why", reputedly recorded the night Brian Jones died. Other highlights include "Jiving Sister Fanny", a hilarious bit of southern boogie and "Downtown Suzie", a good natured acoustic romp courtesy of Bill Wyman (it really should have made the final cut for Beggar's Banquet).
On the down side, we have "Sleepy City" which sounds like a third-rate Beach Boys knockoff and a rushed, almost robotic-sounding take of "Memo from Turner". The closer, "I'm Going Down", is a fantastic piece of rock and roll (originally recorded for Let it Bleed in 1969) ruined by a horrible mix which renders the vocals all but inaudible.
As for sound quality: INCREDIBLE!!!
In the end, this will be a highly welcome addition to any hard-core Stones fan's collection (like me).
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