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A Surprising "Surprise"
on November 22, 2011
There's little about "Some Girls" that hasn't been said already. Essentially, it's the last great Stones album, although I would argue that "Tattoo You" should hold that title rightfully. Nonetheless, "Some Girls" has been given the "Deluxe" treatment and it doesn't disappoint. The remastering is crisp, clean and sounds terrific. No major revelations here, just a really excellent remaster of a musical masterpiece (IMHO). Yeah, I know, some folks are complaining about the ostensibly inexplicable exclusion of the extended version of "Miss You," but I could care less.
The real surprise here is the bonus disc. I'm a Stones fan of long-standing, but am not obsessed with them ... so, virtually all of the material on the bonus disc is new to me. Much of it is fresh and exhilarating, showing an emphasis on country music influence. Apparently, some of the tunes on the bonus disc were unfinished in '78 as the Stones concentrated more on the final tunes appearing on the main album. So, Mick and company went back into the studio some 30 years on to finish 'em up to make them "release ready." While this may offend some purists, it doesn't bother me at all. I'm really diggin' the bonus material (despite the freshening up) as it's stuff originating from a time when the Stones were at the top of their game. The synergy between Keith and Ronnie heard on the bonus material, particularly on tunes like "Keep Up Blues," is worth the price of admission.
All in all, I like this package a lot.