Vinyl LP pressing of the digitally remastered edition of the Rolling Stones’ 1968 album.
Remastered from high-resolution audio files sourced from the original master tapes
Even though they left the label years ago, ABKCO Records is still an important part of the Rolling Stones‘ history. And the label is joining the band’s 50th anniversary celebration by reissuing three classic Stones albums on 180-gram vinyl.
The reissues are part of the company’s new campaign, “The Rolling Stones Clearly Classic,” which promises songs “meticulously mastered from high-resolution audio files sourced from the original master tapes, assuring optimal sound quality that exceeds both conventional CD audio and digital downloads,.”
The three albums — Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed and Hot Rocks 1964-1971 — include some of the band’s most enduring tracks, such as “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Street Fighting Man,” “Gimme Shelter” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
The most successful record of the bunch, Hot Rocks 1964-1971, features 21 of the band’s biggest hits. It was a huge sales hit when it came out in 1971, spending 243 consecutive weeks on the chart and eventually selling more than 12 million copies.
From 1968, Beggars Banquet was one of the most innovative albums of the ’60s, including two of the group’s best songs — “Street Fighting Man” and “Sympathy For The Devil.” The introduction of producer Jimmy Miller refocused the band with enthralling results returning to their blues roots albeit in a radical new way.
1. Sympathy for the Devil
2. No Expectations
3. Dear Doctor
4. Parachute Woman
5. Jigsaw Puzzle
6. Street Fighting Man
7. Prodigal Son
8. Stray Cat Blues
9. Factory Girl
10. Salt of the Earth
The Stones forsook psychedelic experimentation to return to their blues roots on this celebrated album, which was immediately acclaimed as one of their landmark achievements. A strong acoustic Delta blues flavor colors much of the material, particularly “Salt of the Earth” and “No Expectations,” which features some beautiful slide guitar work. Basic rock & roll was not forgotten, however: “Street Fighting Man,” a reflection of the political turbulence of 1968, was one of their most innovative singles, and “Sympathy for the Devil,” with its fire-dancing guitar licks, leering Jagger vocals, African rhythms, and explicitly satanic lyrics, was an image-defining epic. On “Stray Cat Blues,” Jagger and crew began to explore the kind of decadent sexual sleaze that they would take to the point of self-parody by the mid-’70s. At the time, though, the approach was still fresh, and the lyrical bite of most of the material ensured Beggars Banquet’s place as one of the top blues-based rock records of all time. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi