A New Album that Happens to be from 1972!
P. C. Duncan | burbank, ca | 06/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was frustrated to hear that the Stones had reissued (yet again) "Exile..." and this time put out bonus tracks. I wanted the previously unreleased material, but I already had a remastered "Exile" (second time purchased since CDs replaced Vinyl and Cassettes) and I DID NOT want to rebuy it again. No problem, this Bonus Tracks Only version was just what I needed. The 10 additional tracks are a remarkable "sequel" to one of the three (in my opinion) greatest all time Stones albums. Some of the songs even top a few of the album tracks that made it onto "Exile" (not that anything on "Exile" is substandard, it's just that these outtakes might even be better). The piano by the late Nicky Hopkins is nicely showcased on this collection and puts a footnote on the greatest session man of all time's contribution to the Stones' legacy. Fans of this funky Mussel Shoals period MUST have this CD. If you don't already have a remastered Exile, get the double CD edition, but if you do, this Bonus Tracks Only CD is what you want."
Don't get carried away...
BPW OREILLY | 07/09/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While it is great to get access to these outtakes they aren't the missing link by any stretch of the imagination. Worth hearing but won't provide sustained enjoymens after a few listens. Also, I read somewhere that there are overdubs from now (?) on some tracks. That's definitely not what we were looking for. Can someone explain to me what certain reviewers don't like about the "compression" on the re-masters. Is it that it sounds good on digital feedback but sounds thinner and colder on decent hi-fi? Txs to anyone who can explain it to me."