Lush Packaging! Great Music even better!
Arvind Mohindra | Sydney, Australia | 06/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The ABKCO 16 disc release of the UK recordings in a single box set is a very beautifully presented lush packaging complete with dramatically improved sonics. DSD layer of the dual layer SACD hybrid discs offers a vast improvement in sound over the conventional CD layer, and the CD layer offers a drastic improvement over the older releases of the same titles. The packaging is individual albums in the shape of miniature LPs.
For completists, the other 6 releases by ABKCO (there are 22 in all and 16 in this box set) are Hot Rocks (double), More Hot Rocks (double), Singles Collection (triple CD) and the US versions of Aftermath, Between the Buttons and Out of Our Heads.
Sound is amazing. Electronically reprocessed stereo versions have been replaced by true mono and where available true stereo versions replace the older mono versions.
The earlier pressings of these SACDs are in miniature LP sizes and have already started becoming collectibles (with value to appreciate over times). New releases of individual CDs are in conventional slip cases.
I just simply rate this release as 5 stars for the quality of sound, packaging, and value.
P.S. [dated 25th June 2007]
I had posted the earlier review when this box was available for $300 odd [which i personally felt was a cool price for something containing 16 titles in SACD format with a very limited edition box unlike the Dylan SACD box which sells on ebay for $100 to $150 range]. Today, in hindsight, i think it was a sane decision to go for this box as all SACDs are vitually Out of Print and this box used [as of date] is over $1,000 - phew!"
Tonz | 08/24/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"One is better off buying these SACDs alone rather than in this box set due to the outragous total price of the package. I don't own this box set, but have bought a few of the Stones SACDs in single purchases. At most, 20 dollars was spent on each cd, as opposed to a whopping 32 dollars per cd if bought through this box set. Not only are you saving money when buying the SACDs seperatley, you save money by not having to pay for songs you already will have on albums( refering to the greatest hits compilations). Personally, art work, photos, and packaging aren't worth 200 to 250 more dollars."