All glitter and tarnished gold
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 02/26/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"THE ROLLING STONES SINGLES COLLECTION * THE LONDON YEARS consists of three CDs packed in the LP-sized box that was in vogue 10 or 15 years ago-- in hindsight, a wastefully expensive package. The included 72-page giant book is of recycled-quality paper. It's pages are dyed several starkly annoying colors, and all graphics are in low-grade B&W. Two pages of text in front, and two in back bookend the spread out song lyrics and lousy-looking photos. A hack job, design-wise.
The music is little better, sonically. There's a persistent dullness to a lot of these tracks. Andrew Oldham is credited with oversight of this project, so it's surprising that the transfers aren't more vibrant. This great material has been badly served. Recommended only for serious fans or completists. A middling rating for a mediocre product.
TOTAL RUNNING TIMES --
DISC ONE -- 66:41
DISC TWO -- 68:27
DISC THREE -- 49:39"
What can a poor boy do, except to sing for a rock 'n' roll b
Johnny Heering | Bethel, CT United States | 01/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This box set includes all Rolling Stones singles (a-sides and b-sides) released by London Records in the US and the UK. Practically all these songs are great, even the b-sides. There are a handful of songs that aren't good, most notably two singles that were released in 1975 which the Stones never wanted to be released. But overall the songs are great and well worth listening to."