The Rolling Stones

Got to Be Worked On!

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While this lengthy (78-minute) collection of 1966-1970 studio outtakes boasts mostly excellent sound, it's really for hardcore Rolling Stones collectors, for a couple of reasons. First, most of this material appeared on other bootlegs years prior to this 2007 release. Even if you're hearing this stuff for the first time, however, you'll likely find that quite a few of these differ from the official studio versions in very minor ways, whether it be a mix variation or a different vocal. A few of these are genuine outtakes or boast very different arrangements, but they're hardly excellent performances on their own merits. Among these are the Between the Buttons-era outtake "Get Yourself Together," a pretty rudimentary and unfinished-sounding blues-rock song that never found a place on any official Stones release, and very rough early versions of "Yesterday's Papers" (with what sounds like the vaguest of guide vocals from Mick Jagger) and "Dandelion" (with almost half-mumbled vocals from Keith Richards). It's interesting to hear "You Got the Silver" with a Jagger vocal rather than a Richards one, and "Gimme Shelter" with different lead vocals (and none of Merry Clayton's singing). Also good is a very lively studio version of "Jumping Jack Flash," recorded specifically for a promotional film, that's notably more live-sounding than the official single, especially in Mick Jagger's vocals, and an early version of "Street Fighting Man" with different lyrics, though that recording's been around on bootlegs forever. Even the different mixes are great songs, of course, but there's just not enough here to counterpoint the official Stones discography to make this CD feel like a major supplement to their standard body of work.