The Rolling Stones

Out of Time

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A great concept for an album that, no matter what Allen Klein might say, helps more people than it hurts: 16 songs assembled from the '60s B-sides, import-only singles, compilations, and soundtracks that have proven extremely hard to find in America. A few of the songs did finally show up on ABKCO's Singles Collection, but many remain unavailable. And some of these items are very good: a longer version of the smoking "2120 South Michigan Avenue" instrumental (only issued in Germany), the long, very different take of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" that was issued on their second British LP, "I've Been Loving You Too Long" minus the overdubbed screams on Got Live if You Want It!, the Italian version of "As Tears Go By," Jagger's "Memo From Turner" (from the Performance soundtrack), and two early songs that only showed up on the British version of Metamorphosis. "I Want to Be Loved" and "I Wanna Be Your Man" (which were officially reissued on Singles Collection) are among their best early tracks. Good sound topped off with a superb picture sleeve of the Stones in drag in 1966 adds up to an LP that is essential for serious Stones fans, and indeed better than many of their "official" albums.