Consumer advisory: The London Symohony Orchestra Plays the Music of the Rolling Stones, a 1994 Essex Records release, is a budget album that is not to be confused with RCA Victor's 1994 album Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones, also by the London Symphony Orchestra. The latter release is a big-budget effort sanctioned by the group and featuring vocals by Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and other prominent performers. The more modest Essex album features a few vocals by the London Pop Choir. Attempts to present rock & roll in a pop orchestra context are always a bit odd, and this album, which presents 14 of the Stones' biggest hits, is no exception. Horns and strings pick up the melodies, while the beat is maintained by a regular rock drumkit and electric guitars are sometimes heard. Songs that used strings originally -- "Lady Jane," "Angie," "She's a Rainbow" -- come off best, though for the most part these versions simply point up the superiority of the Stones' originals.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann