The Rolling Stones

Acetates

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This compilation of unreleased material, different mixes, mono versions, and such, released on the Midnight Beat label in 1999, is of surprisingly good quality for an album with such poor packaging. Naturally, for a Stones recording made during the band's prime, most of the material featured here is first-class rock & roll. Indeed, the Keith Richards/Mick Taylor combination that made the music in the Rolling Stones' golden years what it was, is here as noticeable as ever. Acetates is unfortunately a little dull in places, however. This is mainly due to numerous tracks being included twice, albeit with different mixes. The Rolling Stones' magic can still be heard on here though, so despite a few lulls it is a markedly good release, aimed strictly at the Stones purist. The band is here at its peak, the sound quality is top notch, and, to top it all off, there are some rare and, in places, great tracks.