The Rolling Stones

The Complete Singles Collection: The London Years

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The three-disc box set Singles Collection: The London Years contains every single the Rolling Stones released during the '60s, including both the A- and B-sides. It is the first Stones compilation that tries to be comprehensive and logical -- for all their attributes, the two Hot Rocks sets and the two Big Hits collections didn't present the singles in chronological order. In essence, the previous compilations were excellent samplers, where Singles Collection tells most of the story (certain albums, like Aftermath, Beggars Banquet, and Let It Bleed, fill in the gaps left by the singles). The Rolling Stones made genuine albums -- even their early R&B/blues albums were impeccably paced -- but their singles had a power all their own, which is quite clearly illustrated by the Singles Collection. By presenting the singles in chronological order, the set takes on a relentless, exhilarating pace with each hit and neglected B-side piling on top of each other, adding a new dimension to the group; it has a power it wouldn't have had if it tried to sample from the albums. Although it cheats near the end, adding singles from the Metamorphosis outtakes collection and two singles from Sticky Fingers, this captures the essence of the '60s Stones as well as any compilation could. Casual fans might want to stick with the Hot Rocks sets, since they just have the hits, but for those that want a little bit more, the Singles Collection is absolutely essential.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:48 Amazon
2 01:51 Amazon
3 01:43 Amazon
4 02:09 Amazon
5 01:46 Amazon
6 02:39 Amazon
7 03:27 Amazon
8 02:30 Amazon
9 03:48 Amazon
10 02:16 Amazon
11 02:52 Amazon
12 02:27 Amazon
13 03:04 Amazon
14 02:34 Amazon
15 02:45 Amazon
16 03:02 Amazon
17 03:41 Amazon
18 02:14 Amazon
19 03:43 Amazon
20 03:08 Amazon
21 03:38 Amazon
22 02:53 Amazon
23 02:24 Amazon
24 02:24 Amazon
25 02:45 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:06 Amazon
2 03:56 Amazon
3 03:02 Amazon
4 03:44 Amazon
5 02:55 Amazon
6 03:00 Amazon
7 02:45 Amazon
8 03:11 Amazon
9 02:33 Amazon
10 03:13 Amazon
11 03:28 Amazon
12 03:13 Amazon
13 04:36 Amazon
14 03:47 Amazon
15 04:11 Amazon
16 04:44 Amazon
17 02:53 Amazon
18 04:25 Amazon
19 03:37 Amazon
20 03:12 Amazon
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