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Rarities 1971-2003

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The Rolling Stones, in collaboration with Starbucks Inc.'s Hear Music, unearth a collection of hard-to-find b-sides, alternate takes, and live tracks for RARITIES, 1971--2003.

The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger (vocals); Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Ron Wood (guitar); Bill Wyman (bass guitar); Charlie Watts (drums).

Recording information: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York (1971 - 2003); Los Angeles, California.

This grab bag of Rolling Stones gems features B-sides, live recordings, and remixes. Pulling from the somewhat arbitrary time span of 1971 to 2003, the sequencing and selection of the disc don't follow any particular logic, as a ferocious live version of "Live With Me" shares space with a club-ready dance mix of "Harlem Shuffle." Of course, logic has never been a factor in liking the Stones; it's all about the music, the attitude, and the energy, and there is plenty of that here.

The band revisits their roots with covers of old blues and R&B classics like "I Just Wanna Make Love To You" and Muddy Waters's "Mannish Boy," keeping things lean and punchy with a 12-bar, back-to-basics approach. B-sides from the '70s, '80s, and '90s are interspersed with 12-inch remixes ("Miss You [Dance Version]" is a particular highlight), as well as plenty of live versions of Stones classics, including "Tumbling Dice" and "Beast of Burden." Although there are numerous Stones compilations out there, RARITIES is a unique enough jumble of music to please any fan.

What the critics say...

Uncut (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The tracks] highlight a consistency that's held firm...It still shows the Stones as ever-resourceful, multi-faceted survivors."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Fancy Man Blues
  2. Tumbling Dice
  3. Wild Horses - (Stripped Version)
  4. Beast Of Burden - (live)
  5. Anyway You Look At It
  6. If I Was A Dancer (Dance Pt. 2)
  7. Miss You - (Dance Version)
  8. Wish I'd Never Met You
  9. I Just Wanna Make Love To You - (live)
  10. Mixed Emotions
  11. Through The Lonely Nights
  12. Live With Me - (live)
  13. Let It Rock
  14. Harlem Shuffle
  15. Mannish Boy - (live)
  16. Thru And Thru
Release date Australia
November 22nd, 2005
Virgin Records (USA)
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