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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While there are several best-of collections in the Rolling Stones' catalog, each of the previous ones focused on a limited period of time, making this generous two-disc set unique in its career-spanning scope. Harking back to the Stones' days as young R&B acolytes -- represented by their driving cover of "Not Fade Away" -- Forty Licks delves deep into the band's mid-'60s hits, including "Satisfaction," "19th Nervous Breakdown," and "The Last Time." Equal time is given to the vividly experimental period that followed -- a time that produced ornate soundscapes like "Ruby Tuesday" with lovely recorder playing from Brian Jones and "She's a Rainbow," as well as the era ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While there are several best-of collections in the Rolling Stones' catalog, each of the previous ones focused on a limited period of time, making this generous two-disc set unique in its career-spanning scope. Harking back to the Stones' days as young R&B acolytes -- represented by their driving cover of "Not Fade Away" -- Forty Licks delves deep into the band's mid-'60s hits, including "Satisfaction," "19th Nervous Breakdown," and "The Last Time." Equal time is given to the vividly experimental period that followed -- a time that produced ornate soundscapes like "Ruby Tuesday" with lovely recorder playing from Brian Jones and "She's a Rainbow," as well as the era immediately following Jones' departure. Since it's not chronologically arranged, that period -- highlighted by such Sticky Fingers classics as "Wild Horses" and "Brown Sugar" -- is represented on both Forty Licks discs. The second focuses on mid-to-latter-day hits, from ballads such as "Angie" to disco-era struts like "Miss You," but only touches lightly on the last decade or so. That leaves room for the four newly-recorded numbers, highlighted by a rare Keith Richards' lead vocal on the guttersnipe ballad "Losing My Touch," which carries a touch of Tom Waits-styled wistfulness in its downtrodden groove. Jagger falls a bit short on the maudlin "Keys to Your Love," but more than makes up for it on the archetypal raunch-fest "Don't Stop." For Stones fans, Forty Licks is about as good as it gets -- and thanks to the variety and punch within, even the casual listener will be left wanting another spin at its end.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
The selection is daring.... The pacing is brilliant.... And the four new songs? Their toughest rock in years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2002
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724381337820
  • Catalog Number: 13378

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rolling Stones Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Buddy Holly Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Bobby Womack Composer
Norman Petty Composer
k.d. lang Composer
Ben Mink Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Shirley Jean Womack Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than any previous Rolling Stones compilation

    Finally, a Rolling Stones compilation disc that includes hits from the early (London) years and the later (tounge label) years, so you can finally get "Satisfaction", "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "Brown Sugar", "Beast of Burden" and "Start Me Up" all on the same disc set. The new tracks aren't bad but don't add much value to the other thirty-six 'licks'. Sure, adding new tracks to a best-of seems to make it more enticing to buy a collection of tracks you probably already own on other CD's - but in this case I would've prefered four other great Stones tracks like "Monkey Man", "Midnight Rambler", "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" and "Memory Motel" over anything new by them. But that aside, this collection just about replaces 'Hot Rocks' as the best way to get the Rolling Stones' timeless classic hits in one place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why not "She's So Cold"?

    This is the definate best collection of Rolling Stones songs. It has all of their major hits as well as some great songs that I've never even heard before. The only problem with this is the song from "Emotional Rescue" on this CD should have been "She's So Cold", not the title track. That would make the compilation perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good intro to Stones' catalogue

    Disc one of Forty Licks is an excellent and comprehensive collection of Rolling Stones hits of the 60's. It showcases the diversity, experimentalism, and flat-out raw talent of the band during that period. Disc one is five-star as far as compilations are concerned. Disc two falls far short in showcasing the band's better material from the Mick Taylor and Ron Wood eras. Glaring omissions include songs like "All Down The Line", "Dance Little Sister", "Little T&A", "She Was Hot", "Waiting On A Friend", and "One Hit(To The Body)", among others. I guess the Stones included the tracks that they felt would sell the album which serves to comromise the quality of the music on the second disc. These include: "Fool To Cry", "Mixed Emotions", "Emotional Rescue", and "Anybody Seen My Baby". Out of the four new tracks, I'd dump "Losing My Touch" and "Keys To Your Love" also. Aside from these, the rest of disc two is rock solid and contains the no-brainer, quality material that the novice to the fanatic would expect. Overall, a great intro to the sixties-era Stones, but, to me, it falls short in delivering the best that the band has to offer from its post-sixties catalogue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Know its Only Rock and Roll...

    but I love it! This CD is a MUST for any and all fans of rock and roll. As you play this CD, you'll find yourself taking many trips down memory lane. If this is the first time you've heard these tunes, you'll be making new memories. You will not be disappointed. Add this to your cart immediatley!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Rolling Stones of the 70's,80's,90's,and today

    The Rolling Stones album "Forty Licks"is classic Rolling Stones of the 70's,80's,90's,and today.I've been a Rolling Stones fan since I was 13,and my favorite Rolling Stones song has always been and will always be "Satisfaction",a classic Rolling Stones song on the album.The new song "Losing My Touch"is good,and this album is classic Rolling Stones.Highly Recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CD ONE is as good as it gets!

    Great CD, I would recommend it to anyone who likes the 60s and 70s stuff. CD TWO has alot of the 80s junk, but is saved by more awesome hits from the Stones. These old timers know what their doing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Essential Collection

    "Forty Licks" is a really excellent compillation album spanning two discs. Forty hits, including 4 new ones. Disc 1 kicks off with the brilliant acoustic/electric guitar duel of 1968's "Street Fighting Man", which is followed by "Gimme Shelter", "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "Satisfaction", "You Can't Always Get What You Want", "Sympathy For The Devil", and others. These are my favorite tracks, but my favorite is "Get Off Of My Cloud". Disc 2 also includes classics, including "Tumbling Dice", "Brown Sugar", "Start Me Up", "Miss You", "Emotional Rescue", and "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll". There are also 4 new tracks, and they are all great, but only two really make the grade. "Don't Stop" is an awesome rocker well within the Stones' tradition. And "Keys To Your Love" is a surprisingly touching ballad by the Stones. However, this disc problematic. First, there are a lot of omissions, including "If You Can't Rock Me", "Waiting On A Friend", "Star Star", "Neighbours" and "Hangfire". And many songs are edited. "Miss You", "Emotional Rescue", "Beast Of Burden" and "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll" have all been edited. Yet for all its flaws, "Forty Licks" is triumphant in the end due to the main reason it was created: because the music rocks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forty Licks of pure Rolling Stones! They're calling me again!

    Satisfaction is the best rock and roll song of all time. Have you any records you can give me? Mick and Keith work so well together. Mother, can I have some more scallops? Get your finger out of my ear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the stones still rocknroll

    wow what a awesome collection.this is the best collection that the rolling stones have put out/2cds 40 licks/36 classic licks plus new ones/ all the greatones are on there/including/get off of my cloud gimme shelter/miss you/ start me up and the new tune/dont stop/ you have here 40 years of rolling stones history. and its all good. so pop this in your cd player and take a trip back in time. from 1962. to 2002/rolling stones/40 years 40 licks 4 decades of making great music/ keep on rocking n rolling stones

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW! This is the best!!!

    "THE ROLLING STONES: FORTY LICKS" IS AN EXCELLENT COMPILATION. I WAS JUST A CASUAL FAN WHO DID'NT OWN ANY ROLLING STONES ALBUMS OR LIKE THEM VERY MUCH, UNTILL NOW! NOW I'M HOOKED! THIS 2 DISC SET FEATURES EVERYTHING YOU KNOW AND SOME NEW STUFF. LIKE THE NEW SINGLE "DON'T STOP", WHICH IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE. AND HAS CLASSICS LIKE "START ME UP", "SATISFACTION", "BROWN SUGAR" AND EVEN SOME NOT VERY POPULAR, BUT GREAT SONGS LIKE "FOOL TO CRY" AND "TUMBLING DICE". SO, ANYWAY YOU WON'T BE DISAPOINTED WITH THIS PURCHASE. GET IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disc 2 is the Best of The Rolling Stones Jump Back

    If you own this CD check the similarities. Disc one is unique but Disc 2 is identical to the Jump Back CD.

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