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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.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Forty Licks, like Elvis' Elvis 30 #1 Hits, is a career-spanning compilation that wouldn't have happened without the unprecedented, blockbuster success of Beatles 1. Where Elvis' set is hurt by the simple fact that there are too many damn Elvis comps on the market, the Rolling Stones benefit greatly from the fact that there has not been any set that chronicles all their recordings from the '60s through the '90s. It also benefits that this is the concept behind the record -- it's meant to be a journey through their biggest songs, not just the number one hits. Of course, the Stones couldn't have had a CD containing just their number ones that spanned one disc, much less two, because they never topped the charts that frequently. This is a liberating thing (compare it to Elvis', which got weighed down with the number ones, resulting in some subpar selections), since it opens the door for almost every Stones song of note to feature on this collection, along with four new songs (not great, but solid songs, all). Sure, there are many great Rolling Stones moments missing, and not just fan favorites Beggars Banquet or Exile on Main Street, either -- "Play With Fire," "2000 Light Years From Home," "Tell Me," "Heart of Stone," "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)," "Lady Jane," "Time Is on My Side," "Waiting on a Friend," "I'm Free," and "We Love You" are all missing in action. The thing is, as the disc is playing, you don't miss any of them, and it feels like all the hits are here. At first, the non-chronological order seems to be a mistake, but both discs flow well, especially since they're roughly divided thematically (the first is devoted largely to the '60s, with the rest on the second). Yes, the Stones made great albums that should be in any serious rock collection, but if you just want a summary of their best moments, Forty Licks is it; it does its job as well as Beatles 1 did.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
The selection is daring.... The pacing is brilliant.... And the four new songs? Their toughest rock in years.

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: 2/15/2005
  • Label: Abkco
  • UPC: 018771404026
  • Catalog Number: 40402

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rolling Stones Primary Artist
Marianne Faithfull Background Vocals
Mick Jagger Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Electric Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Al Kooper Organ, Piano, French Horn
Dave Mason Shenai
Ivan Neville Background Vocals
Mick Taylor Bass, Guitar, Slide Guitar, Group Member
Ron Wood Bass, Guitar, Bass Drums, Background Vocals
Charlie Watts Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Madeline Bell Background Vocals
Blondie Chaplin Background Vocals, Shaker
Sarah Dash Background Vocals
Nicky Hopkins Piano, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Strings
Clydie King Background Vocals
Ian McLagan Electric Piano
Jack Nitzsche Piano
Jim Price Trombone, Trumpet
Doris Troy Background Vocals
Bill Wyman Bass, Maracas, Background Vocals, Bowed Double Bass, Group Member
Brian Jones Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Marimbas, Recorder, Sitar, Background Vocals, Tamboura, Group Member
Lisa Fischer Background Vocals
Sugar Blue Harp
Jimmy Miller Percussion, Drums, cowbell
Merry Clayton Vocals
Mel Collins Saxophone
James Luther Dickinson Piano
Sly Dunbar Percussion
Bernard Fowler Background Vocals
The Kick Horns Brass
Darryl Jones Bass
Bobby Keys Percussion, Saxophone
Chuck Leavell Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Jamie Muhoberac Bass, Keyboards
Nanette Newman Background Vocals
Wayne Perkins Guitar
Keith Richards Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bowed Double Bass, Group Member
Ian Stewart Piano
Don Was Keyboards
Louis Jardine Percussion
Waddy Wachtel Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Rocky Dijon Percussion, Conga
Vanetta Field Background Vocals
Anita Pallenberg Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Buddy Holly Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
The Rolling Stones Producer
Bobby Womack Composer
Jack Nitzsche Choir Arrangement
Norman Petty Composer
Jimmy Miller Producer, Audio Production
The Glimmer Twins Producer, Audio Production
Glyn Johns Engineer
Chris Kimsey Producer
k.d. lang Composer
London Bach Choir Contributor
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Ben Mink Composer
Andrew Loog Oldham Producer, Audio Production
Keith Richards Composer
Steve Rosenthal Archives Coordinator
Louie Teran Digital Editing
Don Was Producer, Audio Production
David Wild Liner Notes
Nicky Harrison String Arrangements
Shirley Jean Womack Composer
Teri Landi Tape Archivist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Songs, but very much a "beginner" set

    As a 25+ year Stones fan, there are no weak songs on this collection. However, the Hot Rocks collections as well as the band's other hits compilations have seen re-releases of these songs, ad nauseum. But if you're only casual fan, and went to a Stones concert once, just so you can say you did, this set will complete your Stones needs. Otherwise, the 4 new songs will draw the die-hard fans who already own the remaining songs on no less than 2 albums already.

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