Singles 1963-1965

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There's a certain part of the collectors market that has a fondness for box sets that recreate the original singles and EPs British Invasion bands released during the '60s. These, to put it mildly, are not designed for practical listening -- very few listeners like to load up their multi-disc player with CDs running two tracks -- but that's kind of the point of these boxes: they're archival releases, targeted at collectors who relish recreations of these singles and EPs, as exercises in both history and nostalgia. In other words, these are replicas of artifacts, not the genuine thing, but since these singles and EPs are hard to come by and often too expensive ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There's a certain part of the collectors market that has a fondness for box sets that recreate the original singles and EPs British Invasion bands released during the '60s. These, to put it mildly, are not designed for practical listening -- very few listeners like to load up their multi-disc player with CDs running two tracks -- but that's kind of the point of these boxes: they're archival releases, targeted at collectors who relish recreations of these singles and EPs, as exercises in both history and nostalgia. In other words, these are replicas of artifacts, not the genuine thing, but since these singles and EPs are hard to come by and often too expensive for fans on a budget, this is the next best thing to the actual item. So, to complain that it's easier to listen to the music on these box sets in other compilations -- of course it's easier to listen to 33 songs on one disc instead of over the course of 12 CDs, but these box sets are as much about the visual impact as the musical impact. Collectors know this, and are happy with it, but the general public usually is unaware of these releases -- frankly, they wouldn't be all that interested in them -- so, when the Rolling Stones were finally given the singles and EP box set treatment in 2004, it was a bit of a surprise that was released with great fanfare, just as the SACD hybrid reissue series was in 2002. Consequently, some general audiences might wonder what the purpose of this 12-disc, 33-track set is, especially since almost all of the tracks are on the triple-disc set The Singles Collection: The London Years, which is far easier to digest. And for most audiences, who simply want to hear this music, that indeed is a more logical place to turn, but as an archival release The Singles 1963-1965 -- the first installment of a three-box set series containing all of their American and British singles and EPs until 1971 -- is both excellent and instructive. As a production, this is splendid. Each disc is given its own separate sleeve that recreates the original artwork when there was no picture sleeve, a paper sleeve is recreated, there are inserts of classic promo photos, there's an excellent book with rare photos and liner notes by Nigel Williamson, and in perhaps the neatest touch, each CD is black, so it looks a bit like a mini-45. Strictly speaking, there aren't many rarities aside from some hard-to-find mono mixes and the "we want the Stones" intro to Got Live if You Want It!, which has never been released on CD -- the semirarities "Money," "Poison Ivy," and "Bye Bye Johnny" only appeared on More Hot Rocks, but not The Singles Collection, but what is different is the context. By having these songs split into their original single and EP running order, forcing a disc change after every two sometimes four or five songs, listeners wind up experiencing each single as its own entity, gaining an appreciation for the Stones' consistency in their early days and also their growth. At first, these singles are bracing blasts of blues-rock energy, but by the end of the set, the Stones are deepening -- they start to write songs, they try different styles, their blues becomes tougher. Of these, the most impressive are the first two EPs, The Rolling Stones and 5 X 5. Both later were spun out into albums, but these EPs are lean and sinewy, hitting the listener with strength and precision, and stunning brevity; the full-length LPs are classics in their own right, but the shorter format in a strange way captures the primal power of the early Stones. Of course, this is the kind of distinction that only hardcore collectors and geeks care about, but it is a palpable, noteworthy distinction that can't be heard anywhere else, and that makes The Singles 1963-1965 something more than simply a cool archival release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • Label: Abkco
  • UPC: 018771121923
  • Catalog Number: 711219
  • Sales rank: 40,704

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come on (1:49)
  2. 2 I Want to Be Loved (1:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Wanna Be Your Man (1:44)
  2. 2 Stoned (2:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Bye Bye Johnny (2:10)
  2. 2 Money (2:33)
  3. 3 You Better Move on (2:41)
  4. 4 Poison Ivy (2:06)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Not Fade Away (1:48)
  2. 2 Little by Little (2:39)
Disc 5
  1. 1 It's All Over Now (3:30)
  2. 2 Good Times, Bad Times (2:30)
Disc 6
  1. 1 If You Need Me (2:05)
  2. 2 Empty Heart (2:38)
  3. 3 2120 South Michigan Avenue (2:10)
  4. 4 Confessin' the Blues (2:50)
  5. 5 Around and Around (3:04)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Tell Me (2:39)
  2. 2 I Just Want to Make Love to You (2:16)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Time Is on My Side (2:53)
  2. 2 Congratulations (2:28)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Little Red Rooster (3:06)
  2. 2 Off the Hook (2:34)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Heart of Stone (2:46)
  2. 2 What a Shame (3:02)
Disc 11
  1. 1 The Last Time (3:42)
  2. 2 Play With Fire (2:13)
Disc 12
  1. 1 We Want the Stones (0:12)
  2. 2 Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (0:35)
  3. 3 Pain in My Heart (2:03)
  4. 4 Route 66 (2:36)
  5. 5 I'm Moving On (2:12)
  6. 6 I'm Alright (2:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rolling Stones Primary Artist
Mick Jagger Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals
Charlie Watts Percussion, Drums
Bill Wyman Bass, Bass Guitar
Brian Jones Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Keith Richards Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Ian Stewart Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Hank Snow Composer
Arthur Alexander Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Solomon Burke Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Wilson Pickett Composer
The Rolling Stones Arranger, Composer
Bobby Womack Composer
Jay McShann Composer
Bobby Troup Composer
Walter Brown Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Brian Jones Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Glyn Johns Engineer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Iris Keitel Art Direction
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Ron Malo Engineer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Andrew Loog Oldham Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Steve Rosenthal Archives Coordinator
Sonny Sanders Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Jerry Wexler Composer
Eric Easton Producer, Audio Production
Jody Klein Concept
Alisa Ritz Art Direction
Andy Street Concept
Nigel Williamson Liner Notes
Janie Bradford Composer
Naomi Neville Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
Shirley Jean Womack Composer
Teri Landi Tape Archivist
Chester Burnett Composer
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