Massive Rolling Stones Mono Box Set for Release

175The Rolling Stones Sixties catalogue will be the subject of a new box set, due out this fall, that will compile mono versions of some of their most famous recordings.

The Rolling Stones in Mono will collect the group’s U.K. and U.S. releases from 1964’s The Rolling Stones through 1969’s Let It Bleed alongside a collection of singles and EP tracks dubbed Stray Cats. In total, the set will contain 186 songs, 56 of which have never been made available in mono since the digitalization of music. Record label ABKCO will issue several versions of the release on September 30th.

The physical editions of the collection will be available in either 15-CD or 16-LP configurations and will also contain a 48-page book containing a 5,000-word essay by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke and rare photos by Terry O’Neill. It will also come out digitally in a variety of formats: standard digital, mastered for iTunes and True HD.

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The Rolling Stones British rock group

174The Rolling Stones, British rock group, formed in 1962, that drew on Chicago blues stylings to create a unique vision of the dark side of post-1960s counterculture. The original members were Mick Jagger (b. July 26, 1943, Dartford, Kent, England), Keith Richards (b. December 18, 1943, Dartford), Brian Jones (b. February 28, 1942, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England—d. July 3, 1969, Hartfield, Sussex, England), Bill Wyman (b. October 24, 1936, London, England), and Charlie Watts (b. June 2, 1941, London). Later members were Mick Taylor (b. January 17, 1948, Hereford, East Hereford and Worcester, England), Ron Wood (b. June 1, 1947, London), and Darryl Jones (b. December 11, 1961, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.).

No rock band has sustained consistent activity and global popularity for so long a period as the Rolling Stones, still capable, more than 50 years after their formation, of filling the largest stadia in the world. Though several of their mid-1960s contemporaries—notably Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Van Morrison—have maintained individual positions in rock’s front line, the Rolling Stones’ nucleus of singer Jagger, guitarist Richards, and drummer Watts remains rock’s most durable ongoing partnership.

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Guide To The Best Bands To See Live

173There’s nothing quite like going to see a live concert; you’ve bought your concert tickets, you’ve waited a while for the day to come round, and finally it arrives. All the excitement has built up and you are ready to explode. But the gig turns out a flop, and never quite meets with your high expectations.

So how can you ensure that no matter where you go, a top-class concert will always be delivered? What bands exist that no matter where or when they play, your concert ticket will deliver a memorable gig, packed with memories and experiences you can tell to your grandchildren?

There are five UK bands that deliver legendary performances to their audiences time and time again. Buy a concert ticket for one of these acts, and you will never come away disappointed.

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Album Review – The Rolling Stones, Goats Head Soup (1973)

172Coming on the heels of the Rolling Stones’ most acclaimed album Exile On Main Street and a four album winning streak, Goats Head Soup had the deck stacked against it from the beginning as the reviews were less than enthusiastic with some critics proclaiming it the band’s worst album since 1967’s Their Satanic Majesties Request. First off, Their Satanic Majesties Request was not a bad album, and neither is Goats Head Soup. As a matter fact, it is very good-and on top of this it shows Mick Jagger and Keith Richards going in different directions, as Jagger is ascending up the celebrity A-list while Richards is slipping deeper into drug addiction.

There are moments that border on the rock n’ roll decadence parody that the subsequent It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll would bring to the surface as the opening track, “Dancing With Mr D.” “Dancing” would take the band’s (namely Jagger’s) satanic image to comic extremes while the closing track “Star Star” (originally titled “Starf___er”) celebrated their (and many other celebrities’) decadent lifestyle in an over-the-top sexually explicit manner.

Aside from those two tracks there are beautiful songs: such as the haunting “100 Years Ago”; the smash hit ballad “Angie” which Jagger wrote for Anita Pallenberg (who was married to Keith Richards at the time!); the majestic and drugged out tracks “Winter” (which recalls “Moonlight Mile” on Sticky Fingers) and Keith’s vocal contribution “Coming Down Again”; and the murky psychedelia of “Can You Hear The Music.” Of course there is always good blues rock as “Silver Train” and “Hide Your Love” best demonstrate.

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Was The Band The Verve Ripped Off By The Rolling Stones?

171Intellectual property’s tentacles are long and strong. Maybe the largest battlefield in IP is the music industry. Composer, producers, interpreters and license owners might get unexpectedly involved in legal battles regarding the misuse or abuse of a song of their property. Sometimes it is just something as little as a sample of the song but are legal frictions can deal with millions and millions of dollars.

Time is not an issue to underestimate when dealing with Intellectual Property. If by any chance, you use a song that was written forty years ago, and one of its owners is still alive, he/she can claim unfair use and suddenly, legal lawsuits can flood your desk. When working with someone else’s work, you should be extremely careful, no matter if you already got permission to use it.

In 1997, the British band The Verve sampled an orchestration in one of their songs, “Bittersweet Symphony”, from the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time”. Prior the release of the album, the group did the proper negotiations concerning the license agreement with the Rolling Stones to utilize the sample. When the album came out, the song was a complete hit and reached number 23 on the Billboard Charts. After the sudden success of the song, the Rolling Stones argued that The Verve violated their license agreement because they use too much of the sample in their song. The Rolling Stones ended up collecting 100% of the loyalties of the song. Members of The Verve argued that the Stones got greedy when they noticed the sudden success of “Bittersweet Symphony”.

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