In case you hadn’t heard—The Rolling Stones have been a band for 50 years now. After postponing their celebration tour until 2013 (except for four widely acclaimed shows this fall), and releasing two documentaries, the band have now released GRRR!, a compilation album featuring some of their most noteworthy tracks released over the past five decades.
Appropriate to the number of years we’re celebrating here, GRRR! consists of 50 tracks, one for each year—unless of course, you purchase the deluxe deluxe edition (that’s not what they’re calling it, I just came up with that myself), which includes 80 tracks. Actually, this historic collection is available in five different packages: as a 50-song digipack download, a 3-CD box set (regular and deluxe editions) a 5-pack of vinyl records, or as the super-deluxe 80-track, 4-CD box set (which includes a bonus 7” vinyl record and plenty of other extras.
Fans will find plenty of favorites in this collector’s package, including “Gimme Shelter,” “Get Off Of My Cloud,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Ruby Tuesday” and many others. There are also some historic moments, such as the Stones’ very first single (a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Come On”). And just to prove they’ve still “got it,” the Stones have included two new tracks on the compilation—“Doom and Gloom” and “One More Shot.” Interestingly, these two new ones don’t appear until the very last, at the end of the 3rd disc (or the 4th disc, on the 80-track version). Of course, the collection is available on iTunes, but if you’re a Rolling Stones fan, you probably have most of these songs elsewhere, and it would be more meaningful to get one of the physical box set editions.
However you slice it, The Rolling Stones have given us plenty to remember them by this year. Congrats to the band on 50 years!