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Label:
  ABKCO - http://www.abkco.com/
Serial:
  882 305-2 (2 discs)
Title:
  The Rolling Stones: Hot Rocks 1964-1971
Description:
  "Hot Rocks 1964-1971"

The Rolling Stones
Track listing:
  Disc 1:

1. Time Is on My Side
2. Heart of Stone
3. Play With Fire
4. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
5. As Tears Go By
6. Get Off of My Cloud
7. Mother's Little Helper
8. 19th Nervous Breakdown
9. Paint It, Black
10. Under My Thumb
11. Ruby Tuesday
12. Let's Spend the Night Together

Disc 2:
13. Jumpin' Jack Flash
14. Street Fighting Man
15. Sympathy for the Devil
16. Honky Tonk Women
17. Gimme Shelter
18. Midnight Rambler [Live]
19. You Can't Always Get What You Want
20. Brown Sugar
21. Wild Horses
Genre:
  Pop/Rock
Content:
  Stereo
Media:
  Hybrid
Recording type:
  Analogue
Recording info:
 

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Review by JW September 30, 2004 (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I bought Hot Rocks because I wanted to have a compilation to play in the car. The sonic quality reflects the variety of recordings it was based on hence it is not featured in my list below. HR gets a P5,S3

When they first came out I bought 10 of the ABKCO discs but I never got around to write something about them. I'll try and rate them sonically and in comparison to each other. This is early Stones and therefore it bears the hallmark of the times in the way they sound in the studio (or live) and by the nature of the songs. Bluesy, Beatle-like but infused with real rock and attitude initially, to more and more of their signature sound as they progress over the years and hone their craft. Overall these ABCKO series are a tremendous achievement, but they cannot touch many of the modern DSD recorded SACD's or even the sound quality of Living Stereo SACD's or some of the Japanese Miles Davis titles. 'Let it Bleed' and 'Beggars Banguet' come closest. So do you rate them in comparison to other SACD's regardless of age, or do you rate them on their own merits. I guess I have done a little bit of both. There are many more angles with which to review these titles, I fully realise that. I chose this one for these pages.

So here is my list ranked by audio quality: (P=Performance. S=Sonics)
1) Let It Bleed (P5,S4)
2) Beggars Banguet (P5,S4)
3) 12x5 (P3,S3)
4) Out of Our Heads (P3,S3)
4) Aftermath (P4,S3)
5) Between the Buttons (P5,S2)
5) December's Children (P5,S2)
5) Their Satanic Majesties Request (P4,S2)
6) Get Yer Ya-Ya's out (P5,S1)


Some listening notes to back this up:
1) One of the most modern sounding recordings of the lot. This one does not have the 'we are playing in an empty oil drum' sound from say a 'Buttons..'. In addition to its desert island disc musical quality, the sound is pretty amazing. Of the you-are-there variety.
2) Close second. Somewhat lower recording level than some of the others. Remarkably wide soundstage on the opening numbers. Sounds come from outside the speakers. None of the others display this.
3) Nice center image with clear left/right seperation. This is one bluesy album.
4) Both display pinched and somewhat hard treble.
5) All of these have this 'barrel' sound. It's not so bad, but it sounds really dated. On DC the live track "Route 66' sounds pretty bad, worse even than the fantastic live album that is Ya-Ya's. Satanic Majesty is a psychedelic album. I remember buying this for the cover art, but have grown to appreciate it over time more and more. This is really interesting music and with 21st century ears not as revolutionary and therefore perhaps people can be more appreciative.
6) Great music, great atmosphere, bluesy rock, nice weight to the bass, but there is a huge blanket smothering the sound.

Hopefully we can look forward to more Stones. I would like to complete this collection with their later works.

Jw

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Review by captain May 30, 2005 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
The perfect introduction to the Stones for those that don't want to buy all the early classic stuff. great sound for rock recordings of this era. An example of SACD mastering done right. Just listen to the CD layer of the guitar solo in "Sympathy For the Devil" compared to the SACD layer as an example of why SACD is so superior.

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Review by Marc P March 1, 2003 (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I never before owned any album by the Stones. So I bought this as an introduction and a reminder of what the Stones were. I was born in the late 60ís so I wasnít a witness to their best years, and to be honest Iím more of a Beatles/McCartney man myself, hence I only remember the Stones from their 70ís to 90ís years. Which werenít too impressive as far as I am concerned.
This album though has a lot of really great songs on it, Iím knew most of the tracks on the album and as a collection itís a nice package. I am glad I bought these discs but they didnít want to make go out and buy all of them.
I also bought the singles collection, which I should have done in the first place, then I would have bought this album as well because a lot of tracks are the same on both collections.
I am enjoying the Stones now, but Iím not a fan. As a person whoís not a fan, Iíll advice any other person whoís considering buying one stones album, go for the singles collection.

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