Hot Off the Press and Ready to Roll This November The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 & The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 Remastered Vinyl Box Sets

Oct 12, 2010, 00:05 ET from ABKCO/Universal Music Group

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- For the very first time in history the "World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band," ABKCO Records and Universal Music Group have joined forces to offer two vinyl box set collections spanning over 40 years of the Rolling Stones' career.  The box sets include 23 original studio albums, two "Big Hits" collections as well as two rare EPs. They will be released on November 22 in the U.K. and November 23 in the U.S. and Canada.  The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 and The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 Vinyl Box Sets offer the consumer a wealth of great Rolling Stones music, much of which hasn't been available on vinyl for a considerable period of time.

The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 Vinyl Box Set, a limited edition numbered box set collection, chronologically encompasses the Stones' early U.K. releases. The set includes nine re-mastered Rolling Stones studio albums, two remastered EPs, plus two "Big Hits" collections. It's the first vinyl reissue in decades for The Rolling Stones (EP), The Rolling Stones, Five by Five (EP), The Rolling Stones No. 2, Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) and Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2).

The first five titles in the set are presented in their original mono format affording, for the first time in years, an opportunity for Stones fans to enjoy remastered versions of the tracks "I Can't Be Satisfied," "Time Is On My Side" (Version 2) and "Down the Road Apiece" as originally released. Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) is included with its original octagonal cover and artwork intact. Metamorphosis is also included in the set; the album was first released in 1975 but is wholly comprised of tracks recorded from the early-to-late sixties. The inclusion of the band's original two "Big Hits" collections was mandated by the fact that U.K. album releases in that era most often did not include contemporaneously released hit singles.

The world really was the Rolling Stones' oyster in the seventies, as their escapades made headlines around the world from the French Riviera to Switzerland and via the U.S. and Canada. They performed groundbreaking concerts in arenas and moved effortlessly into open-air stadiums. They stuck their collective tongue out at the British establishment and became citizens of the world.

They set up their own label and made the most of their new-found artistic freedom and, most importantly, they issued a series of definitive studio albums:  Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, Goats Head Soup, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll, Black And Blue and Some Girls. They partied at Studio 54, came up with dance-floor hits "Miss You" and "Emotional Rescue," and recorded in Paris, Nassau, Jamaica and New York.

The eighties saw the band stretch the envelope further still, working with jazz great Sonny Rollins, film directors Julien Temple and Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and producers Chris Kimsey and Steve Lillywhite on classics such as Emotional Rescue, Tattoo You, Undercover, Dirty Work and Steel Wheels.

Throughout the next two decades they filmed with Scorsese, recorded with Don Was and released further groundbreaking albums--Voodoo Lounge and Bridges To Babylon, right up to 2005's triumphant A Bigger Bang.   

Fans now get a chance to rediscover many of their past favorites and unearth some forgotten gems along the way too …all re-mastered and sounding better than ever.

The two volumes, a compendium of the band's U.K.-released studio recordings, will be marketed jointly by ABKCO and UMG and span the band's output from the dawn of their recording career in early 1964 with the release of their debut LP The Rolling Stones, through to A Bigger Bang, originally released in 2005. Pressings in The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 and The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 Vinyl Box Sets are 180-gram virgin heavyweight vinyl and are part of the much lauded Back-to-Black classic vinyl reissue series.

Jody Klein, ABKCO Music and Records CEO, remarked, "With the current marketplace resurgence of vinyl, these collections are certain to delight both long-standing Stones fans as well as contemporary vinyl devotees. The quality of the pressings and the care with which these historic releases have been remastered is breathtaking."

"We are honored to continue our campaign to preserve the Stones legacy with the highest quality sets for fans to enjoy," added Bruce Resnikoff, President/CEO, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).

Andrew Kronfeld, Universal Music Group International's Executive VP, International Marketing, said, "Vinyl was the Rolling Stones' accomplice from day one, so this is the way to hear the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band.  There's nothing else to say… just listen."

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The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 Vinyl Box Set

The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 Vinyl Box Set:

The Rolling Stones (EP)*, original U.K. release January 10, 1964

The Rolling Stones*, original U.K. release April 17, 1964

Five By Five (EP)*, original U.K. release August 14, 1964

The Rolling Stones No. 2*, original U.K. release January 15, 1965

Out Of Our Heads*, original U.K. release September 24, 1965

Aftermath, original U.K. release April 15, 1966

Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass), original U.K. release November 4, 1966

Between The Buttons, original U.K. release January 20, 1967

Their Satanic Majesties Request, original U.K. release December 8, 1967

Beggars Banquet, original U.K. release December 5, 1968

Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2), original U.K. release September 12, 1969

Let It Bleed, original U.K. release December 6, 1969

Metamorphosis, original U.K. release June 6, 1975

*Denotes recorded in mono



The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 Vinyl Box Set

The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 Vinyl Box Set:

Sticky Fingers, original U.K. release April 23, 1971

Exile On Main Street, original U.K. release May 12, 1972

Goats Head Soup, original U.K. release August 31, 1973

It's Only Rock 'N Roll, original U.K. release October 18, 1974

Black And Blue, original U.K. release April 20, 1976

Some Girls, original U.K. release June 9, 1978

Emotional Rescue, original U.K. release June 23, 1980

Tattoo You, original U.K. release August 25, 1981

Undercover, original U.K. release November 7, 1983

Dirty Work, original U.K. release March 24, 1986

Steel Wheels, original U.K. release August 28, 1989

Voodoo Lounge (2 LPs), original U.K. release July 11, 1994

Bridges To Babylon (2 LPs), original U.K. release September 29, 1997

A Bigger Bang (2 LPs), original U.K. release Sept 5, 2005



ABOUT ABKCO:

ABKCO Music and Records is one of the world's leading independent entertainment companies.  It is home to critical catalog assets that include compositions and recordings by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks as well as the Cameo Parkway masters by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, The Orlons, The Dovells, ? & The Mysterians, The Tymes and Dee Dee Sharp.  ABKCO's recent releases have included the soundtracks to Wes Anderson's acclaimed The Darjeeling Limited and Fantastic Mr. Fox, the director's first animated feature based on Roald Dahl's book of the same title, as well as soundtracks to Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief , Middle Men and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  ABKCO is active on many fronts including the release of critically lauded compilations and reissues from its catalog, film and commercial placement of its master recordings and music publishing properties in all media.  It is engaged in ongoing catalog research and development ensuring its continuing role as an innovator in the entertainment field.  www.abkco.com

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world's leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's leading global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group's record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Polydor Records, Show Dog – Universal Music, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world's most popular artists and their recordings. UMG's catalog is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; and Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.

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