Well looky here, I’ve hit 100 different blurbs this month! And with a whole day to spare! This has been a LOT of listening, a real labour of love! No guarantees I’ll hit this number every month, but it’s been fun getting here in this first month of the year.
So, in celebration, I offer up a lifetime keepsake. Enjoy!
Rolling Stones – Collection (1971-1989)
Inspired by a recent post of Mike’s, on the eye-opening effect the Led Zeppelin boxed set had on him, I thought it was time to share a similar experience with you about the boxed set that decided one of my own directions.
As I’ve stated, I was the jazz kid. Grew up on it, and it has always been a constant. There was also the 50s and 60s music of my Mom, especially the Beatles. I eventually grew away from the Beatles, from over-exposure. I drifted towards the Stones – it’s almost cliché, isn’t it, to like one but not the other. I don’t dislike the Beatles, I just prefer the Stones.
Anyway, I received this boxed set for Christmas from my folks in 1990. This coincides perfectly with Mike’s Christmas Led Zeppelin. Cool.
Well, in these parts I am known to be a Stones fan. I have all the records, some multiple copies. I’d had Exile On Main Street on cassette, but this set was my first real immersion in their music (and a huge boost to my getting all their records into my collection). And what an interesting period to have as a first crack at it, eh? From Sticky Fingers through to Steel Wheels? Holy hell. So much greatness here. Yes, their disco phase too, but it was the times. I grew to love each of these albums for their own strengths and weaknesses.
This boxed set also came with a special Collector’s Edition CD, with rare tracks and different versions, etc. Very cool indeed.
And it was this boxed set that sent me scrambling to buy up all the albums that preceded 1971, and to buy every new album as soon as it comes out. I’m a lifelong fan, and this set surely helped pave the way.
THANKS HEAPS, MOM!!
The culprits responsible for fully beginning my lifelong appreciation (ie the contents of this box, 15CDs):
01) Sticky Fingers (1971)
02) Exile On Main Street (1972)
03) Goats Head Soup (1973)
04) It’s Only Rock And Roll (1974)
05) Black And Blue (1976)
06-07) Love You Live (2CD) (1977)
08) Some Girls (1978)
09) Emotional Rescue (1980)
10) Tattoo You (1981)
11) Still Life (American Concert 1981) (1982)
12) Undercover (1983)
13) Dirty Work (1986)
14) Steel Wheels (1989)
15) Collectors’ Edition (Bonus CD) (1990)
NB: All of these photos (except the first one) are from Discogs. It’s the lazy way for me to show you the box, which looks the same as mine anyway. Interestingly, the box in these photos is a bit beat up, and so is mine! In fact, the excruciatingly thin paper that held the lid to the box is almost torn through on mine. I can’t see how anyone kept theirs intact if they opened the box more than two or three times. I would never store my CDs in this cheaply-made box. Exceedingly poor packaging design!