So yesterday I posted up a list of all the Rolling Stones studio albums, ranking them from worst to best. I thank all of you for your comments (and several of you for pointing out my innocent Some Girls error). I still struggle with that list, I know it isn’t right. But I’m going to leave it, and now the internet has access to it. Yay. Which leads me to…
All The Rolling Stones… Part 2
As a result of all of this Stones ranking business, I was thinking that I don’t have enough Stones in my car player. Sure, I have them all on my iPod but I’m not always the most organized person and I often forget it at home. My crappy old cell phone doesn’t hold much music, because 1) it’s crappy and old, and 2) usually my phone is full of cute pictures of my kids.
So I thought I’d do the time-honoured thing and burn a couple of CD-Rs containing all of the studio albums (my car’s CD player accepts MP3 discs wahoo!). I left out hits sets and live records, same as my rankings list. For the record, iTunes tells me I have 63 albums, 787 songs that would take 51 hours and 18 minutes to play it all. Yes, that’s a lot of duplication (hits sets, etc), but still. That’s just a little bit of Stones! Ain’t life grand!
As to why I hadn’t made discs like this already is beyond me. It was high time (an appropriate use of terms, with this band), so I’m glad this project instigated their creation. Anyway, I burn all of my MP3s at 128 kbps, for reasons I’m sure I’ve already stated in these pages. But even at that low bit rate, something interesting happened. Let’s have a look:
CD-R #1: 1964-1974 (10 years)
15 albums. Well, 14 albums and the Jamming With Edward disc (not included in the rankings list), which I included anyway because awesome. Everything from England’s Newest Hitmakers through to It’s Only Rock ’n Roll. Oh, plus Honky Tonk Women off Hot Rocks, and three otherwise unreleased tracks off Flowers (shhh!). I’m sure I forgot stuff, but this is way more than anyone needs to get their Rocks Off (see what I did there?). As you can imagine, this is one helluva fucking disc. I recommend you all make such a disc.
CD-R #2: 1975-2015 (40 years)
10 albums, everything from Black And Blue through to A Bigger Bang. Oh, plus Metamorphosis, simply because that’s almost all different stuff (even if a lot of it was only one or two players here or there), and the extra new tracks from Forty Licks and Grrr! (shhhh!). A lot of people might pull one or two albums from this pile and skip the rest. Not me. I still like it all, some less than others, but so what? There’s still a metric shit-ton of good stuff here.
I think these are going to go very well in the car. Very well indeed. And the kids will get an excellent chronological education of one of the world’s greatest rock and roll bands, too!
Interesting to note:
CD-R #1: 10 years, 15 albums
CD-R #2: 40 years, 10 albums
I find myself constantly wondering what would have happened if drugs, egos and all the other bullshit hadn’t gotten in the way. Sure, they couldn’t have mainained pace for 50 years like they did in their first 10 years, but imagine if they’d been able to get their act together, work together and make more records more often! Imagine how much more music we’d have! The mind boggles.