Rolling Stones – GRRR!

As we all know, there are a ton of Stones compilations out there. I own many of them, natch. Do I really need as many of them as I own? Especially when I own all the albums already? Haha probably not, it really is a lot of repetition of tracks… but I’m a sucker for the exclusive tracks they throw on these comps to make suckers like me buy them. They get me every time!

Now, if my memory of this event is not faulty, I do believe that I got this set using Air Miles, back when they still had CDs available in their catalogue. Hard to argue with free!

This 2012 edition, released for the Stones’ 50th Anniversary (holy shit!) came in a few different editions. There’s a 2CD 40-track set, a 3CD 50 track set (that’s what I have), and an 80-track 5CD/7” set. There are enough variations in the track listings that I thought it worthy of including all three sets’-worth (copied from Wiki, see below).

My 50-track set is pretty damn sweet. It’s hard to fault the tracks selected. Of course, I could always add more (and more), but I wouldn’t take away any of what’s here. And of course, the big thing to talk about, since we all know all of the usual suspect hits here, is the two new songs. Doom And Gloom is pure later-period Stones rock. I love everything about it. It’s loud, swanky, and would be totally lifting in concert. To me, it’s proof that they still have it, and should have been making records every two or three years all along. Ah well, no going back, but we’ve really missed out on a lot, over all of these years! The other new track is One More Shot, is pretty damn good too. A bit slower but still rocking, once again it fits later-Stones perfectly. They have a sound, and both of these tracks are pure THAT. I love it.

In Sum:

It has some pretty dumb-ass cover art, and a silly name (seriously, boys, of all things to call it), but these are not deterrents. Should you buy GRRR! if you see it in the shops? Of course! It’s the Stones – never hesitate! There are so many great tunes collected here, in any of the versions, that’s it’s impossible to go wrong. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the 2CD version in shops, the 3CD is far more common. The huge deluxe would be the one to get, of course, but it ain’t cheap.


As promised above, here are the various sets’ track listings. I also added personnel, and all the track origin notations. THANK YOU WIKI for all of this, so I don’t have to type it all out again.

40 Track Version

1 Come On (Chuck Berry)* – 1:51
2 Not Fade Away (Charles Hardin/Norman Petty)@ – 1:48
3 It’s All Over Now (Bobby Womack/Shirley Jean Womack)# – 3:28
4 Little Red Rooster (Willie Dixon)$ – 3:06
5 The Last Time% – 3:42
6 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction% – 3:45
7 Get Off Of My Cloud^ – 2:56
8 As Tears Go By (Jagger/Richards/Andrew Loog Oldham)^ – 2:46
9 19th Nervous Breakdown* – 3:58
10 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?& – 2:37
11 Paint It Black+ – 3:24
12 Let’s Spend The Night Together= – 3:37
13 Ruby Tuesday= – 3:16
14 Jumpin’ Jack Flash* – 3:43
15 Street Fighting Man` – 3:15
16 Sympathy For The Devil` – 6:19
17 Honky Tonk Women* – 3:02
18 You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Single version)] – 4:48
19 Gimme Shelter] – 4:32
20 Wild Horses- – 5:46

1 Brown Sugar- – 3:50
2 Tumbling Dice_ – 3:46
3 It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It) (Edited Version)/ – 4:11
4 Angie. – 4:32
5 Fool To Cry (Edited version), – 4:08
6 Beast of Burden (Single version){ – 3:30
7 Miss You (Single version){ – 3:34
8 Respectable{ – 3:09
9 Emotional Rescue (Edited version)} – 3:43
10 Start Me Up< – 3:32
11 Waiting On A Friend< – 4:35
12 Happy_ – 3:06
13 Undercover Of The Night (Edited version)) – 4:13
14 Harlem Shuffle (Earnest Nelson/Robert Relf)\ – 3:23
15 Mixed Emotions (Single version)| – 4:00
16 Love Is Strong! – 3:47
17 Anybody Seen My Baby? (Edited version) (Jagger/Richards/k.d. lang/Ben Mink) – 4:07
18 Don’t Stop (Single version)( – 3:29
19 Doom and Gloom: – 3:58
20 One More Shot: – 3:05

50 Track Version

1 Come On (Berry)
2 Not Fade Away (Hardin/Petty)
3 It’s All Over Now (Womack/Womack)
4 Little Red Rooster (Dixon)
5 The Last Time
6 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
7 Time Is on My Side (Jerry Ragovoy)2 #
8 Get Off Of My Cloud
9 Heart Of Stone$ 5
10 19th Nervous Breakdown
11 As Tears Go By (Jagger/Richards/Oldham)
12 Paint It Black
13 Under My Thumb4 +
14 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
15 Ruby Tuesday
16 Let’s Spend the Night Together
17 We Love You*

1 Jumpin’ Jack Flash
2 Honky Tonk Women
3 Sympathy For The Devil
4 You Can’t Always Get What You Want
5 Gimme Shelter
6 Street Fighting Man
7 Wild Horses
8 She’s A Rainbow
9 Brown Sugar
10 Happy
11 Tumbling Dice
12 Angie
13 Rocks Off_
14 Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker).
15 It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)
16 Fool To Cry

1 Miss You
2 Respectable
3 Beast of Burden
4 Emotional Rescue
5 Start Me Up
6 Waiting On A Friend
7 Undercover Of The Night
8 She Was Hot)
9 Streets Of Love0
10 Harlem Shuffle (Nelson/Relf)
11 Mixed Emotions
12 Highwire3
13 Love Is Strong
14 Anybody Seen My Baby? (Jagger/Richards/lang/Mink)
15 Don’t Stop
16 Doom And Gloom
17 One More Shot

80 Track Version

1 Come On (Berry)
2 I Wanna Be Your Man (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)*
3 Not Fade Away (Hardin/Petty)
4 That’s How Strong My Love Is (Roosevelt Jamison)5 %
5 It’s All Over Now (Womack/Womack)
6 Little Red Rooster (Dixon)
7 The Last Time
8 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
9 Heart Of Stone
10 Get Off Of My Cloud
11 She Said Yeah (Sonny Christy/Roddy Jackson)5
12 I’m Free5
13 Play With Fire (Nanker Phelge)&
14 Time Is On My Side (Ragovoy)
15 19th Nervous Breakdown
16 Paint It Black
17 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
18 She’s A Rainbow
19 Under My Thumb
20 Out Of Time4
21 As Tears Go By (Jagger/Richards/Oldham)

1 Let’s Spend The Night Together
2 Mother’s Little Helper4 7
3 We Love You
4 Dandelion6 8
5 Lady Jane4 +
6 Flight 5054 +
7 2000 Light Years From Home;
8 Ruby Tuesday
9 Jumpin’ Jack Flash
10 Sympathy For The Devil
11 Child Of The Moon6
12 Salt Of The Earth`
13 Honky Tonk Women
14 Midnight Rambler]
15 Gimme Shelter
16 You Got The Silver]
17 You Can’t Always Get What You Want
18 Street Fighting Man
19 Wild Horses

1 Brown Sugar
2 Bitch-
3 Tumbling Dice
4 Rocks Off
5 Happy
6 Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
7 Angie
8 It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)
9 Dance Little Sister/
10 Fool to Cry
11 Respectable
12 Miss You
13 Shattered{
14 Far Away Eyes{
15 Beast of Burden
16 Emotional Rescue
17 Dance (Pt. 1) (Jagger/Richards/Ronnie Wood)}
18 She’s So Cold}
19 Waiting On A Friend
20 Neighbours<

1 Start Me Up
2 Undercover Of The Night
3 She Was Hot
4 Harlem Shuffle (Nelson/Relf)
5 Mixed Emotions
6 Highwire
7 Almost Hear You Sigh (Jagger/Richards/Steve Jordan)|
8 You Got Me Rocking!
9 Love Is Strong
10 I Go Wild
11 Like A Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan)
12 Anybody Seen My Baby? (Jagger/Richards/k.d. lang/Ben Mink)
13 Saint of Me
14 Don’t Stop
15 Rough Justice0
16 Rain Fall Down0
17 Streets Of Love
18 Plundered My Soul9
19 Doom And Gloom
20 One More Shot

Bonus disc – IBC demos, 1963

1 Diddley Daddy (Ellas McDaniel/Harvey Fuqua):
2 Road Runner (McDaniel):
3 Bright Lights, Big City (Jimmy Reed):
4 Honey What’s Wrong (Reed): (NOTE: the song’s really called Baby, What’s Wrong but was mistakenly called what’s on the left)
5 I Want to Be Loved (Dixon):

7-inch vinyl EP – BBC session, 1964

Side one
1 Route 66 (Bobby Troup)1 @
2 Cops and Robbers (Kent Harris):

Side Two
1 You Better Move On (Arthur Alexander)?
2 Mona (I Need You Baby) (McDaniel)1


•Mick Jagger (all tracks) – lead vocals, harmonica, guitars, keyboards, percussion

•Keith Richards (all tracks) – acoustic and electric guitars, vocals (lead vocals on “Happy”, “You Got the Silver” and the first verse of “Salt of the Earth”), keyboards, bass guitar, percussion

•Charlie Watts (all tracks) – drums, percussion

•Brian Jones (1962–69) – guitars, harmonica, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals, sitar, recorder, appalachian dulcimer, saxophone, marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, tambura, autoharp

•Bill Wyman (1962–92) – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, percussion

•Mick Taylor (1969–74) – guitars, backing vocals

•Ronnie Wood (1975–present) – guitars, backing vocals

Origin Key

•* – Non-album single
•6 – Non-album B-side
•? – The Rolling Stones (EP) (1964)
•1 – The Rolling Stones (album) (1964)
•@ – England’s Newest Hit Makers (1964)
•# – 12 X 5 (1964)
•2 – The Rolling Stones No. 2 (1965)
•$ – The Rolling Stones, Now! (1965)
•5 – Out of Our Heads (UK) (1965)
•% – Out of Our Heads (US) (1965)
•^ – December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (1965)
•& – Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (1966)
•4 – Aftermath (UK) (1966)
•+ – Aftermath (US) (1966)
•= – Between the Buttons (US) (1967)
•7 – Flowers (1967)
•; – Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
•` – Beggars Banquet (1968)
•8 – Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) (1969)
•] – Let It Bleed (1969)
•- – Sticky Fingers (1971)
•_ – Exile on Main St. (1972)
•. – Goats Head Soup (1973)
•/ – It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (1974)
•, – Black and Blue (1976)
•{ – Some Girls (1978)
•} – Emotional Rescue (1980)
•< – Tattoo You (1981)
•) – Undercover (1983)
•\ – Dirty Work (1986)
•| – Steel Wheels (1989)
•3 – Flashpoint (1991)
•! – Voodoo Lounge (1994)
•~ – Stripped (1995)
•” – Bridges to Babylon (1997)
•( – Forty Licks (2002)
•0 – A Bigger Bang (2005)
•9 – Exile on Main St. reissue (2010)
•: – New, previously unreleased song (2012)

12 thoughts on “Rolling Stones – GRRR!

  1. J. says:

    This is a pretty great set by the looks of it. I’ve been tempted to pick it up a few times, especially for Doom And Gloom (which is an incredible track) … dare say I will at some point.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      I have 40 Licks too 🙂 Still, if you see this one in the shops, it’s a cool track list, and even a used copy can’t be all that much money even now. My 3CD set is damn cool. Give ‘er!!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I have 40 Licks too (and several others, besides), bought at the time it came out (for the extra tracks, of course!).

      The big set is lovely. Discogs adds this, to make you drool even more:

      Individually Numbered Boxed Set. Unknown number of boxed sets at this time, in the area of 50,000.

      96 Page Memorabilia Book: Including Photographs From The Rolling Stone Archive.

      Art Prints: 5 Classic Tour Posters

      Replica 1963 16’x23′ Tour Poster

      You’d be well over $100 to get it, though!


  2. deKE says:

    I skipped this one as well! (Own 40 Licks)I bought Doom And Gloom the track separate off of ITunes!
    Doom I feel is one of there best tunes so much so I reviewed it and said so!
    Guess the Stones felt if you were coming along at a young age and hoping aboard the Stones Tour Bus this would be a great starter!
    Tons of songs here and Yup…..Goofy album Cover!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      I own 40 Licks too! Doom And Gloom is a great track. I happily cashed in my Air Miles to get this set for those two songs.

      It’s amazing to think how many people they’ve reached over five decades! But oh man, yep, that’s one silly cover, eh? Haha oof.


        1. keepsmealive says:

          Fair enough, I can see it. But of all the things they could have chosen, the teams of designers at their disposal, and they come up with that? Haha whut. I dunno, man, doesn’t look like a whole lot of thought went into it…

          Also, that gorilla doesn’t look like he’s saying GRRR! at all. More like he’s just told a bad joke and is about to elbow you in the side a few times while you groan about the joke. “You like that one, eh? Eh? Eh?” Then repeats the punchline. Probably a Dad joke, too.

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