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The 2002 ABKCO releases
The Rolling Stones Remastered

See details about the new 16 CD box set due out in UK on Dec. 8, 2003.




ABKCO's recently announced series, The Rolling Stones Remastered, encompasses twenty-two albums by "the world's greatest rock `n roll band" recorded between 1963 and 1970 when Mick, Keith, Brian, Charlie and Bill were in their fiery youth. This monumental series of hybrid SACDs, which are playable on standard CD players, will be in stores August 20th. Inaugural pressings of each title will carry a certificate of authenticity that will not be included in future pressings.

Classic studio albums including 12 X 5, The Rolling Stones Now, Aftermath, Between The Buttons, Let It Bleed, Flowers, Their Satanic Majesties Request, Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Out of Heads, December's Children, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, and their very first long player, England's Newest Hitmakers are key components of the series. So, too, are all of the albums that document this era at the root of the band's forty year history including Big Hits (High Tide & Green Grass), Through the Past Darkly, Hot Rocks, More Hot Rocks, The Rolling Stones Singles Collection and Metamorphosis, and in the frenzied live performance of Got Live If You Want It.

In a number of instances, where the repertoire is substantially different, both domestic and - for the first time in this country -- UK versions of the original albums are offered including Out of Our Heads, Aftermath and Between The Buttons. Metamorphosis has never, heretofore, been available on CD in any version and ABKCO is releasing the UK version in The Rolling Stones Remastered Series as it includes two tracks not included on the US vinyl album that was originally released in 1975: "Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind" and "We're Wasting Time." The Rolling Stones Remastered Series version of More Hot Rocks features three additional tracks, not previously included. The tune stack now includes the version of "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" that originally appeared on the UK LP release Rolling Stones #2 as well as a version of "Poison Ivy" that has never before appeared on CD. The collection also features "I've Been Loving You Too Long." The version now included first appeared with an overdubbed audience on Got Live If You Want It and will be making its CD debut in its un-dubbed form on The Rolling Stones Remastered Series edition of More Hot Rocks.

All electronically reprocessed stereo recordings have been expunged from the catalog and have now been replaced with mono mixes while, when available and appropriate, true stereo mixes replace the mono counterparts on the following recordings: "2120 South Michigan Avenue," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Around And Around," "Confessin' The Blues," "Empty Heart," "Heart Of Stone," "Honky Tonk Women," "If You Need Me," "It's All Over Now," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Look What You've Done," "Paint It Black" and "Time Is On My Side."

Meticulous attention has been paid to ensure that original analog sources for all of these titles are as close to first generation as possible. Research conducted in New York and London has turned up the best quality two-track masters ever used, that combined with Sony's Direct Stream Digital (DSD) mastering process with a sampling rate of 2,822,400 samples per second, provide unprecedented brilliance and rawness never before experienced outside of the Stones' recording sessions. A process called Super Bit Mapping Direct was used to down convert directly from DSD to the CD format, enabling the listener to hear more of the original master, more directly.

During the course of researching analog sources for The Rolling Stones Remastered Series it was discovered that an erroneous production master for "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing In The Shadow?" and "Mother's Little Helper," responsible for producing original LP and CD releases, were recorded on a tape machine running at a faster than called for speed, resulting in a "slow" tape master when played back on a tape machine running at the proper speed. Correct speed versions of these tracks are included in The Rolling Stones Remastered Series editions of December's Children, Big Hits (high tide & green grass), Between The Buttons, Flowers, Beggars Banquet, Through The Past Darkly, Hot Rocks, More Hot Rocks and The Rolling Stones Singles Collection

Beyond that, this edition of The Singles Collection now reflects the original US and UK singles with original single masters used as sources while the track listing was not changed.

When the first generation master of Let It Bleed was found, it was discovered that the original intent for the album was for the tracks to be contiguous without bands of silence between the songs. The new version reflects that original intent though it may also be programmed on a track-by-track basis, as well.

One of the most comprehensive restoration and remastering programs ever undertaken for a major catalog, The Rolling Stones Remastered Series is uniquely offered as hybrid, dual-layer discs. Each includes the entire disc's musical content in both Super Audio CD (SACD) as well as standard CD, providing for complete backward and forward hardware compatibility. The discs will play flawlessly on any SACD compatible or CD player. In an SACD player, the laser pick-up automatically reads the SACD layer while a (standard) CD player's laser pick-up will automatically read through the SACD layer to the CD layer.

With regard to the restoration of the catalog, original art and liner copy including the essays by Anthony DeCurtis and Andrew Oldham that appeared in the original release of The Singles Collection have been painstakingly replicated in digipacks that capture the look of the original LPs. While it was not possible to reproduce the original 3D cover of Their Satanic Majesties Request, the cover of this edition will be printed on holographic board stock. Graphics and texts are rendered exactly as they first appeared as part of the LP packages without gratuitous after the fact embellishment, underscoring a painstaking commitment to authenticity that is the hallmark of The Rolling Stones Remastered Series.

Every effort has been made to ensure that each of the 327 tracks presented on the 26 discs covering all 22 titles meet the highest audio standards that exist today making The Rolling Stones Remastered Series the Stones collection for the ages.

All titles distributed in the U.S. and Canada for ABKCO Records by Universal at a suggested retail list price of $18.98 for single disc packages in the United States.

They are distributed for ABKCO Records by Universal in the World excluding the United States and Canada.

ABKCO Records has issued a promotional CD featuring remastered versions of 21 Stones tracks, from It's All Over Now to Honky Tonk Women. The German-made CD, dubbed "Rolling Stones Remastered", uses the U.K. Out Of Our Heads/December's Children U.S. artwork on its cover.

ICE Magazine is running a great and detailed story on the works of the ABKCO re-releases due out in August. Check the ICE Magazine web for details and getting a sampple, and also make sure to check their Daily News Flashes for more Stones collector news!

  1. England's Newest Hitmakers
  2. 12x5
  3. The Rolling Stones Now
  4. Out Of Our Heads
  5. Out of Our Heads - UK Version
  6. December's Children
  7. Big Hits (High Tide & Green Grass)
  8. Aftermath
  9. Aftermath - UK Version
  10. Got Live If You Want It!
  11. Between The Buttons
  12. Between The Buttons - UK Version
  13. Flowers
  14. Their Satanic Majesties Request
  15. Beggars Banquet
  16. Through The Past, Darkly
  17. Let It Bleed
  18. Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out
  19. Hot Rocks
  20. More Hot Rocks
  21. The Rolling Stones Singles Collection
  22. Metamorphosis - UK Version

FAQ about the ABKCO remasters by David Goodwin and Luke Pacholski

Read all about the ABKCO releases in the magazines IORR 44 and IORR 45.

New 16 disc box set out in UK on Dec. 8, 2003!

The UK versions of The Rolling Stones ABKCO albums released last year in the Hybrid SACD format are to be grouped together in a box set, due out on Dec. 8 at the price GB �179.99. The box includes a 16-page full colour booklet, plus five collectors photographs as limited prints. The albums in the box set are:
  1. The Rolling Stones (Englands Newest Hits Makers)
  2. 12 x 5
  3. Now!
  4. Out Of Our Heads (UK version)
  5. December's Children (and everybody's)
  6. Big Hits (High Tide & Green Grass)
  7. Aftermath (UK version)
  8. Got Live If You Want It
  9. Between The Buttons (UK version)
  10. Flowers
  11. Their Satanic Majesties Request
  12. Beggars Banquet
  13. Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
  14. Let It Bleed
  15. Get Yer Ya Ya's Out
  16. Metamorphosis
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