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Let It Bleed (50Th Anniversary Edition)
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Vinyl, 1 November 2019
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- Product Dimensions : 27.43 x 27.69 x 0.76 cm; 272.16 Grams
- Manufacturer : ABKCO
- Manufacturer reference : 8584-1
- Original Release Date : 2019
- Label : ABKCO
- ASIN : B07XFH5QFF
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Rolling Stones groundbreaking multi-platinum selling album Let It Bleed was released in late 1969, charting at #1 in the UK and #3 in the US. The Rolling Stones, at this point already a critically and commercially dominant force, composed and recorded their eighth long player (tenth for the U.S.) amidst both geopolitical and personal turmoil. The second of four Rolling Stones albums made with producer Jimmy Miller (Traffic, Blind Faith), Let It Bleed perfectly captures the ominous spirit of the times with Gimme Shelter, the opening track. The Let It Bleed (50th Anniversary Edition) single 180g LP includes the stereo version of the album, with restored original artwork and printed inner sleeve. The 2019 stereo remaster has been engineered by eleven-time Grammy®-winning mastering engineer Bob Ludwig.
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Great presentation of the greatest album from the greatest rock and roll band of all time. I know I used the word "Great " three times in that sentence but there it is.
PS- Package arrived in pristine condition so thanks very much to Amazon and carriers for that
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The answer to each of the above questions is, of course, a resounding YES! An answer incidentally that the other members of my family are already proclaiming loudly. And yet! And yet! I am entirely unrepentant about buying this quite beautifully assembled and presented box set. Since it arrived in my mailbox I have spent several happy hours just holding it, savouring it, admiring it and listening to it. Of course my behaviour is illogical. On any kind of rational level it is virtually impossible to justify. But being a music fan, and in particular a Rolling Stones fan, has never been about logic for me. I have stood in pouring rain at their concerts, drenched to the skin and freezing cold, suffering numerous bouts of illness in the process. At other times I have sweltered in almost 100 degree heat in football stadiums and sporting arenas across the US, waiting for hours for them to honour us with their presence on-stage. That was back when they routinely performed anything up to five or six hours later than advertised. And I have seen them range from sublime to chaotic on stage, sometimes within the same performance. I have never regretted it. Not one second of it. Fandom, enthusiasm, addiction, devotion, call it what you will - makes sense only to the individual themselves, defining its own criteria, and functioning within its own logic.
To me this package is as much a sensory, visual and kinesthetic experience as it is an auditory one. It is wonderful to have reproductions of the late Robert Brownjohn's sketches for the original cover art. It is a delight to have Ethan Russel's tour photographs so beautifully presented. It is a real treat to have, for the first time since 1969, a mono 7" single of Honky Tonk Women c/w You Can't always Get What You Want (single edit) And it is quite marvellous to have Bob Ludwig's new stereo and mono remasters of the album itself. They really are quite extraordinary , especially so in the case of the mono version. Let It Bleed was never mixed in true mono. The mono version released back in the day was in fold-down format, as is the version here. But in his mono remastering, Bob Ludwig has come as close as is humanly possible to letting us hear what a full mono remix of the album might sound like, without actually remixing it. He is, for me, the pre-eminent remastering expert where Rolling Stones recordings are concerned, and is absolutely the best person possible to work on Let It Bleed.
A consistent complaint about reissues of the Rolling Stones Decca/ABKCO era recordings concerns the absence of any bonus material - there are no out-takes, rough mixes, early versions, discards and such available on this set. Bootlegs of what still exists have been doing the rounds for many years, and most of them have been posted on line. Little of this material, in my opinion, has any value. Out-takes became out-takes because they were not good enough. And in The Stones case, anything that had potential, but failed to get on the album, ended up being worked on later, and surfaced further down the line on other releases. A sizable amount of the music that featured on Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street had its genesis in the 1967-68 period and I have no doubt that tracks on Exile and Sticky Fingers may have , in earlier incarnations, been under consideration for Beggars Banquet or Let It Bleed.
It is entirely understandable that many people compare the Let It Bleed box with Abbey Road or The White Album sets, both of which have a vast amount of bonus material. However I submit two counter-arguments here. Firstly there is a very limited commercial appetite for alternative versions, especially when it comes to wading through repeated takes of certain tracks. Secondly, the nature of the Beatles material is significantly different to The Stones, and both bands composed in completely different ways. In The Beatles case, one or other of the band members would turn up with something partially formed. Under George Martin's painstaking guidance and encouragement , they would then work through several different recordings, tweaking, polishing and evolving towards the final version. The Stones were nothing like as painstaking. And they never worked with a producer as focused as George Martin. Most, but not all, of The Stones numbers began as studio jams, and when the band hit a groove, they began recording. Where The Beatles might record up to 30 different versions of a track, adding layer after layer of orchestration, minutely adjusting the usage of certain instruments and trying out a variety of different sound effects, The Stones might record 3-4 different takes, but remain largely within the original approach. So there was nothing like the same amount of alternative material left lying about when they had finished.
For me, the classy design of this box set, the quality of the contents, and the peerless music herein has made it an essential purchase. It enjoys prime position in my home, proudly proclaiming that its owner is, and always has been, a lifelong Rolling Stones fan. And that he considers this album to be, without doubt, THE GREATEST musical recording he has ever heard. Fifty years after I first purchased Let It Bleed, and smuggled it into my bedroom to avoid the wrath of my father who considered it a complete waste of money, I can give it the homecoming it deserves.
It is expensive , but hell , Charley Watts comes out of the left speaker like a herd of elephants and Ry Cooder’s Mandolin brings tears to the eyes on the vinyl
Ok you don’t even get lined inner vinyl sleeves the book and artwork prints are nice but a once only peruse probably but Honky Tonk Women is wonderful on 7 inch
This is the Rolling Stones and they were never meant to really care about little old fans
So of course its a bit of a rip off - but no one makes music like this today and ,double hell, I even bought the Japanese mono CD set a while back , so retirement any time soon is on hold
For something absurdly expensive you think quality control would be high. Got my copy and the 7" single (Honky Tonk Women) was not in the package!!! The package came sealed and in good condition - JUST NO 7". inexcusable.
Hats off to Amazon, they shipped me a replacement (complete) and I got it in less than 24 hours - extra star for amazon service!
So after a bad start, the package itself is reasonable but could have been better (a DL for the 7" tracks would have been nice). Overall quality of materials is very good (book, prints etc) - but let's face it - as other reviewers have noted, you are paying a LOT for effectively one single album. Luckily this is one of the best Stones albums ever and listening to it eases the pain.
No review on audio as it all depends on what you play your music on.
Serious Stones collectors will get this regardless and I don't blame you :)
I was scrolling through the vinyl offers and this came up... for less than twenty quid!
The 50th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition? An error surely? Amazon will of course point to the fact that the product description didn't match the title but how to know which was wrong? Order it and find out. So I did..
And true to form, a vinyl LP arrives in a far too large a box with inadequate packaging to stop it moving around (so it suffers some dings and bangs as a result...) but yes, it wasn't the 50th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition.
We all know Amazon has millions of listings to maintain and sure, errors like this will occur.
Sure it's a great album but this one is going back.