Grrr! (2012)


 
Disc One 1. Come On 2. Fade Away 3. It's All Over Now 4. Little Red Rooster 5. The Last Time 6. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 7. Time is On My Side 8. Get Off My Cloud 9. Heart of Stone 10.19th Nervous Breakdown 11.As Tears Go By 12.Paint it Black 13.Under My Thumb 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 Disc Two 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 Disc Three 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 Love 10.Harlem Shuffle 11.Mixed Emotions 12.Highwire 13.Love is Strong 14.Anybody Seen My Baby? 15.Don't Stop 16.Doom and Gloom 17.One More Shot

 

When I first saw this one, my immediate impression was that this was basically a ripoff of something they had released just a few years prior with the double CD retrospective Forty Licks. You know - a multi disc collection with mostly hits, plus a few new numbers. Do we really need another package like this so soon?

Well, on closer inspection, this is actually a triple disc as opposed to a double, and there are fifty songs on here as opposed to forty. So a bit of an improvement. Right?

Well, yes and no. Mostly yes. The biggest drawback for me is that, with 50 songs, you should be able to include all of your hits. Even the Stones could fit their huge catalog of chart toppers into such a massive collection. But for whatever reason, many of the minor hits are missing. In their place are some weird substitutions. Yes, we get two brand new songs. They’re good, but nothing spectacular. Plus, when you look at the running time, you could have easily squeezed four or five more songs on each disc. If you’re going to have 50, why not 60-65 if they’ll fit?

Well, guess what? There was a “bonus” 5 CD version (which contained a total of 80 songs) – yet on that version, the “original” three CDs had more songs than what was featured on these three discs! I don’t get it!

Why???

So this package falls a bit short since it could have been better. A good thing is that the songs are mostly in chronological order. Not in exact chronological order - there are a few tweaks since the running order obviously sounds a bit better when small variations are made. A good buy if you don’t have much. But, man, this could have been so much better.

Oh, yeah – some countries also sold a “double disc” version with 40 songs as well. Pure idiocy.

When will the greed of record companies stop?


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