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Friday 7 May 2021

Forty Licks


  2021 Charity Shop Purchases 4 - The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks

Forty Licks is a 2 x CD 40 year career-spanning retrospective compilation of the work of The Rolling Stones released in 2002. For licensing reasons it was attributed to Virgin/ABCKO/Decca.
Bought primarily to replace a burn but let's face it not too many would turn down the opportunity to pick up 40 songs by the Stones for a quid.

Whereas it is not strictly in chronilogical order disc 1 contains songs from 1964 -1971 and disc 2 from 1971 to 2002.
Two from each disc I think.
From disc 1 I'm going for Gimme Shelter from the great Let it Bleed album from1969 and the single version of She's a Rainbow a song from1967's Their Satanic Majesties Request.
You won't be surprised to hear that disc 2 is not as consistantly brilliant as disc 1 although a couple of songs from  Exile on Main Street are  included. (Sticky Fingers straddles both discs)
Beast of Burden is taken from Some Girls  from 1978 probably their best post 1972 album.
The compilation includes four new songs. No great shakes but Keys to Your Love is probably the best of a fairly mediocre bunch.


  1. "probably their best post 1972 album"
    possible hoots of derision from some, but I prefer Black and Blue to Some Girls

    1. In fairness the bar is not particularly high

    2. Admittedly it's mostly a hodgepodge of older sessions, but Tattoo You would get my vote.

  2. That's the steal of the century for a quid (any century) Can't recall having heard Keys To Your Love before. Oddly, I've never been able to the knee bending homage paid to Exile On Main Street although it appears I'm clearly in the minority.

    1. me too. Of that famous quartet of albums it's the one that gets played the least here

  3. * never been able to sign up to the knee bending homage.......