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The Rolling Stones will celebrate their releases from the Sixties with a box set containing mono versions of their records from the decade.
The Rolling Stones in Mono will feature the U.S. and U.K. versions of their albums from 1964’s The Rolling Stones through 1969’s Let It Bleed, plus an additional Stray Cats compilation of songs released on single and EP. The set will include a total of 186 songs, 56 of which will be available in mono for the first time in the digital format.
The set comes out on September 30 in 15-CD and 16-LP configurations and will also contain a 48-page book containing a 5,000-word essay by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke and rare photos by Terry O'Neill. It will also come out in standard digital, mastered for iTunes and True HD.
The choice to release the tracks in mono might seem unusual, but mono was the predominant format for much of the Sixties. As with many of the Beatles’ recordings, the Rolling Stones’ mono mixes are in many cases superior to the stereo.
The new mono masters were cut by legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig, who has mastered recordings for more than 1,300 artists, including the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.
The Rolling Stones in Mono Contents
The Rolling Stones (U.K., 1964)
12 X 5 (1964)
The Rolling Stones No. 2 (U.K., 1965)
The Rolling Stones Now! (1965)
Out of Our Heads (U.S., 1965)
Out of Our Heads (U.K., 1965)
December’s Children (And Everybody's) (1965)
Aftermath (U.K., 1966)
Aftermath (U.S., 1966)
Between the Buttons (UK, 1967)
Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
Beggar’s Banquet (1968)
Let It Bleed (1969)
Stray Cats (2016)