The Rolling Stones Release 'Rewind (1971–1984)'
Rewind (1971–1984) is a compilation album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1984.
Coming only three years after Sucking in the Seventies, the album was primarily compiled to mark the end of the band's worldwide alliance with EMI (and Warner Music in North America), both of whom were the distributors of Rolling Stones Records. In July 1983, before Undercover's release, The Rolling Stones had signed a worldwide multi-million dollar contract with CBS Records, with the first album being due in 1986. It is the second Rolling Stones album to include a lyric sheet (after 1978's Some Girls.)
For the first time since 1969's Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2), the UK and US editions of Rewind (1971–1984) would each feature altered track listings, reflecting the individual tastes of both territories.
Released in the summer of 1984, Rewind (1971–1984) was not as successful as previous compilations (due, in no small part, to the track repetitions from previous retrospectives), reaching #23 in the UK and #86 in the US, though it went gold there. The album was re-released on Compact Disc in the United States adding "It's Only Rock'n Roll (But I Like It)" and "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)".
With later compilations Jump Back: The Best of The Rolling Stones (1993) and Forty Licks (2002) superseding it, Rewind (1971–1984) is now out of print.
Disinclined though I am to increase their wealth or validate what is at bottom their corporate farewell to WEA distribution, I can't deny the songwriting on this compilation. By now the Jagger-Richards book is deeper than Johnny Mercer's, Willie Dixon's, like that--the first ever lyric sheet, at one level a token of their utter loss of principle, is pure pleasure (and convinces me "Tumbling Dice" is forever Linda's, too).