The Rolling Stones Release 'Forty Licks'
Forty Licks is a double compilation album by The Rolling Stones.
A 40-year career-spanning retrospective, Forty Licks is notable for being the first retrospective to combine the band's formative Decca/London era of the 1960s, now licensed by ABKCO Records (on disc one), with their self-owned post-1970 material, distributed at the time by Virgin/EMI but now distributed by Universal Music Group (on disc two). Concurrently with the album's release, The Rolling Stones embarked on the successful, year-long international Licks Tour, which would result in Live Licks in 2004.
Distributed by Virgin Records, this album is now out of print.
In the Sixties, they shouted and screamed and killed the king and railed at all his servants; in the Seventies, they gave it away on Seventh Avenue; in the Eighties, they did their dirty work, and they're still around today, celebrating forty years as the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. For their anniversary collection, the Stones pack forty songs onto two CDs, with only a little cheating ("Beast of Burden" and "Miss You" get heavily edited to fit), and they still leave you hungry for more. The selection is daring ("Fool to Cry," "Happy," "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby").