The Rolling Stones Release 'Singles 1968–1971'
Singles 1968–1971 is a box set compilation of singles by The Rolling Stones spanning the years 1968 to 1971.
The latest in a series of repackages by ABKCO Records, who licence The Rolling Stones' 1963–1970 recorded works, Singles 1968–1971 is the third of three successive volumes to commemorate their non-LP releases during this era.
While the set features faithful replicas of all individual single covers (even the CDs are reproduced in black), the set—and both its predecessors—came under some criticism as to their necessity, especially as 1989's Singles Collection: The London Years already covered this material to satisfaction. Furthermore, the last half of this collection concentrates on post-contractual material from Metamorphosis and the 2003 "Sympathy for the Devil" remixes by The Neptunes. However, Singles 1968–1971 does manage to include a bonus DVD of visual material of four songs that stretch the entire decade of the 1960s.
If the final installment of ABKCO's series of box sets containing CD replicas of the Rolling Stones' original singles for Decca and London during the '60s seems not quite as impressive as the first two, there's a reason for it: it's not. But that has little to do with either the music -- some of the Stones' very best is here, including "Street Fighting Man," "Honky Tonk Women," and "Jumpin' Jack Flash," all viable contenders for the greatest rock & roll single ever -- or the packaging, which is every bit as lavish and loving as the first two installments.