The Rolling Stones will expand their list of titles available in clear vinyl next month. The legendary British rockers released three classic late 60s and early 70s remastered albums last May as part of ABKCO Records "Clearly Classic" series and will expand the catalogue with three more reissue titles on May 6.
According to a news release posted today at April 25 at UltimateClassicRock.com, “The World’s Greatest Rock N’ Roll Band's" clear vinyl reissues will include the 1964 studio album "12 X 5," the 1969 greatest hits compilation "Through The Past, Darkly: Big Hits Vol 2," and the 1970 classic live album "Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!" All releases in the series have been meticulously mastered from high resolution audio files sourced from the original master tapes, assuring optimal sound quality that exceeds both conventional CD audio and digital downloads.
Each new title represents a landmark in The Stones' legacy. Their sophomore effort "12X5" combines the "Five by Five" EP (their first recordings at the legendary Chess Studios in Chicago, Ill.) with the early singles “It’s All Over Now” and “Time Is on My Side," as well as the B-sides of those singles. "Through The Past, Darkly" was released immediately following the tragic death of founding Stones member Brian Jones and contains classic hits from the multi-instrumentalists' final years with the band including: "Jumpin’ Jack Flash," "Let’s Spend the Night Together" and "Ruby Tuesday." "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!" captures The Stones' first tour with Jones' replacement Mick Taylor and is regarded as their finest live effort. In his review of the album, Rolling Stone critic Lester Bangs said, "I have no doubt that it's the best rock concert ever put on record."
The new additions are part of the second instalment of ABKCO's "The Rolling Stones Clearly Classic" series, which showcases the artistic heights The Stones reached during their formative years. The first instalment in the series included the 1968 studio album "Beggars Banquet,” its 1969 follow up “Let It Bleed” and the 1971 greatest hits compilation “Hot Rocks 1964-1971." For more information, check out ABKCO's official website.
Did you know? ABKCO took control over The Rolling Stones' early record catalogue after The Stones were forced to settle a lawsuit with former manager Allen Klein, which cost the band the rights to most of their songs recorded before 1971.