Wednesday, June 28, 2023

The Rolling Stones announce Forty Licks digital and vinyl debut

The Rolling Stones will release their 2002 collection, “Forty Licks”, for the first time on digital and limited-edition 4LP vinyl packages next month.

The project – which gathered together fully three dozen of the most enduring and anthemic songs from the group's peerless career and added four then-new tracks to their story – was initially released to celebrate the Stones' 40th anniversary and to mark the beginning of their massive Licks tour, which saw the band play 117 shows over 14 months while becoming the second highest-grossing tour in history up to that time.

The collection, which times out at over 2 and half hours, includes no fewer than 20 (US) Top 10 singles of which 13 broke into the Top 5 and 7 going all the way to #1 including “Satisfaction,” “Miss You,” “Brown Sugar,” “Paint It, Black,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Get Off Of My Cloud” and “Angie.”

UK chart stats for "Forty Licks" tracks are quite similar with 20 Top 10 singles, 16 Top 5 singles and 7 #1s. The list of UK chart toppers includes “The Last Time,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “It’s All Over Now” as well as “Satisfaction,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Paint It, Black” and “Honkey Tonk Women.”

Following its initial release, “Forty Licks” would sell seven million copies around the world, and has since come to be seen as the definitive anthology of the band's recording career. It was, uniquely, the first collection to bring together landmark recordings from all points in their unrivalled songbook, from their early days via Decca UK and London US (ABKCO Records) through to the establishment of their own Rolling Stones Records.

“Forty Licks” will be released digitally for the first time on July 26; two days later, it will be available, again for the first time, in a lavish, limited edition four-disc, 180-gram black vinyl version, housed in a wide spined gatefold sleeve. At the same time, Stones fans will also have an opportunity to stream new Dolby Atmos versions of the album’s 40 tracks.

View the song list for “Forty Licks” here.

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