ABKCO Records and Universal Music Group have joined forces to offer two vinyl box set collections spanning over 40 years of the Rolling Stones’ career. The box sets include 23 original studio albums, two hits collections as well as two rare EPs. They will be released on November 22 in the U.K. and November 23 in the U.S. and Canada. <em>The Rolling Stones 1964-1969</em> and <em>The Rolling Stones 1971-2005 Vinyl Box Sets</em> offer the consumer a wealth of great Rolling Stones music, much of which hasn’t been available on vinyl for a considerable period of time.
<em>The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 Vinyl Box Set</em>, a limited edition numbered box set collection, chronologically encompasses the Stones’ early U.K. releases. The set includes nine re-mastered Rolling Stones studio albums, two remastered EPs, plus two "Big Hits" collections. It’s the first vinyl reissue in decades for <em>The Rolling Stones</em> (EP), <em>The Rolling Stones</em>, <em>Five by Five</em> (EP), <em>The Rolling Stones No. 2</em>, <em>Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)</em>, and <em>Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)</em>.
The first five titles in the set are presented in their original mono format affording, for the first time in years, an opportunity for Stones fans to enjoy remastered versions of the tracks "I Can’t Be Satisfied," "Time Is On My Side" (Version 2)</em> and "Down the Road Apiece" as originally released. <em>Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2</em>) is included with its original octagonal cover and artwork intact. <em>Metamorphosis</em> is also included in the set; the album was first released in 1975 but is wholly comprised of tracks recorded from the early-to-late sixties. The inclusion of the band’s original two "Big Hits" collections was mandated by the fact that U.K. album releases in that era most often did not include contemporaneously released hit singles.