The Rolling Stones announce huge 1960s box-set

‘The Rolling Stones In Mono’ will round up all their 1960s recordings

The Rolling Stones have announced a comprehensive box-set featuring all the band’s recordings from the 1960s.

Out on September 30, ‘The Rolling Stones In Mono’ features both the British and US releases of their albums from 1964’s ‘The Rolling Stones’ to 1969’s ‘Let It Bleed’. It will also house their B-sides and non-album singles and EPs.

As the title suggests, ‘The Rolling Stones In Mono’ features all 186 songs recorded in mono, rather than stereo. Many of them have been unavailable in the mono format since they were first released.

The box is available as 15 CDs, 16 vinyl LPs and digitally. The physical formats feature a 48-page book containing an essay by Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke and rare photographs of the Stones by leading photographer Terry O’Neill.

Because most people didn’t own stereos in the 1960s, most music was mastered to be heard in mono rather than stereo. Although this began to change towards the end of the decade, Mick Jagger criticised the stereo version of the Stones’ 1967 album ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’. He said in 1968: “’2000 Light Years From Home’ is my favourite song on that album, but it sounds lousy in stereo.”

The Rolling Stones have been recording their first album since 2005’s ‘A Bigger Bang’, which Ronnie Wood has hinted may be the band’s first album of covers. Their memorabilia exhibition Exhibitionism runs at London’s Saatchi Gallery until September.

’The Rolling Stones In Mono’ contains the following albums:
‘The Rolling Stones’ (1964)
‘12×5’ (US album, 1964)
‘No 2’ (1965)
‘Now!’ (US album, 1965)
‘Out Of Our Heads’ (1965)
‘Out Of Our Heads’ (US version, 1965)
‘December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (US album, 1965)
‘Aftermath’ (1966)
‘Aftermath’ (US version, 1966)
‘Between The Buttons’ (1967)
‘Flowers’ (US album, 1967)
‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ (1967)
‘Beggar’s Banquet’ (1968)
‘Let It Bleed’ (1969)
‘Stray Cats’ (new album featuring non-album singles, B-sides and EP tracks)