The Rolling Stones – Rolled Gold – Our Shootout Winner from 2011

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We took the best first LP and mated it to the best second LP from the set to create the overall Shootout Winner with EIGHT, count ’em, eight total pluses over the four sides! And side one was WHITE HOT. We certainly didn’t expect to hear sound like that on a 1975 compilation of classic Stones hits such as this; most Stones compilations are awful sounding in our experience. Played Hot Rocks lately? 

But these tracks have the potential to be taken from something very close to the real master tapes, a subject we discuss in one of our dirty little secret commentaries.

And they put the early mono recordings on these discs in mono, which is another good sign that somebody at the label wanted this material to sound authentic and correct.

Let’s break it down side by side.

Side One

A+++ Whte Hot Stamper Sound! Play “It’s All Over Now” to hear just how good this album can sound – so Tubey Magical, rich yet clear. I can honestly say I have never heard that track sound better. The top is extended, the bottom solid, this is Master Tape Sound. Who knew?

Side Two

A+, the weakest side here. Somewhat dark, murky and veiled like 80-90% of all the copies we played. A least it was musical, a step up over most, but barely hot.

Side Three

A++ Super Hot Stamper Sound. Now this is more like it! Track one is weak but track two is better and track three is actually quite good, with good energy and transparency and openness than any other side three we played.

The source tapes for some songs are better than others, and that is what you are hearing on these mixed-sounding sides, which is all of them. How could it be otherwise? Different studios, engineers, equipment — pretty much everything changes from song to song except (most of) the band members.

Side Four

A++ again, with some superb sound on the tracks one and four. Track one has lovely Tubey Magic while maintaining its clarity, although it is fairly compressed, something that most hits have in common. Some songs are edgier and thinner than we would like but overall we feel this side four gets the best sounding songs to sound awfully good.

Condition

Mint Minus would be nice on a album such as this, but in our experience it simply has never happened, even with supposedly superior Decca vinyl. Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus is about as quiet as we heard on any side during our shootout.

Of course originals are usually quite a bit noisier than that, so, relatively speaking, these must be considered “quiet” pressings.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Come On
I Wanna Be Your Man
Not Fade Away
Carol
It’s All Over Now
Little Red Rooster
Time Is on My Side
The Last Time
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Side Two

Get Off of My Cloud 
19th Nervous Breakdown 
As Tears Go By 
Under My Thumb 
Lady Jane 
Out of Time 
Paint It Black

Side Three

Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing in the Shadow? 
Let’s Spend the Night Together 
Ruby Tuesday 
Yesterday’s Papers 
We Love You 
She’s a Rainbow 
Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Side Four

Honky Tonk Women 
Sympathy for the Devil 
Street Fighting Man 
Midnight Rambler 
Gimme Shelter

AMG Review

An excellent 28-track collection that hits all of the highlights once again, one after the other.