Rarities 1971-2003 Imagine what would constitute a set of Rolling Stones gems from the vaults (the title theme to C -- -sucker Blues , say). Okay, keep… Rarities 1971-2003 Imagine what would constitute a set of Rolling Stones gems from the vaults (the title theme to C -- -sucker Blues , say). Okay, keep… 2005-11-22 The Rolling Stones Rock
Music Review

Rarities: 1971-2003 (2005)

EW's GRADE
D+

Details Release Date: Nov 22, 2005; Lead Performance: The Rolling Stones; Genre: Rock

Imagine what would constitute a set of Rolling Stones gems from the vaults (the title theme to C -- -sucker Blues, say). Okay, keep imagining. Nearly half of Rarities: 1971-2003 consists of readily available tracks, such as live remakes from recent concert discs; the rest — B sides and remixes of forgettable later hits like ''Mixed Emotions'' — are trivialities. A strutting 1971 take on Chuck Berry's ''Let It Rock,'' which truly is rare and worth unearthing, hints at what this mistitled hodgepodge could've been — but isn't.

Originally posted Nov 18, 2005 Published in issue #851 Nov 25, 2005 Order article reprints
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