Go ahead and sneer. We have all seen umpteen "best of" Rolling Stones collections in various sequencing patterns, and most noticeably, incomplete sets. Many leave out important tracks (usually the one that you love the most) or they put them in but it's a live version of what you want so bad to be studio. But if there is one thing you cannot stop, it is the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary juggernaut. It will not be denied. There will be another "best of."
Imagine that! The Stones have been putting music into our collective minds for five decades. That is an admirable feat all by itself. Given the fact that those five decades have largely yielded great songs, it is no surprise that The Rolling Stones and their associated labels, which include Abkco (who tightly hold on to the band's early songs) and, this time around, Universal (Virgin Records), will celebrate the 50 years of The Rolling Stones with a massive collection that will be made available in several formats, one that adds 30 more tracks than the standard fare.
On November 13 in the US (November 12 elsewhere), The Rolling Stones will offer Grrr!, an ambitious and likely quite satisfying "best of" that will collect the band's most awesome works over their five decades of hit-making music. In addition, to help bolster the set's worth and attractiveness, the band will include two new songs. But yes, there will be more. What follows is a short description of what to expect in November when Grrr! becomes available.
The main set will be a three-CD, 50-track digipak-cased album that will offer a 24-page booklet. But if you want—and need—more, a Deluxe Edition of the three-CD set will bump it up by including a 36-page hardbound book, and five collectible postcards all housed in a DVD-sized case. And yet, some people will need more.
There will be a four-CD Super Deluxe Edition Box set that will sweeten the pot with 80 tracks. Added to that will be a bonus CD (for five total), a 7” vinyl single, a hardbound book, and five collectible postcards, all assembled within a presentation box. Vinyl fans aren't forgotten either. They will be provided a five-LP set that contains 50 tracks, which will be contained in a casebound LP box.
As of this writing, the track listing is unavailable. But as soon as they are revealed, this article will be updated with the complete list.