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Buyers Guide: Rolling Stones

It began in Richmond, went around the world countless times, and continues to invade new corners of the globe, 50 Licks later.

The legend of the Rolling Stones is as famous as rock music itself, and their recording catalogue is a fascinating reflection of their death-defying personal history. 

It takes us from the boisterous R&B of their early days, through some of the most magnificently sulky pop ever made, as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards became a self-sufficient songwriting axis. 

The chemical experiments of their late 1960s/early 1970s period are generally regarded as their classic vintage, before the band began one of the most graceful and gradual ageing processes ever recorded.

The Stones’ third and fourth decades as a studio entity are emblems of their latter-day incarnation as a stadium touring machine, led by gregarious guitar anthems. But even in the period when the Glimmer Twins’ relationship was frosty, those albums hold many, often underrated pleasures. After an uncharacteristic moment of nostalgia to consider their first 40 years with the Forty Licks compilation and tour of 2002, the band returned to the studio in the middle of the decade for their first album in seven years, and most fans were agreed that A Bigger Bang delivered on its title.

We take a look at some of the Stones' greatest moments - from the most obvious to the slightly unexpected - which will help you expand your collection.



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