Rolling Stone - No. 969, p.1164 stars out of 5
- "On SINGLES 1968-1971, you hear the Rolling Stones take full possession of their demonic powers..."
Uncut - p.1194 stars out of 5
- "What's not in doubt is the feeling that rock'n'roll might change the world."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1113 stars out of 5
- "[With] Renbourn's dextrous, never merely showy playing drawing inspiration from the folklore of southwest England..."
This limited-edition boxed set includes a bonus DVD.
The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger (vocals, harmonica, percussion); Keith Richards (guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Brian Jones (guitar, slide guitar, dulcimer, sitar, harmonica, recorder, saxophone, harpsichord, organ, Mellotron, marimba, bells); Mick Taylor (guitar, slide guitar); Ian Stewart (piano, keyboards); Bill Wyman (bass guitar); Charlie Watts (drums, percussion).
The third in a series of handsome box sets, SINGLES 1968-1971 is yet another must-have for hardcore Rolling Stones fans. As with the earlier installments, the collection presents the original 45's in CD format, along with a booklet of informative liner notes, vintage photos, and promotional artwork.
Although the "Jumpin' Jack Flash" B-side, "Child of the Moon," finds the Stones still attempting to keep pace with the Beatles (the song clearly echoes Lennon/McCartney's "Rain"), the aforementioned A-side presents the group living up to their reputation as the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band with blazing abandon. Given Brian Jones's 1969 death and his subsequent replacement by a young Mick Taylor, the era was clearly a transitional period for the Stones, and the music reflects this, most notably in the country twang of "Honky Tonk Women" and the wistful "Wild Horses." A particular treat for Jagger fans is the inclusion of his strutting "Memo from Turner" single, taken from the film PERFORMANCE, along with the Ry Cooder instrumental "Natural Magic." The set also includes a "Sympathy for the Devil" single updated with 2003 remixes and a DVD featuring four videos.