Well, the wait is over. Universal Music has revealed the complete details for the November 21 reissue of the Rolling Stones' 1978 Some Girls across multiple formats. Following in the footsteps of last year's Exile on Main Street set, Some Girls will offer a number of previously-unreleased songs, recently completed by the Stones, as Jagger told German network ZDF last month: that "I've just been in the studio finishing some outtakes from 1978 ... They're going to be released [on] a rerelease of Some Girls. So these are going to be some 10 extra tracks from that time [that] were never released. Some of them had no vocals, so I had to do the vocals again. I did the same thing on Exile on Main Street."
Actually, the number of songs is 12. And the good news is that all 12 songs will be available not only in the expected Super Deluxe Box Set, but in a "standard" Deluxe Edition, as well as and digitally. A vinyl LP will replicate only the original 1978 Some Girls line-up. As of October 20, we've got some new details in bold:
- CD "Deluxe Edition" includes remastered original album and 12 bonus songs;
- CD "Super Deluxe Edition includes both discs, above, plus an exclusive DVD, 7-inch single of the remastered "Beast of Burden" b/w "When the Whip Comes Down" with its original banned artwork; a 100-page hardback book including notes by Anthony DeCurtis; a 5-postcard set, a photo print by Helmut Newton; and a tour poster;
- Digital with remastered original album and 12 bonus songs; and
- Vinyl remaster of the original album only.
In a refreshing move that echoes the treatment of Exile, the Stones have commendably assured that the core audio material is available in both the Deluxe and Super Deluxe forms. In other words, the only audio content you're missing with the 2-CD edition is a single replica of "Beast of Burden" b/w "When the Whip Comes Down." As for the DVD, Universal is keeping details on it close to the vest, with most major retailers still listing its contents as TBA. Ticketek Music is reporting that the disc will be an approximately 30-minute compilation of "live material and promo videos."
No doubt collectors and casual fans alike will be anxious to revisit Some Girls. The chart-topping album remains the band's biggest-selling album in the United States, and was the Rolling Stones' first to feature Ronnie Wood as a full member of the band line-up. It's a more accessible album than Exile, and includes the classics "Beast of Burden" and "Miss You" as well as fan favorite "Shattered" and even a raw, greasy Motown cover of The Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)." The album's success proved that neither disco nor punk could stop the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world! When the Stones' answer to disco, "Miss You," was released as a single, it topped the Billboard chart. "Beast of Burden" placed in the Top 10. "Shattered" ranked a respectable No. 31. (How odd to mention the deliciously down-and-dirty "Shattered" and "respectable" in the same sentence, no?)
Hit the jump for more, including the complete track listings!
The sessions for Some Girls began in October 1977, and concluding in March 1978. Although Mick Jagger himself cited the melting pot of New York music as the inspiration for the album's sound, its tracks were recorded at EMI's Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris. The band reportedly recorded fifty new songs, some of which ended up on follow-ups Emotional Rescue (1980) and Tattoo You (1981), while still others have languished in the vault or have been leaked on bootlegs until now.
The expanded Some Girls reissue will follow the release of the concert film Some Girls Live in Texas 1978, previously announced to arrive on DVD and Blu-Ray from Eagle Rock Entertainment on the same date of November 21. Deluxe versions of the DVD and Blu-ray releases will include CDs, and the film will be shown for one night only in cinemas in October.
Are your calendars ready? November 21 is the date to mark for Some Girls in all its various incarnations. (Stay tuned for possible news of retailer-exclusive bonus material; both Best Buy and Target offered special releases in conjunction with Exile on Main Street! We'll update here accordingly.)
The Rolling Stones, Some Girls (Rolling Stones Records COC 39108 - reissued Universal Music, 2011 - Deluxe/Super Deluxe/Vinyl)
CD 1: Remastered Original Album
- Miss You
- When the Whip Comes Down
- Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
- Some Girls
- Far Away Eyes
- Before They Make Me Run
- Beast of Burden
CD 2: Previously Unreleased Songs
- So Young
- Do You Think I Really Care?
- When You're Gone
- No Spare Parts
- Don't Be a Stranger
- We Had It All
- Tallahassee Lassie
- I Love You Too Much
- Keep Up Blues
- You Win Again
- Petrol Blues
The vinyl edition contents are identical to Disc 1.
The digital edition contents are identical to Discs 1 and 2.
The super-deluxe edition contains both discs as well as a DVD (contents TBA) and a 7-inch single:
- Beast of Burden
- When the Whip Comes Down
Kudos to the boys for keeping the music available on the 2-CD version. Too bad U2 didn't keep that with the Achtung Baby set.
Interesting that "Claudine" is finally coming out. And I wonder if "So Young" will be the same as the B-side released in the Voodoo Lounge era.
Uh, in the case of U2, there's *4 CDs* worth of bonus material (not counting the original AB album, or the Zooropa disc).
How exactly would they have managed to "keep that available" on a 2CD set?
Or are you saying you just wanted to get the 4 (or 6) CDs without buying the 4 DVDs as well? That I could understand.
I guess that's what I'm saying. The second disc of the 2-CD version has a handful of B-sides and remixes; the Uber box has more B-sides and puts the remixes on seperate discs. Plus there's the whole "Kindergarten" version of the album. I don't need the remixes.
The fact that they're including Zooropa is interesting, considering all the B-sides that came out from that album. The previous five U2 upgrades did it right; this one frustrates me.
Any chance the 2nd disc will be released separately like Exile?
Joe Marchese says
I'd say there's a very good chance, though we have no confirmation as of yet. We'll certainly follow up!
Can't help but notice that the package still bears the "censored" artwork. And yes, it contains "Claudine." Could it be that Claudine Longet is far less litigious than the estate of Lucille Ball?
Joe Marchese says
I think Claudine's courtroom days are behind her. (I say that as an unabashed fan of the lady's recording career!) I'm glad it's finally seeing the light of day.
Bill B says
Since you can buy the music in a stand-alone package this one is a no brainer. I am surprised that they didn't try to bundle this with the bluray or dvd of the concert. I'm glad they didn't even though I will probably pick up the bluray as well.
Why wouldn't they have included the FULL ORIGINAL 12" Mix of "Miss You"? It was released with a minute chopped out of it on "Rarities", and in a horrible guitar-laden remix on the "Don't Stop" CD single. This should have been a no-brainer, IMO.
Alan Bates says
Your right this track should be appreciated in its full Glory not some hotch potch edit/remix. In an era when CD's provide the space anyway its no longer about the time constriants. I do have the amazing pink vinyl 12" single c/w Faraway Eyes but due to time (1978)and being on pink vinyl the sound is'nt that great. I had always hoped that this fantastic LP would one day get the "deluxe edition" but where is Keith's single - Run Rudolph Run c/w The Harder They Come or the infamous hotel piano session by a seriously stressed but inspired Keith. This LP was my full introduction to a band that somehow still still sounded relevant in 1978 amidst the Punk and Disco era - both elements can be found on some of the songs. One last thought what about "Everythings Turning to Gold" or the reggae infused "Start Me Up". Apart from that i am looking forward to purchasing this classic Stones recording. firstname.lastname@example.org
Does the color of a vinyl record really affect the sound quality? (Not being a smartass, just honestly curious.)
Alan Bates says
Yes Black Vinyl was the real deal - coloured records just made collecting records more diverse also pic discs looked nice but again the sound deteriates after a few plays.
Thanks for your answer though
So two discs of music, but three discs in the picture. Whatsupwiththat?
Joe Marchese says
I've been trying to ascertain that; the official info is vague and mentions only the two main CDs and the single among the box set's audio contents. It's possible that the photo is just a mock-up, but we'll report back as soon as we have more details.
The third disc is probably the DVD ...
It doesn't sound like they are going to include the alternate version of songs from the album, which is a shame. There are extended versions of "Miss You" (already released), "Beast of Burden" (from the 8-track), and I think one other song.
Mark C. says
Actually solid colored vinyl LP's didn't deteriorate the more you played them, picture disc records did. The vinyl used on them was brutally thin and after a couple or three plays....well you basically had a nice looking photo pressed between unplayable vinyl.