Release Date: Nov 13, 2012
Record label: ABKCO Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Album Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll, Psychedelic/Garage, British Psychedelia, Dance-Rock, British Blues, British Invasion
As a 50th-anniversary souvenir, the Stones have assembled a three-disc, 50-track compilation that is the best and most comprehensive collection of the band's high points available. "Doom and Gloom," one of two new songs here, is the Stones at their best – nasty, funny, sexy and rocking hard. As for the rest, it's impossible to overstate the importance of these songs.
Graced with cover art of a grotesque gorilla sporting the Stones' trademark leering lips, GRRR! doesn't quite have the classy veneer usually associated with a 50th anniversary collection. Frankly, that's a good sign for the Rolling Stones: they're celebrating their half-century together but refusing to take themselves too seriously, even when they're assembling a mammoth retrospective that's available in three different incarnations. Each chronicles the Stones' story beginning with their first single, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On," to a pair of good new recordings (a loose-limbed rocker called "Doom and Gloom" and the poppier "One More Shot").
Despite the silly title and gorilla sleeve, this 3CD compilation proves a respectable primer…And now… the end is near. As rumours point to a possible valedictory Stones tour in 2013 (they’re in France for a month of rehearsals! Keith is “sounding better than ever”!), we all have our dream scenarios of what the final gig will be like. Mine may involve a miracle or three: a slimmed-down Mick Taylor joins them onstage and plays a 19-minute solo in “Sway” while Jagger fans him with a chiffon scarf.
Immediately assumes the status of the best Stones compilation on the market. Sean Egan 2012 This three-CD compilation gets off to a start to gladden the heart of the purist by including The Rolling Stones’ 1963 debut single Come On, underrated by even the band themselves. However, any hopes raised that Grrr! will be a completist exercise are immediately dashed by the omission of follow-up I Wanna Be Your Man.