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Reviews: The Rolling Stones: Flowers

Reviews: 3

Review by vonwegen October 3, 2003 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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This release is kind of an up and down affair. One the one hand, the SACD layer gives this compilation a warmth all earlier CD releases lacked, but on the other hand, the sound quality is patchy, especially "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby", which is sadly in need of a remix--if you wear headphones, you cannot hear any drums at all until--get this--you take the headphones off and & set them aside while letting the track play!

Bootlegs of rough mixes of HYSYMBSITS show that the drum & bass were VERY well recorded, so that makes the lack of a remix here quite inexecusable--especially since "Satisfaction" was remixed in stereo for Hot Rocks and High Tides & Green Grass.

Added to that, "Mother's Little Helper" is cruddy-sounding mono, despite a fine stereo mix being available on the original Mobile Fidelity-mixed Hot Rocks 1 CD issued in Germany in the mid-1980s.

All the other tracks are in stereo and sound warm, but with a fair amount of tape hiss. "Ruby Tuesday", "Lady Jane", "Backstreet Girl" and "Sittin' On A Fence" benefit the most from the added SACD resolution, methinks, mainly because of the predominance of acoustic instruments.

Still, one wishes ABCKO would track down the original multi-track masters and put these fine songs in the 5.1 surround mode they deserve. And how about a few liner notes, folks? I'm sure David Fricke would be glad to pen a few for these classic Stones releases... (hell, I'd do it myself if I could get access to a few of the sound engineers like Glyn Johns and George Chkiantz for anecdotes).


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Review by Stratman672001 July 1, 2004 (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
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This one is pointless. Unless you have to have their cover of "My Girl" their is no reason to own it. I will say, however, that I feel that the mono of "Mother's Little Helper" is far from cruddy. In fact I feel it bests the stereo mix as it isn't drenched in reverb and the mono mix is more powerful and balanced than it's counterpart. Just MHO.

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Review by Marpow August 1, 2015 (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
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The Rolling Stones: Flowers. Hybrid SACD Stereo Only.

I bought this used from some cat in Japan, took me awhile to get it but I certainly got my moneys worth. Very Good condition. My only other experience with Rolling Stones SACD's is the SHM SACD reissue's of 2014. This packaging is quite elaborate.

Quick Facts: Flowers is an American compilation album released in 1967. I probably won't be that critical in my review as this is a childhood record for me at a time when I only owned a few, so it got a lot of play and I have always have loved it.

Performance: Early Stones songs from a couple previous albums and singles. Strong performance, might as well call it a Greatest Hits Disc.

Stereo Sonics: I have two opinions of this disc. Including the opinion of the reviewers before me. Might be the best sonic version I have ever heard. I hear things better from before and the stereo separation is nice and wide, room filling. All the little percussion instruments come through beautifully, Backstreet Girl is exceptional. Acoustic guitars resonate perfectly and even the scratchy sound of Please Go Home is a gem. My only negative that I have as the first reviewer claims and I agree, there is some sonic inconsistency to the disc, little drop outs and volume changes.
But, as I say above it is hard for me to be too critical on a piece of music that I love.

Packaging: Super cool. Wish I was around for these early SACD issues from ABCKO. It is a trifold cardboard digipak. An explanation from ABCKO on the SACD release, different artwork on one page, restoration notes, a little 3"X3" paper Certificate, Inaugural Edition Hybrid Disc 2002. Japanese mini paper booklet with Japanese writing and English lyrics. Outer Japanese jacket called, The Rolling Stones Remastered Series.

Nice little find for me. Has a tinge of yellow on the edges and smells of heavy nicotine, but It's Only Rock And Roll And I Like It.

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