The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971 Box Set With 18 45s Coming From ABKCO on February 2

And The Stones, they just keep on roll-roll-rollin’ along. To that end, ABKCO Records will release The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971 on February 2, 2024, as a limited-edition box set that will include reproductions of 18 of the band’s 7in vinyl singles and EPs originally released by Decca, London Records, and ABKCO. This collection serves as a second, companion volume to The Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1966 box set that was released by ABKCO in June 2022.

All of the tracks in The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971 box set were remastered by Bob Ludwig, while the discs themselves are being manufactured by Third Man Pressing in Detroit. The 1966-1971 collection comes replete with period-correct picture sleeve art, a 32-page book containing extensive liner notes by Stones authority Nigel Williamson, rare photos, and other “ephemera” (their PR team’s word for it — and a good one at that!), plus a set of five photo cards and a poster. The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971 is housed in a hardshell box, and its SRP is $179.99.


The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971 “spans a crucial period in the band’s evolution,” according to the phraseology in the official press release, “when their move towards the experimental and psychedelic sounds” of tracks like “We Love You” and “She’s a Rainbow” gave way to the rootsy, blues-based rock of “Honky Tonk Women” and “Wild Horses.”

Also during this time, guitarist/founding member Brian Jones was replaced by Mick Taylor — the first lineup change since the group’s founding. Amidst the stylistic shifts and tumult between 1966 and 1971, The Stones racked up seven Top 10 singles on both sides of the Atlantic, including four No. 1s.


More stats now, again with the language provided in the ABKCO press release. “Paint It, Black” topped the charts internationally in 1966. Its eerie tone and sitar line played by Brian Jones sounded nothing like what the band had previously recorded. The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971 contains both the U.S. and UK versions of the 45, with the latter’s B-side, “Long Long While,” being a rare non-LP track.

Other rare B-sides in the box include “Who’s Driving Your Plane” backing the U.S. Top 10 hit “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?,” and “Child of the Moon” backing the UK No. 1 hit, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Stones collectors will also take (you guessed it) satisfaction in the 1967 mono mixes of “We Love You” and its “Dandelion” flipside, both of which contain a reprise at the end with an ode to the other track. These versions are both exclusive to the single release.

Released in August 1968, the picture sleeve for the “Street Fighting Man” b/w ”No Expectations” single depicts protestors being brutalized by police. After the Chicago Police Department ravaged anti-war protestors outside the Democratic National Convention later that same month, The Stones’ then-U.S. label withdrew the single, making it one of the most sought-after collector’s items in the band’s canon. Here, The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971 collection faithfully reproduces that controversial record art, and also includes the 1971 UK maxi-single version of “Street Fighting Man” with “Surprise Surprise” also on the A side, and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” on the flip.

While not technically a Rolling Stones song per se, Mick Jagger’s “Memo From Turner,” from the notorious Performance soundtrack, is also included in the box set. Originally released as a single in 1970, “Memo From Turner” features slide guitar by Ry Cooder, while its B-side, “Natural Magic,” is a Cooder instrumental.


Though every track on The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971 box set was recorded in the timeframe suggested by the collection’s title, some of the records herein were originally released later. To wit: “I Don’t Know Why,” “Out of Time,” and the stereo mix of the 1969 No. 1 hit “Honky Tonk Women” were 45s that came out in 1975-76, around the time ABKCO issued The Stones rarities LP, Metamorphosis.

Meanwhile, “Sympathy for the Devil” was remixed separately by The Neptunes and Fat Boy Slim many years later in 2003. Originally released on SACD at the time, it is now duly here in the box as a 7in vinyl record.

The entire A- and B-side breakdown for each 45 in The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971 box set follows below.

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18 7in 45s (ABKCO)

“Paint It, Black” – U.S. version (originally released May 1966)
Side A: Paint It, Black
Side B: Stupid Girl

“Paint It, Black” – UK version (originally released May 1966)
Side A: Paint It, Black
Side B: Long Long While

“Mother’s Little Helper” (originally released June 1966)
Side A: Mother’s Little Helper
Side B: Lady Jane

“Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?” (originally released September 1966)
Side A: Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
Side B: Who’s Driving Your Plane

“Let’s Spend The Night Together” (originally released January 1967)
Side A: Let’s Spend The Night Together
Side B: Ruby Tuesday

“We Love You” (originally released August 1967)
Side A: We Love You
Side B: Dandelion

“She’s A Rainbow” (originally released November 1967)
Side A: She’s A Rainbow
Side B: 2000 Light Years From Home

“In Another Land” (originally released December 1967)
Side A: In Another Land
Side B: The Lantern

“Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (originally released May 1968)
Side A: Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Side B: Child Of The Moon

“Street Fighting Man” – U.S. version (originally released August 1968)
Side A: Street Fighting Man
Side B: No Expectations

“Honky Tonk Women” (originally released July 1969)
Side A: Honky Tonk Women (Mono Mix)
Side B: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

“Memo From Turner” (originally released November 1970)
Side A: Memo From Turner (Mick Jagger)
Side B: Natural Magic (Ry Cooder) from the film Performance

“Street Fighting Man” – UK maxi-single (originally released June 1971)
Side A:
1. Street Fighting Man
2. Surprise Surprise
Side B: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

“Brown Sugar” (A-side originally released April 1971; B-side originally released June 1971)
Side A: Brown Sugar
Side B: Wild Horses

“I Don’t Know Why” (originally released May 1975)
Side A: I Don’t Know Why (a.k.a. Don’t Know Why I Love You)
Side B: Try A Little Harder

“Out Of Time” (originally released September 1975)
Side A: Out Of Time
Side B: Jiving Sister Fanny

“Honky Tonk Women” (originally released April 1976)
Side A: Honky Tonk Women (Stereo Mix)
Side B: Sympathy For The Devil

“Sympathy For The Devil” Remixes (originally released as part of SACD EP & CD single, September 2003)
Side A: Sympathy For The Devil (The Neptunes Remix)
Side B: Sympathy For The Devil (Fat Boy Slim Remix)


Tom L's picture

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Rashers's picture

as a deal on Amazon - and the sound quality is really excellent. The box is tidy and well presented. Now I have no choice but to buy this...more money...aaaaarrrragh!

Martin's picture

all presumably 2.3 mhz DSD digital from 2001...
Get the original singles, they will sound a whole lot better.