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8/11/16

Two years after Capitol wowed Beatles fans with a mono LPs box, ABKCO Records is doing the same with The Rolling Stones albums of the 1960s. On 9/30, ABKCO will release The Rolling Stones in Mono as a 16-LP vinyl box set, a 15-CD set and digitally in standard, mastered for iTunes and true HD forms.

The collection starts with the 1964 U.K. version of The Rolling Stones and runs through 1969’s Let it Bleed, and included the U.S. and U.K. versions of  Out of Our Heads and Aftermath. The sets include a new collection of A & B sides plus EP tracks titled Stray Cats and a 48-page book. Of the 186 tracks, 56 have not been heard in mono since the start of the digital age. 

The Beatles set was issued on CD in 2009, but it was not until 2014 that Capitol/Apple used the original mono master tapes. For the Stones set,  Bob Ludwig used Direct Stream Digital transfers from the original master recordings, with a sampling rate of 2,822,400. Lacquer cutting for vinyl was performed at Abbey Road Studios by Alex Wharton and Sean Magee.

All vinyl box sets will be numbered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. ABKCO did not say how many copies of the LP sets will be pressed.

On Amazon, the vinyl set will run close to $400; the CDs come in at $190. Beats heading to eBay where original pressings of mono Stones albums run $200 to $600 apiece.