Stereo Stones?
More or less a track by track rundown of what tracks are available in stereo, and where, as well as notes for each track. This area is not really completed, so feel free to send me some comments about it.

A few notes. An 'ABKCO CD' is one that was available in the US in 1986 and is now available worldwide. Numbers refer to US releases - foreign ones may differ. London CDs that start with 'POCD' are from Japan. London CDs with '820' are from Germany/Europe. Unless otherwise noted, a 'London LP' will be an original US London pressing and a 'Decca LP' will be an original UK Decca pressing.

Click on the title of each song for a 30 second sample (MP3, 160 kbps).

If You Need Me

  • stereo on:
  • time: 1:59
  • recording date/location: 6/10/64-6/11/64 Chess Studios, Chicago
  • notes: Drums, organ, bass, tambourine, and backing vocals left. Lead vocals center. Guitar right.

Empty Heart

  • stereo on:
  • time: 2:34
  • recording date/location: 6/10/64-6/11/64 Chess Studios, Chicago
  • notes: Drums, bass, and organ left. Lead vocals center. Guitar, harmonica, backing vocals, and tambourine right.

2120 South Michigan Avenue

  • stereo on:
  • time: 2:08 (short version)
  • stereo on:
    • Remastered (ABKCO 9215-2) - Promo CD/SACD
    • 12x5 (ABKCO SACD 94022)
  • time: 3:38 (complete version)
  • recording date/location: 6/10/64-6/11/64 Chess Studios, Chicago
  • notes: Drums, bass, and organ left. Tambourine and harmonica center. Guitars right. As is noted below, the complete song (with a guitar solo, but most likely not Muddy Waters as had been previously reported) exists on the stereo master tape - it was simply faded early for disc.

    Until recently, the only place to find the complete song was on the German LP "Around & Around", where it was in mono. However, ABKCO has used the complete song in stereo for their round of SACD reissues.

Confessin' The Blues

  • stereo on:
  • time: 2:44
  • recording date/location: 6/10/64-6/11/64 Chess Studios, Chicago
  • notes: Drums, lead guitar and bass left. Vocals and harmonica center. Rhythm guitar and piano right.

Around And Around

  • stereo on:
  • time: 2:59
  • recording date/location: 6/10/64-6/11/64 Chess Studios, Chicago
  • notes: Drums, bass, and piano left. Vocals center. Guitars right.

Down The Road Apiece

  • stereo on:
    • The Unstoppable Stones (Decca LP LKM 6004)
    • Rock'n'Rolling Stones (Decca LP 6835 121)
    • Now! (London CD POCD-1914 / 820 133-2)
    • Now! (ABKCO CD 420/74202)
    • No. 2 (London CD POCD-1914)
    • Now! (ABKCO SACD)
  • time: 3:00
  • recording date/location: 6/10/64-6/11/64 Chess Studios, Chicago
  • notes: One of the four early tracks that turned up in stereo on the original ABKCO CDs. Really outstanding sound. Drums, bass, and piano left, vocal center, lead and rhythm guitars right.

I Can't Be Satisfied

  • stereo on:
    • The Unstoppable Stones (Decca LP LKM 6004)
    • More Hot Rocks (Decca/Teldec LP)
    • More Hot Rocks 2 (London CD POCD-1930 / 820 516-2)
    • More Hot Rocks (ABKCO CD)
    • No. 2 (London CD POCD-1913)
    • More Hot Rocks (ABKCO SACD 96262)
  • time: 3:24
  • recording date/location: 6/10/64-6/11/64 Chess Studios, Chicago
  • notes: One of the four early tracks that turned up in stereo on the original ABKCO CDs.

It's All Over Now

  • stereo on:
    • Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (Decca LP ffss TXS 101 (green label) XZAL 7503)
    • Rolled Gold (Decca LP 804 Y 215, Belgium Box)
    • More Hot Rocks 1 (London CD POCD-1929 / 820 515-2)
    • Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (London CD)
    • Remastered (ABKCO 9215-2) - Promo CD/SACD
    • 12x5 (ABKCO SACD 94022)
    • Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (ABKCO SACD)
    • More Hot Rocks (ABKCO SACD 96262)
  • time: 3:26
  • recording date/location: 6/10/64-6/11/64 Chess Studios, Chicago
  • notes: This song (as well as all of the Chess cut material) sounds outstanding in stereo. The fidelity is amazing. Drums and bass left, lead vocal center, lead and rhythm guitars, tambourine, and backing vocals right.

Look What You've Done

  • stereo on:
    • December's Children (London LP PS 451)
    • December's Children (Decca LP 6.24314 AO, Germany)
    • Stone Age (Decca LP 6835 919)
    • December's Children (London CD POCD-1916 / 820 135-2)
    • December's Children (ABKCO SACD)
  • time: 2:15
  • recording date/location: 6/10/64-6/11/64 Chess Studios, Chicago
  • notes: Left: harmonica, guitars. Center: vocals. Right: drums, bass, piano. While the ABKCO CD is all mono, original US LP has this track in true stereo.

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

  • stereo on:
    • Rock'n'Rolling Stones (Decca LP 6835 121)
    • Rock'n'Rolling Stones (Decca LP SKL 5149)
    • Rock'n'Rolling Stones (Decca LP SLK 16781-P, Germany)
    • Stones Story vol 2 (Decca LP NL 6640.030)
    • Rolling Stones [Greatest Hits] (SuperStar LP SU-1005, Italy)
  • time: 5:07
  • recording date/location: 10/27/64 RCA Studios, Hollywood
  • notes: Recorded at RCA. This is the longer version, which appeared on the UK No. 2 LP. It shows up on the No. 2 and ABKCO Now! CDs as well as the More Hot Rocks SACD in mono. Left: drums, bass, rhythm guitar, piano. Center: vocals. Right: lead guitar, tambourine, backing vocals, handclaps.

    The only stereo mix to be released on vinyl and NOT be released on CD. The German copy of Rock'n'Rolling Stones runs slightly fast. Some noises near the end of the song that sound like vinyl wear are actually on tape, as they exist in the same place on all copies that this fan has heard.

Heart of Stone

  • stereo on:
    • Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (Decca LP ffss TXS 101 (green label) XZAL 7503)
    • Now! (London CD POCD-1914 / 820 133-2)
    • Hot Rocks 1 (London CD POCD-1927 / 820 141-2)
    • Now! (ABKCO CD 420/74202)
    • Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (ABKCO CD)
    • Hot Rocks (ABKCO CD) - SOME COPIES ONLY
    • No. 2 (London CD POCD-1913)
    • Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (London CD)
    • Now! (ABKCO SACD)
    • Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (ABKCO SACD)
    • Hot Rocks (ABKCO SACD)
  • time: 2:51
  • recording date/location: 10/27/64 RCA Studios, Hollywood
  • notes: One of the four early tracks that turned up in stereo on the original ABKCO CDs. The fidelity on the stereo version is much better than most mono versions out there. You can actually hear the backing vocals! Drums and rhythm guitar left, lead vocal center, tambourine, lead guitar, bass, and backing vocals right.

    Some original ABKCO copies of Hot Rocks have this song in stereo. However, others don't.

What A Shame

  • stereo on:
    • The Unstoppable Stones (Decca LP LKM 6004)
    • Now! (London CD POCD-1914 / 820 133-2)
    • Now! (ABKCO CD 420/74202)
    • No. 2 (London CD POCD-1913)
    • Now! (ABKCO SACD)
  • time: 3:07
  • recording date/location: 11/8/64 Chess Studios, Chicago
  • notes: One of the four early tracks that turned up in stereo on the original ABKCO CDs. Like the mono version, there is a bit of distortion during the intro. Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and piano left, vocal center, drums and bass right. Fades up on some London CD versions.

Time Is On My Side

  • stereo on:
    • Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (Decca LP ffss TXS 101 (green label) XZAL 7503)
    • Milestones (Decca LP 6376.104 stereo)
    • Hot Rocks 1 (London CD POCD-1927 / 820 141-2)
    • No. 2 (London CD POCD-1913)
    • Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (London CD)
    • Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (ABKCO SACD)
    • Hot Rocks (ABKCO SACD)
  • time: 2:59
  • recording date/location: 11/8/64 Chess Studios, Chicago
  • notes: This version was recorded at Chess studios in the US and originally released on the No. 2 LP in the UK. It was later substituted in the US for the version previously released as a single there (which, by the way, was recorded in the UK!). Lead guitar and organ left, vocals, second guitar and tambourine center, drums and bass right.

The Last Time

  • stereo on:
    • various bootlegs
    • private collections
  • time: 3:20
  • recording date/location: 1/18/65 & 2/17/65 - 2/18/65 RCA Studios, Hollywood
  • notes: The bootleg versions are pretty poor, but the one found in various collections betters the mono mix. Drums, lead and rhythm guitar, and bass left, lead vocals and guitar solo center, backing vocals right. While it is better than the mono mix, there is still a lot of noise on the track ('dirty' sounding). The stereo mix is about 15 or so seconds shorter than the mono mix.

Play With Fire

  • stereo on:
    • Hot Rocks 1 (London CD POCD-1927 / 820 141-2)
  • time: 2:13
  • recording date/location: 1/18/65 RCA Studios, Hollywood
  • notes: The version on the ABKCO Hot Rocks CD was actually taken from this version, but narrowed down to almost mono. Lead guitar and harpsichord left, vocal center, tambourine/percussion right.

    One of two tracks not issued in stereo on the SACDs, but previously available in stereo on CD.

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

  • stereo on:
    • Hot Rocks 1 (London CD POCD-1927 / 820 141-2)
    • Remastered (ABKCO 9215-2) - Promo CD/SACD
  • time: 3:46
  • recording date/location: 5/12/65 - 5/13/65 RCA Studios, Hollywood
  • notes: Drums, lead guitar and bass on left. Vocals center. Rhythm guitar and piano on right. The stereo version runs slightly faster than the mono version.

    The version that is being used on the new ABKCO SACDs is a different mix, with everything centered except the piano/acoustic guitar track, which is split (via a delay) left and right. The "original" wide stereo version is not available on the SACDs, along with the stereo mixes of Play With Fire and Get Off Of My Cloud.

Get Off Of My Cloud

  • stereo on:
    • Hot Rocks (MFSL LP 2-170)
    • December's Children (London CD) - only early versions. Later versions of this CD are all mono.
    • Hot Rocks 1 (London CD POCD-1927 / 820 141-2)
  • time: 3:00
  • recording date/location: 9/6/65 RCA Studios, Hollywood
  • notes: Drums, rhythm guitar and bass on left. Vocals center. Lead guitar and backing vocals on right.

    One of two tracks not issued in stereo on the SACDs, but previously available in stereo on CD.

Mother's Little Helper

  • stereo on:
    • Aftermath (Decca LP)
    • Stones Story vol 2 (Decca LP NL 6640.030)
    • Rolling Stones [Greatest Hits] (SuperStar LP SU-1005, Italy)
    • Aftermath (London CD POCD-1917 / 820 050-2)
    • Hot Rocks 1 (London CD POCD-1927 / 820 141-2)
    • Aftermath (UK) (ABKCO SACD 94772)
  • time: 2:48
  • recording date/location: 12/3/65 - 12/8/65 RCA Studios, Hollywood
  • notes: Not exactly one of the better stereo mixes. This one was originally released on the UK Aftermath LP back in the '60s. This song has been in fake stereo in the US since it's release. Drums, bass, and guitar left, vocals center, sitar right.

19th Nervous Breakdown

  • stereo on:
    • various bootlegs
    • private collections
  • time: 3:55
  • recording date/location: 12/3/65 - 12/8/65 RCA Studios, Hollywood
  • notes: The version found on bootlegs (ie, Dartford Renegades, In Stereo) is very poor, sounding like a very high generation copy. Not really very worthwhile. The version (or one of them) found in private collections is the same mix as the bootleg version, but with sound that actually betters the mono mix. Worth searching out. Also, the stereo mix does not have the distortion in the intro or the slow down near the end (common on all mono mixes of the song). Drums, bass, and guitar left, vocals right-center, guitar and 'dive-bomb' bass right.

Paint It Black

  • stereo on:
    • Aftermath (London LP PS 476)
    • Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (Decca LP ffss TXS 101 (green label) XZAL 7503)
    • Hot Rocks (London LP 2PS 606/607)
    • Rolled Gold (Decca LP 804 Y 215, Belgium Box)
    • Stone Age (Decca LP NL 6835 919)
    • Hot Rocks 1 (London CD POCD-1927 / 820 141-2)
    • Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (London CD)
    • Remastered (ABKCO 9215-2) - Promo CD/SACD
    • Aftermath (US) (ABKCO SACD)
    • Through The Past Darkly (ABKCO SACD)
    • Hot Rocks (ABKCO SACD)
  • time: 3:24
  • recording date/location: 2/6/66 - 2/9/66 RCA Studios, Hollywood
  • notes: This song was originally released in stereo, but in the CD age has only shown up in mono in the US. It should be noted the mono version continues about 20 seconds after the stereo version fades out. Drums, misc percussion, and bass left, vocals center, sitars and guitar right.

Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow

  • stereo on:
    • various bootlegs
    • private collections
  • time: 2:34
  • recording date/location: 8/7/66 RCA Studios, Hollywood
  • notes: As with The Last Time and 19th Nervous Breakdown, this track sounds pretty bad on boot. Master tape quality versions are rumored to exist, which they surely do, but this collector has yet to hear them

* Notes on 5x5 stereo EP (special thanks to John Stokes for the info):

SLEEVE: Laminated front, 'flipback' rear, cat no: DFE 8590 and marked MONO front and rear ('Printed in England by Pineburn Press' in small type)

RECORD LABELS: pale blue 'moulded plastic' labels with black embossed type, leaving centre vinyl showing (ie. not coloured right up to centre hole), solid (not 'push-out') centre. Square 'boxed' DECCA logo. MONO and MADE IN ENGLAND on both sides.

A-side: cat no: DEF8590 (that's right, DEF, not DFE), EFF.2739 printed underneath. Large 'A' on left.

B-side: cat no: DEF8590 (again the different order of letters), EFF.2740 printed underneath. Small type saying 'B SIDE' on left.

Vinyl matrix nos engraved near run-off bit, A and B sides respectively:
DFE8590 A//2VED      1      2
DFE 8590 B // 2VED    1      4

("V" is actually a small inverted triangle)

Here's the master tape information for the stereo EP. Note how 2120 S. Michigan Ave. is the full 3+ minute version, with instructions to fade it at 2 minutes.

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