The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang (Remastered) (2005/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang (Remastered) (2005/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:04:20 minutes | 763 MB | Genre: Classic Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Polydor Records

Half Speed ReMasters HiRes Re-Issue: A Bigger Bang is the 22nd British and 24th American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released on Virgin Records in September 2005. A Bigger Bang is an ambitious, wide-ranging collection of hard-hitting, high-powered rock and blues songs. Running a full sixteen tracks, it is the band’s longest new album since 1972’s Exile on Main Street. Key cuts include ‘Streets Of Love’, ‘Rough Justice’ and ‘Back Of My Hand’, a raw, rough-edged new song in the classic Rolling Stones blues style. A Bigger Bang was produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins.

Unlike their prior effort eight years before, the sprawling and eclectic Bridges to Babylon, which had a bewildering array of producers, musical styles, and guest musicians, the Stones set out to make a basic, hard rock album that hearkened back to their 1970s heyday. A single producer, Don Was, was brought in to co-produce the album alongside the band’s principal songwriting and production team of vocalist Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Joining the two were band members Ronnie Wood on guitar and Charlie Watts on drums, contract players Darryl Jones on bass and Chuck Leavell on keyboards, and multi-instrumentalist Matt Clifford. Most of the basic tracks were recorded as a simple trio of Jagger, Richards, and Watts, with overdubs added later by other players.

“Eight years separate 2005’s A Bigger Bang, the Rolling Stones’ 24th album of original material, from its 1997 predecessor, Bridges to Babylon, the longest stretch of time between Stones albums in history, but unlike the three-year gap between 1986’s Dirty Work and 1989’s Steel Wheels, the band never really went away. They toured steadily, not just behind Bridges but behind the career-spanning 2002 compilation Forty Licks, and the steady activity paid off nicely, as the 2004 concert souvenir album Live Licks proved. The tight, sleek, muscular band showcased there was a surprise – they played with a strength and swagger they hadn’t had in years – but a bigger surprise is that A Bigger Bang finds that reinvigorated band carrying its latter-day renaissance into the studio, turning in a sinewy, confident, satisfying album that’s the band’s best in years. Of course, every Stones album since their highly touted, self-conscious 1989 comeback, Steel Wheels, has been designed to get this kind of positive press, to get reviewers to haul out the cliché that this is their “best record since Exile on Main St.” (Mick Jagger is so conscious of this, he deliberately compared Bigger Bang to Exile in all pre-release publicity and press, even if the scope and feel of Bang is very different from that 1972 classic), so it’s hard not to take any praise with a grain of salt, but there is a big difference between this album and 1994’s Voodoo Lounge. That album was deliberately classicist, touching on all of the signatures of classic mid-period, late-’60s/early-’70s Stones – reviving the folk, country, and straight blues that balanced their trademark rockers – and while it was often successful, it very much sounded like the Stones trying to be the Stones. What distinguishes A Bigger Bang is that it captures the Stones simply being the Stones, playing without guest stars, not trying to have a hit, not trying to adopt the production style of the day, not doing anything but lying back and playing. …” (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)

01. The Rolling Stones – Rough Justice (Remastered 2009) (03:11)
02. The Rolling Stones – Let Me Down Slow (Remastered) (04:16)
03. The Rolling Stones – It Won’t Take Long (Remastered) (03:54)
04. The Rolling Stones – Rain Fall Down (Remastered 2009) (04:53)
05. The Rolling Stones – Streets of Love (Remastered 2009) (05:10)
06. The Rolling Stones – Back of My Hand (Remastered) (03:33)
07. The Rolling Stones – She Saw Me Coming (Remastered) (03:12)
08. The Rolling Stones – Biggest Mistake (Remastered) (04:06)
09. The Rolling Stones – This Place Is Empty (Remastered) (03:16)
10. The Rolling Stones – Oh No, Not You Again (Remastered) (03:46)
11. The Rolling Stones – Dangerous Beauty (Remastered) (03:48)
12. The Rolling Stones – Laugh, I Nearly Died (Remastered) (04:54)
13. The Rolling Stones – Sweet Neo Con (Remastered) (04:33)
14. The Rolling Stones – Look What the Cat Dragged in (Remastered) (03:57)
15. The Rolling Stones – Driving Too Fast (Remastered) (03:56)
16. The Rolling Stones – Infamy (Remastered) (03:47)


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