HDtracks Releases Third Installment of Rolling Stones HD Downloads

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ABKCO Records and HDtracks announce the latest installment of the super high definition digital downloads of the Rolling Stones original catalog of ground-breaking studio, compilation and live albums in sparkling fidelity FLAC formats. These Rolling Stones gems are offered in both 176.4kHz/24-bit and 88.2kHz/24-bit.

To date, nine ABKCO Rolling Stones albums have been released and made available exclusively from HDtracks.com online store at www.hdtracks.com. Fourteen more ABKCO Rolling Stones titles will subsequently be released. This campaign follows in the footsteps of the release last year by ABKCO Records/HDtracks of four classic Sam Cooke albums from ABKCO’s catalog in 88.2kHz/24-bit.

The latest four Stones albums include Out Of Our Heads (UK) which features such classic Stones cuts as “Heart of Stone” and “I’m Free” and covers of songs originally recorded by some of the band’s R&B and rock ‘n’ roll idols: “Good Times” (Sam Cooke), “Hitch Hike” (Marvin Gaye), “Mercy Mercy” (Don Covay & The Goodtimers), “Cry To Me’ (Solomon Burke), “Oh Baby (We’ve Got A Good Thing Goin’)” (Barbara Lynn), “She Said Yeah” (Roddy Jackson), “Talkin’ ‘Bout You” (Chuck Berry), “ and “That’s How Strong My Love Is” (Otis Redding).” The album reached No.2 on the U.K album charts in 1965 and features guest musicians Ian Stewart, Jack Nitzsche and Phil Spector. The entire album is offered in mono, as originally recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood and at Chess Studios in Chicago.

Aftermath (UK) is the first Stones’ album to feature all Jagger-Richards compositions (just like its US counterpart) and reached No.1 on the U.K album charts in 1966. The album includes the classic hits “Mother’s Little Helper,” “Under My Thumb,” and “Out Of Time” (found here in its extended version) and is something of a showcase for the versatility of Brian Jones who plays dulcimer, harpsichord, marimba, sitar, bells as well as guitar and harmonica. Ian Stewart and Jack Nitzsche guest.

Between The Buttons (UK) includes the classic cuts “Connection,” “Miss Amanda Jones,” “She Smiled Sweetly” and “Yesterday’s Papers.” The album reached No. 3 on the UK album charts in 1967 and was the final Rolling Stones album produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, the band’s manager and producer from inception. Again, Jones is heard on a multiplicity of instruments including accordion, dulcimer, kazoo, marimba, organ, piano, recorder and theremin as well as guitar and harmonica. Guest musicians are Ian Stewart, Jack Nitzsche and Nicky Hopkins.

Beggars Banquet, sourced from the first generation stereo master tape — at the correct speed — features the classics “Sympathy For The Devil,” Street Fighting Man,” “No Expectations” and “Stray Cat Blues.” It was the first of the band’s albums to be produced by Jimmy Miller and includes the participation of guest musicians and vocalists including Nicky Hopkins, Rocky Dijon, Ric Grech, Dave Mason and The Watts Street Gospel Choir. The album hit the top ten on the US album charts and #3 on the UK charts in 1968 and 1969 respectfully.

Forthcoming releases in the ABKCO/HDtracks Rolling Stones series include: Between The Buttons (US version), The Rolling Stones Singles Collection, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!, Their Satanic Majesties Request, The Rolling Stones/ England’s Newest Hit Makers, Hot Rocks 1964-1971, More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies), The Rolling Stones Now!, Got Live If You Want It!, Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) (UK version), Metamorphosis, Flowers and a compilation of three UK EPs: The Rolling Stones, Five by Five and Got Live If You Want It!.

Previously released titles in the ABKCO/HDtracks Rolling Stones series have included: The Rolling Stones (UK version), The Rolling Stones No.2, 12 X 5, Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (UK version), Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) (US version), Out Of Our Heads (US version), December’s Children, Aftermath (US version) and Let It Bleed.

Jody Klein, ABKCO Music & Records CEO, remarked, “The release through HDtracks of these ABKCO Rolling Stones titles means that fans can enjoy the sheer raw power of the music exactly the way the band recorded it and intended it to be heard.”

“This ABKCO Rolling Stones collection in high resolution is a combination of the utmost care in re-mastering, the best technology in A/D conversion and the highest resolution files available on the web. Our goal is to bring out every musical nuance that occurred at the original recording session and deliver it to your home for your musical enjoyment,” says David Chesky, HDtracks co-founder.