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Rolling Stones’ ‘Beggars Banquet’ 50th-Anniversary Edition Out Now

The reissue of the 1968 landmark featured a reproduction of a super-rare flexidisc interview with Mick Jagger.

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The Rolling Stones’ landmark 1968 album Beggars Banquet has been released in a new 50th Anniversary Edition by ABKCO Records in multiple formats, including vinyl and CD.

The limited edition vinyl format has a gatefold jacket with a bonus 12” of the album’s celebrated opening track, ‘Sympathy For the Devil,’ in mono. That disc is cut at 45rpm and backed with an etching of the original “toilet” cover. Also in the package is a replica of the rare Japanese bonus flexi disc, which contains a telephone interview with Mick Jagger from 1968, and a download code for the album plus interview. Newly mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Bob Ludwig, the disc’s lacquers were cut at Abbey Road and it’s pressed on 180g vinyl.

Beggars Banquet Stones Press PhotoThe telephone interview that Mick Jagger did with a staffer from the Stones’ Japanese label King Records had a title that translated to “’Hello, This Is Mick Jagger!’ LONDON to TOKYO April 17, 1968.” It is restored with its original sleeve art in the limited edition vinyl package, marking the first time this rarity has been available outside Japan. During the conversation, which took place while the band were recording the new album, Jagger is asked “What do you think is the future direction of your music?” He replies: “Sideways.”

Beggars Banquet, originally released on 6 December 1968, was the group’s last album to be released during Brian Jones’ lifetime and their first with producer Jimmy Miller. As well as ‘Sympathy For The Devil,’ it featured such key tracks as the single ‘Street Fighting Man,’ ‘No Expectations’ and ‘Factory Girl.’

Beggars Banquet“The Rolling Stones have returned, and they are bringing back rock and roll with them,” wrote Rolling Stone founder and editor Jann Wenner in the 10 August 1968 issue of the magazine. That edition carried a cover story with the headline “The Stones Make the Great Comeback of Their Career.”

Continued Wenner: “They have finished their next album —  titled  Beggars’ Banquet [the hyphen in ‘Beggars’ later disappeared]  —  and it is the best record they have yet done. In all aspects it is a great album; great Rolling Stones’ material and performance; a great rock and roll album, without pretence, an achievement of significance in both lyrics and music.”

The Beggars Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition is out now. Scroll down to see the full tracklisting, and buy the limited vinyl edition here.

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Beggars Banquet (50th Anniversary Edition) CD/Digital tracklisting                                                               

  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • No Expectations
  • Dear Doctor
  • Parachute Woman
  • Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Street Fighting Man
  • Prodigal Son
  • Stray Cat Blues
  • Factory Girl
  • Salt of the Earth

Beggars Banquet (50th Anniversary Edition) vinyl tracklist

Disc 1

Side A

  • Sympathy For the Devil
  • No Expectations
  • Dear Doctor
  • Parachute Woman
  • Jigsaw Puzzle

Side B

  • Street Fighting Man
  • Prodigal Son
  • Stray Cat Blues
  • Factory Girl
  • Salt of the Earth

Disc 2

  • Sympathy For the Devil (mono)

Flexi disc

1) ‘Hello, This Is Mick Jagger!’ LONDON to TOKYO April 17, 1968

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  1. Michael

    November 18, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    No outtakes? Any printed materials? Why should I buy this? One of my favorite albums ever, but…

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