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Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2002
12x5: In which The Stones' U.S. record company (taking Capitol's then-current hatchet job of The Beatles' discography as some sort of twisted, greed-inspired cue) milks Mick & Co. for all they were worth (striking while the iron was hot, and all that) by chopping up their UK albums into little red, white, and blue pieces for optimum profitabilty, artistic integrity be damned. Whatever -- it was the early-sixties, after all, and no one thought these long-haired hooligans would turn into Icons. But my question today is this: why not release the original UK sources ("Five by Five", "Rolling Stones no.2") as part of the new remaster series, thereby settling a score of sorts with history? Just a thought....