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A Good Anniversary Release. Within the Limits of What Was Permitted
November 22, 2018
I'm not going to get into what's not here -- that's a debate to be had between ABKCO (the company that owns the Rolling Stones' pre-1971 music) and the Rolling Stones (without whose permission ABKCO can't do anything with that material, other than what has already been authorized, such as their original album and single libraries). But assuming that you never upgraded your CD of BEGGARS BANQUET from the original 1987 ABKCO issue when the last Stones catalog upgrade was issued in 2002, then this is the time to do it, and this (or the soon-to-follow double SACD 2-disc hybrid release, which is a LOT more expensive) is the place to do it.
The definition of the sound is much sharper on this release, so that the guitars and other stringed instruments stand out ("Parachute Woman" especially so), and the vocals are all in high-relief -- in fact, on the opening of "Salt of the Earth," it sounds like Keith Richards and the band are in the same room with you. Otherwise, the artwork and packaging have been modified slightly, and there's a whole new round of reissue production credits. And if you already have the 2002 upgrade, then there may not be a hugely compelling reason to buy this disc -- it's good, but not so much better than the 2002 version that you couldn't spend the money on something more urgent to have. That's a judgement call for the individual.