Rolling Stones: The Mick Taylor Years
I was browsing a local record shop a few weeks back and this item immediately caught my eye. At first I thought it was a vinyl box set, which made me excited since ’69 – ’74 is arguably my favorite Stones period. Then I read the sticker on the back:
This box set contains:
72 page book about
Mick Taylor & Rolling Stones
A Certificate signed by Mick Taylor
An interview with Mick Taylor on CD
and the following re-issued collectors CDs:
Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street,
Goats Head Soup, It’s Only Rock and Roll
So, no vinyl but the contents did sound promising. A limited edition of 2500, the set was manufactured by a company called “vinyl experience ltd.” out of London, England. Indeed, the contents are quite impressive and I decided to purchase.
The entire set seemed to be in top shape and was rated an ‘A-‘ on the stores label.
The included photo book has some quality rare photographs. My favorites are the ones of the Stones, particularly Kieth Richards, jamming with Jimi Hendrix. You can watch video of that here.
The autographed glossy might be the real gem of the set. My copy is number 1070 and appears to be signed by a real person and not a stamp. Again, top notch condition.
At first I didn’t catch the detail put into the CDs. They are re-issues meant to mimic the original vinyl. The outside is a transparent plastic slip case and the inside is like a small cardboard vinyl. The Sticky Fingers album even duplicates the real working zipper like the original vinyl. Impressive! All wrapped in the original plastic as well. Also included is a rare interview CD.
I have been unable to find much info about the company, but it looks like they also produced similar sets called “The Ron Wood Story” and “1975 Onwards.” Not sure what it is worth but I will ask on a few vinyl forums.
Check out bigger photos at my flickr account in this set.