The Rolling Stones / The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016 vinyl box

20 vinyl LPs • half-speed remastered • includes hi-res downloads

Universal Music will issue The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2006, a lavish Rolling Stones vinyl box set in June.

This 20LP collection covers 15 studio albums, starting with 1971’s Sticky Fingers and ending with 2016’s Blue & Lonesome.  Every album has been remastered and cut at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, from “vinyl specific” original tape transfers. The records are pressed on 180g vinyl and each album comes with a download card for “HD digital redemption” of the catalogue.

Described as a ‘limited edition box set’, The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection comes with a numbered certificate of authentication and is presented in a “highly bespoke, lenticular mounted box”. The original packaging has been replicated, so Some Girls includes the 20 cut-outs on the cover, while the sleeve of Sticky Fingers is presented as Andy Warhol’s original design, complete with a working zip with a hidden image underneath and Exile On Main Street comes with a set of 12 original postcard inserts.

The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2006 is released on 15 June 2018. In late 2016 The Rolling Stones in Mono was issued. This was a 16LP box set covering the ABKCO Records years.

‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016’

  • Sticky Fingers (1971)
    • LP sleeve presented as Andy Warhol’s original design complete with working zip and hidden image beneath
  • Exile On Main St (1972) (2LP)
    • 2LP in original style gatefold sleeve complete with inner-bags and set of 12 perforated postcards
  • Goats Head Soup (1973)
    • LP in gatefold sleeve with two inserts
  • It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (1974)
    • LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve
  • Black And Blue (1976)
    • LP in gatefold sleeve with original inner bag and lyric sheet
  • Some Girls (1978)
    • LP housed in replica design including 20 cut-outs on the cover
  • Emotional Rescue (1980)
    • LP with original sized poster
  • Tattoo You (1981)
    • LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve
  • Undercover (1983)
    • LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve and lyric sheet
  • Dirty Work (1986)
    • LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve, red shrink wrapping and bespoke sticker
  • Steel Wheels (1989)
    • LP complete with original inner sleeve and sales insert
  • Voodoo Lounge (1994) (2LP)
    • 2LP gatefold sleeve with original lyric inners
  • Bridges To Babylon (1997) (2LP)
    • 2LP with original lyric inners
  • A Bigger Bang (2005) (2LP)
    • 2LP gatefold sleeve with original lyric inners
  • Blue & Lonesome (2016) (2LP)
    • 2LP gatefold sleeve with original inners

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[…] of these albums were previously available as part of the Studio Albums 1971-2016 vinyl box that was issued in 2018, but this is the first time they’ve been available separately, where […]

Svein Gullby

I did get the download card. Box number 05331 purchased in Europe. I had to return the first box I received and the reason for this was that some ‘alien’ object from the pressing (most likely) was left inside the sleeve causing a scratch in the record (the Goat’s record). Anyone here had the same issue?


Deal Alert Amazon.fr 319,20 Euro


The supplier for this box is MPO France. MPO does also the deagostini Vinyl Collection of THE BEATLES and QUEEN back catalogue. Both have been released as box sets by UNIVERSAL a few years before. Guees what deagostini in conjunction with UNIVERSAL will release in late 2018 or next year. I can understand anyone who is cautious spending such a lot of money for this set.


It`s only rock’n roll = the same label on both sides = Side 2

Dean Taylor

Want this so much but will have to wait and hope for a floyd early years type price drop ..
From what I can make out from readyin the Hoffman site I think it’s only the American market that has box been affected by the missing down load card and not Europe.
Some lucky ducks got in early and bagged a box for 179 dollars in Amazon US … so so lucky ….


Try musicdirect.com. Free shipping, and tax free. $373.00

Alan Wilson

I’ve just been reading some comments on Discogs about this set and so far 2 people have had their sets missing the download card, so make sure you have a good look in the set for it when you receive it.

They sent e-mails to THEROLLINGSTONES@UMUSIC.COM to open a query.

Hopefully none of you will encounter this issue, but just in case the info is there.

James K

I did not receive the download card either. I’m in the US,


No download card for me either (USA)


I didn’t receive a download card either. Amazon is going to send a replacement. But I think this is a production problem. I bet the replacement will have the card missing too.

Michael Chapan

That is correct. I just got my replacement from Amazon and–you guessed it–no download card. Will try the e-mail and will reply if I have any luck with it.

Alan Wilson

Just had a response from e-mailing about the missing download card, crazy response if you ask me. (Read below for a good laugh)

Thanks for reaching out. We apologize for the confusion, please note that the download card was incorrectly advertised in the initial product description for this item. This information has since been removed.
Unfortunately, this item was not intended to contain a download card, and as such we are unable to provide on at this time. Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience that this has caused. We thank you for your understanding in this matter.


Beautiful box set, perfect pressings, top


Just received my copy. Very nicely done. BUT, It should have been a “Flip Top” box like the Beatles box. This is a “Slide In” style. Difficult when the box weighs about ten pounds!

Kenneth Tilley

too pricey for me i’ll pass

Choba b CCCP

Why boxed set for such a vast LP collection, why not just separate LPs? Too many boxed set make your room look like a music shop. Besides, it’s quite expensive, isn’t it? I’m glad Pink Floyd hasn’t put out their reissue LPs as a boxed set, that would be really crazy.


I’d love to see a CD box set of this, much like the recent mono set. Here’s hoping…


Hi Paul,
Do you know if these are going to be released individually too? Having most of them in older releases, it is a bit too much to ask fans to buy an expensive set like that.


The pre-release box set on display at Selfridges in London this week (as part of the No Filler promotion) shows the box set as individually numbered and limited to 5000.


My box has number 11831. I guess that they made more than 5000 pcs.

Albert Tatlock

Why don’t the Stones stop trying to fleece fans with the vinyl craze and put out a ‘1+’ style CD/DVD? OK, the Jones era ABKCO stuff is out of their hands, but they could put out a 1971-2016 best of: featuring the famous 70s and 80s promos (Angie, It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll, Fool To Cry, Undercover Of The Night, Miss You etc), plus any rarer 70s/80s TV material. Put something new out for a bloody change…


In 2016 , Exile on Main St. was released as double vinyl album, cut at half speed from a digital master. Done at Abbey Rd. I have never heard a better sounding copy on vinyl from this noisy , blurry album. Maybe it gets only beaten by the original US Artisan vinyl pressing…which is impossible to find nowadays


It is better. I sold my 2016 version and gave my old extremely worn copy to my son. Just listened to the box set version again tonight and it is amazing.
The Goats Head Soup in the box set is terrible so I still listen to my old original.



Is it likely we will see another pre 1971 box set in the near future, that will match the style of this box? (Similar to the 2 box sets released a few years ago).


Not gonna happen, as the pre-1971 work is in hands of ABCKO.


how about a lavish box with all the live albums?
love you live comes to mind. the el mocambo side rocks !


The problem with the ‘limited edition’ claim is that it can be limited to 1 copy or… copies. If they stop at 10 million copies, its still ‘limited edition’. Without an actual number attached, it means nothing. Even if its limited to say 5000 copies, next year they’ll put basically the same thing out again with some marbles added and that’s once again ‘limited edition’ and so on, blah blah blah.
That being said, I’m a sucker for ‘limited editions’, lol.


As the joke goes, it’s “limited” to the number of units they can sell !


Although it does not say the mastering is from digital sources, it does not state these records are cut from the original analog source. The marketing material states: “Every album has been lovingly remastered and cut at revelatory half-speed at Abbey Road Studios from vinyl-specific original tape transfers designed to get the very best possibly sound from the format.” I’ll translate this to simple English — from a digital source. That is why the mono box did not have downloads. It really was from analog sources.


Hi Greg, the Rolling Stones in Mono box set was sourced from the original analog tapes transferred to DSD (single bit, 2.8224 MHz sampling rate digital).


Mind boggling. It says: “from vinyl-specific original tape transfers designed to get the very best possibly sound from the format.”

So why why why, can’t they have a digital mastering for CD that gets the “very best possibly sound from the format”? It’s all a great scam to get people to form out for expensive Vinyl. I mean come on, this is £27 an album. That’s not cheap……


Interesting reads about the half speed mastering process and also a sign that this really is going to be promising




Love the banter… however it seems as though everyone is missing what is the best part about this collection! The Hi Res audio files that will now come into existence because of this release.

I am an audiophile and certainly appreciate vinyl.. I have about 1000 discs myself.. however give me a clean 24/96 or 24/192 flag that I can play in my cans or thru my amp and I’ll never have to worry about any vinyl degradation due to the needle touching the surface of the lp or the inevitable clicks and pops that occur no matter how well its cared for.

This is the best news in awhile if you ask me!

Yo momma


Keith Lambert

@Jeff – Yes, my thoughts exactly and it was the reason I finally pushed the button on this release. I guess they will probably make the Hi-Res files available via the usual on-line vendors but it remains to be seen whether they will be offered in ‘box’ format (which will still be expensive) or as individual albums. OK, it’s an expensive box but given the Hi-Res download inclusion, it actually makes it pretty good value when you break it down.

Mark S

One question for any one who is an audiophile; Are these half speed cut remasters going to sound so much better than the 1971-2005 box that I and probably many of you own already?
Also, Blue and Lonesome remastered ? It was just released in 2016. How much money do the boys need, are they ensuring their kids grandchildren’s retirement funds?


Yes they will. See my previous post.

Rob F-F

Got all the original albums two or three times over, got the original box set of this material, minus B&L, that came out a few years ago, so I think I might just give this a miss for once. There are other records to buy, as much as I love the Stones. Now if it came down to half the price like the Mono set did for a brief moment in time, well who knows?


Why 1971?


How about remastering REWIND or JUMP BACK onto vinyl. Great compilations

Ben Williams

Jump Back would be good to have back in print on vinyl!


It was available on Amazon.com for $180 last night but they have now changed the price.
Hopefully they may honour my order but I doubt it.

elliott buckingham

a decent rarities set compiling all the 12″ mixes the band released also would love shes the boss deluxe set which is the best 80s stones album never made by the stones

Andrew B

is Mick & Keith short of money?


it’s all the tax they dutifully and willfully pay ..same as the good folks at Amazon


Box sets like this one are by nature “limited” editions. Obviously they won’t produce and sell millions of boxes !

I like the fact they didn’t release the number. If for example, they said it was limited to 1000 then sellers (from ebay, discogs or record fairs) all around the world would have pre-ordered it in order to resell it at a much higher price and the box would be sold out in less than a month !


It seems to me this set is marketed as an even more premium affair compared to the mono set of their early albums. It includes hi-res downloads, which the mono set didn’t. “Limited” is a word that has been abused with a lot of reissues, so much that it has become meaningless. With that in mind, I’m hoping the price of this set gets discounted at some point in the future, which will make it easier to swallow.


This will be the most expensive set I’ve ever bought. There is an audiophile site here in the US that has it for $374 after tax and free shipping to US. The attention to detail on the sleeves. The 1/2 speed mastering from the analogue tapes, the quality of the Mono set as a point of reference, I’m all-in on this. I realize it isn’t cheap but it won’t get better than this and would cost a lot more to collect all of the originals in near mint shape.. a LOT more…


After reading all of the comments, I am curious why everybody is asking how limited is this edition. You are allowing either the record company or the Rolling Stones to create collectibility. When something is produced as a “Limited Edition” it is by nature an artificial collectible. Stop falling for marketing hype. I guarantee that these items will never sell for much more than what one pays for them. Buy then if you love the music and the mastering.


Sweet neocon! $450! That’s a lot of money. I do wish Flashpoint had been included.

Too bad they did not include a pair of sunglasses for when you have to stare into all that neon on the Dirty Work cover.

Marshall Gooch

So nobody’s wondering why the early ‘80s live album Let’s Spend The Night Together or late ‘70s Love You Live aren’t being included? I am. I mean, they included George Harrison’s Live in Japan in his box set.

Bruce Butler

So “Some Girls” comes in “original packaging” with “20 cut-out holes in cover” but does it come with the original images printed on the inner sleeve that were visible through those holes? I’m guessing it doesn’t.

Harold Lepidus

Previous reissues promised the “original” cover, but it never included the missing actresses.

Jochen Mosthaf

never. it’s a legal matter.

Spit Cod

Has it ever been released with those original images (i.e. with Lucy, Farrah, Liza, etc.) post-lawsuit?

Jochen Mosthaf

no, never.


I wish this release was two different boxes of 10. I’m only interested in the first 7 albums so can’t justify this price at all.


The Rolling “cashcow” Stones !
No thank you…


Amazon.com have this on pre order much cheaper than the European Amazon sites. Around half price.


Hi Paaul

It was briefly available for $179.98 earlier this evening. Placed an order; hopefully it will be honored at this price. Now it is showing as currently not available – not a good omen.

Jefferson Hendrick

It’s back on Amazon now at $450

Jeff Milrod

How about some multi-channel Blu-ray discs from this band instead of reHASHing the same old same old!! Sticky Fingers, Hot Rocks just a few suggestions

art m

i agree with Jeff Milrod


Looks like a great set. Personally I only buy a box for content that would not be available otherwise or if it’s a cost effective way to spend a lot of money. I include a very good book in that content. This one seems to be just the albums as they were missing tons of great extras that would have made it essential if complied onto a recall type set of discs.

I have most of the albums from the original release date. A few of which I have not listed to in a few decades. I bought the double vinyl Sticky Fingers with the zipper which was a great purchase and replaced a very old well used copy which was handed down.

I do hope some separate releases make it to market. I would likely buy two of them anyway. Not sure if it’s cool to say but I like Voodoo Lounge.


Yep Ken.e, it’s cool to say that…it’s an excellent album.


Shame they’re only doing black vinyl. I really hope these LP’s get individual releases, as I’d only be interested in Goats Head Soup and IORR on traditional black vinyl.

I also hope the HD downloads will be sold separately from the from the vinyl on HDTracks, Qobuz, etc. I was sorry I only managed to afford 5 of the Japan SHM SACD’s before they went OOP and the prices went through the roof on the aftermarket.
I agree with others that the 1994 CD’s sound fantastic, but all subsequent CD reissues have been ear-bleed brickwalled. Those Japan SHM SACD’s have been “best” versions for me, and I **hope** these new HD downloads will either be those same masters or similar. If not – dealbreaker. The DR meter will do the deciding…

I should mention, BTW, that I have vinyl reissues of Sticky Fingers (2015) and Some Girls (the 2009 limited coloured vinyl). To my ears these sound almost as bad as the current UMe CD’s, and nowhere NEAR as good as the original LP’s. So YMMV on the sound quality of these new LP’s (though “vinyl specific” original tape transfers and half-speed mastering sound like hopeful signs).


Says that it will be ‘individually numbered’ on the Sound of Vinyl website….just doesn’t say how many….


I won’t be bothering with this as I’ve got all but four of the later ones which I can love without. However, it does seem like an opportunity missed NOT to throw in a “round up” album or two like The Beatles’ Rarities or Past Masters -even The Rolling Stones’ Rarities which is mega-rare on vinyl.

Kevin Grange

This set is basically the same set (bar Lonesome & Blue) that I bought a few years ago along with the early albums box set all on vinyl


Perhaps there’ll be a CD box in time for Christmas. Makes sense from a commercial point of view to issue the vinyl box first, as this will cost a lot more and if fans have the choice most will, I imagine, go for the cd box over the vinyl.

Kevin Wollenweber

It is probably true that the majority of people would go for a stunning CD issue of this set, with absolute original cover art and inserts (where able to be shrunken down) and similar to the singles box set released a number of years ago, but folks who cherish the real cover art would and should buy this set, because the Rolling Stones were notorious for creating subversive cover art. I, no longer having a turntable, am holding out for that stunning CD set with original cover art, if one is in the making; hey, why not? And I say the same for the Beatles’ CHRISTMAS MESSAGE package, which could be added to something like a Beatles singles and e.p. box or series of boxes similar to the three boxes of same from the Rolling Stones’ Abco period…again, c’mon, guys, we turntable-less folks should not be penalized! Even though the mini-LP’s on selected albums were already made available, this did not extend to *ALL* the albums.

One last thing: I’m confused, but aren’t *ALL* the Rolling Stones albums, from the 1960’s on up to the BLUE AND LONESOME album now under one record label? I thought that was the reason for the newest box sets in the first place, along with all the individual standard jewel case editions’ last reincarnation. I’d love, also, to see, perhaps, a carefully thought out “remix” set around all the early albums that have never appeared in full stereo, along with rareties like the very rare German stereo version of “Satisfaction”, a mix that, as far as I know, never appeared on any subsequent American pressing or compilation. Loved the mono box, and I am still hoping that there are more expansive gems like that coming soon, or at least being considered somewhere down the road.

Ian McJannet

As others on here have already mentioned My biggest complaint about so-called ‘limited editions’ is that in 90% of issues you can never find out how many it is limited to !!!!
Why the hell can’t they tell us when the release is announced ?????


Probably because it is limited to as many as they want to make!


June 18th, it’s in the press release


Sorry, I mean June 15

Gis Bun

Typo. Blue & Lonesome came out in 2016, not 2006.

Frenchy Eric

Have we not bought those albums thousand times since 1971 ???
Vinyl k7 sacd cd remastered cd newly remastered cd half speed mastered vinyl and what else ???
Lads, keep your money for real fantastic box sets that are released every f…..g year !

Philip Cohen

…and now MQA-HQCD Japan discs, featuring MQA=encoded lossy approximations of 176Khz audio. HQCD uses a silver reflective layer.


There are lots of new vinyl buyers who dont have these. If you already have them then you don’t need them.

Let others enjoy this release.

Ken Evans

I just checked Amazon – and the 2009 CDs of all of these albums are all readily available, mostly for around ten bucks. Given that, not sure where the gripes come from. I think those sound great btw – have seen comments about them being brickwalled, and they may be slightly loud but compared to the recent REM remasters (which are so brickwalled as to be unlistenable) these sound fine.


Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to obtain RS titles: ‘Sticky Fingers’ through ‘Steel Wheels’ issued in Japanese SHM/SACD-DSD, and I can attest that they are superior in sound quality when compared to the standard CD or vinyl released versions of the same albums.


Are these Japanese SHM/SACD-DSD cd’s still available ? Or are they out of print ?
If they are out of print, I hope that they will make a Japanese CD boxset.


Robert, you will have to check http://www.CDJapan.com.jp for availability, or perhaps eBay. These items were very limited edition at the time. I wish the Rolling Stones would put out an official SACD box set of their latter work for those who didn’t get these Japanese versions. I truly hope you can find them, as they are worth the price for the improved sound quality.


Robert, just a follow-up note. I don’t see the RS 1970 – 1990’s SHM/SACD-DSD titles being listed on CDJapan now. They have a couple of RS titles being offered as MQA x UHQCD. These are not SACD, and as I understand it, MQA is a sound technology associated with DAC, which makes me think the playback will be different, but not necessarily a sonic improvement, and possibly compressed. eBay has a few original RS SACD with a slight mark up (and some others with ridiculous mark-up), while Amazon US has a few listed at almost double the original cost, which is ridiculous — so please caveat emptor :-/ I would suggest signing up for CDJapan newsletter (which is published in English). I have noted that some supposedly limited SHM items are re-issued a few years later on their website at the original price. So you may get lucky. I hope this information is helpful to you.


I agree completely. The 1994 Virgin remasters are far superior to any of the 2009 remasters. I actually sold my deluxe of Exile and have never bought the Sticky Fingers one for the same reason.

John Ireland

I wonder if they’ll use the correct master for Goats Head Soup rather than the U.S. one which has the sloppy over dubs that were supposed to censor Star Star?
I have the previous Stones vinyl box which has all these albums bar Blue and Lonesome. No doubt I’ll buy (again)