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The Rolling Stones announce 1963-1966 singles box set for 60th anniversary

New liner notes, rare photos and ephemera also come with the release

By Charlotte Krol

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The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (Picture: Alamy)

The Rolling Stones have shared details of a new box set featuring all their singles released between 1963 and 1966, in celebration of their 60th anniversary.

Fans can pre-order the collection, which is being released through ABKCO Records on June 10, here. The limited-edition set includes reproductions of the first 18 7” vinyl singles and extended play records, which were originally released by Decca and London Records.

Grammy Award-winning engineer Bob Ludwig has remastered all the songs for the new collection. The set comes with a 32-page book featuring extensive liner notes by The Rolling Stones expert Nigel Williamson.

Rare photos and ephemera plus a set of five photo cards and a poster are also included in the release, all packaged in a hard-shell box.

A companion second vinyl box set in the series called ‘The Rolling Stones Singles 1966-1971’ will also be released next year.

Additionally, the band recently shared two previously unheard live recordings: ‘Tumbling Dice’ and ‘Hot Stuff’. The songs were recorded in March 1977 during the Stones’ secret concerts at the 300-capacity Toronto club El Mocambo.

The two songs feature on the band’s ‘Live At The El Mocambo’ album, which is out today (May 13).

The news follows the BBC announcing celebrations for the legendary rockers’ 60th anniversary with an extensive season of programming this summer.

Billed as ‘The Rollin’ Stones’ in a nod to the Muddy Waters track ‘Rollin’ Stone’, the group played their first-ever show at London’s Marquee Club on July 12, 1962. They’ve already announced plans for a tour of European stadiums this summer to celebrate 60 years together, but now, the BBC have announced plans to mark the occasion across TV, radio and digital platforms.

The centrepiece will be a brand-new series of four films to air on BBC Two, ‘My Life as a Rolling Stone’. The quartet of hour-long documentaries will take a novel approach to chronicling the band’s storied history, with each film focusing on their back story through the lens of a different individual member; Mick JaggerKeith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and the late Charlie Watts. An air date is yet to be confirmed.

‘My Life as a Rolling Stone’ will feature new interviews with the Stones, as well as an impressive array of talking heads, including P.P. Arnold, Chrissie Hynde, SlashRod StewartTina Turner and Steven Tyler. Watts’ story will be told via archive interviews and tributes from bandmates and famous admirers alike, as he was unable to sit down with producers Mercury Studios before he passed away last August at the age of 80.

Elsewhere, the corporation have dug deep into their impressive Stones archive to bring two documentaries to iPlayer; ‘Crossfire Hurricane’, which extensively chronicles the band’s halcyon days from 1962 to 1975, and ‘The Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped’, which follows them at the back end of the 1995 ‘Voodoo Lounge’ tour as they pared back classics, covered their influences, and played intimate venues. Both films are already available on the platform.

Meanwhile, the band will make their return to London this summer with two shows at BST Hyde Park. The iconic group, who first graced the huge outdoor space in 1969, will play two dates at the huge outdoor space on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 3.