Forty Licks is a double compilation album by The Rolling Stones. A 40-year career-spanning retrospective, Forty Licks is notable for being the first retrospective to combine their formative Decca/London era of the 1960s, now licensed by ABKCO Records, with their self-owned post-1970 material, distributed at the time by Virgin/EMI but now distributed by ABKCO's own distributor Universal Music Group. Four new songs are included on the second disc. Concurrently with the album's release, the Stones embarked on the successful, year-long international Licks Tour, which would result in Live Licks in 2004. Originally distributed by Virgin Records in 2002, Forty Licks went out of print after Virgin parent EMI lost distribution of the Stones' post-1970 material to Universal Music in 2008. All tracks are digital remasters in stereo, except for most tracks pre-1968, which are digital remasters in mono..