(2002) Hot Rocks 1964-1971

The Rolling Stones

... read moreThis two-LP set is both a lot more and a bit less than what it seems. It is seven years' worth of mostly very high-charting -- and all influential and important -- songs, leaving out some singles in favor of well-known album tracks, and in the process, giving an overview not just of the Rolling...

01:25′:06″ 21 Songs

Disk 1

1
Time Is On My Side (Mono Version 2 / Guitar Intro)
The Rolling Stones
3:01
2
Heart Of Stone (Mono Version)
The Rolling Stones
2:49
3
Play With Fire (Mono Version)
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2:13
4
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Mono Version)
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3:44
5
As Tears Go By (Mono Version)
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2:46
6
Get Off Of My Cloud (Mono Version)
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2:54
7
Mother's Little Helper
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2:47
8
19Th Nervous Breakdown (Mono Version)
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3:59
9
Paint It, Black
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3:44
10
Under My Thumb
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3:41
11
Ruby Tuesday
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3:13
12
Let's Spend The Night Together
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3:26

Disk 2

1
Jumpin' Jack Flash (Mono Version)
The Rolling Stones
3:38
2
Street Fighting Man (Mono Version)
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3:19
3
Sympathy For The Devil
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6:17
4
Honky Tonk Women (Mono Version)
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2:59
5
Gimme Shelter
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4:31
6
Midnight Rambler (Live From Madison Square Garden, New York/1969)
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9:05
7
You Can't Always Get What You Want
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7:29
8
Brown Sugar
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3:49
9
Wild Horses
The Rolling Stones
5:42
Released 01 January 2002, This Compilation ℗ 2002 ABKCO Records Inc.

Review

This two-LP set is both a lot more and a bit less than what it seems. It is seven years' worth of mostly very high-charting -- and all influential and important -- songs, leaving out some singles in favor of well-known album tracks, and in the process, giving an overview not just of the Rolling Stones' hits but of their evolving image. One hears them change from loud R&B-inspired rockers covering others' songs ("Time Is on My Side") into originators in their own right ("Satisfaction"); then into tastemakers and style-setters with a particularly decadent air ("Get Off of My Cloud," "19th Nervous Breakdown"), and finally into self-actualized rebel-poets ("Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Midnight Rambler") and Shaman-like symbols of chaos. On its initial release, Hot Rocks sold well, not only as a unique compilation but also as a panorama of the '60s. The only flaw was that it didn't give a good look at the Stones' full musical history, ignoring their early blues and psychedelic eras. There are also some anomalies in Hot Rocks' history for the collector -- the very first pressings included an outtake of "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton that was promptly replaced. This is an exciting assembly of material. ~ Bruce Eder