Forty Licks (2002)

Disc One 1.Street Fighting Man 2.Gimme Shelter 3.(I Can't Get No)Satisfaction 4.The Last Time 5.Jumpin'Jack Flash 6.You Can't Always Get What You Want 7.19th Nervous Breakdown 8.Under My Thumb 9.Not Fade Away 10.Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing in the Shadow? 11.Sympathy for the Devil 12.Mother's Little Helper 13.She's a Rainbow 14.Get Off My Cloud 15.Wild Horses 16.Ruby Tuesday 17.Paint it Black 18.Honky Tonk Woman 19.It's All Over Now 20.Let's Spend the Night Together Disc Two 1.Start Me Up 2.Brown Sugar 3.Miss You 4.Beast of Burden 5.Don't Stop 6.Happy 7.Angie 8.You Got Me Rocking 9.Shattered 10.Fool to Cry 11.Love is Strong 12.Mixed Emotions 13.Keys to Your Love 14.Anybody Seen My Baby 15.Stealing My Heart 16.Tumbling Dice 17.Undercover of the Night 18.Emotional Rescue 19.It's Only Rock 'N Roll 20.Losing My Touch


I always am very suspicious of compilations that aren't really needed. This band already had several greatest hits packages, as well as a box set, so when I heard about this one, I was less than enthused.

Well, it works. And it works incredibly. The reasons being that this was the first time they had released a complete retrospective in one package (Their Boxed set that was released several years ago only featured their singles, and even that time frame ended in the early seventies). The two disc set here is split between the decade of the sixties on the first, and everything else on the second. Yet the music isn't chronological. It plays like a concert set list, and the track order only adds to the overall enjoyment. Oh sure, you could bitch - they leave a lot of their good songs off here, but no one "greatest hits" package is going to make everyone happy. I wish they would have left the four new songs off, and put them on a later release (Don't Stop is outstanding, the other three Keys to Your Love, Stealing My Heart, and Losing My Touch are "pretty good"). Of course, you had to wonder if there would be another release with these guys pushing sixty. The best compilation out there to date.

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