Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (1966)


 
1.(I Can't Get No)Satisfaction 2.The Last Time 3.As Tears Go By 4.Time is on My Side 5.It's All Over Now 6.Tell Me 7.19th Nervous Breakdown 8.Heart of Stone 9.Get Off My Cloud 10.Not Fade Away 11.Good Times, Bad Times 12.Play With Fire

 

Even before the sagging record industry consistently lumped "best of" packages en masse on the public during the first decade of the 21st century, the Rolling Stones were known as having a bit too many compilations on the market. It could be confusing to the novice fan. It's a bit of a shame that this one has gotten a bit lost in the shuffle. True, most of what is here can be found on other, lengthier compilations, but what makes this one nice is the fact that it's timing is most appropriate.

The first five Rolling Stones albums showcased the band when they were still feeling their way around their own music. They hadn't quite blossomed into the "superstars" they would soon become. Fortunately, there were few growing pains in the early years, and the boys rarely made any mistakes with the material. This was the band at their rawest, unpolished. Not their best, but still memorable. They manage to take their best cuts from their first few albums, assemble in them in fine sequence, and even add an unreleased song that is just about the best thing featured - 19th Nervous Breakdown. For consumers who don't want to spend too much money on the complete first few albums, this is a great condensed package.


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