This is the British version of this compilation – the U.S. version not only has a different cover, but a different tracklisting. I prefer the later compilation (Through The Past, Darkly) from 1969 but this still has a wealth of great songs on it. Given that they only released their first single in 1963 – eight months after the Beatles – it’s a testament to their success that they could pull together a ‘best of’, and a decent one at that, in the space of three years.
I finally got to see the Stones late last year. When I was in my teens and twenties, they always seemed a little on the expensive side, a little out of my price-bracket; and anyway, it didn’t really matter, I could always catch them on the next tour, right? As they all reach their seventies, I’m glad I got to see them before they give up touring for good.
It’s amazing that this music is still being listened to, toured and appreciated some fifty years after it was released. It’s not hard to imagine that it’ll still be revered even fifty years from now – when the Stones will be long gone and they’ll be more myth than anything else.
Hit: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Hidden Gem: Little Red Rooster