Friday, November 30, 2012

Creswell & Mathieson The 100 Best Albums of All Time

Toby Creswell & Craig Mathieson:

The 100 Best Albums of All Time

This book, published in 2012, offers a look at the best albums of all time. In Anita Awbi’s review of the book for PRS for Music, she says “experienced authors Creswell and Mathieson have certainly done their research for this one and the results are an enthralling journey through the vaults of popular music.” She notes that the book includes many of the usual suspects, but is “not without its eyebrow-raising moments with some interesting inclusions and omissions.” She specifically notes the inclusions of Devo and Midnight Oil and the omissions of Madonna, Abba, and Human League. See the full list below.

Check out other best-of album lists by individuals/critics here.

1. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
2. The Beatles Revolver (1966)
3. The Clash London Calling (1979)
4. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
5. Van Morrison Astral Weeks (1968)
6. Joni Mitchell Blue (1971)
7. The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers (1971)
8. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)
9. Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
10. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)

11. The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966)
12. Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
13. Television Marquee Moon (1977)
14. Little Richard Here’s Little Richard (1957)
15. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
16. Radiohead OK Computer (1997)
17. The Band The Band (1969)
18. The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
19. Pixies Doolittle (1989)
20. John Lennon Plastic Ono Band (1970)

21. U2 Achtung Baby (1991)
22. Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
23. Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde (1966)
24. Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
25. Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
26. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)
27. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
28. Neil Young On the Beach (1974)
29. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
30. Massive Attack Blue Lines (1991)

31. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (1986)
32. Carole King Tapestry (1971)
33. David Bowie Hunky Dory (1971)
34. Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
35. Paul Simon Graceland (1986)
36. The Stooges Raw Power (1973)
37. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967)
38. Aretha Franklin Lady Soul (1968)
39. Ramones Ramones (1976)
40. The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street (1972)

41. Patti Smith Horses (1975)
42. Miles Davis Kind of Blue (1959)
43. Sonic Youth Daydream Nation (1988)
44. Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (1975)
45. The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)
46. Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987)
47. Black Sabbath Paranoid (1970)
48. George Harrison All Things Must Pass (1970)
49. Green Day American Idiot (2004)
50. The Doors The Doors (1967)

51. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
52. James Brown Live at the Apollo Volume 1 (live, 1962)
53. Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
54. Pearl Jam Vs. (1993)
55. Bob Marley & the Wailers Burnin’ (1973)
56. The Monkees Headquarters (1967)
57. Talking Heads Remain in Light (1980)
58. Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)
59. Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo (1978)
60. Chuck Berry After School Session (1957)

61. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
62. Blondie Parallel Lines (1978)
63. Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis (1969)
64. R.E.M. Automatic for the People (1992)
65. The Supremes Where Did Our Love Go? (1964)
66. Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (1995)
67. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
68. Jeff Buckley Grace (1994)
69. The White Stripes Elephant (2003)
70. Eagles Hotel California (1976)

71. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001)
72. Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique (1989)
73. Tom Waits Rain Dogs (1985)
74. Kate Bush Hounds of Love (1985)
75. The Who Live at Leeds (1970)
76. Joy Division Closer (1980)
77. Kraftwerk Trans-Europa Express (Trans Europe Express) (1977)
78. Randy Newman Sail Away (1972)
79. Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)
80. Curtis Mayfield Curtis (1970)

81. Roxy Music For Your Pleasure (1973)
82. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
83. Midnight Oil Diesel and Dust (1987)
84. Coldplay Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008)
85. The Kinks Village Green Preservation Society (1968)
86. Pretenders Pretenders (1979)
87. The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers (recorded 1973, released 1976)
88. Primal Scream Screamadelica (1991)
89. Fairport Convention Unhalfbricking (1969)
90. Elvis Costello & The Attractions This Year’s Model (1978)

91. Portishead Dummy (1994)
92. AC/DC Back in Black (1980)
93. Beck Odelay (1996)
94. Gang of Four Entertainment! (1979)
95. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (1971)
96. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
97. Queen A Night at the Opera (1975)
98. Derek and the Dominos Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
99. PJ Harvey Let England Shake
100. The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)


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First posted 12/13/2021.

Van Morrison released Astral Weeks: November 1968

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Release date: November 1968
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) Astral Weeks / Beside You / Sweet Thing (2/6/71, --) / Cyprus Avenue / The Way Young Lovers Do / Madame George / Ballerina / Slim Slow Slider

Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 0.5 world

Peak: -- US, -- UK

Rating:


Review: Astral Weeks is generally considered one of the best albums in pop music history. For all that renown,” AMG “it is one of rock’s least-likely masterworks;” TL “in fact, it isn’t a rock & roll album at all,” AMG but “a jazz record disguised as a rock record.” JM It also draws from folk, blues, and classical. It has been described as “achingly beautiful,” EK “an emotional outpouring cast in delicate musical structures,” AMG “an ingenious orchestration of poetry and mysticism.” RV and “a languid, impressionistic, utterly gorgeous song cycle.” TL

This was Morrison’s first solo album. He’d “previously been the pint-sized head thug for the ruffian R&B combo Them” EK “which achieved immortality with the garage anthem ‘Gloria.’” TL This was “followed by an abortive stint as a top 40 pop singer” EK which produced “the irresistible singalong ‘Brown-Eyed Girl,’ but he dismissed the album that came from those sessions. Signing with Warner Bros. Records, Morrison then assembled a bunch of jazz-based players, took them into a New York studio, and emerged two days later with Astral Weeks.” TL

“Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, Morrison sings in his elastic, bluesy voice, accompanied by a jazz rhythm section.” AMG Among the musicians are drummer Connie Kay, who played with the Modern Jazz Quartet; bassist Richard Davis, who worked on Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch; and guitarist Jay Berliner, who worked with Charles Mingus and others. EK In addition, John Payne is on reeds, Warren Smith, Jr. on vibes, and a string quartet is overdubbed. AMG

It “sounded like nothing he had done previously — and really, nothing anyone had done previously.” TL Kay and Davis, “in particular push what are actually pretty simple songs with an empathy that’s seldom seen outside jazz.” EK “The leap from all that to a delicate, graceful musing on romanticism is basically unprecedented. It’s as if Lost in Translation had starred Tony Danza.” EK

Astral Weeks more or less sank without a trace upon its release. It’s mostly through the critical rehabilitation of guys like Lester Bangs that this album achieved its widespread standing.” EK The album isn’t without its detractors with comments like, this “is a rambling record with a heavy jazz influence, lyrics that rival beat poets, and the average track goes on for seven minutes. It’s no wonder no one cared when it came out.” JM

Astral Weeks

However, the Warner Bros. publicity department hyped it as “the closest rock music has ever gotten to literature.” EK Morrison “spouts stream of consciousness lyrics like the James Joyce of music.” RV “The title track finds Morrison at his most idyllic.” RV He “takes us from slipstreams and viaducts of your dreams to his lady-love doing her kid’s laundry, possibly while our hero is slumped on the couch watching Green Acres. Van has continued to do this throughout his career…but it’s never been quite as seamless” EK as it is here. The song “encompasses a lifetime in a mere five minutes, making the journey from innocence to experience with all of the heartache such a pilgrimage entails.” RV

Madame George

“Morrison sings of lost love, death, and nostalgia for childhood in the Celtic soul that would become his signature.” TL He crafts “stories about the people of Ireland, characters searching for the solace and companionship that eludes them. Madame George is an ode to an aging transvestite” RV which is “hypnotic and compelling instead of a three-chord drone.” EK Meanwhile Cyprus Avenue could serve as the theme song for obsessive romantics too nervous to speak to their muse.” RV

Cyprus Avenue

Astral Weeks’ “mystic poetry, spacious grooves, and romantic incantations still resonate in ways no other music can.” TL Morrison has created “a beautiful sonic painting.” RV “He never made another record quite like Astral Weeks again.” EW


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees for 2013

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In 1973, the Recording Academy (more widely known as the Grammys) established a Hall of Fame to, as it says on their website, “honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.” GH On November 21, the 2013 class was inducted, marking the 40th anniversary of the Grammy Hall of Fame. UT The full list now comes to 933 entries. UT

Neil Portnow, the President and CEO of the Recording Academy, echoed the Grammy’s mission by calling this new batch of recordings “memorable for being both culturally and historically significant.” HP Inductees include both albums (in italics) and songs (in quotation marks). Here are the 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees:

  • AC/DC Back in Black (1980)
  • James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (1965)
  • Ray Charles “Hit the Road Jack” (1961)

  • John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (1963)
  • Francis Craig & His Orchestra “Near You” (1947)
  • The Drifters “On Broadway” (1963)
  • Bob Dylan “The Times They Are A-Changin’” (1964)

  • Joe Falcon “Allons À Lafayette (Lafayette)” (1928)
  • Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, & the Foggy Mountain Boys Foggy Mountain Banjo (1961)
  • Carols Gardel “El Día Que Me Quieras” (1935)
  • Son House “My Black Mama (Parts 1 & 2)” (1930)

  • Whitney Houston Whitney Houston (1985)
  • Billy Joel “Piano Man” (1973)

    Piano Man

  • Elton John Elton John (1970)
  • Louis Jordan “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” (1946)
  • Little Richard Here’s Little Richard (1957)
  • Memphis Jug Band “Stealin’ Stealin’” (1928)
  • Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um (1959)

  • Paul McCartney & Wings Band on the Run (1973)
  • Buck Owens “Act Naturally” (1963)
  • Richard Pryor That N*****’s Crazy (1974)
  • Frank Sinatra “Theme from ‘New York New York’” (1980)

  • W.H. Stepp “Bonaparte’s Retreat” (1937)
  • Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman “The Titanic” (1924)
  • Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton “Hound Dog” (1953)

  • Lennie Tristano Sextet Crosscurrents (1949)
  • Various Artists Lost in the Stars (original Broadway cast, 1949)


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Monday, November 19, 2012

2012 American Music Awards

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On November 18, 2012, the 40th American Music Awards were held in Los Angeles and broadcast live on ABC. Nominees were announced October 9, 2012. Here were the winners:

  • Artist of the Year: Justin Bieber
  • New Artist of the Year: Carly Rae Jepsen

    Justin Bieber with “As Long As You Love Me”
    and “Beauty and a Beat” with Nicki Minaj


    Favorite Pop/Rock
  • Male Artist: Justin Bieber
  • Female Artist: Katy Perry
  • Band/Duo/Group: Maroon 5
  • Album: Justin Bieber Believe


    Favorite Country
  • Male Artist: Luke Bryan
  • Female Artist: Taylor Swift
  • Band/Duo/Group: Lady Antebellum
  • Album: Carrie Underwood Blown Away


    Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop
  • Artist: Nicki Minaj
  • Album: Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

    Perhaps the most talked about performance of the night:


    Favorite Soul/R&B
  • Male Artist: Usher
  • Female Artist: Beyonce
  • Album: Rihanna Talk That Talk


    Additional Categories
  • Favorite Alternative Artist: Linkin Park
  • Adult Contemporary Artist: Adele
  • Latin Artist: Shakira
  • Contemporary Inspirational Artist: TobyMac
  • Favorite Electronic Dance Music: David Guetta


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Four Seasons hit #1 with “Big Girls Don’t Cry”

First posted 3/12/2021.

Big Girls Don’t Cry

The Four Seasons

Writer(s): Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe (see lyrics here)


First Charted: October 20, 1962


Peak: 15 US, 14 CN, 16 HR, 13 UK, 12 CN, 11 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 1.0 radio, 15.26 video, -- streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

Five weeks after the Four Seasons got their first #1 with “Sherry” they were back on top again with “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” The two songs “were recorded at the same session and it was a toss-up as to which would be released first. As it turned out, it didn’t matter. They both established Frankie Valli’s falsetto voice and the danceable rhythms of the group as the definitive East Coast sound, with its roots in doo-wop and R&B music of the fifties.” BR1

The two songs – both of which spent five weeks at #1 – were very similar. The group’s chief songwriter Bob Gaudio said, “I didn’t feel it was the freshest follow-up…After the success of ‘Sherry,’ we had to follow it up with something vaguely similar. The harmonies were structured differently, a little bigger.” BR1 The group would reach #1 again in early 1963 with “Walk Like a Man,” making them the first group in history to have three consecutive non-holiday #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Big Girls Don’t Cry” was inspired by a line in the 1955 Western Tennessee’s Partner, which starred Ronald Reagan with John Payne and Rhonda Fleming. In one scene, Payne slaps Fleming and asks her what she thinks about that. She responds, “Big girls don’t cry.” According to the liner notes in Time-Life Records’ Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Gaudio was dozing off during the movie, but heard the slap. He wrote the line on a scrap of paper and wrote the song the next morning. WK However, another account attributes the story to Bob Crewe, the Four Tops’ producer and the song’s other writer. SF

While not featured on the blockbuster soundtrack to the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing, this song played in the opening scene of the movie. It also appeared in the movies The Main Event (1979) and Mermaids (1990). SF


Resources and Related Links:

  • DMDB encyclopedia entry for The Four Seasons
  • BR1 Fred Bronson (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (5th edition). Billboard Books: New York, NY. Page 120.
  • SF Songfacts
  • WK Wikipedia

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Today's "New" Music Is All Folked Up

Originally published in my "Aural Fixation" column on PopMatters.com on November 1, 2012. See original post here.

Mumford & Sons press photo, image from PopMatters.com


One of todays biggest musical trends owes a debt to one of musics oldest traditions: buddies gathered on a front porch jamming with guitars, banjos, and mandolins. Some of today's most popular groups sound like they belong in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1920s, not on alternative radio of the 2010s.

With the year 80 percent over, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on 2012's biggest albums before the slew of impending big-label seasonal blockbusters get a choke hold on the music-buying public. Out of the four biggest 2012 US chart debuts, two owe their success to career longevity, another can attribute his massive first week outing to a stranglehold on the teen and tween market, and a fourth is successful for…well, who knows for sure why.

In April, Madonna scored her fifth consecutive #1 album and eighth overall when MDNA topped the Billboard album charts. With 359,000 units sold, she set the bar early as the year’s biggest debut (cnn.com, “‘MDNA’ gives Madonna biggest album debut of 2012,” 4 April 2012).

It lasted but a few months, though. Summer was marked by a Canadian teen sensation who eclipsed the 53-year-old Madge with 374,000 copies of his official sophomore release. Perhaps you’ve heard of Justin Bieber? He not only outdid the Queen of Pop but himself, considering it was his best sales week ever (popdust.com, “Justin Bieber’s ‘Believe’ Records Biggest Debut of the Year,” 27 June 2012). In the record industry heyday of the ‘90s, the album would likely have moved a million copies in a week. However, in the digital age, Bieber’s sales were still impressive.

In September, the Dave Matthews Band became the first group in history to land six straight studio albums atop the Billboard album chart (mtv.com, “Dave Matthews Band’s Away From the World Debuts At #1,” 19 September 2012). While they’d proved themselves a model of consistency, their 266,000-unit week wasn’t enough to dislodge the Bieb. Certainly if veterans like Madonna and Dave Matthews Band couldn’t outdo Canada’s finest, then no one could, right?

Except that someone did – and with a sound that owed more to the music of the Appalachian Mountains nearly a hundred years ago than any of today’s current trends. Relying on instruments like banjo and accordion, Mumford & Sons logged more than 600,000 in first-week sales of Babel, their sophomore release (Rolling Stone, “On the Charts: Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel’ Scores Biggest Debut of 2012,” 3 October 2012).

The group emerged from the West London folk scene when their 2009 debut, Sigh No More, became a slow-burning hit, eventually hitting #2 and selling two million copies in the US. However, it had to be a fluke, right? How could their next effort even hope to come close?

There was precedent for such a decidedly niche group picking up an even bigger audience the second time out. The Fleet Foxes, a Seattle-based folk band, garnered enough critical acclaim with their 2008 eponymous debut to start life on the Billboard chart at #4 with 2011's Helplessness Blues.

It's important to note that the digital age has afforded some flexibility to niche acts. In an era when six-figure sales are no longer a necessity to top the charts, more modestly successful acts can boast about racking up #1 albums.

For example, with Sigh No More still a top-ten album in early 2011, the folk-rock group The Decemberists debuted at #1 with their third album, The King Is Dead. As an article in Billboard noted, the album moved 94,000 copies (“Decemberists’ ‘King Is Dead’ Is No. 1 on Billboard 200,’ 26 January 2011). While that bested any previous efforts by the Decemberists, it was a so-so figure for the top-selling album."

Mumford & Sons, however, didn’t just scratch the top ten with an album selling south of six figures. They landed a gold record in a mere seven days. This wasn’t just a sales bonanza, either – the crew also stormed radio with first single, “I Will Wait”, topping the Alternative Songs and Rock Songs charts.

When taken along with the success of the Fleet Foxes and Decemberists, the Mumfords’ triumph looks more like a trend than a fluke. Sure enough, Mumford & Sons aren’t the only group topping the Rock Songs chart with a decidedly un-rock mix of instruments like mandolin and strings. The Lumineers, a group out of Colorado, also hit #1 with their song "Ho Hey."

Last year’s Grammys acknowledged the new trend by putting Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers on stage alongside Bob Dylan, arguably the most important figure in the history of folk music. Just a few weeks ago, the Avett Brothers debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts with The Carpenter, one notch behind Dylan’s Tempest.

They weren’t the only new folk stars to emerge from those Grammys. Bon Iver surprised everyone when they stormed out of the gates to a #2 start on the album chart. Even more people were surprised when the Justin Vernon-led crew landed a slew of Grammy nominations, including Song and Record of the Year for "Holocene."

However, in a move which embarrassingly demonstrated the Grammys’ misunderstanding of the word “new”, Bon Iver was also nominated as Best New Artist, an award they ended up taking home. It didn’t matter that the folk group’s self-titled album was their second release. Apparently since the public had largely ignored 2007’s self-released For Emma, Forever Ago, the brilliant minds behind the Grammy selections figured they could as well.

By also taking home the prize for Best Alternative Album, Bon Iver demonstrated the full-fledged acceptance by the alternative rock crowd of a new segment of indie-rock bands – those inspired not by being at the forefront of what was new with music, but tapping into what was old.

The move arguably began a year earlier when Arcade Fire’s mix of indie-rock with baroque pop took home the prize for Album of the Year with The Suburbs. Suddenly the idea of string-drenched rock ‘n’ roll didn’t seem so odd for radio, sales, or awards.

It’s never a simple task to nail down when a movement starts and why. However, the message sent by the widespread acceptance of these folk acts as more than just niche groups suggests a desire to return to music of a simpler time. In a world where enough dollars and proper Auto-tuning can seemingly turn any pretty face into a superstar, perhaps enough cynics cried, "Enough!" to allow for music from a simpler era to take hold.

Interestingly, it also signals a return to rock ‘n’ roll or, more accurately, the roots of rock ‘n’ roll. Music historians largely peg the ‘50s as the birth of rock music, or at least its explosion. The sound, however, grew out of the blues and country sounds from the decades before. In the United States, both of those genres were rooted in the folk music of the early part of the 20th century.

Certainly Mumford & Sons, the Fleet Foxes, the Lumineers, the Avett Brothers, Bon Iver, and Arcade Fire have done more than just mimic the music of a century ago. No, they’ve done what any good artist does – tap into what has come before to point us in a new direction entirely.


Dave Whitaker is the author of The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era, 1954-1999 and No One Needs 21 Versions of “Purple Haze”…And Other Essays from a Musical Obesessive. He maintains a website (DavesMusicDatabase.com), blog, and Facebook page (all music related) with followers in more than 40 countries.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Rolling Stones released career-spanning Grrrr! collection

The Rolling Stones

A Retrospective: 1962-1971

Overview:

Considered by many to be the greatest rock and roll band of all time, the Rolling Stones have put together a career lasting more than 50 years. As a result, they’ve released multiple compilations and sorting them out can be quite a chore. As such, the DMDB has put together two pages focused on just a sampling of the compilations released throughout their career. This page covers 1962 to 1971, the years the band was on Decca in the U.K. and London Records in the U.S. Check out the 1971-2019 compilations page as well.


The Players from 1962 to 1971:

  • Mick Jagger (vocals, harmonica, guitar, percussion, keyboards: 1962-present)
  • Keith Richards (guitar, backing vocals: 1962-present)
  • Charlie Watts (drums, percussion, backing vocals: 1963-present)
  • Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica, keyboards, sitar, percussion, backing vocals: 1962-69)
  • Bill Wyman (bass, keyboards, backing vocals: 1962-93)
  • Mick Taylor (guitar, bass, backing vocals: 1969-74)


On the Web:


Lists:

Awards:

The Studio Albums:

Hover over an album cover to see its title and year of release. Click on the album to go to its dedicated DMDB page.


Compilations:


* Big Hits (High Tide & Green Grass) and Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) had different track listings in the U.S. and UK, hence the two sets of codes for each album.

When the Stones formed their own label, ABKCO took control of the Stones’ 1963-70 catalog and released two double compilations – Hot Rocks 1964-1971 and More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) – which essentially made the Big Hits collections obsolete. Only Little Red Rooster and You Better Move On didn’t make it to the Hot Rocks collections.

In 1989, the three-disc The Singles Collection – The London Years, was released to cover all the official singles of the 1963-1971 era. Consequently, it put most of the material from the Hot Rocks sets into one box set.

** The Forty Licks set is a double-disc career retrospective. Only the first disc is covered on this page. For disc two material, check out the 1971-2019 retrospective page.

*** Like Forty Licks, the GRRR! compilation covers songs featured both on this page and the the 1971-2019 retrospective page.

Under each album snapshot, songs featured on the anthologies are noted. If the song charted, the date of the song’s release or first chart appearance and its chart peaks are noted in parentheses. Click for codes to singles charts.


The Rolling Stones (EP, 1964):

Before Decca Records would commit to a full-length album from the Rolling Stones, they released this EP of four cover songs to test the market. It reached #1 on the UK’s EP chart.

  • Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry) [2:09] MH
  • Money (Berry Gordy/Janie Bradford) [2:31] MH
  • You Better Move On (Arthur Alexander) [2:39] B2-UK
  • Poison Ivy (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) [2:06] MH


The Rolling Stones/England’s Newest Hit Makers (1964):

This was the debut album from the Stones. It was released as The Rolling Stones in the UK in April 1964 and reached #1. A month later, it was released in the U.S. as England’s Newest Hit Makers, peaking at #11. The track listing was almost identical, with the U.S. version substituting the band’s cover of Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away instead of the cover of Bo Diddley’s “Mona (I Need You Baby)” featured on the UK version.

  • Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty) [1:48] (2/21/64, 48 US, 44 CB, 52 HR, 7 CL, 3 UK, 33 AU) BH-US, BH-UK, MH, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80
  • Little by Little (Nanker Phelge, Phil Spector) [2:39] (2/21/64: B-side of “Not Fade Away,” 47 CL) SC
  • Tell Me (You’re Coming Back to Me) (Jagger, Richards) [4:05] (6/13/64, 24 US, 27 CB, 26 HR, 14 CL, 9 CN, 32 AU) BH-US, MH, SC
  • I Just Want to Make Love to You (Willie Dixon) [2:17] (6/13/64: B-side of “Tell Me,” 38 CL) SC


12 x 5 (1964):

This U.S.-only album reached #3. It was an expansion of the UK EP Five by Five, adding the singles It’s All Over Now and Time Is on My Side, as well as their B-sides, and three other songs.

  • It’s All Over Now (Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack) [3:27] (6/26/64, 26 US, 25 CB, 30 HR, 5 CL, 1 UK, 26 CN, 9 AU) BH-US, BH-UK, MH, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80
  • Good Times, Bad Times (Jagger, Richards) [2:32] (6/26/64: B-side of “It’s All Over Now,” 43 CL) BH-US, MH, SC
  • Time Is on My Side (Norman Meade) [2:50] (9/26/64, 6 US, 6 CB, 6 HR, 6 CL, 62 UK, 4 AU) BH-UK, BH-US, HR, SC, G50, G80
  • Congratulations (Jagger, Richards) [2:28] (9/26/64: B-side of “Time Is on My Side”) SC


No. 2/Now! (1965):

The Stones’ second album in the UK was called No. 2. It reached #1 and featured cover songs with a few originals. In the U.S., the album was released as Now! with some differences, notably the inclusion of singles Heart of Stone and Little Red Rooster. It reached #5.

  • Little Red Rooster (Willie Dixon) [3:00] (11/13/64, 22 CL, 1 UK, 2 AU) BH-UK, SC, G40, G50, G80
  • Off the Hook (Jagger, Richards) [2:38] (11/13/64: B-side of “Little Red Rooster”) SC
  • Heart of Stone (Jagger, Richards) [2:49] (12/19/64, 19 US, 16 CB, 15 HR, 11 CL, 15 CN, 5 AU) BH-US, BH-UK, HR, SC, G50, G80
  • What a Shame (Jagger, Richards) [3:03] (12/19/64: B-side of “Heart of Stone”) SC
  • I Can’t Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters) [3:26] (1/15/65: 49 CL) MH
  • Surprise, Surprise (Jagger, Richards) [2:20] SC


Out of Our Heads (1965):

The title was the same for the U.S. and UK releases, where it reached numbers 1 and 2 respectively, but the track listings were different. , Play with Fire, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, and The Spider and the Fly only appeared on the U.S. version. I’m Free only appeared on the UK version.

  • The Last Time (Jagger, Richards) [3:41] (2/25/65, 9 US, 10 CB, 10 HR, 5 CL, 1 UK, 9 CN, 2 AU) BH-US, BH-UK, MH, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80
  • Play with Fire (2/25/65, 96 US, 10 CL) (Nanker Phelge) [2:13] BH-US, HR, SC, G80
  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Jagger, Richards) [3:42] (6/6/65, 1 US, 1 CB, 1 HR, 19 RB, 1 CL, 1 UK, 3 CN, 1 AU, sales: 1.0 million, airplay: 6 million), BH-UK, BH-US, HR, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80
  • The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man (Nanker Phelge) [3:07] (6/6/65: B-side of “Satisfaction” in U.S.) SC
  • The Spider and the Fly (Jagger, Richards) [3:39] (8/20/65: B-side of “Satisfaction” in UK) SC
  • I’m Free (Jagger, Richards) [2:24] (9/25/65: B-side of “Get Off of My Cloud,” 41 CL) MH, SC, G80
  • Gotta Get Away (Jagger, Richards) [2:06] (12/18/65: B-side of “As Tears Go By”) SC
  • That’s How Strong My Love Is (Roosevelt Jamison) [2:28] G80
  • She Said Yeah (Sonny Bono, Roddy Jackson) [1:40] G80


December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (1965):

This U.S.-only release reached #4. It featured the Get Off of My Cloud single, its UK B-side The Singer Not the Song, the single As Tears Go By, and some leftover cuts from the UK version of Out of Our Heads and the UK EP Got Live if You Want It!

  • Get Off of My Cloud (Jagger, Richards) [2:52] (9/25/65, 1 US, 1 CB, 2 HR, 1 CL, 1 UK, 1 CN, 2 AU, airplay: 3 million) BH-US, BH-UK, HR, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80
  • The Singer Not the Song (Jagger, Richards) [2:22] (10/22/65, UK B-side of “Get Off of My Cloud”) SC
  • As Tears Go By (Jagger, Richards, Andrew Loog Oldham) [2:45] (12/18/65, 6 US, 10 AC, airplay: 2 m) BH-US, BH-UK, HR, SC, G40, G50, G80


Aftermath (1966):

Like Out of Our Heads, this album shared the same title in the U.S. (where it reached #2) and the UK (where it reached #1), but the track listing differed slightly. Paint It Black only appeared on the U.S. version. Out of Time, What to Do, and Mother’s Little Helper were only on the UK version. This was the first Stones’ album to feature all original songs.

  • Under My Thumb (Jagger, Richards) [3:20] (3 CL) HR, FL, G50, G80
  • What to Do (Jagger, Richards) [3:10] (49 CL) MH
  • Out of Time (Jagger, Richards) [5:15] (8/16/75: alternate version, 81 US, 65 CB, 88 HR, 19 CL, 45 UK, 88 AU) MH, SC, G80
  • Paint It Black (Jagger, Richards) [3:20] (5/7/66, 1 US, 1 CB, 1 HR, 1 CL, 1 UK, 1 CN, 1 AU) BH-UK, B2-US, HR, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80
  • Stupid Girl (Jagger, Richards) [2:52] (5/7/66: U.S. B-side of “Paint It Black,” 41 CL) SC
  • Mother’s Little Helper (Jagger, Richards) [2:40] (7/2/66, 8 US, 4 CB, 4 HR, 4 CL, 14 CN, 10 AU) B2-UK, B2-US, HR, SC, FL, G80
  • Lady Jane (Jagger, Richards) [3:06] (7/2/66, 24 US, 46 CB, 46 HR, 15 CL) BH-UK, MH, SC, G80
  • Flight 505 Jagger, Richards) [3:31] G80

Big Hits (High Tides and Green Grass)

The Rolling Stones


Released: March 28, 1966 (U.S.), November 4, 1966 (UK)


Recorded: 1963-1966


Peak: 3 US, 4 UK, 7 CN, 3 AU


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.6 UK, 5.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks (U.S. Version): (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 (You’re Coming Back) (7) 19th Nervous Breakdown (8) Heart of Stone (9) Get Off of My Cloud (10) Not Fade Away (11) Good Times, Bad Times (12) Play with Fire

Tracks (UK Version): (1) Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? (2) Paint It Black (3) It’s All Over Now (4) The Last Time (5) Heart of Stone (6) Not Fade Away (7) Come On (8) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (9) Get Off of My Cloud (10) As Tears Go By (11) 19th Nervous Breakdown (12) Lady Jane (13) Time Is on My Side (14) Little Red Rooster

Rating:

4.486 out of 5.00 (average of 14 ratings)

About Big Hits (High Tides and Green Grass):

The first compilation from the Stones was released in vastly different versions in the U.S. and UK – and more than six months apart. There are nine songs featured on both collections: Not Fade Away, It’s All Over Now, Time Is on My Side, Heart of Stone, The Last Time, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Get Off of My Cloud, As Tears Go By, and 19th Nervous Breakdown. This was the first album appearance of “Breakdown.”

The American edition also featured Tell Me, Play with Fire, and Good Times, Bad Times. The first two charted in the U.S. (24 and 96 respectively) and the third was the B-side of “It’s All Over Now.”

The UK version featured the Stones’ debut 1963 single Come On, a Chuck Berry cover, and their #1 version of Willie Dixon’s Little Red Rooster. Also unique to the UK edition were the singles Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?, Paint It Black, and Lady Jane. All three were released after the U.S. version of Big Hits; the first two were featured on the next compilation, Through the Past Darkly.


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Come On (6/7/63, 28 CL, 21 UK) BH-UK, MH, SC, G40, G50, G80
  • 19th Nervous Breakdown (2/4/66, 2 US, 1 CB, 2 HR, 32 RB, 1 CL, 2 UK, 9 CN) BH-US, BH-UK, HR, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80
  • Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? (9/23/66, 9 US, 4 CB, 3 HR, 3 CL, 5 UK, 8 CN, 24 AU) BH-UK, B2-US, MH, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80


Between the Buttons (1967):

This was the third, and final, Rolling Stones’ album to featured the same title in the U.S. and UK, but different track listings. This one reached #2 in the U.S. and #3 in the UK. The single Ruby Tuesday / Let’s Spend the Night Together was included on the U.S. version, but not the UK edition.

  • Let’s Spend the Night Together (1/13/67, 55 US, 28 CB, 44 HR, 4 CL, 3 UK, sales: 1 million) B2-UK, B2-US, HR, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80
  • Ruby Tuesday (1/13/67, 1 US, 1 CB, 1 HR, 3 UK, 2 CN, 3 AU, sales: 1 m, airplay: 3 million) B2-UK, B2-US, HR, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80


Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967):

It was the first Stones’ album to feature an identical track listing in the U.S. (where it reached #2) and the UK (where it peaked at #3). The band’s attempt at a more psychedelic sound was met with mixed results.

  • She’s a Rainbow (12/23/67, 25 US, 10 CB, 9 HR, 7 CL, 9 CN, 9 AU) B2-UK, B2-US, MH, SC, FL, G50, G80
  • 2000 Light Years from Home (12/23/67: B-side of “She’s a Rainbow,” 11 CL) B2-UK, B2-US, MH, SC, G80
  • In Another Land (BILL WYMAN, 12/2/67, 87 US) SC
  • The Lantern (12/2/67: B-side of “In Another Land”) SC


Beggars Banquet (1968):

This reached #5 in the U.S. and #2 in the UK. It is generally the considered the first of the band’s four consecutive masterpieces, the others being Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), and Exile on Main Street (1972). All four rank in the the top 100 albums of all time according to the DMDB.

  • Street Fighting Man (8/31/68, 48 US, 30 CB, 28 HR, 4 CL, 21 UK, 32 CN, 13 AU) B2-UK, B2-US, HR, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80
  • No Expectations (8/31/68, 45 CL) MH, SC
  • Sympathy for the Devil (12/6/68, 97 US, 1 CL, 14 UK) HR, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80
  • Salt of the Earth G80

Through the Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)

The Rolling Stones


Released: September 12, 1969


Recorded: 1963-1969


Peak: 2 US, 2 UK, -- CN, 9 AU


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.6 UK, 4.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks, U.S. version: (1) Paint It Black (2) Ruby Tuesday (3) She’s a Rainbow (4) Jumpin’ Jack Flash (5) Mother’s Little Helper (6) Let’s Spend the Night Together (7) Honky Tonk Women (8) Dandelion (9) 2000 Light Years from Home (10) Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? (11) Street Fighting Man


Tracks, UK version: (1) Jumpin’ Jack Flash (2) Mother’s Little Helper (3) 2000 Light Years from Home (4) Let’s Spend the Night Together (5) You Better Move On (6) We Love You (7) Street Fighting Man (8) She’s a Rainbow (9) Ruby Tuesday (10) Dandelion (11) Sittin’ on a Fence (12) Honky Tonk Women

Rating:

4.281 out of 5.00 (average of 13 ratings)

About Through the Past Darkly:

Like its predecessor, Big Hits (High Tides and Green Grass, this compilation looked very different in its U.S. and UK incarnations. Both collections featured Mother’s Little Helper, Let’s Spend the Night Together, Ruby Tuesday, She’s a Rainbow, 2000 Light Years from Home, and Street Fighting Man. In addition, the two sets also featured Dandelion, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, and Honky Tonk Women appearing on album for the first time.

The U.S. version also included Paint It Black and , which had both originally appeared on the UK version of Big Hits. The UK version added You Better Move On from the Stones’ 1964 self-titled EP, Sittin’ on a Fence which was recorded in 1965 during the Aftermath sessions and appeared on the Flowers archival collection, and We Love You, the B-side of “Dandelion.”

The album was released shortly after Stones’ founder Brian Jones left the group and died soon afterward. “In the inside flap of the album, there is a tribute to Jones, which reads: ‘When this you see, remember me, and bear me in your mind. Let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.’” WK-B2

“The name of the album is a play on a line from the KJV translation of I Corinthians 13: "For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face: . . .’, but it is more likely the Stones intended an homage to Ingmar Bergman and his 1961 film Through a Glass Darkly.” WK-B2


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Sittin’ on a Fence (recorded 12/65, released on Flowers) B2-UK, MH
  • We Love You (8/18/67, 50 US, 54 CB, 52 HR, 17 CL, 8 UK, 4 AU) B2-UK, MH, SC, G50, G80
  • Dandelion (8/18/67, 14 US, 6 CB, 9 HR, 6 CL, 8 UK, 9 CN) B2-UK, B2-US, MH, SC, G80
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash (5/24/68, 3 US, 1 CB, 2 HR, 1 CL, 1 UK, 5 CN, 2 AU, airplay: 4 million) B2-UK, B2-US, HR, SC, FL
  • Honky Tonk Women (7/4/69, 1 US, 1 CB, 1 HR, 1 CL, 1 UK, 2 CN, 1 AU, sales: 1 million, airplay: 5 million) B2-UK, B2-US, HR, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80


Let It Bleed (1969):

This reached #1 in the UK and #3 in the U.S. despite failing to send even one song into the top 40. However, You Can’t Always Get What You Want has become an classic rock staple and Let It Bleed ranks as one of the top 100 albums of all time according to the DMDB.

  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want (7/4/69, 42 US, 34 CB, 36 HR, 1 CL, 1 AU, sales: 1 million) HR, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80
  • Gimme Shelter (11/28/69: album cut from Let It Bleed, 1 CL; live version: 11/28/98, 29 AR, 42 CN) HR, FL, G40, G50, G80
  • Let It Bleed (11/28/69: album cut from Let It Bleed, 5 CL) MH
  • Midnight Rambler (live) (11/28/69: album cut from Let It Bleed, 5 CL; 9/4/70: live version from Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out) HR, G80
  • You Got the Silver G80


Sticky Fingers (1971):

This was the Stones’ first self-released album. It was their first album to reach #1 in the U.S. and UK. It is one of four Stones’ albums to rank in the the top 100 albums of all time according to the DMDB.

  • Brown Sugar (4/16/71, 1 US, 2 CB, 1 HR, 1 CL, 2 UK, 1 CN, 5 AU, airplay: 3 million) HR, SC, G40, G50, G80, HK
  • Bitch (4/16/71: B-side of “Brown Sugar,” 6 CL, 2 UK) G80, HK
  • Wild Horses (6/12/71, 28 US, 18 CB, 21 HR, 2 CL, 11 CN, 96 AU) HR, SC, FL, G40, G50, G80, HK

Hot Rocks 1964-1971

The Rolling Stones


Released: December 15, 1971


Recorded: 1964-1971


Peak: 4 US, 3 UK, -- CN, 10 AU


Sales (in millions): 12.0 US, 0.6 UK, 13.7 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks: (1) Time Is on My Side (2) Heart of Stone (3) Play with Fire (4) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (5) As Tears Go By (6) Get Off of My Cloud (7) Mother’s Little Helper (8) 19th Nervous Breakdown (9) Paint It Black (10) Under My Thumb (11) Ruby Tuesday (12) Let’s Spend the Night Together (13) Jumpin’ Jack Flash (14) Street Fighting Man (15) Sympathy for the Devil (16) Honky Tonk Women (17) Gimme Shelter (18) Midnight Rambler (live) (19) You Can’t Always Get What You Want (20) Brown Sugar (21) Wild Horses


Total Running Time: 84:56

Rating:

4.500 out of 5.00 (average of 16 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About Hot Rocks:

In 1970, the Stones’ former manager Allen Klein reportedly duped the band into signing over the recording copyrights for all of their material from 1963 to 1970. WK-HR The Rolling Stones went on to form their own label, Rolling Stones Records while Klein compiled this retrospective for his company, ABKCO Records. It was the “Rolling Stones’ biggest-selling release of their career and an enduring and popular retrospective”WK-HR covering “seven years’ worth of mostly very high-charting – and all influential and important – songs.” AMG

Because the Stones owed Decca Records one more single, the songs Brown Sugar and Wild Horses were co-woned by the band and Klein. The Stones’ released the songs on their 1971 Sticky Fingers album while Klein added them to the Hot Rocks compilation.

This overview of the band’s career thus far lets one hear how the Stones “change from loud R&B-inspired rockers covering others’ songs (Time Is on My Side) into originators in their own right ((I Can’t Get No) 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.” AMG

More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)

The Rolling Stones


Released: December 11, 1972


Recorded: 1963-1969


Peak: 9 US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 1.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks: (1) Tell Me (2) Not Fade Away (3) The Last Time (4) It’s All Over Now (5) Good Times, Bad Times (6) I’m Free (7) Out of Time (8) Lady Jane (9) Sittin’ on a Fence (10) Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? (11) Dandelion (12) We Love You (13) She’s a Rainbow (14) 2000 Light Years from Home (14) Child of the Moon (15) No Expectations (16) Let It Bleed (17) What to Do (18) Money (19) Come On (20) Fortune Teller (21) Posion Ivy (22) Bye Bye Johnny (23) I Can’t Be Satisifed (24) Long Long While


Total Running Time: 79:45

Rating:

4.361 out of 5.00 (average of 11 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About More Hot Rocks:

Originally, the intent of this collection was to feature previously unreleased material under the title Necrophilia. That project was scrapped (although it was revisited in 1975 with Metamorphosis) in favor of this more commercial-friendly package, a natural successor to 1971’s Hot Rocks. This collection featured “the hits that could not be shoehorned onto its predecessor, as well as first-time release of many previously UK-only releases.” WK-MH

It showed what an embarrassment of richies the Stones had in the hits department that this collection still boasts seven top 40 U.S. hits, including the top 10 hits The Last Time and Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Fortune Teller (1/31/64: Saturday Club (various artists), 25 CL; live: 4/66, 5 AU) MH
  • Long, Long While (5/13/66: UK B-side of “Paint It Black,” 46 CL) MH, SC
  • Child of the Moon (5/25/68: B-side of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” 46 CL) MH, SC, G80

Notes: In 2002, a CD reissue of More Hot Rocks added “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,” a second version of “Poison Ivy,” and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.”

The Singles Collection – The London Years

The Rolling Stones


Released: August 15, 1989


Recorded: 1963-1971


Peak: 91 US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.1 UK, 2.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Come On (2) I Want to Be Loved (3) I Wanna Be Your Man (4) Stoned (5) Not Fade Away (6) Little by Little (7) It’s All Over Now (8) Good Times, Bad Times (9) Tell Me (10) I Just Want to Make Love to You (11) Time Is on My Side (12) Congratulations (13) Little Red Rooster (14) Off the Hook (15) Heart of Stone (16) What a Shame (17) The Last Time (18) Play with Fire (19) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (20) The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man (21) The Spider and the Fly (22) Get Off of My Cloud (23) I’m Free (24) The Singer Not the Song (25) As Tears Go By


Tracks, Disc 2: (1) Gotta Get Away (2) 19th Nervous Breakdown (3) Sad Day (4) Paint It Black (5) Stupid Girl (6) Long Long While (7) Mother’s Little Helper (8) Lady Jane (9) Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? (10) Who’s Driving Your Plane? (11) Let’s Spend the Night Together (12) Ruby Tuesday (13) We Love You (14) Dandelion (15) She’s a Rainbow (16) 2000 Light Years from Home (17) In Another Land (18) The Lantern (19) Jumpin’ Jack Flash (20) Child of the Moon


Tracks, Disc 3: (1) Street Fighting Man (2) No Expectations (3) Surprise, Surprise (4) Honky Tonk Women (5) You Can’t Always Get What You Want (6) Memo from Turner (7) Brown Sugar (8) Wild Horses (9) I Don’t Know Why (10) Try a Little Harder (11) Out of Time (12) Jiving Sister Fanny (13) Sympathy for the Devil


Total Running Time: 185:44

Rating:

4.692 out of 5.00 (average of 16 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About The Singles Collection: The London Years:

This box set collected all the Rolling Stones’ singles and B-sides through 1971, “mostly in their original mono mixes (at least as of the 2002 reissue), in both the UK and US encompassing their entire era with Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States – hence the album’s title.” WK-SC

“The set begins with their very first UK single, Chuck Berry’s Come On, and runs to Sticky Fingers’s Brown Sugar and Wild Horses…The only omissions are four B-sides from 1970 and 1971. ‘Bitch’ and ‘Let It Rock’ (released in the UK on the ‘Brown Sugar’ single) and ‘Sway’ (B-side to ‘Wild Horses’). Allen Klein did not have release rights to this material when this compilation was released. Also ‘Natural Magic,’ a Ry Cooder instrumental, released as the B-side to Memo from Turner, which features no members of the Rolling Stones performing.” WK-SC

“The set was released at a timely juncture, just a couple of weeks before The Rolling Stones’ comeback album Steel Wheels was due for release after a significant break, and months following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...In 2007, Steven Van Zandt placed Singles Collection: The London Years #1 on his list of the most essential albums of all time.” WK-SC


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • I Want to Be Loved (6/7/63: B-side of “Come On”) SC
  • I Wanna Be Your Man (11/1/63, 32 CL, 12 UK) SC, G80
  • Stoned (11/1/63: B-side of “I Wanna Be Your Man”) SC
  • Try a Little Harder (recorded 2/13/64, released 5/75: B-side of “I Don’t Know Why”) SC
  • Sad Day (2/4/66: B-side of “19th Nervous Breakdown”) SC
  • Who’s Driving Your Plane? (9/23/66: B-side of “Have You Seen Your Mother?”) SC
  • Memo from Turner (MICK JAGGER, recorded 9/68 for the Performance soundtrack; released 10/23/70, 32 UK) SC
  • I Don’t Know Why (recorded 6/69, released 5/75, 42 US, 37 CB, 94 HR, 34 CL, 38 CN) SC
  • Jiving Sister Fanny (recorded 6/69, released on Metamorphosis) SC

Forty Licks

The Rolling Stones


Released: October 1, 2002


Recorded: 1964-2002


Peak: 2 US, 2 UK, 2 CN, 3 AU


Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 0.9 UK, 10.1 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks, Disc 1: (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 of My Cloud (15) Wild Horses (16) Ruby Tuesday (17) Paint It Black (18) Honky Tonk Women (19) It’s All Over Now (20) Let’s Spend the Night Together


Tracks, Disc 2: (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 But I Like It (20) Losing My Touch


Total Running Time: 1:55:52

Rating:

4.647 out of 5.00 (average of 15 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About Forty Licks:

This double-disc compilation offered a forty-year, career-spanning look at the Stones. While the set maddeningly doesn’t play out chronologically, it does collect the band’s Decca/London-era material from 1963-1970 on disc 1 (the years covered by this page) and the band’s self-owned material from 1971 to 2002 on the second disc, which also includes four new songs. For disc two material, check out the 1971-2019 compilations page.

Grrr!

The Rolling Stones


Released: November 12, 2012


Recorded: 1963-2012


Peak: 19 US, 3 UK, 18 CN, 7 AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.3 UK, 1.4 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock veteran


Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Come On (2) I Wanna Be Your Man ** (3) Not Fade Away (4) That’s How Strong My Love Is ** (5) It’s All Over Now (6) Little Red Rooster (7) The Last Time (8) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (9) Heart of Stone * 10) Get Off of My Cloud (11) She Said Yeah ** (12) I’m Free ** (13) Play with Fire ** 14) Time Is on My Side * (15) 19th Nervous Breakdown (16) Paint It Black (17) Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? (18) She’s a Rainbow * (19) Under My Thumb * (20) Out of Time ** (21) As Tears Go By

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) Let’s Spend the Night Together (2) Mother’s Little Helper ** (3) We Love You * (4) Dandelion ** (5) Lady Jane ** (6) Flight 505 ** (7) 2000 Light Years from Home ** (8) Ruby Tuesday (9) Jumpin’ Jack Flash (10) Sympathy for the Devil (11) Child of the Moon ** (12) Salt of the Earth ** (13) Honky Tonk Women (14) Midnight Rambler ** (15) Gimme Shelter (16) You Got the Silver ** (17) You Can’t Always Get What You Want (18) Street Fighting Man (19) Wild Horses

Tracks, Disc 3: (1) Brown Sugar (2) Bitch ** (3) Tumbling Dice (4) Rocks Off * (5) Happy (6) Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) * (7) Angie (8) It’s Only Rock and Roll But I Like It (9) Dance Little Sister ** (10) Fool to Cry (11) Respectable (12) Miss You (13) Shattered ** (14) Far Away Eyes ** (15) Beast of Burden (16) Emotional Rescue (17) Dance (Pt. 1) (18) She’s So Cold ** (19) Waiting on a Friend (20) Neighbours **

Tracks, Disc 4: (1) Start Me Up (2) Undercover of the Night (3) She Was Hot * (4) Harlem Shuffle (5) Mixed Emotions (6) High Wire * (7) Almost Hear You Sigh ** (8) You Got Me Rocking ** (9) Love Is Strong (10) I Go Wild ** (11) Like a Rolling Stone (live) ** (12) Anybody Seen My Baby? (13) Saint of Me ** (14) Don’t Stop (15) Rough Justice ** (16) Rain Fall Down ** (17) Streets of Love * (18) Plundered My Soul ** (19) Doom and Gloom (20) One More Shot

* Songs on 50 track version
** Songs on 80 track version

Rating:

4.321 out of 5.00 (average of 12 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About Grrr!:

This album was released in 40, 50, and 80 track versions. The track listing above shows all 80 tracks with songs from the 50 and 80 track versions noted with asterisks. Only those songs from 1962 to 1971 are featured on this page. See the 1971-2019 retrospective page for later songs.


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First posted 8/29/2009; last updated 10/24/2021.