Hot Rocks 1964-1971 by The Rolling Stones

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Hot Rocks 1964-1971 by The Rolling Stones
Hot Rocks 1964-1971 by The Rolling Stones

Album Released: 1985

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1.Time Is On My Side2:57
2.Heart Of Stone2:46
3.Play With Fire2:10
4.(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction3:41
5.As Tears Go By2:42
6.Get Off My Cloud2:56
7.Mother's Little Helper2:43
8.19th Nervous Breakdown3:56
9.Paint It Black3:20
10.Under My Thumb3:40
11.Ruby Tuesday3:15
12.Let's Spend The Night Together3:36
13.Jumping Jack Flash3:40
14.Street Fighting Man3:10
15.Sympathy For The Devil3:14
16.Honky Tonk Woman3:03
17.Gimme Shelter3:40
18.Midnight Rambler [Live]8:23
19.You Can't Always Get What You Want7:28
20.Brown Sugar3:50
21.Wild Horses5:41


For a Greatest Hits record from one of the bigger bands in history, this starts out badly, with the brutal amateurism of "Time is On My Side", "Heart of Stone" and "Play with Fire".

God, these guys are bad ... listen to the faltering rhythm, the missed licks, the crude singing. A lot of musicians say they were inspired by The Beatles' early U.S. shows, but I'm surprised a lot more didn't listen to the Stones and say 'Hey, anybody can play this shit'. And the lyrics to "Play with Fire" are apparently intended as some sort of scathing put-down, but they include the lines Now she gets her kicks in Stepney, not in Knightsbridge anymore. Spare me the cruelty!

This collection then takes a huge turn upward with "Satisfaction", one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever, then sinks back again with "As Tears Go By", an amazingly insipid number, then right back to the heights of inspiration once again with "Get Off My Cloud", which is powered by a fantastic drum line and an entirely groovy verse melody. Consistency was not this band's strong point.

Sides Two and Three (on the CD reissue, which is vastly expanded over the original vinyl release ) are fabulous, with one hit single after another that either rocks furiously or grooves melodically, or both.

My faves are "Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown" (which for a long time I thought was about 'ceiling wax' because I wasn't familiar with sealing wax), "Under My Thumb" (hate the lyrics, love the marimba), and "Let's Spend the Night Together" with its swinging piano and shrewdly deployed billyclubs (the story is that when the bobbies came in to raid the studio for drugs, the producer got them to beat out the middle section's rhythm with their nightsticks while the stash was flushed).

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by Reviewer: Steve Knowlton (blogging at Steve's Record Reviews)

This would be the perfect Stones compilation if it was just one CD long. And it would be easy to do that - just drop the awful pre-"Satisfaction" singles, and surgically remove the inexplicably present 8+minute live version of "Midnight Rambler" from CD2.

And there you go - a single CD of the best Stones songs from the band's first decade (the remaining three decades could all fit on one CD too, I would think). What's more, there'd be enough space to include a couple of tunes that were omitted - how about "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby", and one of the two actually good songs from 12 x 5?

Let's face it, the Stones were a singles act. How many people outside of music geeks actually give a crap about Let It Bleed or Exile on Main Street? There's a reason everyone's familiar with The Beatles' albums and not The Rolling Stones'. Heck, even The Who are better-remembered album-wise, what with Tommy and all.

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by Reviewer: Cole Reviews