This collection represents the best album the Rolling Stones ever made; some achievement given the competition (Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main St.), and the circumstances recently after the death of Brian Jones.
Of the nine tracks, there is barely a weak link (only the ill-advised Country Honk fails to hit the mark), and many represent classics. From the impassioned Gimme Shelter, assertive Live With Me and menacing Midnight Rambler, through to the glorious closer, You Can't Always Get What You Want, this represents one of the most consistently brilliant records ever released.
It surpasses much, if not all, of the material released by such other "great" sixties bands as the Beatles, Doors and Greatful Dead, while still maintaining an air of carefree authenticity. If there is one Rolling Stones album, or indeed one sixties album that you simply must own, this is it. An absolute classic from start to finish.