This fine compilation really tells the story of England's second, and now possibly the first, greatest ever Band. They kicked off by copying their greatly admired American blues heroes, which ultimately developed into part of the British R&B club scene of the mid 60s. This in turn gave birth to many similar acts all over the country, just as skiffle had done a decade before. It was not until Andrew Oldham shut the boys away in a room demanding they should write their own pop stuff with a more commercial feel. They succeeded in this by making 'rebellious' comments in their lyrics about society, sex, drugs and the like, the melodies and catchy riffs still retaining a certain distinct R&B sound. Disc 1 puts this stage over with some of their best sides made with Decca, then Disc 2 covers their drift through flower power, largely drug fuelled, experimenting with additional instruments and a new producer, a complete break from Oldham's rip off management, right up to what the 'pensioners' (less Brian Jones and later Bill Wyman, but plus Mick Taylor for a while, and then Ronnie Wood) are still performing and raking in the millions over 50 years on. You know the rest. Remarkable!