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More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)
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Unlike Hot Rocks which, with just a couple of exceptions, contained only songs featured on singles, More Hot Rocks provides a wider and richer peek into the Stones' vast back catalogue by also plundering albums and assorted odds and ends. Out Of Time, for example, and Sittin' On A Fence were well-known songs because they were hits for Chris Farlowe and Twice As Much, but the Stones' own renditions were only on album. What To Do and Let It Bleed are also album tracks.
The Stones were more adventurous, diverse and experimental than a cursory run through their hits would indicate, and the B-sides chosen here make the point nicely: Good Times Bad Times, Dandelion, Two Thousand Light Years From Home (more like the Pink Floyd than anything else), Child Of The Moon, No Expectations and Long Long While.
Rarities include Poison Ivy (Version One) and Fortune Teller.Read more ›
So why bother with this very odd compilation? Well there's only one, ridiculously expensive reason - "I Can't Be Satisfied" - a magnificent cover of a Muddy Waters track that's up there with the very best of anything the Stones or anyone else has released and which, along with "Little Red Rooster", was pivotal in establishing their reputation as a "serious" blues band. Featuring some stunning slide guitar from Brian Jones, wonderfully understated backing from Keith Richards and some beautifully laid-back drumming from Charlie Watts, it's an absolutely unmissable cut that was, quite unbelievably, "lost" in the track-shifting between their first two UK & US albums... and, equally unbelievably, is, at present, only available here.
It's a huge amount to pay for one track but then maybe you can help justify the cost on the basis that several of the other tracks on this double CD, most of which are excellent, fill some glaring gaps in your Stones collection.
This album is in no way inferior to "Hot Rocks." Even though it contains rarities and album tracks, it's full of early Stones magic and plenty of classics like Tell Me, Not Fade Away, The Last Time, Out Of Time and Lady Jane. It's particularly strong on the psychedelic side of the Stones with brilliant songs like Dandelion, We Love You, She's A Rainbow and 2000 Light Years From Home. On top of that, it contains their very first single Come On and some excellent covers of Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry compositions. This album has stood the test of time very well and is a masterpiece compared to most of today's mainstream rock music. Like Hot Rocks, it also deserves 7 stars.
all in all a very pleasurable cd if you like their flower power era..
Then, just as you think this collection is about to get really good, it's back to the early days and a load of rare and previously unreleased rubbish. I mean, Fortune Teller? Poison Ivy? Bye Bye Johnny? What the Hell is that all about? It's as if they got to Let It Bleed and ran out of good material, which I have since found out not to be the case. I mean where is Stray Cat Blues, or Love In Vain? Nowhere to be seen, that's where, and that is why you should not buy this CD. Instead, go straight for the studio albums Let It Bleed, Beggars Banquet, Exile On Main Street and Sticky Fingers, in that order. Or, if you prefer the Stones' early work, target The Singles Collection. Here, you get all of the good stuff from this collection, most of the good stuff from Hot Rocks, and none of the rubbish you'll find here.
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The product is good and they are great artists, a pleasure to listen to their songs recorded in the studio or live.Published on 23 Mar. 2014 by Michele
I just love the sounds of the sixties and seventies. Just replacing the old records gradually. The Rolling Stones are still fabulous!Published on 22 Dec. 2013 by angela billing
I was very pleased with this cd which has some rare old tracks that I have been wanting for awhilePublished on 22 Jan. 2013 by Creeky