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Superb starter kit for Stones novices.
on 12 December 2016
Decent compilation of 21 tracks with 12 (1964-67) on CD1 and 9 (1968-1971) on CD2. Given that the 2nd disc is about 6 minutes longer than the 1st, my view is that a couple of the superb singles from the mid-60s (such as 'It's All Over Now' and 'The Last Time') could easily have been included on Disc 1. Even so, many early classics are here including 'Satisfaction', 'Get off Of My Cloud', 'Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown', 'Paint It Black', 'Let's Spend The Night Together' and the lovely 'Ruby Tuesday as well as superb non-single releases such as 'Play With Fire' and 'As Tears Go By'.
CD2 covers the big hitters from 1968-1971 including 'Jumping Jack Flash', 'Honky Tonk Women', 'Brown Sugar' and the glorious 'Street Fighting Man. In addition, there are a number of classy album tracks including the primal 'Sympathy for The Devil', 'Gimme Shelter' and the pretty country ballad 'Wild Horses'; the only thing that doesn't really impress me is the 9 minute live version of 'Midnight Rambler' which is heavy going in this form. However, if you're looking for a really good compilation of early Stones material then this should serve as a great introduction to their extensive back catalogue. Highly recommended.