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on 13 May 2004
Every single of the Stones' early career on one album (3 CD's though), a pretty good deal all in all. No stone is left unturned (sorry about the bad pun...) and all the b-sides are included also. I think I would have preferred to not have EVERY b-side here as there are a few that aren't great examples of what the Stones were capable of. These CD's fill in the gaps in 'Hot Rocks', which is a good best of album itself (but it misses out some important singles). Ideally I would have liked to have seen an album that had all the a-sides, 2nd a-sides where the single was a 'double a side', and the lead track from all the EP's.
Still, there are all the killer songs there, every one hitting you squarely between the eyes with that same steely look that the band gave looking out from their early album covers. They were never the Beatles in looks (except maybe Brian Jones), they never looked for the same kind of parental acceptance as the Beatles - they just chalked up arrests for their various drug indiscretions and public urination and then got on stage and gave us some hard rocking R&B.
Who can argue with 'Satisfaction' or 'Street Fighting Man'? Listen to the slow-paced 'Lady Jane' or 'Wild Horses' to get a glimpse of what goes on inside Keith and Mick's hearts or be amazed by their own brand of psychedelia shown in 'We Love You' or '2000 Light Years From Home'. The Stones never followed trends, they just borrowed a little from them and then forged their own path.
This is a great collection of Stones singles, and my only gripe is that I would have preferred less of the b-sides.
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