This is one of the best sounding vinyl remasters that I've ever played. Absolutely perfect! Flat, virtually silent between songs and the songs sound better than I've Ever heard them! I have several cds of the Stones that contain these same songs and even the cds do not hold a candle to this record! YES! There are other tons of compilations (too many, really, of the Stones), but this is an ORIGINAL Stones album released in 1966! Collectors and true Stones fans will appreciate this
Here we go again...I bought this 2002 CD remaster in 2012. Don't know why it took me 10 years. I had the album in '66 primarily because I had shifted away from buying any more 45 rpm singles and this was a killer album. Had to have it-all the Big Hits of 1964 to 1966 on one LP. Now I can retire the vinyl, which I was playing right up to 2012 wondering why the Stones had not converted to CD then Bang! there it was. Early Stones Blues-get it, it's nice.
This is a great album, you don't hear any of these songs played on the radio anymore except for maybe (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, 19th Nervous Breakdowm and Get Off Of My Cloud, I haven't heard these songs in years and listening to them brought back a lot of great memories. I recommend this album, if you like the Stones you'll love this album, you won't be disappointed.
Had this original vinyl album when it first came out in the 60's except back then, " Satisfaction " was the last song on side two. This was the Stones first greatest hits album and not their last by a longshot. All the songs are fabulous and come from the Brian Jones era. Not one bad song on this cd. If you're looking for a starting point, this is a good one. My favorite song on this cd would be Heart of Stone.
This was the first Lp I bought. It essentially is a greatest hits of early material like. " Little Red Rooster" ""Satisfaction " Even though I have all these songs on a different GH package, I had to get it for the pure sake of it being my first Lp . The second one of GH was "Through the Past Darkly" which starts with "Paint it Black" They since have come out with many other sets-Bought long ago but available from Amazon is a 3 Disc set "The London Years" it is a nice set in a box with booklet Thank you
It's difficult indeed to try to encapsulate The Rolling Stones. They produced so much recorded material (some of which is (yes) still unavailable) that it boggles the mind.
It's a funny thing: I do recording work with a coworker, and we had a conversation a week or so ago about sound quality, since we both have become ridiculous audiophiles. We were talking about British artists, since I had been doing work on The Fortunes, and I immediately piped up and starting glorifying The Stones. My coworker said "Not so fast." Since he used to work with a local band in The Philly area, I listened with interest to what he said. He explained to me that once one put the Stones material on the sine wave and analyzed it, their recording sound was really quite sloppy and not-so-good sonically when compared to, for instance, The Beatles. Now of course The Beatles had superior sound quality largely because they practiced, practiced for days on end and also, of course, they performed at Homburg.
OK, true, I have no argument with what he said; however there are so many extenuating circumstances with regard to a likely somewhat sloppy sound, that it literally washes that idea out like a gully washer downpour washing rain down a storm drain.
The idea is that for those of us that grew up during the 60s & who also listened to the radio (& WHO didn't) The Stones were just as much on anybody's list as The Beatles were. AND there are some facts which stand The Stones out. 1). They are still together (with the exception of Brian Jones who drowned in 1969) as an original group in 2010, having formed in January of 1963. This fact alone should knock out any degradation of them. If my math serves me that's about to be 48 years! I haven't checked every possible source, but that's likely a world record for any band & a fact that should be noted very clearly. 2). While The Beatles were primarily "simply" a rock band, The Stones were a rhythm & blues based rock band. This immediately places them in still a separate category, and a category which I feel warrants close study when trying to put The Stones in their place in pop music history. Rhythm & blues of course came out of the 50s doo-wop. That doo-wop evolved into what became known as "soul music" which was such an incredible genre during the 60s into early 70s until disco came along & besmirched pop music forever. 3) All this taken into account if one were to randomly question 1000 people who closely listened to pop radio during the 60s-early 70s, The Stones are more often than not considered the world's all-time greatest rock band.
I have read a lot of the comments on this blog, and it seems as though there is a lot of thought and in some cases criticism being given to sound quality and availability of Stones material, especially comparing original British releases with the available American releases of the same material. I certainly agree that as far as availability goes The Brits gave us more, and if one can find the original DECCA volumes on CD, the sound quality is better too. I just wonder when this country is going to "See The Light!"
One more word: In the ever present debate of stereo vs. mono, a lot of the Stones 60s stuff sounds better in mono. That's coming from someone who prefers stereo! The original punch and drive of the band is lost in stereo on such tracks as "Satisfaction", "Get Off My Cloud", "Mother's Little Helper", and "Time Is On My Side." There are stereo pieces out there (and I own them) which present all of those tracks in stereo. It's a German disc which went out of print about 20 years ago! Although it doesn't sound bad, it's not the original stuff we were listening to on our car radios & on any radios, for that matter. The mono versions are definitely superior sonically.
As a final analysis: To me The Stones are the consummate rock-rhythm & blues band of all time, hands down.