Top positive review
Contains many essential singles, B-sides and "deep cuts"
November 21, 2018
This compilation is the perfect complement to HOT ROCKS; together, they're a near-perfect overview of the Stones' 1963-71 career. There are a bunch of tracks here that are top-notch, 1st tier classics - "She's a Rainbow", "No Expectations", "Let It Bleed", "2000 Light Years from Home", "Out of Time", and the marvelous cover of Bobby Womack's "It's All Over Now". I also really love "Child of the Moon" (the B-side to "Jumping Jack Flash"), "Sittin' on a Fence" and "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby". And most of the rest are no slouches.
If you're a completist, picking this up might still be worth your while because it's the only place to obtain several early Stones tracks - "Fortune Teller", "Bye Bye Johnny", "Money", "I Can't Be Satisfied", "I Can't Stop Loving You", and both versions of "Poison Ivy". None of these are essential - they come from a period where the Stones were exploring their love of African American music (blues, R&B and early rock'n'roll) but hadn't fully developed their own identity. But they're a fun bonus.