The Rolling Stones - Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)


180-gram vinyl

The Rolling Stone's first hits compilation

ABKCO Records throughout the remainder of the year and into early 2024, is reissuing U.S. and U.K. versions of The Rolling Stones albums recorded between 1963 and 1970, largely by the original Jagger/Richards/Jones/Watts/Wyman lineup, on 180-gram vinyl.

This includes the U.K. and U.S. versions of The Rolling Stones' first hits compilation Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass). The first hits compilation of the Stones, this is still one of the most potent collections of singles that one can find. Listening to it in 1966 or today, one can understand how, almost prematurely for the 1960s — as most of the material here dates from 1964 or 1965 — the Stones set themselves up as the decade's most visible rock 'n' roll rebels.

Writes AllMusic: "The defiant, in-your-face fuzztone riff and sexually frustrated lyrics of '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' and the frenetic pounding punk anthem 'Get Off of My Cloud' are highlights of a 12-song set that has no weak points, only peaks — the louder-than-life rhythm guitars on 'It's All Over Now' and 'The Last Time,' the wailing R&B of 'Time Is on My Side,' the balladry, folk, and soul style of 'As Tears Go By' and 'Tell Me,' and all of the rest make for a body of work that's still amazing to hear decades after the fact. Appearing as it did in the late winter of 1966, this collection completely missed the group's drift into psychedelia, and it has since been supplanted by Hot Rocks and More Hot Rocks, but Big Hits is still the most concentrated dose of the early Stones at their most accessible that is to be had, short of simply playing their first five U.S. albums. The artwork and photography were pretty cool too, and the original LP had one of rock's early classic gatefold album designs."

Side A
Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
Paint It, Black
It's All Over Now
The Last Time
Heart Of Stone
Not Fade Away
Come On
Side B
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Get Off Of My Cloud
As Tears Go By
The Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man
Lady Jane
Time Is On My Side
Little Red Rooster

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Just Rolling Stones, no Muddy Waters

posted on 05/08/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: Tom
Great UK compilation. Muddy Waters does not participate at all. However, the Rolling Stones perform a fine cover version of Howlin' Wolf's "Red Rooster"

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