Hot Rocks 1964–1971

Hot Rocks 1964–1971
The Rolling Stones
Released 20 December 1971
Recorded October 1964 – January 1971
Genre Rock
Length 84:56
Language English
Label ABKCO (UK)
Producer Glyn Johns
The Rolling Stones compilations chronology
Gimme Shelter
Hot Rocks 1964–1971

Hot Rocks 1964–1971 is the first London material in 1970) after the band’s departure from Decca and Klein. Released in late 1971, it proved to be The Rolling Stones’ biggest-selling release of their career and an enduring and popular retrospective.

After reportedly having been duped by Klein to unknowingly sign over the recording copyrights to all of their material from 1963 to 1970, The Rolling Stones left Decca and formed their own label, double album greatest hits package.

While the album carries most of the band’s biggest hits during their first decade, it does drop a few of them in order to include standout tracks such as “Play With Fire”, “Under My Thumb” and “Gimme Shelter” giving listeners a more well-rounded impression of The Rolling Stones’ music in this era. Although “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses” are a part of Sticky Fingers, those two songs are co-owned by the band and Allen Klein because The Rolling Stones recorded the songs while they were still under contract to Decca.


[edit] Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
MSN Music 5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B− link
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars link

Hot Rocks 1964–1971 was authorized by The Rolling Stones (as was More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)). It has ended up as their highest-selling album, reaching #4 in the U.S. upon its release and, after selling in excess of six million copies, it was certified twelve times platinum there, as per RIAA rules regarding double album releases. The UK release was delayed for many years, coming out on 21 May 1990, to coincide with the Urban Jungle Tour, reaching #3.

Robert Christgau rated the album a B-, writing “If you don’t like the Stones, this might serve as a sampler… Look, here’s how it works. Except for Satanic Majesties, which isn’t represented here, all of their ’60s studio albums are musts.”

In August 2002, Hot Rocks 1964–1971 was reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records.[1]

[edit] Track listing

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. Time Is on My Side(Norman Meade) 2:59
2. Heart of Stone”   2:49
3. Nanker Phelge) 2:13
4. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”   3:43
5. Andrew Loog Oldham) 2:44
6. Get Off of My Cloud”   2:55
Side two
No. Title Length
7. Mother’s Little Helper”   2:44
8. 19th Nervous Breakdown”   3:56
9. Paint It, Black”   3:23
10. Under My Thumb”   3:42
11. Ruby Tuesday”   3:16
12. Let’s Spend the Night Together”   3:37
Side three
No. Title Length
13. Jumpin’ Jack Flash”   3:41
14. Street Fighting Man”   3:14
15. Sympathy for the Devil”   6:18
16. Honky Tonk Women”   3:00
17. Gimme Shelter”   4:31
Side four
No. Title Length
18. Live) 9:14
19. You Can’t Always Get What You Want”   7:28
20. Brown Sugar”   3:49
21. Wild Horses”   5:44

All tracks on sides one and two were produced by Glyn Johns.

[edit] Charts

[edit] Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard Pop Albums [2] 4
1990 UK Top 75 Albums [3] 3

[edit] Certification

Country Certification Sales
United States 12× Platinum 12,000,000

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ Walsh, Christopher (24 August 2002). “Super audio CDs: The Rolling Stones Remastered”. Billboard (Billboard): pp. 27.
  2. ^ The Rolling Stones Album Chart on Billboard
  3. ^ UK Top 75 Albums

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