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.
 Release and reception
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.
 Track listing
All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.
All tracks on sides one and two were produced by Glyn Johns.
 Chart positions
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||UK Top 75 Albums 
 See also
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