|Hot Rocks 1964–1971|
|Greatest hits album by The Rolling Stones|
|Released||20 December 1971|
|Recorded||October 1964 – January 1971|
|Label||London (US), ABKCO (UK)|
|Producer||Andrew Loog Oldham, Jimmy Miller, The Rolling Stones, and Glyn Johns|
|The Rolling Stones compilations chronology|
Hot Rocks 1964–1971 is the first compilation album of Rolling Stones music released by former manager Allen Klein's ABKCO Records (who gained control of the band's Decca/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, Rolling Stones Records, with a new distributor. They recorded Sticky Fingers throughout 1970, releasing it the following spring. Although Klein—and now ABKCO—no longer had The Rolling Stones as clients, their fruitful catalogue was ripe for the picking and, thus, Hot Rocks 1964–1971 was quickly compiled as a 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 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.
Hot Rocks 1964–1971 was released without input by The Rolling Stones (as was More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)). As of August 2018, the album has spent 275 weeks on the US Billboard 200 chart and peaked at #4. After selling in excess of twelve million copies, it was certified twelve times platinum. It has ended up as their best-selling album worldwide. The UK release was delayed for many years, coming out on 21 May 1990, to coincide with the Urban Jungle Tour, reaching No. 3 and, as of August 2018, it has spent 161 weeks on the UK Top 200.
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."
All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.
|1.||"Time Is on My Side (Guitar intro version)"||The Rolling Stones No. 2 (1965, UK release); Organ intro version on 12 X 5 (1964, U.S. release)||3:00|
|2.||"Heart of Stone"||Out of Our Heads (1965, UK release)/The Rolling Stones, Now! (1965, U.S. release)||2:49|
|3.||"Play with Fire" (Nanker Phelge)||Out of Our Heads (1965, U.S. release)||2:13|
|4.||"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"||Out of Our Heads (U.S. release)||3:43|
|5.||"As Tears Go By" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards/Andrew Loog Oldham)||December's Children (And Everybody's) (1965, U.S release)||2:44|
|6.||"Get Off of My Cloud"||December's Children (And Everybody's) (U.S. release)||2:55|
|7.||"Mother's Little Helper"||Aftermath (1966, UK release)||2:44|
|8.||"19th Nervous Breakdown"||Non-album single (1966)||3:56|
|9.||"Paint It, Black"||Aftermath (1966, U.S release)||3:22|
|10.||"Under My Thumb"||Aftermath (Both releases)||3:42|
|11.||"Ruby Tuesday"||Between the Buttons (1967, U.S. release)||3:16|
|12.||"Let's Spend the Night Together"||Between the Buttons (U.S. release)||3:37|
|13.||"Jumpin' Jack Flash"||Non-album single (1968)||3:41|
|14.||"Street Fighting Man"||Beggars Banquet (1968)||3:14|
|15.||"Sympathy for the Devil"||Beggars Banquet||6:18|
|16.||"Honky Tonk Women"||Non-album single||3:00|
|17.||"Gimme Shelter"||Let It Bleed (1969)||4:31|
|18.||"Midnight Rambler" (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S., 28 November 1969)||Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert (1970); originally from Let It Bleed||9:05|
|19.||"You Can't Always Get What You Want"||Let It Bleed||7:30|
|20.||"Brown Sugar"||Sticky Fingers (1971)||3:48|
|21.||"Wild Horses"||Sticky Fingers||5:42|
All tracks on sides one and two were produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. All tracks on sides three and four were produced by Jimmy Miller, except "Midnight Rambler," which was produced by The Rolling Stones and Glyn Johns.
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