Unpublished Album with ID #11189697

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The Stones songs you know and love.

Or, "the one with the hits." These compilations — which take all of the band's singles from a particular time frame and lay them out end-to-end — are more concerned with chronology and curation, and this installment captures the Stones at the height of their powers. There's no need to make a case for the hits, among them "Satisfaction," "Paint it, Black" and "Get Off Of My Cloud" (to name a few), so it's the B-Sides here that provide the enticement. "The Spider & the Fly" — a "Satisfaction" flip-side — is a genuinely creepy bit of stalker's blues and "In Another Land"'s psych pastiche is as amusing as it is unsettling. "Who's Flying Your Plane," the B-Side to "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby…," is a highlight, Jagger's howl swathed in echo and the whole band coming apart at the seams. It's not too far afield from Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh…," but it's a good deal stranger and a whole lot unholier. Nothing here is especially rare, but it does provide for an interesting listen, the opportunity to hear some of the group's biggest hits alongside some lesser-known, but still worthy, fare.