covers most of the monster hits from the Stones' first decade that remained in radio rotation for decades to come. More Hot Rocks
goes for the somewhat smaller hits, some of the better album tracks, and a whole LP side's worth of rarities that hadn't yet been available in the United States when this compilation was released in 1972. The material isn't as famous as what's on Hot Rocks
, but the music is almost as excellent, including such vital cuts as "Not Fade Away," "It's All Over Now," "The Last Time," "Lady Jane," the psychedelic "Dandelion," "She's a Rainbow," "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing in the Shadow?," "Out of Time," "Tell Me," and "We Love You." The eight rarities are pretty good as well, including their 1963 debut single "Come On," early R&B covers of "Fortune Teller" and "Bye Bye Johnnie," great slide guitar on Muddy Waters
' "I Can't Be Satisfied," and the soulful 1966 U.K. B-side "Long Long While."
[The Rolling Stones' London/ABKCO catalog was reissued in August of 2002, packaged in digipacks with restored album artwork, remastered, and released as hybrid discs that contain both CD and Super Audio CD layers. The remastering -- performed with Direct Stream Digital (DSD) encoding -- is a drastic improvement, leaping out of the speaker yet still sounding like the original albums. This is noticeable on the standard CD layer but is considerably more pronounced on the SACD layer, which is shockingly realistic in its detail and presence yet is still faithful to the original mixes; Keith Richards
' revved-up acoustic guitar on "Street Fighting Man" still sends the machine into overdrive, for instance. It just sounds like he's in the room with you. Even if you've never considered yourself an audiophile, have never heard the differences between standard and gold-plated CDs, you will
hear the difference with SACD, even on a cheap stereo system without a high-end amplifier or speakers. And you won't just hear the difference, you'll be an instant convert and wish, hope, and pray that other artists whose catalog hasn't been reissued since the early days of CD -- Bob Dylan
, Bruce Springsteen
, Neil Young
, especially the Beatles
-- are given the same treatment in the very near future. SACD and DSD are that good. The reissue of More Hot Rocks (Big Hits and Fazed Cookies)
also adds (in refreshing contrast to most of the 2002 re-releases, which usually added no or little bonus material) three additional tracks. Those are "version two" of "Poison Ivy" (two versions of that cut were released in the U.K. in the 1960s); an audience-less version of "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (crowd noise was dubbed onto it when it was placed on Got Live if You Want It!
); and the longer, quite different U.K. version of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" (which appeared on the second U.K. Rolling Stones LP, though a different take was used when the song appeared on the U.S. album The Rolling Stones Now!