martes, 31 de marzo de 2009

· “Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)” - The Rolling Stones

“Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)” is an adequate assimilation of some of the Stones' greatest tunes before their music entered a very dark, antisocial phase during the peak of the Vietnam War. At the start, you have their trademark song “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction”, in between are the pensive “As Tears Go By” and the reflective blues number “Good Times, Bad Times”. Also present are the favorites “19th Nervous Breakdown” and what many consider to be the Stones' proclamation of supreme status as the greatest rock band ever in “Get Off of My Cloud”. At the very end is the soft yet ominous “Play with Fire”, which, with its unique arrangement of harpsichord, acoustic guitar and tambourine, commanded that the Stones, whether in hard rock or soft rock mode, could show attitude and get a message across. It is a very strong compilation. The only objection one might have is the organ intro version of “Time Is On My Side”, which seems to gel with the other tunes quite well, as opposed to the guitar one that is in the other well known version included on the Vol. 1 of the compilation I posted before. “Big Hits (High Tide & Green Grass)” was released on Apr 1, 1966 in the US. The American record company execs had tampered with the original UK design of most of the Stones albums up to this time, often releasing inferior American versions. On this one they reversed the trend and the UK design, which was released Nov 4, 1966, did not include “Paint It, Black”. The UK version substituted “Mother's Little Helper” and added 3 additional tracks (“Take It Or Leave It”, “Out Of Time”, and “What To Do”). There is an interesting story about the cover art. The photo was originally done for an album to be called “Could You Walk On The Water?”, but the concept was so controversial at that time that the photo of the Band walking on the water of a California reservoir was dropped and the photo of them standing on the bank was used. The album was renamed “Aftermath” (although the American version dropped the hyphen) and that originally intended artwork was then used for this greatest hits album.


01- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
02- Last Time
03- As Tears Go By
04- Time Is on My Side
05- It's All Over Now
06- Tell Me
07- 19th Nervous Breakdow
08- Heart of Stone
09- Get Off of My Cloud
10- Not Fade Away
11- Good Times, Bad Times
12- Play with Fire

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