Remastered reissue of 1972 compilation.
Rolling Stones Photos
It’s the rare greatest-hits album that takes on a lifetime of its own. Most often, absolute best-of collections are superceded by up to date retrospectives. Hot Rocks is among the rare exceptions to the rule. At the start released in 1972, it immediately changed into the Stones intro of choice, elbowing aside Big Hits, High Tide and Green Grass and Through the Past Darkly. Why? It happened to hit the racks when Mick and company were at their creative peak. The 21 tracks found here represent seven years of dizzying growth. From “Time is on My Side” through “Satisfaction” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” on to Sticky Fingers‘s “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses,” Hot Rocks never lets up. The likes of Sucking within the ’70s and Jump Back come and go, but this Stones overview is probably not moved. –Steven Stolder