Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)
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Released: March 28 1966
Record label: London NP-1
Produced by: Andrew Loog Oldham
SIDE A: 1. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction/ 2. The Last Time/ 3. As Tears Go By/ 4. Time Is On My Side/ 5. It’s All Over Now/ 6. Tell Me
SIDE B: 1. 19th Nervous Breakdown/ 2. Heart Of Stone/ 3. Get Off My Cloud/ 4. Not Fade Away/ 5. Good Times, Bad Times/ 6. Play With Fire
Released: Nov. 4 1966
Record label: TXL 101
Produced by: Andrew Loog Oldham
SIDE A: Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?/ 2. Paint It, Black/ 3. It’s All Over Now/ 4. The Last Time/ 5. Heart Of Stone/ 6. Not Fade Away/ 7. Come On
Side B: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction/ 2. Get Off Of My Cloud/ 3. As Tears Go By/ 4. 19th. Nervous Breakdown/ 5. Lady Jane/ 6. Time Is On My Side/ 7. Little Red Rooster
Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) is the first compilation album by the Rolling Stones. With different cover art and track listings, it was released on 28 March 1966, on London Records in the US and on 4 November 1966, by Decca Records in the UK.
The American edition focused on songs from 1964 and 1965 with two new tunes: the recent “19th Nervous Breakdown” and the re-recorded “Time Is on My Side” with the guitar intro. The British version covered a longer period, from the group’s first single A-side in 1963, “Come On”, to several songs from 1966, including the recent hit “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?”
The album reached number three on the US Billboard 200 and number four on the UK Albums Chart. It remained on the chart 99 weeks in the US, where the RIAA certified the album double platinum, signifying over two million copies sold.
The songs chosen for the American version of Big Hits were roughly split between originals written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and those by American R&B and rock ‘n’ roll musicians, with most of the songs taken from the first five US Stones albums released by London Records. The album cover photo for the US edition was taken at Franklin Canyon Park in the mountains above Beverly Hills by Guy Webster.
The UK Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) includes tracks released after the American edition appeared. The Rolling Stones’ debut 1963 single, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Come On”, was included, but the more successful follow-up, “I Wanna Be Your Man” – composed by rivals (although in reality as friends) Lennon–McCartney – was left off the album. However, an early slick-proof of the album, displayed on Exhibitionism in London in 2016, showed the track as slated for inclusion, but it was ultimately replaced by “Time Is on My Side” by Jerry Ragovoy (as ‘Norman Meade’). The fisheye lens-view photo used for the album cover was taken in New York City by Jerry Schatzberg, while the photo for the London Records cover was used as the back cover.
Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) reached number four in the UK charts. The British version was again made available to the public as part of a limited edition vinyl box set, titled “The Rolling Stones 1964–1969”, in November 2010. It was also re-released digitally at the same time. The vinyl version of the album includes a booklet pasted into the gatefold with color photos of the Rolling Stones in concert and in the studio.
Once more, the UK version was released on Record Store Day in 2019 on Green Vinyl, to go along with the release on its second volume, Through the Past, Darkly, which was released on orange vinyl for both Record Store Day and its 50th anniversary, as stated on the Record Store Day sticker affixed on the front of the vinyl cover.
From allmusic.com (by Bruce Eder):
The first hits compilation of the Rolling Stones is still one of the most potent collections of singles that one can find. Listening to it in 1966 or today, one can understand how, almost prematurely for the 1960s — as most of the material here dates from 1964 or 1965 — the Stones set themselves up as the decade’s most visible rock & roll rebels.
The defiant, in-your-face fuzztone riff and sexually frustrated lyrics of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and the frenetic pounding punk anthem “Get Off of My Cloud” are highlights of a 12-song set that has no weak points, only peaks — the louder-than-life rhythm guitars on “It’s All Over Now” and “The Last Time,” the wailing R&B of “Time Is on My Side,” the balladry, folk, and soul style of “As Tears Go By” and “Tell Me,” and all of the rest make for a body of work that’s still amazing to hear decades after the fact.
Appearing as it did in the late winter of 1966, this collection completely missed the group’s drift into psychedelia, and it has since been supplanted by Hot Rocks and More Hot Rocks, but Big Hits is still the most concentrated dose of the early Stones at their most accessible that is to be had, short of simply playing their first five U.S. albums. The artwork and photography were pretty cool too, and the original LP had one of rock’s early classic gatefold album designs.
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