The Stones having left London Records in 1970 to form their own label, the old company graciously . . . kept exploiting the old catalog to the nth degree. More Hot Rocks, which followed the double greatest-hits set that became one of the band's most consistent sellers, is actually a brilliantly selected and sequenced game of catch-up. The first three-quarters recapitulate hits and album tracks ("The Last Time," "No Expectations") and a couple of up-'til-then non-LP sides ("We Love You," "Child of the Moon"). The final eight cuts gather material never before issued in the States, including the group's first single (Chuck Berry's "Come On"), the British Aftermath keynote "What to Do" and a tough, apropos take on "Money." --Rickey Wright
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Fills in the Blanks from "Hot Rocks"
Steven A. Peterson | Hershey, PA (Born in Kewanee, IL) | 01/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Rolling Stones' "Hot Rocks" is one of the all time great pop music/rock n' roll greatest hits collections. "More Hot Rocks (Big Hits and Fazed Cookies)" does not have the same musical firepower, but it "fills in the blanks" of "Hot Rocks." It provides a richer view of the music of the Rolling Stones from the beginning to 1971.
First off, the music from the Stones' psychedelic plunge is present here and not on "Hot Rocks." The CD includes the bon bon "We Love You," put out by the group after the famous arrests and jailings. Beginning with slammed jail doors, the music captures this era nicely. So, too, cuts off of "Their Satanic Majesties Request," "She's a Rainbow," "2000 Light Years from Home," and "Child of the Moon." This is not one of their best albums, but this does represent an interesting experiment, and the music is not bad for all that.
Second, we hear gems from the early years of the group. Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" is covered nicely; two grand oldies that might have been good enough for "Hot Rocks" are "The Last Time" and "I'm Free" and "Out of Time." It is also nice to see some bluesy songs included, such as "Good Times Bad Times." Some old-fashioned rockers: "Poison Ivy" and "Bye Bye Johnnie" and "Come On."
All in all, a great complement to "Hot Rocks." It provides a much more complete picture of the Rolling Stones' musical corpus from this time period.