Sound — 10
The title pretty much sums up what is on this CD. The songs aren't arranged in any particular order. It has most of the hits from the era. You can hear rock, blues, jazz and even a little disco on this great compilation. It has classic songs like Start Me Up, Brown Sugar, Angie, and Beast of Burden. The guitars are great. Nice and simple, since Keith Richards is famous for his great rhythm riffs, not necessarily solos. Mick Taylor and Ron Wood did a good job on their guitars too. The drums by Charlie Watts have a nice, steady beat. He is someone that doesn't have to hit a crash symbol on every other note. Vocals are great. Bill Wyman's basslines are cleverly hidden, adding the perfect accent. Regular rock can be heard in songs like Start Me Up and Rock And Hard Place. There are also jazzier songs like Brown Sugar. That little bit of disco is on Miss You with a catchy keyboard. Slower, more depressing songs include Angie and Fool To Cry.
Lyrics — 10
Mick Jagger's vocals are amazing, he can sing nice and clear, loud and screeching, soft and gentle, or even a little feminine when ever he feels like it. The lyrics are typical from Jagger-Richards. They are about sex, women, drugs, etc. They are written perfectly anyway. Some of the stuff was recorded around the time Keith Richards had his heroin addiction, so I think a few of the songs were written mostly by Mick Jagger.
Overall Impression — 10
This compilation is great. It is a lot of the Rolling Stones singles from the era. My favorite tracks were Start Me Up, Brown Sugar, Angie, Miss You, and Beast of Burden. They are also some of the Stones most known songs. It's the Rolling Stones, so it makes it pure rock n' roll. This is a great starting compilation for anyone that is getting into the Rolling Stones. You should also buy a compilation from the earlier era. I think it is called Hot Rocks. It has all of the best songs from 1963 to the beginning of the '70s. Everything is great about this CD, and there is nothing to hate, unless you like earlier stuff from these guys, or if Brian Jones was your favorite Rolling Stone. I would so dissapointed if someone stole this, because it's great music.