Hot Rocks 1964–1971

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Hot Rocks 1964–1971
Greatest hits album by The Rolling Stones
Released 20 December 1971
Recorded October 1964 – January 1971
Genre Rock
Length 84:56
Language English
Label London (US), ABKCO (UK)
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham, Jimmy Miller, The Rolling Stones, and Glyn Johns
The Rolling Stones compilations chronology
Gimme Shelter
Hot Rocks 1964–1971

Hot Rocks 1964–1971 is the first compilation album of Rolling Stones music released by former manager Allen Klein's ABKCO Records (who gained control of the band's Decca/London material in 1970) after the band's departure from Decca and Klein. Released in late 1971, it proved to be The Rolling Stones' biggest-selling release of their career and an enduring and popular retrospective.

After reportedly having been duped by Klein to unknowingly sign over the recording copyrights to all of their material from 1963 to 1970, The Rolling Stones left Decca and formed their own label, Rolling Stones Records, with a new distributor. They recorded Sticky Fingers throughout 1970, releasing it the following spring. Although Klein—and now ABKCO—no longer had The Rolling Stones as clients, their fruitful catalogue was ripe for the picking and, thus, Hot Rocks 1964–1971 was quickly compiled as a double album greatest hits package.

While the album carries most of the band's biggest hits during their first decade, it does drop a few of them to include standout tracks such as "Play With Fire", "Under My Thumb" and "Gimme Shelter" giving listeners a more well-rounded impression of The Rolling Stones' music in this era. Although "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses" are a part of Sticky Fingers, those two songs are co-owned by the band and Allen Klein because The Rolling Stones recorded the songs while they were still under contract to Decca.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
MSN Music 5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B− link
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars link

Hot Rocks 1964–1971 was released without input by The Rolling Stones (as was More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)). The album has spent 262 weeks on the US Billboard 200 chart (between 1972-2016) and peaked at #4.[1] After selling in excess of six million copies, it was certified twelve times platinum, as per RIAA rules regarding double album releases. It has ended up as their best-selling album. The UK release was delayed for many years, coming out on 21 May 1990, to coincide with the Urban Jungle Tour, reaching No. 3.

Robert Christgau rated the album a B-, writing "If you don't like the Stones, this might serve as a sampler... Look, here's how it works. Except for Satanic Majesties, which isn't represented here, all of their '60s studio albums are musts."

In August 2002, Hot Rocks 1964–1971 was reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Original album(s) Length
1. "Time Is on My Side (Guitar intro version)"   The Rolling Stones No. 2 (1965, UK release); Organ intro version on 12 X 5 (1964, U.S. release) 3:00
2. "Heart of Stone"   Out of Our Heads (1965, UK release)/The Rolling Stones, Now! (1965, U.S. release) 2:49
3. "Play with Fire" (Nanker Phelge) Out of Our Heads (1965, U.S. release) 2:13
4. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"   Out of Our Heads (U.S. release) 3:43
5. "As Tears Go By" (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards/Andrew Loog Oldham) December's Children (And Everybody's) (1965, U.S release) 2:44
6. "Get Off of My Cloud"   December's Children (And Everybody's) (U.S. release) 2:55
Side two
No. Title Original album(s) Length
7. "Mother's Little Helper"   Aftermath (1966, UK release) 2:44
8. "19th Nervous Breakdown"   Non-album single (1966) 3:56
9. "Paint It, Black"   Aftermath (1966, U.S release) 3:22
10. "Under My Thumb"   Aftermath (Both releases) 3:42
11. "Ruby Tuesday"   Between the Buttons (1967, U.S. release) 3:16
12. "Let's Spend the Night Together"   Between the Buttons (U.S. release) 3:37
Side three
No. Title Original album(s) Length
13. "Jumpin' Jack Flash"   Non-album single (1968) 3:41
14. "Street Fighting Man"   Beggars Banquet (1968) 3:14
15. "Sympathy for the Devil"   Beggars Banquet 6:18
16. "Honky Tonk Women"   Non-album single 3:00
17. "Gimme Shelter"   Let It Bleed (1969) 4:31
Side four
No. Title Original album(s) Length
18. "Midnight Rambler" (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S., 28 November 1969) Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert (1970); originally from Let It Bleed 9:05
19. "You Can't Always Get What You Want"   Let It Bleed 7:30
20. "Brown Sugar"   Sticky Fingers (1971) 3:48
21. "Wild Horses"   Sticky Fingers 5:42

All tracks on sides one and two were produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. All tracks on sides three and four were produced by Jimmy Miller, except "Midnight Rambler," which was produced by The Rolling Stones and Glyn Johns.


See also[edit]


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  21. ^ "French album certifications – Rolling Stones – Les Années Stones 1" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  22. ^ "Les Albums Or :" (in French). Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "British album certifications – Rolling Stones, The – Hot Rocks 1964–71". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 June 2013.  Enter Hot Rocks 1964–71 in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Rolling Stones, The – Hot Rocks". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 27 June 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH