Rolling Stones – Big Hits: High Tide And Green Grass, and Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)

It’s a Saturday two-fer of Stones! YAY!

I bought both of these discs at Ernie King’s Music on the main drag of Wingham, ON, when I was still in high school. Man, Ernie King’s… that takes me back. He sold musical instruments, offered lessons, did repairs, and had a small music section at the front. Cool place!

Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)

Released in 1966 (US) and 1968 (UK), with different covers and track listings (of course). And, as usual, it’s a brilliant blast of Stones. Not a bad song here, I love the early stuff.

What’s most interesting is the differences between the releases. The UK release had two more tracks over all. Many of the tracks are the same, however, and they’re in a different running order…

The UK got:

Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?
Paint It, Black
Come On
Lady Jane
Little Red Rooster

whereas the US got:

Tell Me
Good Times, Bad Times

Of course, it was a big success all over the place, and it remains a cool source for a sweet swath of early Stones hits. I love it!

Track Listings (All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.):

UK:

Side 1
1 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?
2 Paint It, Black
3 It’s All Over Now (B. Womack/S. J. Womack)
4 The Last Time
5 Heart Of Stone
6 Not Fade Away (Petty/Hardin)
7 Come On (Chuck Berry)

Side 2
1 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
2 Get Off Of My Cloud
3 As Tears Go By (Jagger/Richard/Oldham)
4 19th Nervous Breakdown
5 Lady Jane
6 Time Is On My Side (Meade)
7 Little Red Rooster (Willie Dixon)

US :

Side 1
1 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
2 The Last Time
3 As Tears Go By (Jagger/Richards/Andrew Loog Oldham)
4 Time Is On My Side (Norman Meade)
5 It’s All Over Now (Bobby Womack/Shirley Jean Womack)
6 Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)

Side 2
1 19th Nervous Breakdown
2 Heart Of Stone
3 Get Off Of My Cloud
4 Not Fade Away (Norman Petty/Charles Hardin)
5 Good Times, Bad Times
6 Play with Fire (Nanker Phelge)

***

Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)

Released just after Brian Jones’ departure from the band (and subsequent death) in 1969, the vinyl release of this one had an octagonal cover (cool!).

From Wiki:

The name of the album is a play on a line from the KJV translation of I Corinthians 13: For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face…, but it is more likely the Stones intended a homage to Ingmar Bergman and his 1961 film Through a Glass Darkly.

In the inside flap of the album, there is an anonymous poem chosen by Jones, which reads: When this you see, remember me, and bear me in your mind. Let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find.

And once again, there were differences between the UK and US editions. The UK got one extra track, and again they’re in a different track order…

The UK got:

You Better Move On
We Love You
Sittin’ On A Fence

The US got:

Paint It, Black
Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?

Track Listings (All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.):

UK:

Side 1
1 Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Originally released as a single in May 1968)
2 Mother’s Little Helper
3 2000 Light Years from Home
4 Let’s Spend the Night Together (Originally released as a single in January 1967)
5 You Better Move On (Arthur Alexander) (Originally released on the 1964 EP The Rolling Stones)
6 We Love You (Edited version; originally released as a single in August 1967)

Side 2
1 Street Fighting Man
2 She’s a Rainbow
3 Ruby Tuesday (Originally released as a single in January 1967)
4 Dandelion ( Edited version; Originally released as a single in August 1967)
5 Sittin’ on a Fence (Originally released on the American compilation Flowers in July 1967)
6 Honky Tonk Women (Originally released as a single in July 1969)

US:

Side 1
1 Paint It Black
2 Ruby Tuesday
3 She’s a Rainbow
4 Jumpin’ Jack Flash
5 Mother’s Little Helper
6 Let’s Spend the Night Together

Side 2
1 Honky Tonk Women
2 Dandelion
3 2000 Light Years from Home
4 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?
5 Street Fighting Man

***

In Sum:

It’s a no-brainer, folks: buy them both! You decide if you want UK or US edition. Hell, buy all 4!

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