What’s In The Bag? (79)

Way back in time when I was still in comprehensive school I had a history teacher, Mr Davis, who, on one memorable occasion, pulled out a record player and for the whole lesson we all sat and listened to ‘Rolled Gold: The Very Best of the Rolling Stones’. I don’t recall there being any discussion about it, or written work, when it was finished we just got up and left the lesson. This is why, when I saw the album in the used section of head Records I bought it.

It’s a compilation album by The Rolling Stones released without the band’s authorisation by its former label Decca Records in 1975. It’s a double album that reached No. 7 on the UK chart and was a strong seller over the years, which is understandable as it’s a good collection.

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Nowadays the Stones are not what they used to be. There was a time when they were edgy, rebellious and even considered a threat to society, rather than the pensioners they are now who are just about the money. It was around 1981/2 when Mr, Davis played this to us and the Stones where  still producing music that was somewhat relevant (Tattoo You and Undercover were released around this time, and they are pretty good) so I was able to find a connection with it even though most of it was released before I was even three years old.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Released Length
1. “Come On” Chuck Berry Jun 1963 1:50
2. “I Wanna Be Your Man” Lennon–McCartney Nov 1963 1:43
3. “Not Fade Away” Norman Petty/Buddy Holly Feb 1964 1:49
4. “Carol” Berry Jun 1964 2:35
5. “It’s All Over Now” Bobby Womack/Shirley Womack Jun 1964 3:20
6. “Little Red Rooster” Willie Dixon Nov 1964 3:01
7. “Time Is on My Side” Norman Meade/Jimmy Norman Sep 1964 2:50
8. “The Last Time” Feb 1965 3:25
9. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” May 1965 3:45
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Released Length
1. “Get Off of My Cloud” Sep 1965 2:55
2. “19th Nervous Breakdown” Feb 1966 3:55
3. “As Tears Go By” Jagger/Richards/Andrew Loog Oldham Dec 1965 2:33
4. “Under My Thumb” Apr 1966 3:42
5. “Lady Jane” Jun 1966 3:06
6. “Out of Time” Apr 1966 5:59
7. “Paint It, Black” May 1966 3:15
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Released Length
1. “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?” Sep 1966 2:33
2. “Let’s Spend the Night Together” Jan 1967 3:15
3. “Ruby Tuesday” Jan 1967 3:12
4. “Yesterday’s Papers” Jan 1967 2:04
5. “We Love You” Aug 1967 4:39
6. “She’s a Rainbow” Dec 1967 4:35
7. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” May 1968 3:40
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Released Length
1. “Honky Tonk Women” Jul 1969 3:00
2. “Sympathy for the Devil” Dec 1968 6:25
3. “Street Fighting Man” Aug 1968 3:16
4. “Midnight Rambler” Dec 1969 6:52
5. “Gimme Shelter” Dec 1969 4:30

Here is the entire album in video. Some of the footage is a bit ropey but the sound is pretty good throughout.