This album was spawned by three coinciding events -- the need to acknowledge the death of band co-founder Brian Jones (whose epitaph graces the inside cover) in July of 1969; the need to get "Honky Tonk Women," then a huge hit single, onto an LP; and to fill the ten-month gap since the release of Beggars Banquet and get an album with built-in appeal into stores ahead of the Stones' first American tour in three years. The fact that the Stones had amassed a sufficient number of hits since their last greatest-hits compilation in early 1966 (Big Hits: High Tide and Green Grass) made this a no-brainer, and its song lineup was as potent at the time as any compilation of hit singles by any artist. From the group's excursions into fey psychedelia ("Paint It, Black," "Ruby Tuesday," "She's a Rainbow," "Dandelion"), space rock ("2000 Light Years From Home"), punk decadence ("Mother's Little Helper"), and back to straight-ahead rock & roll ("Jumpin' Jack Flash"), some of it with a topical edge ("Street Fighting Man"), it's all incredibly potent, though also redundant to the extent that "Ruby Tuesday" and "Let's Spend the Night Together" had previously appeared on two U.S. albums. The presence of "Honky Tonk Women" propelled it to gold record status upon release on both sides of the Atlantic, although the simultaneously released British version (long out of print, except as a bootleg CD) is different and more confusing, but also more diverse and rewarding musically than the American version. Both this album and Big Hits: High Tide and Green Grass have been supplanted by Hot Rocks and More Hot Rocks, but are still handy in their tight respective focuses.
Performance CreditsRolling Stones Primary Artist
Mick Jagger Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Charlie Watts Drums
Bill Wyman Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Brian Jones Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Keith Richards Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Technical CreditsRolling Stones Arranger,Producer
Jimmy Miller Producer
Iris Keitel Art Direction,Repackaging,Repackaging Art Direction
Mick McKenna Tape Research
Andrew Loog Oldham Producer
Steve Rosenthal Archives Coordinator
Ethan Russell Cover Photo
Gus Skinas Engineer
Alisa Ritz Repackaging Art Direction
Lenne Allik Concept
Nicole Monea Design Production Assistant
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Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) [US] (Remastered) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This review is specifically aimed at the latest DSD Remastered version of this CD. The vinyl album itself was first released in 1969. The songs themselves represent several periods of growth in the Stones' music. It also coincided with the death of Brian Jones and is dedicated to him. I collect vinyl records and buy CD backups of each title. I cringe at the thought of digitally remastering original analog recordings. This is largely due to the awful remasters done in the 1980s when CDs became the favored medium for music. However, the newest methods are able to represent the music as closely as possible to the original sound. I was shocked at the quality of these new masterings. They are as I remember them to be on vinyl. They may cost more than the 1980s remasters but are well worth the price. I recommend not only buying "Through The Past Darkly" but also all of the Stones' titles available using the DSD Remastering process.