The Rolling Stones - Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)

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The Rolling Stones - Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)
Cover to the American edition
Greatest hits album by The Rolling Stones
Released 28 March 1966 (US)
4 November 1966 (UK)
Recorded 10 May 1963 – 2 September 1966 at Olympic Sound Studios, Decca Studios, Regent Sound Studios, RCA Studios, De Lane Lea Studios, and IBC Studios, London, UK, and Chess, Chicago, Illinois
Genre Rock
Length 36:29 (American version)
Language English
Label London (US), ABKCO (UK)
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones American chronology
December's Children (And Everybody's)
Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)
The Rolling Stones British chronology
Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)
Between the Buttons
The Rolling Stones compilations chronology
  Big Hits [High Tide and Green Grass]
Through the Past, Darkly ( Big Hits Vol. 2)
Singles from Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)
  1. "19th Nervous Breakdown"
    Released: February 1966
  2. "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing in the Shadow"
    Released: 23 September 1966
British cover (not for sale)
British cover


  "Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)" is the first official compilation album by The Rolling Stones, released on 28 March 1966, on London Records in the US and on 4 November 1966, by Decca Records in the UK. The two releases featured different cover art and track listing. The front cover for the American release was used for the rear photo on the UK edition.

The album cover photo for the US edition was shot at Franklin Canyon Park in Los Angeles by Guy Webster, while the UK cover photo was taken in New York City by Jerry Schatzberg.



Reaching No. 3 on the US charts, where it remained for two years, "Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)" proved to be a big smash and currently remains a popular Rolling Stones retrospective.

The UK Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) includes tracks released after the American edition appeared. The Rolling Stones' debut 1963 single, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On", was included, but the more successful follow-up, "I Wanna Be Your Man" — composed by rivals (although in reality as friends) Lennon-McCartney — was left off the album. However, an early slick-proof of the album, displayed on Exhibitionism in London in 2016, showed the track as slated for inclusion, but it was ultimately replaced by Jerry Ragovoy & Norman Meade's "Time is on My Side".

"Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)" also reached no. 3 in the UK charts.

The vinyl version of the album includes a booklet inside the gatefold with pictures of The Rolling Stones in concert and in the studio.

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US track listing

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

Side one
  1. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" – 3:43
  2. "The Last Time" – 3:40
  3. "As Tears Go By" (Jagger, Richards, Andrew Loog Oldham) – 2:45
  4. "Time Is On My Side" (Norman Meade) – 2:58
  5. "It's All Over Now" (Bobby Womack, Shirley Jean Womack) – 3:26
  6. "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)" – 3:46
Side two
  1. "19th Nervous Breakdown" – 3:56
  2. "Heart of Stone" – 2:50
  3. "Get Off Of My Cloud" – 2:55
  4. "Not Fade Away" (Norman Petty, Charles Hardin) – 1:48
  5. "Good Times, Bad Times" – 2:31
  6. "Play With Fire" (Nanker Phelge) – 2:13




The Rolling Stones
  • Mick Jagger – harmonica, lead vocals, percussion
  • Brian Jones – rhythm guitar, slide guitar, harmonica, percussion, appalachian dulcimer, sitar, organ, backing vocals, keyboard
  • Keith Richards – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Charlie Watts – drums and percussion
  • Bill Wyman – bass guitar, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Additional personnel
  • Jack Nitzsche – percussion, keyboards
  • Phil Spector – percussion
  • Ian Stewart – keyboards






The Rolling Stones - Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)

U.S. ABKCO 80011 NPS 1 (1966).

Record produced by Andrew Loog Oldham.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.

Th album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong hinge and undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

The original 8 page coloured, stapled booklet is excellently presented.

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