The Rolling Stones - Through the Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)

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Rolling Stones - Through the Past Darkly (Big Hits (Vol. 2)
Greatest hits album by The Rolling Stones
Released 12 September 1969
Recorded 8 August 1963 – June 1969
Genre Rock
Length 42:30
Language English
Label London (US), Decca (UK)
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Miller
The Rolling Stones compilations chronology
Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)
Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
Stone Age
Re-release cover
Re-release cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars (UK)
4.5/5 stars (US)
Rolling Stone favourable


  "Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)" is The Rolling Stones' second official compilation album, released in 1969 shortly following Brian Jones's departure from the group and subsequent death. The album was released by Decca Records in the UK and London Records/ABKCO Records in the US.

In September, "Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)", dedicated to Jones, appeared with an octagonal-shaped album cover. Because their first Big Hits compilation had been released in separate formats, with the Aftermath-era material appearing only on its UK edition, the American edition of Big Hits Vol. 2 included hit singles from the Aftermath period.

The British track listing included the more obscure "You Better Move On", from The Rolling Stones' self-titled 1964 debut EP and "Sittin' on a Fence", an "Aftermath" outtake originally released in 1967 on the US-compiled "Flowers" album. In addition to those songs, many tracks, notably single-only releases, were collected for the first time on a UK Rolling Stones album: "Let's Spend the Night Together", "Ruby Tuesday", "We Love You", "Dandelion", and "Honky Tonk Women".

Both versions of "Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)" proved to be popular releases, reaching #2 in the UK and US with enduring sales.

The name of the album is a play on a line from the KJV translation of 1 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.



UK track listing

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

Side one

  1. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" – 3:40
    • Originally released as a single in May 1968
  2. "Mother's Little Helper" – 2:45
  3. "2000 Light Years From Home" – 4:45
  4. "Let's Spend the Night Together" – 3:36
    • Originally released as a single in January 1967
  5. "You Better Move On" (Arthur Alexander) – 2:39
    • Originally released on the 1964 EP The Rolling Stones
  6. "We Love You" – 4:22
    • Edited version; originally released as a single in August 1967

Side two

  1. "Street Fighting Man" – 3:15
  2. "She's a Rainbow" – 4:11
  3. "Ruby Tuesday" – 3:16
    • Originally released as a single in January 1967
  4. "Dandelion" – 3:32
    • Edited version; Originally released as a single in August 1967
  5. "Sittin' On a Fence" – 3:02
    • Originally released on the American compilation Flowers in July 1967
  6. "Honky Tonk Women" – 3:00
    • Originally released as a single in July 1969





  • Mick jagger – lead vocals, percussion, harmonica
  • Brian Jones – guitar, harmonica, sitar, piano, tambura, mellotron, recorder, organ, backing vocals
  • Keith Richards – guitar, backing vocals, bass guitar
  • Mick Taylor – guitar on 'Honky Tonk Women'
  • Bill Wyman – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Charlie Watts – drums, percussion




Year Chart Top Position
1969 UK Albums chart 2
1969 Billboard 200 Albums 2


Year Single Chart Top Position
1969 "Honky Tonk Women" UK Top 30 Singles 1
1969 "Honky Tonk Women" Billboard Hot 100 1



Country Certification Sales
United States Platinum 1,000,000




The Rolling Stones - Through the Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol.2)

UK Decca SKL 5019 XZAL 9067P (stereo) 1970.

This record for sale is the 1970 stereo re-press of the album originally released a year earlier.

Record produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones and Jimmy Miller.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

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

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only mimimal signs of wear.

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

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