Through the years, there are countless number of Rolling Stones’ compilations appeared in the market. From the early hits album, like 1966’s ‘Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)’ and 1972’s ‘Hot Rocks: 1964-1971’, to the career span 2002’s ‘Forty Licks’.
So why Universal has to release 2007’s ‘Rolled Gold+: The Very Best of the Rolling Stones’? Actually, it is the upgrade version of 1975’s ‘Rolled Gold’, with 28 tracks on 2 LPs. Now, the questions would be, how does this new one differ from the original one? And does it necessary to release it? Well, the answer may be varied. First, this edition has 12 more tracks than the old one – with all the tracks on 1975’s ‘Hot Rocks’ and a majority of tracks on 1975’s ‘More Hot Rocks (Big Hits and Fazed Cookies)’ to make this 40-track album. It is more concise collection than 3-disc set ‘Singles Collection: The London Years’, yet provide more ground than ‘Hot Rocks’ or ‘Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)’. Not only it contains all the hits, like"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", "Paint It Black", "Let's Spend the Night Together", "Ruby Tuesday", "You Can't Always Get What You Want", and "Brown Sugar", it also has many gems such as "Last Time", "Lady Jane", "She's A Rainbow", "No Expectations", and "Let It Bleed".
For most fans, who already owned the old collections, this album does not mean anything at all, since they already have every track on the album. Dedicated fans would buy ‘Hot Rocks’ and ‘More Hot Rocks’, or ‘The London Years’, since they contain more materials. But for music starters, who does not own anything yet and want the compact-yet-thoroughly collection of Stones’ early years, this album sounds like a reasonable choice to buy.