As a 50th-anniversary souvenir, the Stones have assembled a three-disc, 50-track compilation that is the best and most comprehensive collection of the band’s high points available. “Doom and Gloom,” one of two new songs here, is the Stones at their best – nasty, funny, sexy and rocking hard. As for the rest, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of these songs. The Stones’ obsession with American blues and R&B (“Time Is on My Side,” “Little Red Rooster”) transforms into a sexually charged class critique (“19th Nervous Breakdown”). Finally, the indelible guitar statements, from “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” to “Start Me Up,” are inextricable from the very idea of rock & roll. The third disc skims great moments like “Mixed Emotions” from the top of the band’s underrated post-1989 material. Is GRRR! perfect? No. But as the band once said: You get what you need.
Listen to ‘GRRR!’