Fourteen songs written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, performed by everyone from Otis Redding and Little Richard to Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Jason & the Scorchers, and Johnny Winter. The selection includes the familiar (Otis's "Satisfaction," Johnny Winter's "Jumpin' Jack Flash," Leon Russell's "Wind Horses," Jason & the Scorchers' "19th Nervous Breakdown," Aretha Franklin's "You Can't Always Get What You Want"), and the relatively obscure (Johnny Cash's "No Expectations," Little Richard's "Brown Sugar," Mitch Ryder's "Gimme Shelter," Steve Earle & the Dukes' "Dead Flowers"), crossing genre and generational lines. Jagger and Richards' songwriting up through the end of the 1970s ("Miss You," done here by Sugar Blue, who played on the original) is represented, and a lot of the recordings are pleasantly surprising -- Linda Ronstadt's surging rendition of "Tumblin' Dice" holds up amazingly well, Little Richard's over-the-top "Brown Sugar" is a delightful exercise in excess, and Johnny Cash's version of "No Expectations," turning its original mood in its head with a "Folsom Prison Blues" beat, is different enough to be entertaining. There's also a major surprise here -- including Ike & Tina Turner's "Under My Thumb" is practically a no-brainer, but getting in Charlie Sexton and Ron Wood's version of "It's Not Easy," a seldom-heard Chuck Berry-style rocker off of Aftermath, shows some real thought. Amid all of these high-powered rock and soul performances, however, the Searchers' version of "Take It Or Leave It" -- which was a British hit, to be sure -- seems a bit lightweight and definitely out of place.
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AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder