On their second through their fifth British singles in 1963 and 1964, the Rolling Stones used the B-sides to try out some of their early songwriting efforts, tentatively moving toward a blues-rock fusion that really wouldn't coalesce until 1965. "Good Times, Bad Times" was the B-side of their fourth U.K. single, "It's All Over Now" (it would also be the B-side of "It's All Over Now" in the States). While it's nothing special, it's a clear improvement over their two previous self-penned B-sides, "Stoned" and "Little By Little." More importantly, perhaps, it's really the first original song by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to draw on acoustic American rural blues traditions, rather than the more electrified, R&B-influenced urban variety. Simply arranged with 12-string acoustic guitar, harmonica, and bass drum, it's very much a pastiche of Delta country blues, competently done though without much of an identity of its own. Perhaps the most striking part of the number is the opening guitar figure, which runs through a rapid series of chords that don't stick to the usual 12-bar blues progression, though this promising avenue isn't pursued over the rest of the song. In truth, the track is a little meandering, though the sincere love the Stones felt for this roots music certainly comes through. It was valued highly enough to be included on the group's first American greatest-hits collection, Big Hits: High Tide and Green Grass, though perhaps that was just a way of fattening their royalty coffers. The Rolling Stones' "Good Times, Bad Times," incidentally, is completely unrelated to the song of the same name that appears on Led Zeppelin's first album.