Originally issued as the British B-side to "Paint It Black" in 1966, "Long Long While" didn't come out in the U.S. until it appeared on the More Hot Rocks compilation in 1972. Unlike some of the early Rolling Stones B-sides, it was a pretty good song -- better not just than the average Stones B-side, but also better than some of the early originals they used as album filler. Perhaps it didn't make it onto an album such as Aftermath (or even the patchwork U.S. comp Flowers) because its tone was considerably different than most of the songs Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were writing at the time, which tended toward the snide and rebellious side. "Long Long While," in contrast, was a slow romantic heartbreak ballad, showing a heavy influence from the kind of Otis Redding soul dramas the Stones admired (and sometimes covered, like "I've Been Loving You Too Long" and "That's How Strong My Love Is"). There's a gospel-blues feel as well, the gospel being in Ian Stewart's piano and organ, the blues in the interjection of Keith Richards guitar licks. Mick Jagger starts the verses in a lower, more benign voice than usual, the melody suddenly rising and stuttering as he affects actual contrition and admits the woman was right, something he wasn't often wont to do. The tempo increases slightly and the pleading becomes more dramatic in the brief bridge, when Jagger determines to apologize. Done with great dignity, restraint, and a consummate soul music lover's taste, "Long Long While" is a highlight for those discovering rarely discussed or aired tracks from the Rolling Stones' back catalog.