This album is often overlooked by fans of the early Stones, caught as it is between Out Of Our Heads (which contained "Satisfaction" and was their first hit LP in the U.S.) and Aftermath (which usually gets the lions' share of critical acclaim for Stones albums of this period). But I actually much prefer this to either of those albums; the songs, individually and as a whole, are stronger here and the band simply sounds more "together." Toss in a great cover photo and Andrew Loog Oldham's hilariously pretentious back-cover poetry and you've got a perfect time capsule of the band in its mid-60's breakout period.
As great as the music itself is, however, you can't avoid the fact that the current CD version, like all of the Stones' '60s catalog, just plain bites. Terrible sound quality (even allowing for the age of the recordings), bare-bones packaging...when is Abkco going to reissue these titles, with decent remastering, improved CD booklets, and bonus tracks? Oh well, at least the original albums are available on CD rather than just a couple of greatest-hits collections.