Made in the Shade, released in 1975, is the first official compilation album by The Rolling Stones during their Atlantic Records contract. It draws entirely from their first four albums on that label.


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The Stones had two previous "official" compilation albums on Decca RecordsBig Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) in 1966 and Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) in 1969. In addition, 1971's Hot Rocks 1964-1971 and 1972's More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) were released by Allen Klein'sABKCO Records with The Rolling Stones' authorisation.

The material on Made in the Shade surveys the highlights from the band's post-Decca/London era thus far, from 1971's Sticky Fingers to It's Only Rock 'n' Roll from 1974, with no new material.

Although Made in the Shade bought The Rolling Stones time to deliver their next studio album (they were mid-way through recording Black and Blue upon this album's June 1975 release), it was also released to capitalise on the band's summer Tour of the Americas, featuring Ronnie Wood for the first time in Mick Taylor's place. Wood, fitting in so well, was asked to remain in the band on a permanent basis following the tour's conclusion.

Release and reception[edit]Edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Rolling Stone (Not rated) link

Made in the Shade, which had to compete with the latest cash-in ABKCO release—this time an outtakes compilation called Metamorphosis—reached No. 14 in the UK and No. 6 in the US, eventually going platinum.[citation needed] Subsequent Rolling Stones compilation albums have also anthologised tracks included on this album.

Robert Christgau writes in his review: Six tracks from two of the greatest albums of the decade and four from two of the more dubious ones. Not the four best, either.

In 2005, Made in the Shade was remastered and reissued by Virgin Records.

Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Side one
  1. "Brown Sugar" – 3:50
  2. "Tumbling Dice" – 3:44
  3. "Happy" – 3:04
    • From Exile on Main St.
  4. "Dance Little Sister" – 4:10
  5. "Wild Horses" – 5:41
    • From Sticky Fingers
Side two
  1. "Angie" – 4:31
  2. "Bitch" – 3:37
    • From Sticky Fingers
  3. "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" – 5:07
    • From It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
  4. "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" – 3:27
    • From Goats Head Soup
  5. "Rip This Joint" – 2:23
    • From Exile on Main St.


The Rolling Stones


Chart performance[edit]Edit

Year Chart Position
1975 UK Albums Chart[3] 14
1975 US Billboard Albums Chart[4] 6


Country Certification Sales
United States Platinum 1,000,000

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