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Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) is The Rolling Stones' second official compilation album, released in 1969 shortly following Brian Jones's departure from the group and subsequent death. The album was released by Decca Records in the UK and London Records/ABKCO Records in the US.

In September, Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2), dedicated to Jones, appeared with an octagonal-shaped album cover. Because their first "Big Hits" compilation had been released in separate formats, with the Aftermath-era material appearing only on its UK edition, the American edition of "Big Hits Vol. 2" included hit singles from the "Aftermath" period.

The British track listing included the more obscure "You Better Move On", from The Rolling Stones' self-titled 1964 debut EP and "Sittin' on a Fence", anAftermath outtake originally released in 1967 on the US-compiled Flowers album. In addition to those songs, many tracks, notably single-only releases, were collected for the first time on a UK Rolling Stones album: "Let's Spend the Night Together", "Ruby Tuesday", "We Love You", "Dandelion", and "Honky Tonk Women".

Both versions of Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) proved to be popular releases, reaching #2 in the UK and US with enduring sales.

The name of the album is a play on a line from the KJV translation of I Corinthians 13: "For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face...", but it is more likely the Stones intended a homage to Ingmar Bergman and his 1961 film Through a Glass Darkly.

In the inside flap of the album, there is a poem written by Jones, which reads: "When this you see, remember me, and bear me in your mind. Let all the world say what they may, speak of me as you find."

In August 2002 the US edition of Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) was reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records.

The British version was again made available to the public as part of a limited edition vinyl box set, titled "The Rolling Stones 1964–1969", in November 2010. It was also re-released digitally at the same time.

It was released once more in 2011 by Universal Music Enterprises in a Japanese only SHM-SACD version.

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 [hide*1 UK track listing

UK track listing[edit]Edit

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" – 3:40
    • Originally released as a single in May 1968
  2. "Mother's Little Helper" – 2:45
  3. "2000 Light Years from Home" – 4:45
  4. "Let's Spend the Night Together" – 3:36
    • Originally released as a single in January 1967
  5. "You Better Move On" (Arthur Alexander) – 2:39
  6. "We Love You" – 4:22
    • Edited version; originally released as a single in August 1967
Side two
  1. "Street Fighting Man" – 3:15
  2. "She's a Rainbow" – 4:11
  3. "Ruby Tuesday" – 3:16
    • Originally released as a single in January 1967
  4. "Dandelion" – 3:32
    • Edited version; Originally released as a single in August 1967
  5. "Sittin' on a Fence" – 3:02
    • Originally released on the American compilation Flowers in July 1967
  6. "Honky Tonk Women" – 3:00
    • Originally released as a single in July 1969

US track listing[edit]Edit

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Paint It, Black" – 3:20
  2. "Ruby Tuesday" – 3:12
  3. "She's a Rainbow" – 4:35
  4. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" – 3:40
  5. "Mother's Little Helper" – 2:40
  6. "Let's Spend the Night Together" – 3:29
Side two
  1. "Honky Tonk Women" – 3:03
  2. "Dandelion" – 3:56
  3. "2000 Light Years from Home" – 4:45
  4. "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" – 2:33
  5. "Street Fighting Man" – 3:10


Chart positions[edit]Edit

Year Chart Top Position
1969 UK Albums Chart 2[1]
1969 Billboard Pop Albums 2[2]
Year Single Chart Top Position
1969 "Honky Tonk Women" UK Top 50 Singles 1[1]
1969 "Honky Tonk Women" The Billboard Hot 100 1[3]


Country Certification Sales
United States Platinum 1,000,000[4]

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