One of the greatest anomalies in the Rolling Stones' compilations catalog was the failure of British Decca to grant a local release to the U.S. collection Hot Rocks. Rather, it was left to service import stores only, until 1977 finally brought the TV advertising Arcade label into the fray. Despite an almost gratuitously lurid sleeve design (a close-up re-creation of the Stones' lips logo, with added spittle and dental problems), Get Stoned remains one of the most pointedly classics-driven of all the band's '70s British collections, a roundup of 30 songs that carried the band from "Not Fade Away" through to "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses," and there's barely a classic left unturned. True, the sheer weight of magnificence does peter out somewhat during the latter portions of the two-disc set, with Let It Bleed left completely unrepresented. But most people buying this were chasing the hits, and that is certainly what they received.
Strictly Graded - RECORD COLLECTOR Grading System.
Grading System: In order to assist everyone who buys and sells rare discs, Record Collector magazine has originated a set of standards for the condition of second-hand records, I have added a (+) or (-) to my gradings where applicable.
MINT: The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. Records advertised as Sealed or Unplayed should be Mint.
EXCELLENT: The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.
VERY GOOD: The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and the occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items, without any major defects, is acceptable.
GOOD: The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches. The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, discoloration, etc.
FAIR: The record is still just playable but has not been cared for properly and displays considerable surface noise; it may even jump.
The cover and contents will be torn, stained and/or defaced.
POOR: The record will not play properly due to scratches, bad surface noise, etc. The cover and contents will be badly damaged or partly missing.
BAD: The record is unplayable or might even be broken, and is only of use as a collection-filler.