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Below is bootleg songs, plus released songs that didn't make it on to any studio LPs, and bootleg albums reviewed by fellow Rolling Stones fans. If you would like to join in here and write your own review go to the "Other Recordings Form".
Note: The "Overall Average Tongue Rating" is determined by what all the reviewers submitted with their reviews.
by Travellin' Man
March 2, 2008
Recorded October 1970, there are several compilation bootlegs out there with this "gem of a jam", on the tracklist. The quality of the recordings found of this song vary considerably. The very best recording of this uptempo, bluesy rocker, which "tastes" like 'Southern Rock' and fine, Kentucky Whiskey, is found on 'Alternate Stones'. The 'Alternate Stones' version has Mick Taylor's crunchy/fuzzy guitar, up front and center, highlighted clear and full. It is young Taylor's versatile guitar playing, which is the outstanding contribution on this track, though Jagger sings his adlib, "vowel movement" lines with true enthusiasm, and both Charlie Watts and Nicky Hopkins, shine throughout the six minute song, respectively.
Under The Radar
by Jack Flash
December 12, 2005
It makes absolutely no sense that this effortelessly spirited tune did not
make the final cut on A Bigger Bang and was relegated to the bonus DVD. Maybe
because it sounds a bit like "Child Of The Moon," but IMO "Under The
Radar" is better. It isn't perfect- the bridge is predictable Mick-by-the-numbers and
the mix isn't quite right (the vocals are too loud and the guitars not loud enough)- but
it's hypnotic and addictive nonetheless. A nice jangling Keith riff with Mick really
stretching out the vocals to give off a sneering, powerful vibe. This would have fit
perfectly on A Bigger Bang. either right after "Rough Justice" as the
second track or as the album closer. If you can't find this song elsewhere, buy the bonus
DVD- it's worth it for this one alone!
Criss Cross Mind
by Preaty Beat Up
May 4, 2005
OOH I got alot of knots in my Haaair! 'Criss Cross Mind' is easily the coolest Stones tune never released. Well to the main stream public anyway. It was recorded during the Goats Head Soup sessions, but never made it on the album. Although it was given to a Japanese movie called Metamorphosis in the mid 70's. It would have been great on Goats Head. Actually, this would have been a fantastic song to put on Tattoo You, would have fit great beside 'Waiting On Friend' since they come from the same time period. The song has that classic 70's Stones feel to it. Start with a cool guitar riff, then a cow bell. Then the band comes in with Jagger not far behind, sinigin' "Saave Maae" (Save Me) with that classic Jagger drawl. The song also features song funky keyboard lines that really set that the feel. All Stones fans should track this one down!
April 4, 2005
B-side to the Rolling Stone's second single "I Wanna Be Your Man". It's definitely influenced by Booker T. & The MGS "Green Onions". This a good jam session song with each of the Stones showing their prowess. Great guitar and piano on this song with Mick occassionally mumbling words. Definitely a rare song to find. I listened this on The Singles Collection: London Years.
No Spare Parts
December 17, 2003
This is maybe the best country song that the Stones have ever recorded. It is up there with Dead flowers and Far away eyes. It's a mystery to me why they haven't put this song on Some Girls or even on Tattoo You! It has some great playing by Woody, and Mick makes the song really come alive. All in all one of the greatest country songs ever to be recorded by the Stones or any other artist!
Jah Is Not Dead
December 17, 2003
The Stones have tried many times to make a reagge number only one time they succeed: this is real reagge. Better than any of that "Feel on Baby" or "Cherry Oh Baby" stuff. This is the real deal. Only a little sloppy sound quality. But some great lyrics by Mick Jagger "If wou want to do coke do it in the other room" or "Jah is not so wonderful but Jah is not dead"
Not The Way To Go
By Tony Silber
October 10, 2003
There are two reasons this song does not get a 10 rating. The first is that it is not mixed, and it is not edited. It's a muddy track, and nine-plus minutes long.
The second is that it has a weak bridge verse that JUST Barely misses fitting in with the main part of the song.
That said, this is a Stones classic.
But I listen to it again and again, on airplanes, and in the car and anywhere else. For some unexplainable reason it was never finished and released. It should be now. It is a beautiful, high-energy song recorded during the Some Girls era, that's purely a guess, based on guitar and drum sound preferred during those sessions and on Charlie Watts' fills, and especially on energy and attitude. It's terrific. Amazing. A fast-paced screed--sort of like 'Respectable' in that regard--about friends and girlfriends of Mick screwing him over by betraying private stuff and capitalizing on his fame in TV commercials, etc. As the song says, it's Not the Way to Go.
The pace is slightly slower than 'Rip This Joint'. The vocal is extraordinary, even in its unmixed state. Nothing affected, with brilliant timing and sincere emotion. There is also a great, understated guitar solo (the style is Keith's, but I don't know for certain) that comes in at exactly the right time, and continues through the usual bar break where solos fade back to the next vocal verse...................A gem.
Losing My Touch
By Brian Mack
April 21, 2003
'Losing My Touch', one of four new songs on 40 Licks, isn't bad, but is far from being the best Stones song. It's sung by Richards, which I hate to say, is part of the problem. Now, before anyone eats me alive, I have to say that Keith is my favorite Stone, and that contributed to how I rated the song, but he has sounded better on other tracks. 'Happy' and 'I Wanna Hold You' are some examples. Maybe if I heard a live version of this song, I'd give it a higher rating, but as it stands with the studio cut, I can't describe it as anything better than average. That being said, besides 'Don't Stop', this is the new song that I listen to the most, thanks to Keith's turn on the mic, and it will grow on you, just as it had with me. Regardless, new tracks like this are a testament to the Stones' longevity, and may they continue rocking and rolling in the years to come.
Jivin Sister Fanny
June 19, 2002
From On the Rocks, an outtake CD. Not what was released on Metamorphous or The London Years. It can barely be heard as the quality is poor - so turn it up. It is a more ratty version featuring different lyrics, more keyboards and a distant sounding guitar. Awesome.
Stewed and Keef (Brian's Blues)
By Honest Man
May 2, 2002
Unreleased song found on several boots, has to be their best unreleased instrumental. A real nice blues guitar played by Keith, an equally great piano supplied by Stu and nice jazzy drums from Charlie. Bill adds the bass, I'm not sure if Brian is on here, one story goes he missed the session because of illness and that's where the song's sub-title comes from. Mick ain't on here either, but this song has a nice even blues feel to it that will put anyone at ease. Talk about a lost gem!
By Soul Survivor
February 23, 2002
Let's all be honest, Keith's songs on Voodoo Lounge were not his best. "It's Funny" is a Keith leftover from the Voodoo sessions and if you have heard the song, you know it's better than Keith's "Thru and Thru". I question myself often why this wasnt put on the album but the Glimmer Twins no better than I.........
By Crazy Ivan
February 14, 2002
There is a version of "Miss You" floating around that is 1 minute longer. If you listen closely to the two versions, you can hear the cuts where they removed parts of this longer version to make the version we are all familiar with. The mp3 I found said it was off an 8 track, and the tape hiss is audible at some points. All the copies I found skip in the beginning (I think thats a digital skip in the mp3) and it sounds, well, like its recorded off a tape. This extended version includes more solos, a longer intro and more breaks with the Aaah aaah aaahs. There are even additional lyrics after Hey, let's go mess and fool around/You know, like we used to. I like this better than the usual version. Its just more of a great song.
December 1, 2001
The Stones tackle reggae successfully on this extended workout featuring Boz Scaggs joining Jagger several minutes into this 10 minute jam. The bassline winds up in "Emotional Rescue" a couple of years later. But they should've put this one an official release. It smokes! Love Jagger's, "if you wanna do coke, do it in the other room" line!
Fiji Jim (aka Fiji Gin)
December 1, 2001
Rating: None given
Another lost gem from those days in late 70s when the Stone recorded several albums worth of material in case Keith wound up with a long stay in the slammer. Sassy, greasy, full of Jagger swagger and Richards grit and spit. Emotional Resuce could've used this one or even Tattoo You. Recorded during Some Girls sessions in France.
December 1, 2001
This became the abyssmal "Dance Pt.1"? Why ho why didn't they just leave well enough alone. Instead of adding overdubs, smoothing out the melody and burying the guitars they should've kept it gritty and mean like this wonderful outtake from Emotional Rescue sessions. Whatta groove! Great funky weaves from Keef & Woody! and nice Charlie roll and crash at the end!
Baby What's Wrong
September 22, 2001
From the disc Bright Lights Big City and many others. Recorded in the very early 60's.It features brilliant interplay between Brian and Keith on guitars. Almost dual Lead guitars. The Slide in between the singing is very catchy. Why it never ended up on an official release is beyond me. The whole session includes many Blues gems with the Stones at their best. also present are "Meet Me In The Bottom, "Tell Me Baby What's Wrong", How Many More Times","Roadrunner", "Hi Heeled Sneakers", "Bright Lights Big City" and "Diddley Daddy, which really deserves it's own special mention. Even with it's initial speed problems it is one of the catchiest minor key grooves the Stones have ever recorded. The harmonies are actually flawless. The Stones were not known for their great harmonies in the early days, e.g. the 'organ' version of "Time Is On My Side" and "Tell Me".
September 22, 2001
Great guitar work by Keith on an outtake from the Between The Buttons sessions. For such a bluesy tune (reminds me of "Hip Shake" for some reason) the lyrics are odd, mentioning Chaucer and Steinbeck. Remember it was recorded during the most British of all their discs BTB. Also Jagger was brushing up on his reading, which can be attributed to Marianne's influence on him.
By Brother Morphine
July 7, 2001
Another great Stones song that never made it to an album. Keith's wicked guitar fuels the song along with some tremendous piano work (Sounds like Stu). Mick's smooth delivery of the lyrics is accompanied with his falsetto sound effects to give the song a mellow feel. The sound of the song leads me to believe that it is from the late Seventies. Misty Roads is a must for any Stone fan.
Brown Sugar [Birthday Version]
By L Sherwood
April 5, 2001
Rating: None given
One of the GREAT, fun Stones' outtakes! Recorded at an impromptu birthday party for Keith on December 19,1970 at Olympic Studios; this features the slide guitar of Mr. Eric Clapton, with perhaps Mick Taylor on bass.Slightly out of tune, it sounds like everyone is having a blast with this; Keith's vocals are mixed [or NON-mixed] WAY up, Stu is pounding the piano REAL hard, and some really neat riffs from E.C. The spontaneous feeling on this track is so good,that this ALMOST became the released version of "Brown Sugar"! Another track just BEGGING for the light of public release.....
I Can See It
By Richard Blaine
January 3, 2001
A brilliant unreleased track circa late '66, early '67. Also known as 'Get Yourself Together', it starts with a nice Richard's fuzz riff, and continue's apace with a great Jagger vocal, a bubbling bass line and some spare but exceptional lead work, presumably from Keith.
Why this gem missed a place on Aftermath or Between the Buttons is beyond me.
We Love You
September 28, 2000
"We Love You" is another great song which never appeared on a studio album. It was released on August, 18th 1967 with "Dandelion" on the B-Side, to thank the public and especially the fans for supporting the band during Micks and Keith' trials. It starts with Stus great keyboard solo. Mick voice sounds great and John Lennon and Paul McCartney put on great background vocals.
Claudine (a.k.a. Accidents Will
August 16, 1999
Another great unreleased track from Compass Point 1979; this was actually going to be the opening track for Emotional Rescue-until Claudine Longets lawyers threatened to sue.. A great barrelhouse rocker; all about a girl named Claudine who tried to shoot her skier boyfriend, a got away with simple assault by telling the judge it was an 'accident' Mick lays on the sarcasm thick and heavy, as Keith picks his way thru the song, Ronnie adding licks in-between and Charlie and Bill rolling the song thru...never really fades out, more fades UP and out...GREAT!
Do You Think (I Really Care?)
August 16, 1999
Stones dipping their toes into country waters again....with typically great results. A close cousin musically to 'Dead Flowers' (although Ronnies slide is much more fluid than Mick T's) Lyrically, its another nice slice of Micks fantasy life in NYC, looking for his girl on the A train...at the Giants game...etc. His singing on it is great,going from sardonic to truly touching as he goes from 'girl' to'woman' at the end....the only question is- is that Stu or Mac on the piano?
By Tim Dunlevie
April 28, 1999
On the Time Trip cd.
Up tempo rock song from 1969 sessions with Mick Taylor on lead guitar.Mick Taylor gets right into this one and the Nicky Hopkins's piano playing is also worth a listen. Widely available on other various boots too.
Recorded during the session when Brian Jones died, I think at electra studio.
Honky Tonk Women
(Deep South Version)
By Lord Voodoo
February 20, 1999
Not much different from the orginal, but its a different better take. Mick sings with this smug wistle mouth (you know when someone wistles everytime they say the letter "s"). Real nice. I have heard there is a full version with the Jackson verse, this is not that version. This version is available on Mad Shadows and probably a few other things. It has record backgound
noise, which is actually a plus! The whole effect is dark and different from the original.
By Lord Voodoo
This is the exact same song as the original, except it is an outtake with a different Taylor part. Instead of the strong, get up in there guitar from the original, Taylor lays down a very mellow track which contrasts nicely to the Keith part. Available on all sorts of things, including Dartford Renegades and Tricute to Chuch and Bo.
Cops and Robbers
By Matt Neylon
This is off the bootleg cd with the same name, with three other radio broadcasts. I love this song, its the only version I know of. A nice unorthodox blues song with great vocals by Mick and harmonica by Brian. For those who have never heard this song, the lyrics during the verses are delivered in almost spoken, storytelling fashion. The song is a Muddy Waters cover, I may be wrong. The other nice thing about this song is its about five minutes, not the usual length for the Stones in 1963. The drum sound for Charlie on the song is classic also.
Do You Think I Care
(aka When the rain falls, aka Saw her on the subway)
By Mr. Voodoo
January 20, 1999
This is another late seventies outtake from the Some Girls sessions. This song is basically keith and the band screwing around and sounding a whole lot like the Flying Burrito Brothers. "Think" is a bit country with a bounce. Lots of pedal slide and a bounding bass line that makes you want to drive through a corn field at high speed. Of course there are no corn felids
in the city. I like this song, the version I have is incomplete, it just ends abruptly. It might have been a good song if it were ever worked out and pehaps reworded so that it actually said something. If there exists a perfect quality copy that doesn't suddenly end and is a little more produced, it is worth seeking out.
Lonely at the Top
By Mr. Voodoo
January 18, 1999
To be honest I have no idea of the history behind this song. It is a late seventies song, I could get the date it was recorded, if I were at home. The song is one of those early slowish punk Jagger songs. Mick mumbles through most of the song, with one of those intense, hypnotic keith/ronnie endless backgorunds. I love this one. Then again I love the Stones. It is available on "Lonely at the Top", from the same people who gave us "Static in the Attic". I have never seen this song on any other album. If you can find it, and you enjoyed the emotional rescue/somegirls sessions/recordings, pick it up.
By Mr. Voodoo
January 18, 1999
It depends who you ask as far as I know. There are people who are sure that it is Eric Clapton on slide guitar and people who say that it is Taylor. I don't know, if you do, and you actually have proof, tell me. This is basically a slightly quicker version of 'Brown Sugar' with someone on Slide. Real Yummy. Quality could be better, but not much. Its pretty widely available, can be found on many outtakes. I have it on "Shot of Salvation" which incidentally is an incredable album. This version is different than the studio version, it sounds more like a live version. I can't recall when it was recorded.
(aka Gimme a Little Drink, 1969)
By Mr. Voodoo
January 18, 1999
Available on Dartford Renegades. This is a perfect cut of the slow, early vesrion of 'Gimme a Little Drink', later renamed 'Loving Cup'. Take away the pianos, cut the tempo in half and add a scathing solo guitar ala Keith. This is the version of the song that the attempted (I say attempted because it was not done particularly well) to play at the Hyde Park Memorial concert
for Brian. The track was supposed to have ended up on thier upcomign album Let it Bleed, but basically it didn't fit, so it was held off. Then of course it was reworked and was eventually released on exile, along with everything else that has been incomplete from 1969.
By Mr. Voodoo
January 18, 1999
Available on Lonely at the Top. This song is extremely slow and almost irritatingly so. It is an outake from the Some Girls sessions. It could easily have been placed onto emotional rescue as one of the slow songs. Jagger sort of slurrs through the vocals, adding to the effect that the band had no idea what was going on when they recorded this one. However, it
isn't a bad song by any means and is a valuable time peice to see the direction that the band was heading towards.
By Mr. Voodoo
January 18, 1999
There are many different versions of this Jagger/Richards song. The most obvious can be found on Now I've Got My Own Album by Ron Wood, or was it Gimme Some Neck? Whatever. There is a better, perfect quality all instrumental jam of this song available on Static in the Attic. There is also a garbled version available on plais pigalli 6. Its a nice sort of outside
your barbqing song. Again to understand what this song sounds like, think late seventies, synthesized organ, accoustic, slow jam.
We Had It All
By Mr. Voodoo
Keith Richards Cover that would have been a gem on any album, even the Taylor era albums. A slow Keith love/reminscing ballad. This song always brings to mind "All About You". However, I prefer 'We had it All'.
Memo From Turner
(slow Funky Version never released)
By Mr. Voodoo
There are three versions of this song. Originally, the song was written by Keith Richards and used by Mick Jagger for the movie Performance. It originally appears on the Performance soundtrack. The original version is a very bumpy version. The second version of the song was recorded by Mick Jagger with another band, which included Ry Cooder, among others. It was released as a Mick Jagger single. This second version is very heavy with slide guitar. This version is the most common version and can be found on the London Years singles collection. The third and final version, and in my opinion the best version is slow and very funky. This unfortunately is not as easy to find. It can be found on many outtake cds, such as RSVP or On The Rocks.
Back to: "A FEW OTHERS"
Voodoo Brew disc 2 - Keith Plays His Favorites
August 15, 2010
I am not a fan of Keith Richards. In fact, I am often both perplexed and irritated by the unquestioning admiration so many fans seem to have for him. To me, his unending diatribes about Brian Jones make him look both bitter and vindictive. But this highly unusual little bootleg recorded during the Voodoo Lounge sessions show the man in an entirely different light. Here you get to meet Keith the blues lover in an unguarded moment.
If you're looking for explosive electric guitars, the pounding of the bass and the rhythm of the drums, this bootleg is not for you. There is only Keith, his acoustic guitar and whoever happens to walk by and stop to talk to him at any moment. There are lots of stops and starts here. Keith will start playing and then stop to comment, or to talk or listen to someone walking by. Yet there are some musical gems here, the highlights of which are a couple of renditions of Blind Gary Davis' "Cocaine Blues". I must say that this song is among the best things I've ever heard from Keith.
The blues genre is well represented here (and Keith's damaged voice is perfectly suited for it), but there are others as well. Towards the end, Keith even does a very slow "Please Please Me". He then stops and announces: "Horrible Beatles bridge, I'm not gonna do it", before proceeding to do just so sort of.
I'm finding it very difficult to give a rating to this bootleg, precisely because it is so different. On the one hand I love the intimate portrait of Keith but on the other I would like to hear more of this wonderful music. My 7.5 rating is therefore a sort of compromise.
Rocks Off! (aka Perth '73)
by Travellin' Man
March 2, 2008
A stellar "in you face" Soundboard of the Perth, Australia, 2/24/73 show. (Though I have heard some tracks are from Sydney, a few days later.) It seems everyone's amp was turned up high, (Bill Wyman's Bass sounds maxed!) for this high energy, hard rocking, 1973 Live show(s). From Jagger's opening, "OHEE YEA!", and Keith's fist slamming riffs to begin, 'Brown Sugar', the listener knows the Stones were chomping at the bit to get this show underway, and everyone, including the listener, is going on an adrenaline pumping ride for nearly 70 minutes! Fans of the famous Brussels boots will be struck by just how different this one sounds from the classic Brussels recorded 8 months later. Both boots deserve a 10, and ,'Rocks Off', contains songs not on Brussels: 'Bitch', 'Love In Vain', Sweet Virginia, and 'Little Queenie'. All great versions too. It is a "must have" boot for any Rolling Stones fan's collection.
HBO Madison Square Garden Broadcast
By Anthony Nasti
April 1, 2003
This is a CD of the January 18th, 2003 Rolling Stones concert special broadcasted on HBO. I attended this concert and it was great. The band was just amazing.
Kicking off with a high-energy "Street Fighting Man", this album never fails to disappoint. "Don't Stop" is a hundred times better than the album version, while "Monkey Man" is brilliant. The Stones do a surprisingly sincere version of "Angie" and "Let It Bleed" is great. There is also the greatest live version of "Midnight Rambler" ever. Mick's harp is amazing, but it's Keith's lead guitar that makes this the ultimate version. His slow blues solo in the middle is great, but the way he just lightspeeds through the finale is a gasser. Keith's solo set is great. "Thru & Thru" is very heartfelt, but it's "Happy" that does it. This is due in part to Ronnie's brilliant great pedal-steel slide guitar. Then Mick comes back out, and the 1-2-3 of "Gimme Shelter", "You Got Me Rocking" and "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" slams hard. Lisa Fischer shines on "Shelter", "Rocking" blows the joint's roof off, and Ronnie blasts his way through "Knocking". Then, Sheryl Crow comes out for "Honky Tonk Women", and her and Mick are an inspired pairing. "Satisfaction" kicks major crap, but it's what follows that is great. This is the B-stage set. They really rip through "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll", give it all up with a blistering "When The Whip Comes Down", and blow everything out of proportion with a maniacal "Brown Sugar". Then there's the encore. "Sympathy For The Devil" features a killer solo by Keith (great axe interplay between him & Woody), but "Jumpin' Jack Flash" is furiously done. Ronnie is the real star here,
as his lead guitar steals the show.
The Satanic Sessions
December 19, 2002
Wow! This was a shocker. Admittedly, TSMR is one of my least favorite Stones albums from the Abkco years. However, this boot seriously forced me to reassess my opinion of that record. This bootleg has no vocals whatsoever...which in this case is a good thing. Without Jagger's vocals, the music seems to come alive. It's like one of those 3d art pictures where if you stare long enough, something pops out at you. In this case, there are some crazy guitar riffs that were buried beneath the vocals on the released album. This boot basically traces the making of TSMR, adding some blues jams and other odds and sods from the period. The band seem to be in surprisingly good form despite all their legal troubles and the gradual deterioration of Brian Jones. A real treat if you can find it!
The Complete Woodstock Tapes
March 23, 2002
Rehearsals for the 1978 US tour, recorded in New York State's Bearsville Studios.
If, like me, you possess a few '78 live boots then you may be surprised to hear the Stones actually rehearsed at all! Nevertheless this box set documents the Stones, Stu & Sugar Blue getting most of the 'Some Girls' into shape, as well as a few inspired blues jams, some covers, and most tantalisingly, some choons that never made it into the setlists, like "Tell Me","Memory Motel", and best of all, a stunning electric "CocksuckerBlues".
Bear in mind these are rehearsals, so some songs aren't complete, some are just instrumental, ans some are interminable in length, but it's fascinating insight into the band, and one of the few places to hear a Charlie Watts drum solo.
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
By Zack Taylor
November 21, 2001
This one-CD "complete show" (according to the label) on Home Records documents a June 28, 1978 concert at the Midsouth Coliseum in Memphis, TN. The Stones were clearly giddy playing in Elvis' home town, putting 'Honky Tonk Women' near the top of the set, Mick talking about how much of a "treat" it is to play there considering how important the town is "as far as music is concerned," beckoning the crowed to emit a Rebel Yell, and even throwing in a rip-roaring version of 'Hound Dog' to please the locals. After a warmup of 'Let it Rock' and 'All Down the Line' comes the heart of the show, the then-new Some Girls material. The first thing one notices about these performances (in stellar sound) is the fact that Ronnie's substance intake' hadn't yet got the better of him as in the 80s: his playing is stellar throughout. 'Miss You' never drags despite its 7:48 length,' a rare Imagination is a treat (strangely Mick sings "all the girls in Detroit"- maybe "all the girls in Memphis" goes too trippingly ' off the tongue; Keith's liquid groove on 'Shattered' is superb, and a 1-2-3 of 'Respectable', 'Beast', and 'Whip Comes Down' delights. Another surprise: 'Love in Vain', the old showcase for little Mick, remains! Ronnie makes it his own with his patented bottleneck on that dobro-type twangy guitar. The show finished with a stomp through the standards, 'Tumbling Dice', 'Happy', 'Brown Sugar', and a furious, 6:30 'Jumping Jack Flash'. Whew! The Stones are a Mean Machine on this one. The show is available from other sources, and may have been a radio broadcast, I'm not sure, but a keeper in any case. Great for a party!
Get Your Leeds Lungs Out
By Zack Taylor
November 9, 2001
This a BBC recording of a show at Leeds University March 13, 1971, part of their short "farewell tour" of England before the group went to France to escape the taxman and record Exile. With Hopkins, Keys, and Price in tow, the band was as in sync as a unit as it ever would be, and coupled with the stellar sound thanks to the radio gear, this is arguably the best Stones concert ever (one could also make a case for Brussels Affair.) Unlike that show, however, Mick T never overplays, delivering his best 'Love in Vain' solo ever. The set contains "new" songs 'Dead Flowers' and 'Bitch', 'Stray Cat' has speeded up from the 69 version, 'Midnight Rambler' has a new intro, and most special, there's a complete rearrangement of 'Satisfaction', which remains unidentifiable for 45 seconds. The two Chuck Berry covers just smoke. The excellence of these shows foreshadowed the amazing work that was to come out of Keith's basement a few months later. An absolute must for all live Stones fans. The Who is famous for smoking at Leeds, but the Stones did too!
BEDSPRING SYMPHONY REVISITED
By Andrew Maguire
October 5, 2000
I thought I had the Stones' best live album when I bought Very Ancient, Thank You Kindly (the legendary American tour of 1972) but this album topped even that. It would have to be my favorite live album, alongside Lou Reed's Take No Prisoners and Neil Young's Weld.
The recordings were made during the 1973 European Tour in Newcastle, London and Brussels. The sound quality is impeccable and the performances are electric. On this album are by far the best live performances I have heard of "Gimme Shelter", "Happy", "You Can't Always Get What You Want", "Midnight Rambler" and "Tumbling Dice". Mick Taylor shines throughout the album and his guitar solos in "Street Fighting Man", "You Can't Always..." and "Gimme Shelter" (a song that had previously seemed to me to lose its qualities when performed live) are truly sensational. It is his lead guitar on "Midnight Rambler" that makes this definitive version of the song. Also, "Dancing with Mr. D" and "Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" are better than the studio recordings.
Keith and Mick's vocals are excellent throughout, particularly when they combine on "Happy". "Rip This Joint", "Jumping Jack Flash", "Starfucker" and "Street Fighting Man" are all very strong and Keith's guitar work is excellent on all, particularly "Gimme Shelter", "Street Fighting Man" and "Rip This Joint". Bill and Charlie are very good as well, but Taylor steals the show with his stupendous lead guitar, proving that he is probably the best British lead guitarist behind Jimmy Page (Yes, better than Clapton). I do have deep sympathies for those of you who do not own this gem - and I bargained an astonishing 9% off the asking price!
Live'R Than You'll Ever Be
By Steve Cronen
April 7, 2000
Makes Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! look like a third-rate piece of garbage. I felt like the luckiest person in the world when I found a copy of this vinyl at a record show in August, '99. The performances on this album, done at the Oakland Coliseum on November 9, 1969, are all excellent. Unfortunately, while the actual show showcased about 17 songs, the original LP only contains 10 songs. Not to worry, though, they're still top-notch. "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Stray Cat Blues" are gone; "Gimme Shelter" and "I'm Free" are in. Being the "I'm Free" devotee I am, this was a welcome replacement. The version of the song on this album beats all others, including he studio version (nice, but crappy solo) and Stripped version (ugh...). Mick starts the proceedings with, "Can ya hear that?... Keep playing, man," which leads directly into "Carol." "Gimme Shelter" steals the show... for now. Merry Clayton adds that sheer breath of power on the studio version, but this one doesn't disappoint. Mick screams, "Rape! Moi-da! It's just a shot away!" As always, "Sympathy" is great, and "I'm Free" steals the spotlight once again. "Live with Me" is wonderful as always, though Mick's, "I think we got a problem, I think we got a problem..." rant gets tired.
The second side opens with, "As you may have imagined... we're gonna do another blues for ya." "Love in Vain" is great, and it leads in to a good rendition of "Little Queenie." "Midnight Rambler" is one of the only songs which I can honestly say I like the Ya-Ya's version better. It just has more power and vigor. But "Honky Tonk Women" is great, and Mick and Charlie go crazy beforehand. "Street Fighting Man" is the other aforementioned "I like the Ya-Ya's version better" track. But it's still great, nonetheless. A while ago, I made a CD-R version of this album, and added a couple of bonus tracks that I felt should have been included on the original: "Satisfaction" from Madison Square Garden, and "Under My Thumb" from Altamont. Great versions of those songs are on the film Gimme Shelter! Oh, and who couldn't love that White Album-esque album sleeve?
Bright Lights, Big City
(Dandelion DL 099/100)
By 2000 Man
January 7, 2000
Why such a high rating for a Stones boot with no new source material on it? Because this fifty song, two cd set contains pretty much every loose end of Brain Jones era Stones in best available quality all in one really nice package. The discs fit in a slipcase, like the Rock And Roll Circus set, with a nice full color thirty-two page booklet. The cover is the same as the book From Masons Yard To Primrose Hill, and the discs themselves are silk screened with the same picture. To get every track on this set, I think you would need at least five cds, and I think youd still need to find the Officially released (on vinyl) ep, Got Live If You Want It. The discs are organized by studio recordings and then live recordings, all in chronological order.
The set begins with studio outs and demos. Dandelion starts right at the beginning with the five IBC demos. If youve read that the Stones didnt sound too confident at these sessions, figure that person was smoking crack. The Stones are pulling these off with no overdubs, and these sparse blues songs still sound fresh today, thirty-seven years after they were recorded. You wont find cleaner versions anywhere else. Road Runner and I Want To Be Loved are the best of these sessions.
From there we get the Chess Studios 1964 tracks that didnt get released. Of these, Stewed and Keefed (Brians Blues) and Down In The Bottom are the best. Brian was sick when they recorded Stewed And Keefed, so he isnt on this slow blues. Even though the Stones were very young and very British, they understood the blues, and at Chess they really learned how to play the blues with the subtlety of their American idols. Looking Tired from RCA studios, 1965 is the last studio cut on the set.
The live material is from several sources. All the Stones Ed Sullivan appearances are here in terrific quality. Both NME Pollwinners concerts are here. Dont expect the same type of sound quality as the Sullivan or studio material. Ive never heard pristine recordings of these events. The performances are inspired, and provide further evidence of how much energy the early Stones unleashed in their live shows. We also get the TAMI show, Ready, Steady, Go! and Sunday Night at the London Palladium material. Its not the rarest stuff, but its all right here in one really great package.
For me though, I think my favorite part of the set is the official Got Live If You Want It ep. I dont have it on cd from any other source, and Dandelion used great care getting this important Stones performance onto this set. My nomination for the next ABKCO project is to release the first ep, Five By Five, and the Got Live If You Want It eps all on one disc. But until then, if you have Invasion Unlimiteds Beat Beat Beat At The Beeb and this set, youve got just about every well recorded live document with Brian Jones available. The fine artwork that comes with this set makes it a real collectors item. For the new collector this would be an almost perfect purchase. For the long time collector it might not seem that special at first glance, but having all these tracks in one place with the really great picture booklet will make it a favorite before long.
Jamming With Edward
By The Midnight Rambler
December 31, 1999
Well, this album is not a boot 'cause it was released by Rolling Stones Records in 1972, but it isn't an ordinary album...
Jamming With Edward was recorded in 1969, during the Let It Bleed sessions, when Mick, Charlie, Bill, Ry Cooder & N. Hopkins were waiting for Mr. Riffchards. The album is very short, about 25 min., and it only has 6 tracks: The 1st track ( "The Boudoir Stomp" ) is the worst of the set, but then we find " It Hurts Me Too", the gem of the album. I think this song would have fitted in Let It Bleed perfectly. Then we have "Edwrd's Thrump Up" and "Blow with Ry" (where Ry shines). After that you have "Interlude A La El Hopo"/ "The Loveliest Nigth Of The Year" ( where Mick shines singing like a woman) and, last but not least, the other gem: "Highland Fling", where Nicky shows us how he can play the piano. If you like Nicky Hopkins you must get this album 'cause this is a more Nicky's album than Stones'. However, if ya are a Stones fan, get it , 'cuz it's very, very funny.
Rolling Stones Live In Ft. Worth June 24, 1972 (2nd Show)
Ft. Worth Special (Boss Hawg)
Ft. Worth Express (Turd On The Run)
Ahmet Ertegun, Thank You Kindly (Coast2Coast C2C 01)
A Few Hearts Broken, A Few Strings Busted (Scorpio SCRO 010/011)
By 2000 Man
September 4, 1999
Thats a lot of titles for a concert, and I can throw in one more label that I dont have.(Vinyl Gang released Ft. Worth Express)
The Ft. Worth material has been available in truncated form, usually with the Philly show from 72 for years. These shows were filmed for the Stones movie, Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones. Who knows how security got so good on these recordings, and why we havent had much in terms of these concerts leak out over the past 27 years.
Boss Hawg was a CDR bootleg label that was a real flash in the pan. I think they only made four releases, and I only have two of them. This show, Ft. Worth Special absolutely blew my mind! Its a soundboard from the Ft. Worth show, and although incomplete (all the single CD releases are incomplete and are missing part of 'Brown Sugar' and all of 'Happy' and 'All Down The Line') this is one of the best Stones concerts ever captured. Boss Hawg made the original release of this show (some tapers probably had it already), and generated a huge buzz about this show. The soundboard recording has some hiss, and is a little lacking in high end, but the drums are crisp, the band hot and the performance is a killer! Charlie is mixed right up front and Keith and Mick T. are on equal footing in the mix. 'Rocks Off' and 'You Cant Always Get What You Want' really do it for me. Id say theyre the definitive versions. Mick T. plays beautifully on the latter, while Keith and Charlie dominate Rocks Off.
While the problems on FW Special were minor, and certainly not annoying, when you get a show thats as good as Brussels 73, the inevitable upgrade search begins. The first one I found was Turd On The Runs Ft. Worth Express. I liked the way they did the 78 tour rehearsals, and kind of hoped that theyd get the complete show. Turd cleaned up some of the hiss, but Turd seemed to make the bass a little mushier, and there still was a problem with the highs. Turd used a CDR on this release, but the artwork is great. The back cover is a nod to Boss Hawgs original, but the front cover is glossy and inside the foldout are better reproductions of the pics on the back of FW Special and lots more. A nice upgrade, and one Id be happy with.
But that would only be if I hadnt heard Coast2Coasts Ahmet Ertegun, Thank You Kindly. C2C made a great cover, and theirs has the cover shot from Turds release on their inside front cover. These guys really did this show right. Someone that has access to studio equipment, and the knowledge of how to use it cleaned this show up from a DAT clone. Bobby Keys comes blasting through, the bass isnt mushy at all, and the guitars just bite through the mix. Mick T. may get a little more room in this mix, but its not by much. 'Dont Lie To Me' is the most familiar track from this show, and it just jumps right out at you on this recording. This is just one of the best Stones bootlegs ever. The previous releases are excellent, but this one just has
the tender loving care this old tape needed. Hats off to C2C!
Scorpio released a 2 CD set from the Ft. Worth shows recently (1999). While I didnt expect an upgrade of Ahmet Ertegun, I hoped maybe the show would be complete. I was half right the first and second shows are complete, (at least song wise I didnt compare between songs, and Im not gonna) but these are very good audience recordings. So these are probably copied from one of the Japanese 4 CD sets, so you save some money there. Also, the first show has Sweet Black Angel in it, so its great to hear. If you can find the C2C release, grab it, but if not, dont hesitate to get Vinyl Gangs Ft. Worth Express or Turd On The Runs Ft. Worth Express. These are the best documents of the 72 tour available, and thats saying a lot.
Unplugged Invasion Unlimited
This ones so damn good it was copied about five minutes after it was released! Its also available as Acoustic Motherfuckers on Kobra KRCR 04, with a few extra tracks from Voodoo Brew that dont add to the listening experience of this cd. Try and find the original, its put together like an album.
Were looking at the plainest cover without a rubber stamp that Ive seen in quite some time, but it does evoke the original Beggars Banquet, and this has some Beggars Banquet era tracks on it, so it works for me. Invasion Unlimited bills this collection of outs from 68 73 as "blah, blah, blah Together they make up for a superb Unplugged cd (with the occasional
electric guitar here and there) recorded long before the days of MTV. Theyre right, it is a superb little collection of mostly acoustic songs. The best thing is that it doesnt drown in a sea of mellow like so many acoustic records by the MTV generation can.
Unplugged fires up with 'Dear Doctor' (take 1), which is widely available, and usually in high quality. This release is certainly no exception, and the quality of this recording sets the tone for the others on this release. There arent any speed problems to be found, and if theres a crackle, youre missing the point listen to the music and you just arent going to hear technical imperfections on this CD. It sounds as good as ABKCO CDs of the same period, and I doubt these guys had original master recordings to work from, so Im impressed with the results.
If youve got a large collection youre sure to have most of these songs by now. Some tracks, like the terrific 'No Expectations' out, and the long, very different version of one of my favorites, 'Sister Morphine', were available on Scorpios Time Trip Vol. 4. Both are spectacular looks at what should be considered the Stones at their best. 'Family' and 'Blood Red Wine' are commonly called Trident Demos, and dont sound like vinyl sources here to me. The acoustic version of 'All Down The Line' from the NME flexi-disc also appears here, with wide dynamic range and a nice rich sound.
One of the wish list songs of the No Security Tour shows up also. 'You Got The Silver' appears with the officially released backing track, but Mick takes the vocals on this version. Keith adds some charm of his own to the official track, but Mick seems to have laid a guide vocal for Keith on this one that Keith followed to the best of his ability. Mick doesnt have the sincerity that Keith does, but he adds a bit of a chiseled heart to the feel of the song. It works; it just works differently
Several other tracks sound great, like 'You Cant Always Get What You Want' without the stupid choir, 'Blood Red Wine', and an interesting version of 'Country Honk' without the car horn. Unplugged would make a good official album. Considering that Stripped has been released officially, this makes a nice look at what a similar idea would sound like twenty-five years earlier.
Piece of Gold
By: 2000 Man
Technically the first show of the Bridges To Babylon tour, the 9 - 23 - 97 Chicago show is brilliantly (though incompletely) captured on Phoenix Piece of Gold. The CD itself is gold, and the overall theme of the packaging is gold. A gold tongue adorns the cover and there are a few nice pictures over a gold background inside. A major deal is made of the gold CD on
the front and back covers. A gold disc usually is a sign that the sound quality is something special, and Phoenix has gotten their hands on a very high quality tape, indeed! The sound is really rich and full, with great separation on the guitars and no boominess in the vocals. Charlies drums are crisp and well defined and the bass doesnt sound at all mushy. Whoever mastered this one gets credit for letting things stay like they were at the show. Piece of Gold is a very professional release.
Sound quality aside, the show is very good. It was windy in Chicago this first night of the tour and a lot of the initial reviews said the wind carried a lot of the music right out of the stadium. Its too bad, because the show was very well played. 'Out of Control' already was better than the version on the Bridges to Babylon album, with the muted trumpet lingering eerily in the background throughout this performance. Bernard Fowler supports Mick very well, and is never intrusive .Mick seems in good spirits, blurting Chicago - da Bulls, da Bears and now da Stones. The audience eats it up, but they sound far away. Mick also has fun with the web choice, and overall his vocals are very strong. Keith and Ronnie sound great, with a nice weave going through most songs. Their highlights are definitely on the B- stage material, where they really rip through 'Little Queenie', give up the goods with an exceptional 'Let It Bleed', and blow the proverbial roof off the joint with 'The Last Time'. The sound on the B stage is every bit as top notch as the main stage. The only bad thing is that the show is incomplete. At least we get everything through the B stage, and what we are left with is a very engaging document of the Stones at their best; hitting the mark on familiar tracks like 'Satisfaction', and flexing their muscle on new material like 'Out of Control'. I highly recommend this one!
By Mr. Voodoo
April 1, 1999
This album is a double live bootleg release of the pay-per-view special in from the 1981 tour. Because of this, the sound quality is great. For starters, it has a wonderfully full crowd noise throughout the show. You really feel that there is a concert going on, but it doesn't get in the way of the music. This is the last tour (excluding the following European tour in 1982) in which the stones played most of their most recent album. However, it can be argued that they were actually touring two albums at the time, Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You, and that the band for the most part ignored Emotional Rescue on this tour. But none of that matters. They play basically half of the Some Girls Album and most of Tattoo You, and one or two songs from ER. What this does (much like the tours from 75 and 78) is give a very distinct feeling to the tour. The tours from 69 - 73 were basically in support of what has been since then the encore and opening of all shows. That's great but the feeling of, "wow, they played all of 'album x'" just isn't there.
Having collected bootlegs and actually amassed quite a large number of them I can confidently say that this is one concert that is a must. Perect quality of a very energetic tour.
Welcome To Australia
By Mr. Voodoo
February 4, 1999
This bootleg concert album is from February 27, 1973. Recorded during the Rolling
Stones 1973 Winter Tour of the Pacific. It is live from Sydney. This is a standard 1973
Winter Tour show. Very good. However, what makes this particular disk special is that it
was the first complete Mick Taylor era Sound Board show ever to surface. The show is good,
the recording is pretty
good, not great. The setlist is standard 1972 pre Goat's Head Soup fare. This is a must have for all of you 1972 - 1973 tour fans. Personally, my favorite tour was the 1973 Winter Tour of Hawaii and Down Under. On the whole it was a very laid back tour, with some great shows!
Cocaine on a Dentist Chair
By Mr. Voodoo
February 4, 1999
This is a 2 CD set. 11/15/69 champaign 1st show and 11/8/69 LA 2nd show. As far as I know both shows are complete. It is a fairly good quality audience recording for the time. Not the best that I have heard. The two concerts are both pretty good, I prefer the LA show, and I actually have most of it available on Street Hassel in LA, which I think is a better recording. The nice thing bout these two disks is that it basically shows you what all 1969 shows were like. There were rocking but the Ya Ya's disk, as great as it is, does not include the four slower songs that were played at most shows, 'Under my Thumb', 'I'm Free', 'Prodigal Son', and 'You Gotta Move'. In my opinion, and ihe 1969 tour, but I think that all You really need is a copy of Ya Ya's, one clear copy of 'Prodigal Son', 'You Gotta Move', 'I'm Free', 'Under My Thumb', 'Gimme Shelter', and 'Satisfaction', and you have all you need for 1969. I wish that someone would just put out a disk set that has SBs of all of those songs in 10.0 quality (not necessarily from the same show). Then we would all be able to sleep better at night.
All Meat Music : Winter Tour 1973
By Mr. Voodoo
February 4, 1999
This is live January 18, 1973 from Inglewood, CA. The Nicaraguan Relief Concert. This is absolutely my favorite show that I have ever heard. However, I wonder what it would sound like if it was a SB. The quality on this set is pretty bad. Its listenable, and at times pretty good, but it is never great. That is why it doesn't have an 11.0 rating ("but these go to 11!"). The show is a mix of songs that include the 1972 standard fare, but also a large amount of other rarely played songs including "No Expectations", "Route 66", "It's all over now", "Dead Flowers" and "Live with Me". Rumors abound that they also played 'Moonlight Mile' at this show, but I have never heard for sure. Dr. Riff stated that there was a newer better release of this
show, but I have not seen it. If so, it is about time. MT plays some of the best and mellowest solos I have ever heard. The concert was extremely laid back. Everyone sounds great, and it is a full 2cd set. If you can stand mediocre audience recordings, it is well worth buying
A Brussles Affair
This is the best live album ever. Unfortunately, it is basically a bootleg. But that doesn't matter. It was recorded from the second show in Brussels, I can't remember the date, on the 1973 Euro tour. Perfect soundboard quality. Best versions anywhere ever (and trust me, I know) of 'Midnight Rambler', 'Brown Sugar', 'DO DO DO DO DO', 'Happy', 'Can't Always get what you Want', and the best 73 version of 'Gimme Shelter'. If you can find this album, I suggest you buy it!
Leed Guitars...TV Stars
January 14, 1999
This is the a great live album. It too is basically a bootleg. But that doesn't matter. It was recorded from one of the Leeds University shows in 70. Perfect soundboard quality. Nice and mellow live. One of a kind 'Satisfaction'. Great 'Dead Flowers'. 'Let It Rock' kicks so much ass. If you can find this album, I suggest you buy it!
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