ROLLING STONES - CD
AUSTRALIAN TOUR 1966

LABEL:
DAC 196
SOURCE:
Track 1: Stones Arrival Sydney Airport 16 Feb.1966, Track 2: Ward Austin 2UW Airport Report & Stones Interviews, Tracks 3-12: Commemorative Auditorium Showground, Sydney 18 February 1966 1st show bc 3UZ Radio Melbourne; Tracks 13-21: Palais Theatre St. Kilda Melbourne 18 February 1966 2nd show, Track 22: IBC St. London 26 Oct.65, Track 23: Lime Grove St. London BBC TOTP 19 Dec.67 (21 Dec. on cover) bc on 28 Dec.67.
FORMAT:
1 cd
RUNNING TIME:
58.16
SOUND/SOURCE:
Soundboard mono except for Track 22: Soundboard stereo.
PACKAGING:
single slimline jewel case
 


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TRACK LIST:

1. Stones Arrival Sydney Airport 16 Feb.1966, 2. Ward Austin 2UW Airport Report & Stones Interviews, 3. Ward Austin Introduction, 4. Mercy, Mercy, 5. She Said Yeah, 6. Play With Fire, 7. Not Fade Away, 8. The Spider And The Fly, 9. That’s How Strong My Love Is, 10. Get Off Of My Cloud, 11. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 12. Satisfaction, 13. Band Introductions, 14. The Last Time, 15. Mercy Mercy, 16. She Said Yeah, 17. Play With Fire, 18. Not Fade Away, 19. That’s How Strong My Love Is, 20. Get Off Of My Cloud, 21. Satisfaction, 22. As Years Go By, 23. 2000 Years From Home.  



 
REVIEW:

This release presents the Stones broadcasts from their 1966 Australian tour; the first just appeared on a famous torrent site a while ago with the 1st show the band played in Sydney in 1966 as broadcasted on the radio. The uploader got this recording on a cassette he was given which presumably is therefore a 1st or 2nd generation recording, better sounding than what is on He Is Still Alive (VGP 017) where it appeared first; along with the radio recording there were also some interviews (missing the beginning) which embellish this release. Unfortunately, The Last time, which was the first song played us missing from the broadcast but the rest is in very good quality; through track 12 (Satisfaction) at the 3.41 mark there are 5 loud pips which could represent that it was 5.00 PM at the time of this broadcast, that the 5.00 PM news were coming up next or even that the hour was coming up. The broadcasting radio should have been one like Melbourne 3UZ 1966 with advertisements/radio station ID, which were probably too hard to edit out at the time of taping, so possibly this cassette could be a dub from that but with the ads removed, however it must be noted that other concerts from that Australian tour have been broadcasted, like St.Kilda (near Melbourne) which has appeared on many bootlegs and Brisbane which has not been located so far.

The cassette also included two radio reports. The first of these is about the Stones arrival at Kingsford Smith Sydney Airport on the 16th February 1966 and the second a short interview with the Stones in Sydney most likely before the 18th February shows; the interview was conducted by Ward Pally Austin, a Sydney Radio 2UW DJ who in the 60s was probably Sydney’s most famous disc jockey, whose real name was Ward Austin, nicknamed Pally; Ward also introduces the band at the concert.
The 2UW Feb 1966 interview with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones cuts in after a discussion has already started regarding As Tears Go By which Jagger stated he recorded it first before Marianne Faithful, but his voice was deemed to be a bit camp so he decided to re-record it again in a deeper voice. Mick & Brian talk about engagements prior to marriage, then Ward asks the boys what they’re going to do while in Sydney and Jagger in an exaggerated Aussie accent (his mother was Australian) talks about going down the beach, doing a bit of water skiing, watching the old sheilas (sheilas being Australian slang for females, young or old, the equivalent of the terms birds in the UK & broads in the USA.)
During the interview in the original recording a voice came up to tell us that at the time 2UW was one of Sydney’s lowest rated radio stations & Ward is the top DJ, but here it is not included. It has been tried to discover the actual date of the broadcast but unsuccessfully, however a newspaper ad for the Brisbane 4BH Stones 1966 live broadcast said that was aired on the 22nd February 1966, so perhaps the Sydney broadcast was aired the day after the show as well. This recording appeared in less quality on He’s Not Dead (VGP 017), 5 songs are on Our Last Concert (Ever) (Sister Morphine 57), the new recording first cane out on Sydney, Australia 18th February 1966 2 UW Broadcast (J.Gherkin), soon copied on Live in Australia 1966 (London Calling 5079), together with the St.Kilda one.

The second broadcast is the famous St.Kilda concert which was the first one to appear on bootleg
The original upload came with great artwork featuring photos from that concert, taken by Big Knob  who attended this concert as a 20 year old, not being a professional photographer at the time but just a fan whose hobby/passion was photography; remarkably we could see Brian Jones playing organ during That’s How Strong My Love Is. Too bad there still are commercials, but gone are the five beeps through Satisfaction; it is possible anyway to hear Brian Jones playing with no restriction noting his contribution to the band’s sound, especially on Satisfaction, without any fake overdub or (worse) sonic suppression we experienced on some official releases.

The band mess up Get Off Of My Cloud not being on the same wavelength during the Hey You chorus, despite attempting to get back in the same groove. This recording first came out on Get Back To The One You Love (E.Valley 010607) a multicolour LP in 2007 and then on Let The Airwaves Flow 2: Melbourne, Paris & London 1966-67 (Rhythm & Blues Rec. 30) in 2019. On silver disc it was released on Do You Like The RS (VGP 301) as well as on Bill Wyman’s Black Box (VGP 329), then on Enfant Terrible 1965-1966 (Eternal Grooves 0004) and on 66 Route (Godfather Rec. 262) in 2017; lately appeared also on Dysprosium (Mayflower 112) and on Live in Australia 1966 (London Calling 5079). As addition we get also a stereo version of As Tears Go By with string quartet arranged by Mike Leander and 2000 Light Years From Home from TOTP 1967 with live vocals on a pre-recorded track, too bad she’s A Rainbow is missing from the same show, as well as Jagger interview.

This upgrade is a great discovery which may be followed by something else later in the year, as promised by the maker. It would seem more than likely that it will be copied by some major label, photos included; ads have not been removed most likely because some words are over the music. Packaging shows picture from the 1st event, including the front cover one.


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