ROLLING STONES - CD
BAD TRIP AT ALTAMONT

LABEL:
D&D Archives Master Series via JEMS/Acid Project 039
SOURCE:
Altamont Speedway, Livermore, Tracy, Ca. December 6th 1969.
FORMAT:
2 download cdrs
RUNNING TIME:
46.30/37.48
SOUND/SOURCE:
Audience stereo, remastered by Captain Acid, JEMS Transfer: first-generation cassette > Nakamichi 670 azimuth-adjusted playback > Wavelab 24/96 .wav capture > RX7 clean up > convert to 16/44 > Captain Acid mastering and pitch adjustment > FLAC
PACKAGING:
Double Slimline Jewel Case, Artwork by Mr. D
 


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SOUND 8 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 9

 

TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Jumpin Jack Flash, 3. Carol, 4. Sympathy For the Devil, 5. The Sun Is Shining, 6. Stray Cat Blues, 7. Love In Vain, 8. Under My Thumb , 9. Under My Thumb, 10. Brown Sugar.

Disc Two: 1. Midnight Rambler, 2. Live With Me, 3. Gimme Shelter, 4. Little Queenie, 5. Satisfaction, 6. Honky Tonk Women, 7. Street Fighting Man
 
REVIEW:

Out of the blue another source of the famous Altamont gig has appeared and is the subject of a newly released work by Cpt. Acid, let s get a look at the side notes:

JEMS is proud to be able to partner with and present some of the choice recordings in the D & D archives. Some of these recordings have been around for years, but none of the master tapes or safety copies in some cases have ever been digitized until now. Dave and Donn taped many shows in and around the Seattle area in the 70s and also were contemporaries of some of the JEMS members. This recording of the infamous Altamont concert predates most D&D masters, so while they may have recorded it, we can t say so definitively. It does seem to be an alternate source to the commonly circulated audience recordings of the show and offers a different perspective on the event, including some uncomfortable moments of audience interaction as the trouble ensues in front of the stage. Despite a lot of audience chatter and microphone movement, this is a surprisingly clear capture of the performance, enhanced through the efforts the Captain. If nothing else, it should offer a fresh angle on a familiar and tragic show.
Some comments by fans: even if it is possible to spot clearly a taper at the front of the stage in the Gimme Shelter movie, by synching the video of Sympathy For The Devil with the audio tape and seeing the tussling in front of the stage it was noticed that it could be heard on the tape; the taper you could see was in the midst of it, good for him for hanging in there. At some point the show settles down and it s a pretty good show and recording. The taper may have moved, perhaps to the back of the stage at some point, since later in tape there is a sound quality change. Anyway someone else commented   that having gone through many, many cassette dubs of this recording it was doubtful this being a first generation one. The evidence lies on the lack of trebles on the first part and the amount of hiss on the second part, plus the missing end of Brown Sugar. Only on the very lowest generation dubs the very end is included, but it isn t here, and on the best version the very end is in mono while the rest of the dub is electronically reprocessed for stereo as it is here. Ii is possible the original master recording is mono which can be heard on the extremely rare German bootleg LP Altamont which has the complete Brown Sugar. The taper in the Gimme Shelter movie is a blond guy with glasses, right at the front and at one point he puts his tape recorder on top of one of the big monitors near Mick Jagger, it is unlikely this guy (George Feist) was the one visible in the movie. The audience chatter anyway is the best thing about this gig--essential! It really gives a feeling of being there...and of danger that was hanging around.
Many versions of this recordings have circulated over the years, including the well-known bootleg The Killer Festival, Altamont 1969 (VGP-113), Altamont Free Concert (IMP 030) 3 cd and 1 DVD, Altamont Complete (All Sold Out). I think the best version of the audience tape currently available is the one that came out some years ago on Altamont Speedway Free Festival (TAKRL 001) cds: this audio source had circulated before from VGP, it is known as the best audience recording of the show, in stereo, and represents a crude but trustful recording of the concert and what happened amidst the music with frequent interruptions and Jagger, Richards and Sonny Barger comments on the microphone towards the chaos creators. Then a couple years ago we got a true blend (or matrix) of as much of the show as is available from five different sources, since none of them had all the pieces, called Altamont Raceway (bigtyke66). This newly available source highlights once more that tragic but fascinating night retaining all the crowd noise, reactions and comments like no official release ever will.



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