ROLLING STONES - CD
BLACK AND BLUE REWORKED

LABEL:
WLR Hot Stuff LC100055310
SOURCE:
Disc One, Tracks 1-10: Musicland St. Munich 5-19 Dec. 74, Tracks 11-14 & Discs -6: De Doelen, Rotterdam 22 Jan.-9 Febr.75-, Disc Seven, Tracks 1-5: Warhol Church Estate, Montauk late April- 4 May 1975, Tracks 6-7: Electric Lady St., New York 25 & 30 June 1975, Track 8: New York Hotel 1974 (on booklet 13 August 75).Disc One, Tracks 1-10: Musicland St. Munich 5-19 Dec. 74, Tracks 11-14 & Discs -6: De Doelen, Rotterdam 22 Jan.-9 Febr.75-, Disc Seven, Tracks 1-5: Warhol Church Estate, Montauk late April- 4 May 1975, Tracks 6-7: Electric Lady St., New York 25 & 30 June 1975, Track 8: New York Hotel 1974 (on booklet 13 August 75).
FORMAT:
7 picture cds
RUNNING TIME:
79 .20/78.53/61.01/76.10/74.41/76.21/79.07
SOUND/SOURCE:
Soundboard stereo except for Disc Seven, Track 8: Audience monoSoundboard stereo except for Disc Seven, Track 8: Audience mono
PACKAGING:
Cardboard box including 7 discs in antistatic paper and a 12 pages booklet
 


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SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 10

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Act Together #1A, 2. Act Together #1B, 3. Act Together #2, 4. Cherry Oh Baby, 5. Crazy Mama #1, 6. Fool To Cry #1A, 7. Fool To Cry #1B, 8. Fool To Cry #2, 9. I Got A Letter #1, 10. I Got A Letter #2, 11. I Love Ladies, 12. Slave #1A, 13. Slave #1B, 14. Slave #1C.

Disc Two: 1. Melody #1, 2. Worried About You #1, 3. Cellophane Trousers #1, 4. Cellophane Trousers #2, 5. Hand Of Fate #1, 6. Hey Negrita #1, 7. Hot Stuff #1, 8.Let’s Do It Right  #1, 9. Let’s Do It Right   #2, 10.   Memory Motel #1, 11. Munich Reggae, 12. Built That Way #2, 13. Scarlet #1.

Disc Three: 1. Blues Rhythm #1, 2. Blues Rhythm #2, 3. Slow Jam, 4. 12-Bar Blues, 5. Rock Rhythm #1, 6. Rock Rhythm #2, 7. English Rose #1 Intro, 8. English Rose #2, 9. English Rose #1, 10. Man Eating Woman #1, 11. Man Eating Woman #2, 12. Funky Rhythm, 13. Slow Blues Part #1, 14. Built That Way #1, 15. Built That Way #2, 16. Built That Way #3, 17. Built That Way #4, 18. MJ & CW Interview, 19. Funky Rhythm Jam, 20. I Love Ladies.

Disc Four: 1. Short Kam, 2. Worried About You #1, 3. Worried About You #2, 4. Slow Ballad, 5. Funky Jam #1, 6. Funky Jam #2, 7. Freeway Jam  #1, 8. Freeway Jam #2, 9. Worried About You #3, 10. Freeway Jam #3, 11. Freeway Jam #4, 12.  Rock Rhythm #2, 13. English Rose #2, 14. Man Eating Woman #2, 15. Funky Jam #3, 16. 12-Bar Blues #2, 17. Windmill #1, 18. Waiting On A Friend, 19. Criss Cross, 20. Windmill #2, 21. Windmill #3, 22. Tops, 23. Tops, 24. You Know What I Mean.

Disc Five: 1. Slow Ballad, 2. Instrumental Jam Part #1, 3. Instrumental Jam Part #2, 4. Freeway Jam #5, 5. Shame, Shame, Shame#1, 6. Shame, Shame, Shame#2, 7. Vagina (Slave #1), 8. Built That Way #5, 9. Built That Way #6, 10. Built That Way #7, 11. CW Interview, 12. Crazy Mama, 13.I Got A Letter, 14. Cherry Oh Baby, 15. Act Together #1, 16. Act Together #2, 17. Fool To Cry, 18. Built That Way, 19. Melody, 20. Slave #2, 21. Slow Riff, 22. Long Jam.

Disc Six: 1. Monkey Man Riff Part #1, 2. Monkey Man Riff Part #2, 3. Slave #3, 4. Slave #4, 5. Slave #5, 6 Slave #6, 7. Slave #7, 8. Slave #8, 9 Slave #9, 10. Slave #10, 11. Slave #10B, 12. Slave #11, 13. Funky Rhythm #1, 14. Funky Rhythm #2, 15. Funky Rhythm #3, 16. 12-Bar Blues #3, 17. 12-Bar Blues #4, 18. Different Funky Rhythm, 19. Slave #12, 20. Boogie Jam #1, 21. Boogie Jam #2, 22. Long Blues Part #1, 23. Long Blues Part #2, 24. Long Blues Part #3, 25. Long Blues Rebuilt, 26. Funky Rhythm Jam, 27. More Funky Rhythm Jam Part #1, 28. More Funky Rhythm Jam Part #2, 29. Blues With Jeff.

Disc Seven: 1. Jam #1, 2. Melody, 2. Jungle Man, 4. Jenny Jenny, 5. Jam #2, 6. Carnival To Rio #1, 7. Carnival To Rio #2, 8. MJ Buying Bootlegs.

 
REVIEW:

This release is a perfect copy of a series that came out on IORR by StonyRoad which continues the reworking process, this time focussed on the Black & Blue sessions; Disc One begins with three takes of Act Together, the first 2 whose channels have been rebalanced while the third one is a mix using VGP 237 Fast Taking on the left channel and IMP N-004 Static In The Attic on the right one the last 8 seconds coming solely from this source; next we have Cherry Oh Baby that had been decelerated by 0,16%, Crazy Mama by 1,17% and 3 takes of Fool To Cry. Another unreleased song follows, I Got A Letter in 2 takes with noise reduction, the latter one with lyrics that was previously called Cable From My Baby, then comes another mix of 3 versions of I Love Ladies (aka Sexy Nights) from 2 different DAC discs (The Paris Rehearsals no. 114 and Sheep Dip Blues no.104). Slave here is featured in the first ever version, when it was called Vagina, which had been accelerated by 0,18% on the first take and by 0,25% on the second one, the third again a mix from 2 different DAC discs (Munichland Melodies no.88 and The Paris Rehearsals no.114). Disc Two begins with Melody #1 that has been decelerated u 0,29% and features Billy Preston on piano and vocals, like on Worried About You #1 that was accelerated by 0,18%; Cellophane Trousers #1 is an instrumental using Too Tough riffs that has had noise reduction, the first seconds coming from Munichland Melodies (DAC 088); then comes #2 that features an additional guitar and has been accelerated by 0,2% and Hand Of Fate #1 features Wayne Perkins on guitar and Ollie Brown on percussions with the first seconds from the same DAC disc. Hey Negrita #1 is the early version, over 11 minutes long, that has Ron Wood on vocals had been worked amplifying the volume and especially trebles; Hot Stuff #1 has Ollie Brown on cowbell and Harvey Mandel on guitar that was decelerated by 0,28% while Let’s Do It Right #1 (aka Come On Sugar) is the long version whose channels were duplicated; #2 instead is shorter and has lots of reverb and has been decelerated by 0,61% . Memory Motel #1 has both Harvey Mandel and Wayne Perkins on guitar and Billy Preston on synth, is an instrumental version lacking some overdubs which was decelerated by 0,7% and come from Sheep Dip Blues (DAC 104), while Munich Reggae whose fade out has been reworked raising the volume comes from Emotional Rescue Sessions (DAC 108) and is almost an instrumental since Jagger vocals can just be heard at the beginning. Built That Way #2 is the FF Outtakes track has had channel rebalanced and was accelerated by 2,4%. Scarlet #1 comes from the same source but was decelerated by 0,23% to be in sync with the Goat’s Head Soup bonus track which is version #2.  Discs Three-Six present excerpts from the Rotterdam Rehearsals that happened at the beginning of 1975, most of these were recorded putting a microphone into the mail slot of the Mobile Recording Unit and some even inside the truck, others from the outside. Then there are playbacks of leftovers from the Goat’s Head soup and It’s Only RnR sessions the band listened during these sessions. The main job here consisted in editing out non interesting parts like street noise and general noises that were on each segment, one by one. Even if the collection is called for completists it must be said that there is stuff here that includes gems. The bulk of these recordings come from 4 cassettes transferred into cdr. Everything has been decelerated by 5%. On Disc Three the first 2 tracks are instrumentals, the first has just Keith Richards, then Slow Jam which is a reggae flavoured exercise; 12 Bar Blues features Jagger on harmonica, Rock Rhythm is another instrumental in 2 takes. Next comes English Rose which was already tried earlier followed by Mam Eating Woman that needed a 7% deceleration and channels rebalanced. Funky Rhythm has a James Brown like feel while slow Blues seems the continuation of 12 Bar Blues. 4 takes of Built That Way (previously known as Boogie Jam) follow: all are instrumental versions that need little deceleration of 1%. Jagger & Watts are interviewed for about 3 minutes by fans, but there are too may noises here, then comes Jeff Beck whose Funky Rhythm Jam show great improvisations; the last track is I Love Ladies (aka Sexy Nite), another short instrumental.

On Disc Four lots of work was done especially to delete pops, changing speed and boosting the volume; Short Jam is also known as Warm Up Jam and is followed by 2 instrumental takes of Worried About You both having been decelerated by 7%. More instrumentals come, Slow Ballad, Funky Jam that has Billy Preston on synth, then Freeway Jam featuring Jeff Beck on guitar. Then comes other takes of Freeway Jam, another instrumental version of Worried About You with Billy Preston on keys and Rocking Jams with some shouts by Jagger. Next come versions of English Rose and Man Eating Woman with vocals. Interesting is 12 Bar Blues with on and off vocals by Jagger who also plays harmonica and Windmill (aka Wind Call). As for Waiting On A Friend and Criss Cross they are just fragments of the instrumental takes, the 2 versions of Windmill are in bad quality, the latter almost complete. Tops first version was full of digital noises, the second comes from Pignose label and then there is a bonus entitled You Know What I Mean featuring on the right channel Funky Jam from J.Beck   Jamming With The stones (Scarecrow 061) and on the left Pignose version from The Lost Rotterdam Tapes (PGN 050) incorrectly reported as 026. Disc Five presents more instrumentals among which Shame Shame Shame, the first take of Slave with the working title of Vagina and of Built That Way, What is called Charlie Watts interview is in fact just an answer to a question that lasts 6 seconds. Then there is a segment of Crazy Mama from the piano overdub sessions, I Got A Letter features a deep reconstruction work since there were parts at the beginning and in the middle where there were lots of digital noises that had to be manually deleted. Next come Cherry Oh Baby that has some vocals, Act Together instrumental and Fool To Cry, then Built That Way that as vocals in the first part as well as an additional guitar (for some reason these last 2 songs have been reverted in order though) then follows a long take of Melody. The disc ends with an elaborated instrumental version of Slave with background shouts and a Long Jam which is quite heavy on bass. Disc Six starts with some Monkey Man instrumental riffs followed by many Slave riffs, at first with just the guitar, then keyboards and a more elaborated instrumental version. Funky Rhythm is another instrumental jam while 12 Bar Blues is obviously an exercise in blues. Boogie Jam features Jeff Beck again while Long Blues despite the title is at most less than four minutes long. After some More Funky Rhythm Jam split in 2 parts the disc ends with a 10 minutes long Blues With Jeff with Jagger singing ‘bells ringing’ at about 2.40 minutes. It must be said that many snippets here are for completists only, due to sound quality that despite heroic efforts cannot hide the real poor recordings. The last disc is a mixed bag which tarts with the available tracks from the Montreux rehearsals that happened at Andy Warhol estate in Montauk; they already appeared on Love You Like Mixes (DAC 168) and feature a jam, Melody with some improvised vocals by Jagger, a jam based track called Jungle Man that was written by Joseph Modeliste, Arthur Neville Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Porter, Jenny Jenny the Little Richard tune and another jam at the end: here the channels have been rebalanced increasing the left one by 10%. Two takes of Carnival To Rio follow, this is an Eric Clapton song that was recorded in two sessions when the Stones were in New York playing at the end of June at the Madison Square Garden with the addition of George Terry on guitar, Billy Preston and Dick Sims on keyboards, Carl Radle on bass, Jamie Oldaker on drums, Ollie Brown on percussion and Yvonne Elliman and Marcy Levy on backing vocals. The final version on No Reason To Cry did not include the Stones though, but we got the first outtake from Clapton vinyl bootleg Ahead Of The Storm Studio Outtakes 75-98 (SB 5/6) as well as on Black And Blue Outtakes (Rebel Yell Factory 009) while the second can be found on the bootleg Little Boy Blue & The Blue Boy vs The Lone Ranger (RD 6185) and also on 19-Ninteen (Mid Valley 185-89), Gals, Gags Pin Ups (RST SG), the above mentioned Rebel Yell title, Jah Is Not Dead (Faffi Levi Records 16082017) a vinyl album and on Smack & Blow Vol.2 (Acid Project 027-2) which is the same up to 0.56 minutes; it seems 10 takes exist of this song, just 2 surfaced so far. The last track is a bonus that features a private recording of Jagger discussing bootlegs with a New York shop owner, however according to Clinton Heylin’s book Bootleg, the Secret History of the Other Recording Industry that happened in a New York hotel room in 1974.

This is a fine release that presents unissued excerpts of some tracks in the best possible quality with a nice packaging consisting of a great looking cardboard cover and a nice booklet.  


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