ROLLING STONES - CD
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY REVISITED

LABEL:
DAC 194
SOURCE:
Disc One, Track 1: Curly Clayton St. London 27 Oct.62 (from Chris Jagger BBC radio bc 2006) , Tracks 3-6: IBC Studios, Portland Place London 11 March 63, Tracks 7-9: Maida Vale St. London 23 Sept.63, Track 10: De Lane Lea St. Holborn, London 14 Nov.63, Track 11: De Lane Lea St. Holborn, London 20 Nov.63, Tracks 12, 13: De Lane Lea St. Holborn, London 20-21 Nov.63, Track 14: Regent St. London 10 Jan. 64, Track 15: Regent St. London 4 Febr.64, Track 16: Pye St. London 6 Febr. 64, Tracks 17,18: Regent St. London 13 Febr. 64, Track 19: Regent St. London 24 Febr. 64, Track 20: De Lane Lea St. Holborn, London 11 Mar. 64, Track 21: Radio Luxembourg St. London 18 March 64, Track 22: Maida Vale St. London 13 Apr.64, Track 23: Chess St. Chicago 10 June 64, Tracks 4-27: Chess St. Chicago 11 June 64, Tracks 28,29: BBC Broadcasting House, London 17 July 64, Track 30: Pye St. & Decca St. London 31 Aug.-1 Sept. 64, Track 31: Regent St. London 21-23 July 64. Disc Two, Tracks 1,2,4: Regent St. London 31 Aug.- 4 Sept. 64, Track 3: IBC St. London 31 Aug.- 2 Sept. 64, Tracks 5,6: Regent St. London 28 Sept. 64, Tracks 7,8: RCA St. Hollywood 2 Nov.64, Tracks 9-11: Chess St. Chicago 8 Nov.64, Track 12: ABC Theatre, Belfast 6 Jan, 65, Tracks 13: RCA St. Hollywood 17,18 Jan. & 17 Feb. 65, Track 14: Decca St. London Febr. 65, Track 15: Chess St. Chicago: 10 May 65, Tracks 16,17: RCA St. Hollywood 17,18 Jan. 65 & 11,12 May 65, Track 18: RCA St. Hollywood 5 Sept.65, Track 19: RCA St. Hollywood 6 Sept. 65, Tracks 20, 21: RCA St. Hollywood 2-10 Sept.65, Track 22, 23: RCA St. Hollywood 3-11 Aug. 66, Track 24: RCA St. Hollywood 31 Aug.- 2 Sept. 66, Tracks 25, 26: Olympic St. London 8-26 Nov.66.
FORMAT:
2 cd
RUNNING TIME:
78.40/79.31
SOUND/SOURCE:
Soundboard mono except for Disc One Track 27 and Disc Two, Tracks 7,8,13,17,18,20,21,24: Soundboard stereo
PACKAGING:
Double Slimline Jewel case
 


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SOUND 9.5 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 10

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. You Can t Judge A Book By The Cover, 2. Diddley Daddy, 3. Roadrunner, 4. Bright Lights, Big City, 5. I Want To Be Loved, 6. Baby What’s Wrong, 7. Come On, 8. Memphis, Tennessee, 9. Roll Over Beethoven, 10. Go Home Girl, 11. My Only Girl, 12. Leave Me Alone, 13. It Should Be You, 14. Not Fade Away, 15. Andrew s Blues, 16. Kellog’s Rice Krispies, 17. Try A Little Harder, 18. Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind, 19. Tell Me, 20. As Times Goes By, 21. Reelin’And Rockin’, 22. Beautiful Delilah, 23. Stewed And Keefed, 24. Hi Heel Sneakers, 25. Tell Me Baby, 26. Down In The Bottom, 27. Look What You Done, 28. Around And Around, 29. I Can’t Be Satisfied, 30. Each And Everyday Of The Year, 31. Heart Of Stone.

Disc Two: 1. Blue Turns To Grey, 2. We’re Wastin’ Time, 3. Hear It, 4. (Walking Through The) Sleepy City, 5. Susie Q, 6. We Were Falling In Love, 7. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, 8. Heart Of Stone, 9. Mercy Mercy, 10. Key To The Highway, 11. Goodbye Girl, 12. Little Red Rooster, 13. The Last Time, 14. I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys, 15. Try Me, 16. Satisfaction, 17. Satisfaction, 18. Get Off My Cloud, 19. Looking Tired, 20. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 21. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 22. Have You Seen Your Mother, 23. Let’s Spend The Night Together, 24. Have You Seen Your Mother, 25. Get Yourself Together, 26. Trouble In Mind.

 
REVIEW:

This release presents a classic Stones compilation which came out at first in 1973 on a bootleg vinyl from Trade Mark od Quality (71075) the followed by many other reprints (Box Top Records, TMQ 541 A/B, TSP 010, BLBC 304213, K&S Records, Berkley Records and finally TAKRL 2013-01 in colored vinyl); on compact The Swinging Pig released it first with added tracks Pain in My Heart and Route 66 from 5,18 March 65 BBC broadcast (TSP 010) soon reissued as TSP BLBC in 1989, then in 1999 came out another version (Dandelion 99-100) which added other broadcasts like the NME Express 64 & 65, TAMI show etc. followed by TMQ 541 a Japan transfer of the vinyl album and finally in 2002 another 2 discs set from Japan main label (VGP 307) which also included the 1972 Montreux rehearsal tracks as well as some different Chess tracks. This version however provides some better sounding tracks and we can easily call this the definitive version of this title, offering 57 songs all digitally remastered, de-clicked and speed corrected; another nice thing of this compilation is that each track is in chronological order; add to that the fact that packaging is quite nice with great photos and detailed and correct tracks sources. Let’s start from Disc One, whose first track is the famous 1962 cover that was broadcasted by Chris Jagger for the very first time, this track has Tony Chapman on drums and possibly Dick Taylor on bass; most of the times this song has been released it consisted of about 30 seconds having been cut off some seconds to eliminate spoken words; here there is still consistent acetate noise, but whole 40 seconds of it can be heard without problems. Next come the famous IBC demos which have been officially released on the vinyl part of Grrrr compilation, here we can dig the whole 5 tracks without the noise coming from the poor transfer from vinyl, but coming from a tape where they all sound much clearer. There is a rumour that the original tape comes from Brian Jones estate; another thing to notice is the speed correction at the beginning of Diddley Daddy, as well as the second chorus of Bright Light Big City that used to suffer a drop in the high frequencies that has been fixed. Next are 3 tracks from Saturday Club, Come On was also present in the official 2017 compilation On Air where the first bass note was lacking in the intro; this version is complete although in mono. Good sounding are also Memphis, Tennessee and Roll Over Beethoven, so much so that it is possible to think they may come from a real BBC recording and not recorded off air by a fan; Go On Home Girl is excellent sounding like My Only Girl which is the Stones version of That Girl Belongs To Yesterday, the song given to Gene Pitney that is followed by 2 more Stones demos intended for Doug Gibbons and George Bean. Not Fade Away too has been speed corrected. The famous Rice Krispies jingle seems to come from the video but there is less hiss than usual. The two following tracks are the band versions of tracks that appeared on Metamorphosis, but here with no strings and Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind has double counting at the beg1inning. Tell Me is the different take that was on some versions of the first album intended for the Scandinavian countries while As Times Goes By sounds much clearer here than on previous releases which also began with a fade in, but not in this case.

Next is Reelin’ and Rockin’, a track that was supposed to come from Chess Studios when first released: contrary to the track available so far, the intro is present here and the sound is better. This is said to come from a Radio Luxembourg session (an acetate is said to be in possession of Bill Wyman) too bad only this track has surfaced so far out of the 14 recorded. Unfortunately, there is no such acetate available in the forthcoming Julien’s Auction. Beautiful Delilah does not sound much better than the On Air version, but here there is the intro with announcer’s words that was cut off there. Chess Studios 64 tracks come next from a mono acetate which offer a deeper sound with no cuts at the beginning, although not in stereo except for Look What You’ve Done, as have been released in the past, is it possible that the acetate owner released them in mono, instead of stereo as they should sound? If so we can expect a further upgrade sometime in the future. Disc One ends with the first version of Heart of Stone recorded with John McLaughlin or Jimmy Page on guitar, but no pedal steel and different backing vocals. Disc Two begins with Blue Turns To Grey followed by more Metamorphosis tracks without overdubs, Hear It (originally called It’s Quite Here At Home) begins with count in; Susie Q has a banter intro and said to come from a cleaned up acetate, while Everybody Needs Somebody To Love is in stereo with a greater separation than what used to be and a different mix. Heart Of Stone presents another stereo mix where the rhythm guitar previously inaudible can be heard. Next come some more tracks from Chicago November 64 sounding great and cleaner than before. Little Red Rooster is a strange beast, it is a rehearsal from the ABC Theatre in Belfast 65 taken from the video that is available on YouTube, broadcasted on Six Five by Northern Ireland UTV. Then comes a stereo mix of The Last Time that features better high frequencies than before. Try Me is the James Brown song covered by the band at Chess Studios, a song that had not appeared a lot in physical form, just on The Complete Chess Studio Sessions (WLR NF 64) 4 cd, followed by 2 versions of Satisfaction, the first is the mono backing track but with much less hiss than before, the second one, as well as Get Off Of My Cloud, is the real stereo mix that appeared on the first version of Hot Rocks. Looking Tired is here in mono but in an improved shape, much clearer than before and is possible to dig the excellent piano played by Ian Stewart. Two version of 19th Nervous Breakdown follow, both are stereo with the first that has different vocals and the second sounding much clearer. Have You Seen Your Mother starts with a piano and Jagger’s vocals while Let’s Spend The Night Together is the backing track with the chorus that has no wobbles with regards to the previously available take. The next version of Have You Seen Your Mother shown is in stereo with a much cleaner sound, just like Get Yourself Together (a.k.a. I Can See It) that follows. Finally, Trouble In Mind that was the b-side of Tell Me, offered as bonus 7” with the 1991 copies of the Weissbuch, features and instrumental played with a kazoo from a rare acetate in the best sounding version. Over 2 hours and a half of nice sounding music, restored with the best possible sources are what are housed in this great double set which will undoubtedly become the reference for any new early Stones release.

 
	 


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