ROLLING STONES - CD
COMPLETE REHEARSALS FOR SOME GIRLS TOUR 1978

LABEL:
WLR
SOURCE:
Bearsville St., Woodstock, New York 27th May-8th June 1978.
FORMAT:
4 picture discs
RUNNING TIME:
79.03/79.27/74.00/63.59
SOUND/SOURCE:
Soundboard Stereo
PACKAGING:
Digipack Long box Lim.Ed. 300 numbered copiesDigipack Long box Lim.Ed. 300 numbered copies
 


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SOUND 9.5 / PACKAGING 8.5 / PERFORMANCE 9.5

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc One: Miss You #1,2,3,4, 2. Respectable #1,2,3. Love In Vain, 4. Play With Fire #1,2, 5. No Expectations, 6. Instrumental Jam #1, 7. Blues Jam, 8. That’s Why I Have The Blues, 9. It Ain’t Right, 10. High Temperature, 11. Gimme Shelter, 12. When The Whip Comes Down.

Disc Two: 1. Don’t Look Back #1,2,3,4, 2. Instrumental Jam #2, 3. C’mon Everybody, 4. Summertime Blues, 5. Tumbling Dice #1,2,3, 6. Jumping Jack Flash #1,2,3, 7. Memory Motel #1,2,3,4,5,6, 8. The Fat Man, 9. Hot Stuff, 10. Sweet Little Sixteen #1,2,3.

Disc Three: 1. High Heeled Sneakers #1,2, 2. Crackin’ Up, 3. Tell Me, 4. Shake Your Hips, 5. Instrumental Jam #3, 6. Instrumental Jam #4, 6. Instrumental Jam #5, 7. Rocket 88 (Boogie Jam), 9. Drum Solo, 10. Crazy Mama #1,2,3, 11. Star Star, 12. Cocksucker Blues, 3. Beast Of Burden #1,2,3, 14. Something Else.

Disc Four: 1. It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll #1,2,3, 2. All Down The Line #1,2, 3. Honky Tok Women, 4. Brown Sugar #1,2,3, 5. Let It Rock, 6. Beautiful Delilah #1,2, 7. Shattered, 8. Far Away Eyes #1,2, 9. Let’s Spend The Night Together #1,2, 10. Happy, 11. Prodigal Son #1,2.  

 
REVIEW:

Before embarking in their rushed up US Tour in 1978 the Stones entered the Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York together with Stu and Bernhard Harvey on keyboards until 7th June when Ian McLagan arrived in order to practice for the upcoming tour. The recorded songs from these two weeks sessions have been released many times; there are some impromptu vocals by Jagger that did not seem to remember some lyrics (take me to Hawaii on No Expectations). These recordings came out at first on vinyl on the 2 lps called Tour Rehearsals (VD 19/20) then copied on cd and also as Back to the 50s (RSW 1234) 2 LP and Cocksucker Blues (RS 001). On cd The Woodstock Tape (Idol Mind Productions 003), then as The Complete Woodstock Tapes a 4 cd box (VGP 130) and with the same title a 4 cds digipack issue from Red Devil (001-4), as Hip Shake 1978 (ML 001), 1978 Tour Rehearsals, It’s Only Reggae and Roll (RTR 003) 3 LP,2 cd and The 1978 Woodstock Rehearsals (Mighty Diamond 027) label; then came out Pearls at Swine (Turd on the Run 002/003), The Complete Woodstock Tapes (OMS 001-4), Rock & Roll (No Pigs 7381091-018), two gatefold double sets called Woodstock Reh. Vol. 1 & 2 (Palladium), lately on 1978 American Tour (WLR212) 13 cd box and recently a 4 cd set by a Japanese no label.

Various tracks can be found on Itchy Fingers (IU 9535) Made in the Shade 1978 (IU 9537), BlueS Stones (Luna 9315), Through the Vaults Darkly (Godfather 195-6), One Night With Tallahassee Lassie (ER 19-20), Some Girls Memories (RG 03), Greatest Rarities Vol.2 (Adam Vault 049-30)The Missing Years (G.Dane Sat 3), More RnR Circus (L.Legend 058), Hot Stuff vol.2 (G.Dane 9417), Cocksucker Blues (SODD 136), The Real Alternate Exile Album 6 LP,4 cd (RTR 014), The Club Gig (Raid Masters 910710). Recently these sessions have been reworked by Cpt.Acid on Woodstock Rehearsals (Acid Project 063) that has been reviewed here and most likely they are sourced for this compilation set although the tracks order is different since the label decided to group each song with the other versions.

Here we have great stereo tracks with many instrumentals where Richards and Wood joined forces well supported by the piano and keyboards players. The great thing about such recordings being that they are raw soundboard, meaning that there is no post production and you can her all instruments upfront, none buried in the mix as always happens on official recordings. As usual there has been

phase, pitch & level correction, in the end new equalization, few tracks were edited by deleting long silence and some tune ups. What was used was the torrent shared at The Traders Den by julsay, but some tracks were missing, so the missing ones were sourced from the Complete Woodstock 1978 Tapes (VGP-130). According to the liner notes: “This is made by fans for fans who like Silvers as Collectibles. All tracks on this limited 4 cd edition are carefully remastered and presented in excellent stereo sound quality. Enjoy the young Stones from 43 years ago!”, by the way the Stones at that time were all over 30 years of age, ranging from 31 (Wood) to 42 (Wyman), not so ‘young’ as the label claims.

There are still some analogue noises, here and there, most probably caused by some bad guitar cable or something similar, there was not anything that could be done about it, so they have been left as they are, sometimes stuff like this happens on rehearsals, even on live gigs.

Good thing about this set is the lack of substantial hiss that somehow marred other releases, indication of a somehow good remastering job. Packaging is not bad, although the front cover picture is quite dull, the booklet instead is full of pictures and has track listing, even if the reported length for the last two discs is wrong; also, there is no indication whatsoever about the label’s name, but we all know where this came from.

 

 

 

 


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