ROLLING STONES - CD
GOAT S HEAD SOUP SESSIONS-MAYFLOWER

LABEL:
Mayflower 115-116
SOURCE:
Disc One, Track 1: Olympic St. London and Stargroves, Newbury 17-31 October 70, Tracks 2-9: Dynamic St. Kingston, Jamaica 25 Nov.-21 Dec.72 (on cover Track 2 : Villa Nellcote Villefranche sur Mer 10 July-23 November 71, Track 11: Village Recorders, Los Angeles 27 Jan.-5 Febr.73 (on cover 27-30 Jan.), Track 12: Olympic St., London 23-26 May (on cover 3 May-28 June) 73; Disc Two, Tracks 1-6 Island Rec. Studios London 28 May-20 June 73; Track 9: Newbury, Stargroves and Olympic St. London 17-31 October 70, Tracks 7,8,10-13: Island Rec. St. London 28 May- June 73 (on cover Acetate), Tracks 14-16: LWT Studio, London 30 June (on cover Unknown Studio 17 July) 73.
FORMAT:
2 Picture cds
RUNNING TIME:
54.32/74.36
SOUND/SOURCE:
Soundboard stereo except for Disc One, Track 11, Disc Two, Tracks 3,5 15-16: Soundboard mono
PACKAGING:
double slimline jewel case
 


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SOUND 9.5 / PACKAGING 8 / PERFORMANCE 10

 

TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Silver Train, 2. Fast Talking, 3. Criss Cross #1 (Save Me on cover), 4. Through The Lonely Nights, 5. Tops#1, 6. Fast Talking Slow Walking, 7. You Should Have Seen Her Ass,  8. Waiting On A Friend#1, 9. Separately, 10. Windmill #1, 11. Windmill #2, 12. Hide Your Love#4.

Disc Two: 1. Silver Train#2, 2. Silver Train#3, 3. Criss Cross #2 (Save Me), 4. Criss Cross #3 (Save Me), 5. Criss Cross #4 (Save Me), 6. Dancing With Mr.D#3, 7. 100 Years Ago#2, 8. Angie#2, 9. Silver Train#1, 10. Silver Train#2, 11. Winter#2, 12. Silver Train#4, 13. Hide Your Love#3, 14. Dancing With Mr.D, 15. Silver Train, 16. Angie.

 
REVIEW:

The lack of consistent outtakes releases from the Stones has prompted many underground labels to issue continues collections of unreleased studio tracks which arise the   interest of many collectors. The name of the game has now turned more on quality rather than on   newly discovered tracks (OBR excluded) and Mayflower label has re-entered the arena after taking a pause in issuing studio titles (the latest was Exile on Main Street Sessions) and now proposes the Goat s Head Soup Sessions we are reviewing here.

The sound output is quite good, the selected tracks do sound good even if there are some mistakes in the tracks sources, for instance it is not clear what the difference is between Fast Talking (Track 2) and Fast Talking Slow Walking (Track 5) on Disc One they are the same outtake but given different recording dates and locations.

These sessions produced songs that were used also on following albums like It s Only Rock n Roll , like Through The Lonely Nights, whose version here is the official single one, but also Tattoo You were we can find Tops, here is the instrumental take and Waiting On A Friend, here in its first version with Jagger singing Waiting On My Friend. Separately is an instrumental take with Hopkins and Taylor painting great landscapes, unfortunately these ideas have been left unused, the track only been issued officially by Mick Taylor in 1999 only in Japan (credited to him and Keith Richards) as bonus track to the Japan version of Stone Alone, his version recorded in 1997.

Windmill#1   also known as Wind Call, an instrumental track featuring Nicky Hopkins on piano, while the second take has an additional slide guitar, Hide Your Love is the official version. Disc Two opens with 2 versions of Silver Train the first having no harmonica) replicated as Track 10 (which is 5 seconds shorter) , the second one with a different mix; one of the best tracks is certainly the version of Dancing With Mr D that follows, from an acetate, in excellent sound as well as the longer 100 Year Ago. Angie is the official take and the last three songs are the soundtracks of the tv promos, in mono but however in great quality..

In short this collection presents Goat s Head Soup outtakes in excellent quality, some are different alternate mixes or rough mixes, others are versions coming from acetates often showing long versions; unfortunately there is the inclusion of many (unjustified) official tracks and 2 songs are repeated (Fast Talking on Disc One and Silver Train#2 on Disc Two); it must also be said that the unofficial tracks are well known to collectors. It should be remarked that the audio quality is superb and maybe a casual fan would wonder what has been wrong with said album: Goat s Head Soup went three times platinum but it still isn t considered au pair to Sticky Fingers or Exile on Main Street as a seminal Stones release, these tracks prove the basic ingredients are there and we can recognize them in many songs that show their power and charm although subjected to different production treatment.


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