ROLLING STONES - CD
HYDE PARK FREE CONCERT 1969

LABEL:
Mayflower 232-234
SOURCE:
Cockpit Arena, Hyde Park, London July 5, 1969.
FORMAT:
2 picture cds & 1 picture DVD
RUNNING TIME:
67.24/66.38/1.23.49
SOUND/SOURCE:
Full Dimensional Stereo Multiband Remaster, Disc One, Disc Two, Tracks 1-11: Soundboard stereo; Disc Two, Tracks 12-17: Soundboard mono, Disc Three: Dolby Digital 2.0
PACKAGING:
Fatboy case with OBI
 


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SOUND 9.5 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 9

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc One (Full Scale Sequence): 1. Announcement, 2. Introduction, 3. Eulogy For Brian Jones, 4. I’m Yours And I’m Hers, 5. Jumping Jack Flash, 6. Mercy Mercy, 7. Stray Cat Blues, 8. No Expectations, 9. I’m Free, 10. Down Home Girl, 11. Love In Vain, 12. Loving Cup, 13. Honky Tonk Women, 14. Midnight Rambler, 15. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, 16. Street Fighting Man.

Disc Two: 1. Sympathy For The Devil, 2. Outroduction, (Film Edit Stereo) 3. I’m Yours And I’m Hers, 4. Jumping Jack Flash, 5. I’m Free, 6. Love In Vain, 7. Honky Tonk Women, 8. Midnight Rambler, 9. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, 10. Street Fighting Man, 11. Sympathy For The Devil, (News Camera Audio) 12. Eulogy For Brian Jones, 13. I’m Yours And I’m Hers, 14.   No Expectations, 15. Honky Tonk Women, 16. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, (Backstage Rehearsal) 17. I’m Yours And I’m Hers.

Disc Three (Concert Film): 1. Opening Act, 2. Backstage, Announcement, 3. Introduction, 4. Eulogy For Brian Jones, 5. I’m Yours And I’m Hers, 6. Jumping Jack Flash, 7. Mercy Mercy, 8. Stray Cat Blues, 9. No Expectations, 10. I’m Free, 11. Love In Vain, 12. Honky Tonk Women, 13. Midnight Rambler, 14. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, 15. Sympathy For The Devil, 16. Outroduction-Down Home Girl, (Extra Film) 17. News Film #1, 18. News Film #2, 19. B-roll Footage, 20. Hanging Out In Hyde Park.    

 
REVIEW:

This release presents the famous Hyde Park 69 concert from Mayflower label, a most likely the only label to have an internet site and present its products with detailed description. This concert is still one of the main topics amongst Stones collectors. Let’s remember which bootlegs have been released so far: on tape a recording appeared called An Afternoon with the Devil, then Stones in the Park and He Is Not Dead (All Sold Out); on vinyl in 1974 Hyde Park July 69 (Contraband Cheese Rec. WEC 3689), in Japan in 1980 as Live at Hydepark (OG 504), In Concert 1969 (Diamond Sound DS 003), Free Concert at Hyde Park, Hyde Park England 1969 (MTR-2) which was a copy of Contraband LP, Hyde Park England 1969 (Moonchild RS H-AB), Hyde Park (Moon Rec.053) LP and ep (copy of Fuck Yer Ya Ya’s Out), Stone’s Classics 2LP (no label), Stones in the Park 2LP (050769), He Is Not Dead (TSP 015) in 1983,TV Guide (Glimmer Twins SFR 004), Hyde Park 1969 (TSP 023) 2LP.

On compact Hyde Park 1969 (TSP CD 023-2) rel.in 95 in mono, In the Park (Scorpio 001), Hyde Park 1969 (Vulture CD 003), Stones in the Park (Living Legend 032) stereo, Stones at the Park (WPOCM 0789 D 027-2), Drinking and Dancing (DTD 004), Hyde Park 1969 (BonBon 844738-2 and Vulture Rec. 003), In The Park (Golden Standard/Scorpio SCRO 001), Stones in the Park (VGP 296) sbd 2 issues, the 2nd gold disc remastered, Highway to Heaven (DWP 007) from radio, In Memory of (Crazy Mama), In the Park (Park 8) complete show in mono rel.2003, Hyde Park 1969 (SODD 015) rel.in 2006, Hyde Park (Bulldog 013). In 2013 together with British Venues 1976/Have You Seen Keef ? (no label) 3cd was offered a cdr as bonus called Hyde Park concert. In 2013 this concert came out also as Hyde Park 1969 (Vulture Rec.003), on 2 cdrs as He Is Not Dead (All Sold Out 113) soon copied as Hyde Park legend (Goldplate 1303) that presented a comprehensive recollection of every bit and piece that has been released over the years, later came Jumping Jack Flash (Alegra 9017), Brian Come Back You Bastard (DAC 164) and Hyde Park July 1969 (DAC 183) from the famous Stones concert in Hyde Park in 1969 and on In Concert 1969 (WLR 2160) 12 discs box, soon replicated on Best of 69 (WLR Trx 69) 7 discs. Other silvers include 40th Anniversary Vintage Stones (no label) 2cd, Scattered songs from this show have appeared also, for instance: I’m Yours And I’m Hers on Sticky Beggars Bleed in Exile vol.2 (APCD 053) and Sticky Beggars Bleed in Exile Outtakes 1968-72 (WLR AP-12), Jumping Jack Flash came out on Old Grey Whistle Test (Contraband   CBM 3947), No Expectations on Beggars Breakfast (Mad Rec.MATV 09), Beggars Sessions(WPOCM 0289-D17-2), Megatrax vol.2 (Chapter One 25154), on Blue(S) tones (Luna 9315), Time Trip vol. 3 (Scorpio 15/172 1), and on Decca Years vol.6 (WOPMCD 042; Mercy Mercy on Hawaiian Top(WG 025-6), Loving Cup on Taxile on Main Street(Town Rec.242HS), Midnight Rambler, Satisfaction and Sympathy for the Devil on From Now To Then (Blue Moon Rec. 28) Mick Jagger Interview Free Concert Hyde Park ep, Jumping Jack Flash, No Expectations. Sympathy for the Devil on Hot Stuff vol.1 (G.Dane GDR 9416), No Expectations on Time Trip vol.3 (Scorpio 15-172-0), Beggars Sessions (WPOCM 0289) and Megatrax Vol.2 (CO 25254), Sympathy for the Devil on the vinyl ep Fuck Yer Ya Ya’s Out ( ET 8302) split in 2 on each side, on From Now to Then /As time goes by(BMCD 028), 6 tracks appeared on Lips 2LP (Avon Rec.0892), Love You (RS 0892) 2LP, 4 tracks including the intro on the vinyl ep Brian Come Back You Bastard! (Glimmer Twin Rek. SFR 004), 6 tracks on Dancing with Mr.D (Starlight SL 87015),while on compact Jumping Jack Flash and Sympathy for the Devil on Rockstar in Concert (STEMRA 6117112), 4 tracks on Jumping Jack Flash (Alegra 9017), 6 tracks on First Decade (Big Music BX 003) and on The RS Live (CDDV 5512).

So, what is different here? According to the label all of the above has had some kind of problem, but since the cutting and editing of the sound and video sources is complicated this is the definitive version in terms of content and sound quality. The show was filmed by Granada but just about half of the performance was used in the 53 minutes video, many parts were released later but with pitch issues; the soundboard broadcasted on FM was in mono and incomplete as well as an audience recording that lasts just to the middle of the concert. The footage used in the documentary had many edited parts with interviews that covered the music; in 2006 a blu ray version was officially released featuring B-roll footage (silent for the most part). The cd portion here is in real stereo with some exceptions, with the FM source improved drastically. The songs order has been restored, Love in Vain is in real stereo and with no interview covering the music and guitar solo, like Satisfaction: in few words no other recording of Hyde Park has had this great sound so far.

As far as the DVD, it has been assembled with a focus on reconstructing the material with the correct pitch and song order; recorded using AI frame complementation technology and correcting parts that did not match footage; songs like I’m Yours And I’m Hers, Honky Tonk Women, Midnight Rambler and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction are longer than before while making full use of B-roll and news footage the film presents angles different from the officially released oner that focussed only on Jagger. Sympathy For The Devil is complete for the first time on film and at its end footage goes on showing scenes while we hear Down Home Girl that was not included in the BGM film. Additionally, it is well known that in the first half the camera had poor exposure with half of film yellowed, this being corrected. Hyde Park has always been regarded as a rough concert, but when looked and heard with the right pitch and appropriate balance, this performance shall be reevaluated. Of course there have been problems, like Leith Richards guitar getting out of tune with Taylor covering, but in real stereo it is easy to spot the difference. The DVD starts with some b&w footage of King Crimson that after 1.36 briefly turns into colour, then we get some great backstage film showing the Stones; then the concert announcement by Sam Cutler. The well-known film footage is supplemented by newly discovered footage as mentioned above, colorized for the occasion watermark removed as far as possible, the bonus feature 2 news footage and a colour film named Hanging Out in Hyde Park of people gathered in the park while Street Fighting Man is heard. The end result is excellent with the whole set closer to the definitive edition of this concert indeed, until footage for Down Home Girl, Loving Cup and Street Fighting Man appears.


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