ROLLING STONES - CD
NEW YORK JUNCTION

LABEL:
DAC 195
SOURCE:
New York, Madison Square Gardens June 26nd 1975
FORMAT:
2 cds
RUNNING TIME:
73.17/52.00
SOUND/SOURCE:
Audience stereo except for Disc Two, Tracks 3,4: Audience Mono.
PACKAGING:
Double Slimline Jewel case
 


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SOUND 7.5 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 9

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Honky Tonk Women, 2. All Down The Line, 3. If You Can’t Rock Me- Get Off Of My Cloud, 4. Star Star, 5. Gimme Shelter, 6. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, 7. You Gotta Move, 8. You Can’t Always Get What You Want, 9. Band Introductions, 10. Happy, 11. Tumbling Dice, 12. It’s Only Rock’n Roll, 13. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo.

Disc Two: 1. Fingerprint File, 2. Angie, 3. That’s Life, 4. Outta Space, 5. Brown Sugar, 6. Midnight Rambler, 7. Rip This Joint, 8. Street Fighting Man, 9. Jumping Jack Flash.

 

 
REVIEW:

Here we have the much awaited DAC 195, released months after the other ones (last being Silver Lining DAC 208) that presents the next to last New York performance.

The fifth concert held at Madison Square Gardens in New York in 1975 was first released as Welcome Back To New York (VGP 039) but that release featured only the last half of the concert (confusingly a bootleg cd with the same name from Golden Stars Label features some tracks from the following night), then 9 tracks came out on Missing Jewels (Rattlesnake 025-28). This concert came out later on many home made cdrs taken from cassette tapes (Six Nights At The Garden Part 5, Welcome Back Completely and Almost Complete) among which Keith Can Sing Again (Rockin’Rott 2001) but Midnight Rambler and Outta Space with cuts and Sympathy For The Devil missing, despite being written on back cover track listing. Then there were two no label releases, one called Madison Square Garden 1975 5th Night (whose sound is lighter with less low frequencies) and the other called 5th Night at MSG 1975 which was the first to offer all tracks complete, except for Sympathy For The Devil: it was not a memorable one, being very muddy at the bottom end with some distortion that prevented it to be enjoyable, despite guitars and vocals upfront, with the audience pretty noisy around the taper. That recording got much better on Disc Two from Fingerprint File onwards and after 3 minutes during Angie and at the end of Midnight Rambler when there was a quick change with a much better source that unfortunately didn’t last. There was an attempt at fixing it as far as possible by Cpt.Acid on Fifth Garden (APCD 032) in 2018 where phase, speed and sound levels were corrected, using the JEMS source filled in with VGP tracks, but the problem with this show has always been the lack of a proper good recording. Now, since all recording, including this one, lack Sympathy For The Devil we can assume it was not played that night, was it? Frankly, due to the nature of the Stones 1975 set lists, it sounds strange that the Steel Association drummers did not show up just on that night out of the 6 in New York, likewise it sounds weird they did not playA Wild Horses just on that occasion too, most likely these songs were not recorded. Anyway, it is remarkable that Keith Richards and Ron Wood after the show went into the studio again (The Record Plant) for a session with Billy Preston. Back to the subject, there are 3 sources for this concert, the first one found in the 2nd half of VGP except for Preston songs, the second source is complete but in worse quality, the 3rd source is mono without Preston tracks, a master tape from JEM. This release seems to be a compilation of all three, slightly better than the no label Madison Square Garden 1975 5th Night. From Honky Tonk Women to Tumbling Dice the no label source was used, it must be said that Star Star here is a long version, apparently Jagger forgot a verse, the show at the beginning here is rough with few trebles, it seems of the same quality as on the no label, the second half and Preston tracks are the same as the no label source. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg has bad sound from around 2.15 minutes onward; from IORR through Angie the VGP version was used, as from BS to the end. At around 7 minutes into MR however there seem to be an interruption, due to bad mastering. So, what can we say of this release? It is not evidently the definitive version of this concert, I think it can with reason be called incomplete, although it certainly is an improvement over the previous attempts. One thing is sure it helps defining this concert as ne of the best of the 1975 Tour as the version of classics like Gimme Shelter is excellent   with both guitars shining throughout.


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