ROLLING STONES - CD
RS69TRX

LABEL:
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SOURCE:
Tracks 1-2: Olympic Sound St. London April 68, Tracks 3,4,7-9: Olympic Sound St. London March -April 69, Track 5: Bearsville St. Woodstock 28 May-8 June 78, Track 6: Olympic Sound St. London 23 Feb. 69, Tracks 10,12: Olympic Sound St. London 15 March 69, Track 11: Olympic Sound St. London 16 Feb.69, Tracks 13,14: Olympic St. London 9-18 Dec.69 , Track 15: Olympic Sound St. London 9 Mach 69, Track 16: Olympic Sound St. London 9 Mach 69.
FORMAT:
1 downlioad cdr
RUNNING TIME:
79.35
SOUND/SOURCE:
Lossy versions, Soundboard mono except for Tracks 5,11,12,14-16: Soundboard stereo
PACKAGING:
single slimline jewel case
 


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SOUND 8 / PACKAGING 7 / PERFORMANCE 10

 

TRACK LIST:
1. Sympathy for the Devil, 2. Stray Cat Blues, 3. Ruby Tuesday, 4. Midnight Rambler, 5. Gimme Shelter, 6. Honky Tonk Women, 7. Sister Morphine, 8. Let It Bleed, 9. Love In Vain, 10. You Can t Always Get What You Want, 11. You Got The Silver, 12. Gimme Shelter, 13. Brown Sugar, 14. Wild Horses , 15. Honky Tonk Women, 16. Gimme Shelter.

 
REVIEW:

This release presents the studio alternates that have been placed on YouTube for 1 day at the end of 2019 by Abkco, out of 17 takes 5 are unimportant: Gimme Shelter coming from the 1978 Woodstock Rehearsals that has appeared on a number of bootlegs in the past as well as the version of the same song with Richards vocals, You Got The Silver sung by Jagger and the 2 tracks mistakenly released on the first pressing of Hot Rocks vinyl compilation (Brown Sugar and Wild Horses), but all the other songs are very significant, they mostly seem to come from March-April 68 sessions at London Olympic Studios.

Sympathy for the Devil has count in & vocals, different guitar fills, no chorus, piano upfront all the time, ends without fading out; Jagger still sings the line: I shouted out Who killed Kennedy?

Stray Cat Blues recorded in March April 68 is an early instrumental version with different end, Ruby Tuesday is played at slower tempo, with acoustic guitar leading instead of piano,which comes in later (Nicky Hopkins) there is no flute, this seems to come from a rehearsal. Midnight Rambler must be instead from March-April 69 and is a very short but well formed instrumental, just lasting 1.35 minutes; before its start the sound engineer says 18, most likely this is the 18th take!, after Woodstock rehearsals G.Shelter comes Honky Tonk Women: this version is a country rock, starts like Country Honk but then Stu s piano leads, not the guitar that is heard just accompanying! It doesn't sound like Keith having the complete acoustic riff down yet from the album version.
Sister Morphine is an early version, has different .lyrics: All the other patients have never seen a man in such pain, drums come in lightly at 3.15 and in full at 3.50, piano grows up at the end in Nicky Hopkins style. Let It Bleed is an instrumental version (we only hear Get it on Rider at the end), Stu piano is upfront, the track is unmixed, it has an acoustic guitar and a slide guitar which could mean it is a rehearsal with Mick Taylor but it doesn't sound like that, or an early take with Keith that later overdubbed the slide. Love In Vain is take 6, presented as a bluesier version, Stu piano is heard clearly, the lyrics are sung in Robert Johnson style, with a 1920 blues style guitar.. You Can t Always Get What You Want is a 22 minutes choir sessions from 15 March 69, lots of laughing from choir members who got the lyrics wrong, with Jagger s leading vocals, Jack Nitzsche arranging choral parts with the London Bach Choir, at the piano is Al Kooper, here watermark removal has not worked well, there is still an annoying echo when there are spoken words only. You Got The Silver is the well known version with Mick Jagger on lead vocals. Gimme Shelter is an alternate version, without any female singer. Brown Sugar is the alternate Hot Rocks version. Wild Horses is an emotional, moving version with string quartet and glass harmonica. Now for those that may believes this is a harp made of glass, in fact it is a music instruments that uses a series of glass bowls or goblets graduated in size to produce musical tones by means of friction; some fans thought it was overdubbed with the strings and glass harmonica in late 1970 as these are most likely the same string arrangements by Paul Buckmaster who arranged the strings on Sway and Moonlight Mile, others disagree saying this was the first attempt to provide a sort of grandeur to the raw take recorded at Muscle Shoals in December 69 . Honky Tonk Women is an alternate lyrics version: I strolled on the boulevards of Paris sings Jagger. The following version of Gimme Shelter is the well known Keith Richards lead vocal version.
Now somebody suggested that Let It Bleed could come from the Warner Bros. tour rehearsal sessions which happened in los Angeles in late October 69, as well as Sympathy, Ruby Tuesday, Stray Cat Blues and Midnight Rambler, but apart from Let It Bleed where there is a slide guitar that could be Taylor s but somebody speculated it was RyCooder, in the other tracks there seem to be just one guitar, let alone that recording 18 takes of Midnight Rambler for a tour rehearsal does not seem to be logical.


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