is the best version one will get to hear of the Stones Surrey Rehearsals from 1968,
which were the pre production sessions for the band s Olympic Studio sessions
that would produce seminal songs like Jumping Jack Flash or Stray Cat Blues and
many other classics that would end on the Beggars Banquet album. Only Mick
Jagger (Vocals & Guitar), Keith Richards (Guitar) and Charlie Watts (Drums)
were there, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman not being present at these rehearsals. From
the accompanying text: they were on Reels to Reels of
Stones concerts from the June / July 1975 US
July 75, Boston 11th & 12th July 75, New York City 22nd
July 75, Los Angeles 9th , 10th , 11th , 12th
July 75 (it seems they were not Mike Millard
recordings) and San Francisco 15th July 75. On Side Two of the reel
to reel having the incomplete recording of Los Angeles
9th July 1975 were the Surrey 1968
the Reel to Reels had the set lists either written on the front of the boxes if
there was space or written on sheets of paper & put inside the boxes.
info regarding the Surrey recording simply
stated it was in Mono recorded at 7 1/2 IPS & that they were pretty crummy.
It seems the original collector was told that someone at R.G Jones studio sold
it for either 50 or 100 British pounds.
to the tape it can be said that this version on the reel to reel can t be that
far off from the tape that was sold, be aware that many tracks fade in or fade
in the early 80 s a Reel To Reel Player was used to transfer all reels onto
cassette and now transferred into digital format. Present at the sessions was
the new Producer Jimmy Miller and engineer
the entry for Surrey there is also mention of
Ian Stewart being there during My Home Is A Prison but really no piano can be heard.
More or less this is continuous
jamming rather than a rehearsal of proper titles, additional guitar by Mick
Jagger on many cuts; it begins with an untitled instrumental featuring Stray
Cat Blues Riffs, a very embryonic version, followed by the first Jam; then more
Stray Cat Blues.
A big mystery is Track 4 the unknown
song. Looking at The Complete Works it is stated that it could be Jimi Hendrix
Can You See Me but Track 4 doesn t sound like it. Even though Jagger s vocals
are off-mic some lyrics can be heard and at one point he sings: down on my
knees, the word knees does appear in Can You Hear Me in the line Begging you on
my knees. After countless listens a few lines such as I m coming home have been
deciphered and was found something like Hats off to my baby, in my own store /
story??? in my home. None of those lines appear in the lyrics of Hendrix song. So
what is it, a new song or some other mid 60s song not as well known as Hold On
I m Coming & River Deep Mountain High? Somebody called it a Psychedelic
comes Jumping Jack Flash the e
arly version (but not the legendary original demo featuring Bill Wyman -
who claimed to be the author of the intro riff - on keyboards), an early
embryonic instrumental take, followed by a couple more jams and by the
Isaac Hayes-David Porter song Hold On I m Coming, again
with Jagger off mic vocals on Rock Me Baby, the famous B,B, King hit featuring
initial vocals (plus Satisfaction-lyrics coming from Sam & Dave s
original); My Home Is A Prison by James Moore (Slim Harpo) has Jagger on harmonica;
piano by Ian Stewart which was mistakenly known as I ll Coming Home or mistaken
for Jimmy Reed s Shoot My Baby. After 2 more jams, the first of which features
some slide doodles which might be an embryonic version of No Expectations,
anthem River Deep Mountain High of Ike & Tina Turner fame that ends the set
that should have been recorded around February 28, 1968.
to the cd The 1968 Surrey Rehearsals (VGP 108), Beggars Banquet Sessions
OMS 239-243) 4 cds & 1 DVD, the LP of the
same name (no label) plus a fan made cdr, this seems the best version of the
1968 Surrey Rehearsals so far available.
tape ends with an interview conducted by Keith Altham from the NME at the R.G
Jones studio. Interviewed are Mick, Keith, Charlie & Jimmy Miller, the
Stones new producer. This tape is probably Keith Altham s working tape from
which he ended up taking portions of what was said for the article published in
the NME (New Musical Express) 16th March 1968 issue; there is also a
short piano playing, but it does not seem to be Ian Stewart playing it.. These
are historical recording and having them in such good quality is great, the
next best thing would probably be to locate the first version of Satisfaction
on tape with Keith Richards snorting (just a bit).
is nice, VGP style, however due to the nature of this recording a front cover
shot without Wyman and Jones would have been more adequate.