This release which has just appeared on a famous torrent site presents the 1st show the Stones played in Sydney in 1966 as broadcasted on the radio and include tons of information on the accompanying liner notes, as well as original photos of the event. There is a cassette history which has been summarized here: the uploader got this recording on a cassette he was given which presumably is
therefore a 1st or 2nd generation recording, better sounding than what is on He Is Still Alive (VGP 017) where it appeared first; along with the radio recording there were also some interviews (missing the beginning) which embellish this release. Unfortunately the first song is missing from the broadcast (The Last Time) but the rest is in very good quality; through
track 12 (Satisfaction) at the 3.41 mark there are 5 loud pips which could represent that it was 5.00 PM at the time of this broadcast, that the 5.00 PM news
were coming up next or even that the hour was coming up. The broadcasting radio should have been one like Melbourne 3UZ 1966 with
advertisements / radio station ID, which
were probably too hard to edit out at the time of taping, so possibly this cassette could be a dub from that but with the ads removed (just speculation), however it must be noted that other concerts from that Australian tour have been broadcasted, like St.Kilda (near Melbourne) which has appeared on many bootlegs as well as on the new Mayflower release strangely titled
Dysorisium 1966 (they may have meant Dysprosium which is a chemical element whose atomic number is 66) and Brisbane which has not been located so far and hopefully one day might magically surface just like the Melbourne 3UZ 1966 broadcast did decades later.
The cassette also included two radio reports. The first of these is about the Stones arrival at Kingsford Smith Sydney Airport on the 16th February 1966 and the second a short interview with the Stones in Sydney most likely before the 18th February shows.
Unfortunately both recordings are incomplete, but the interview was conducted by Ward Pally Austin, a Sydney Radio 2UW DJ who in the 60s was probably Sydney s most famous disc jockey;
Ward also introduces the band at the concert.
The 2UW Feb 1966 interview with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones (possibly Keith Richards was present as well) cuts in after a discussion has already started regarding As Tears Go By with Jagger stating he recorded it first before Marianne Faithful but his voice was deemed to be a bit camp so they decided to
re record it again in a deeper voice.
Mick & Brian talk about engagements prior to marriage, then Ward asks the boys what they re going to do while in Sydney and Jagger in an exaggerated Aussie accent (his mother was Australian)
talks about going down the beach, doing a bit of water skiing, watching the old sheilas (sheilas being Australian slang for females, young or old, the equivalent of the terms birds in the UK & broads in the USA.)
During the interview a voice comes on to tell us that at the time 2UW was one of Sydney
s lowest rated radio stations but they d been building a new image of 24
hour nonstop teenage music; the voice continues saying that this has paid off because 2UW is now Sydney s 3rd highest rated radio station & Ward is the top DJ. It was tried to find the actual date of the broadcast but have been unsuccessful, however a newspaper ad for the Brisbane 4BH Stones 1966 live broadcast which was aired on the 22nd February 1966 was located, so perhaps the Sydney broadcast was aired the day after the show as well.
This release comes with great artwork that features photos from the real concert, taken by Big Knob
who attended this concert as a 20 year old, not as a professional photographer at the time but as a fan whose hobby / passion was photography; remarkably we can see Brian Jones playing organ during That s How Strong My Love Is. Somebody claimed it is stereo, others suggested that it could be an
affect coming from a misalignment of the cartridge reading the tape, now since AM stereo launched in Australia in 1984 with the first stereo cassette recorders coming out in Japan at the end of 1964, I can only believe this is a wide mono recording even if listening to The Spider And The Fly each guitar seems to have its own channel, therefore this may really be a dub from the original radio reel to reel tape thus explaining the absence of commercials, but not the five beeps through Satisfaction. It is possible anyway to hear Brian Jones playing with no restriction noting his contribution to the band s sound, especially on Satisfaction, without any fake overdub or (worse) sonic suppression we experienced on some official releases.
mess up Get Off Of My Cloud not being on the same wavelength during the Hey You chorus, despite attempting to get
in the same groove.
This is a great discovery featuring a superb upgrade which may be followed by something else, later in the year, as promised by the maker. It would seem more than likely that it will be copied by some major label, photos included; another interesting thing is that it seems to be just a genuine recording with no use of any software to improve the sound output, so some re-mastering technician may work on this as well.