ROLLING STONES - CD
THE AFTERMATH RECORDING SESSIONS

LABEL:
WLR-Ultrasonic Stoned Production
SOURCE:
Disc One, Tracks 1,5,6,12,13,15,16-18: RCA St. Hollywood 8-10 December 65; Tracks 2-4,7-11,14,19-21: RCA St. Hollywood 7-11 March 1966. Disc Two, Tracks 1,5,6,12,13: RCA St. Hollywood 8-10 December 65; Tracks 2-4,7-11,14: RCA St. Hollywood 7-11 March 1966, Tracks 15-21: 3UZ Radio, Palais Theatre, St.Kilda Melbourne 25 Feb.1966. Disc Three: RCA St. Hollywood 8-10 December 65 (on booklet 3-8 Dec.); Disc Four, Tracks 1-10,18,21: RCA St. Hollywood 8-10 December 65; Tracks 11-17,22-26: RCA St. Hollywood 7-11 March 1966. Disc Five, Tracks 1-4: RCA St. Hollywood 7-11 March 1966, Tracks 5,6: RCA St. Hollywood 3-11 August 1966, Tracks 7-21: RCA St. Hollywood 7-11 March 1966. Disc Six, Tracks 1-5,8,22: RCA St. Hollywood 7-11 March 1966, Tracks 6,7: RCA St. Hollywood 3-11 August 66; Disc Seven, Tracks 1-5: RCA St. Hollywood 8-10 December 1965, Track 6: Regent St. London 3,4 February 64, Track 7: BBC Saturday Club 18 Sept.65, Tracks 8,9: IBC St. London 5 March 66, Track 10: RCA St. Hollywood 3-11 August 1966, Track 11,13-15,17-9,21: RCA St. Hollywood 7-11 March 1966, Tracks 12,16,20: RCA St. Hollywood 8-10 December 65; Disc Eight, Tracks 1-10: RCA St. Hollywood 8-10 December 1965, Tracks 11-18: K-POI International Center, Honolulu 28 July 66. Disc Nine: RCA St. Hollywood 8-10 December 65. Disc Ten: Europe 1 Musicorama, L’Olympia, Paris 29 March 66, Tracks 1-14: 1st show, Tracks 15-25: 2nd show. Disc Eleven, Tracks 1-3: CBS, Ed Sullivan Show 13 Febr.66; Track 4: ARTV Ready Steady Go-Live Wembley 27 May 66, Track 5: ABC Thank Your Lucky Stars, Birmingham 8 May 66, Tracks 6,7: CBS Ed Sullivan Show 11 Sept.66, Tracks 8,9: ABC E. Andrews Show 6 Feb.66, Tracks 10-12: London early 66, Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra, Track 13: IBC St. London 66, Track 14: London, early 66, Track 15: IBC St. London 5 Jan.66. Disc Twelve: RCA St. Hollywood 8-10 December 65. Disc Thirteen, Track 1: London February 66, Tracks 2,3: IBC St. London 6 May 66, Tracks 4,5,9,10: Pye St. London from 14 Sept.66 onwards, Tracks 6-8: London Dec.65, Track 11: London 66, Tracks 12,13; London 19 March 66, Track 14: London Febr.66, Tracks 15.16: London April 66, Track 17: London August 64, Track 18: Athens 1968, Track 19: Pittsburgh 67, Track 20: Los Angeles 20 July 66, Track 21: London 66, Track 22: Los Angeles Dec.65, Track 23: London April 66, Track 24: London May 66, Track 25: Germany Febr.67, Track 26: Germany 66.
FORMAT:
13 picture discs
RUNNING TIME:
76.47/72.36/79.22/75.43/73.36/76.52/72.09/65.39/73.59/68.26/60.34/53.35/79.4276.47/72.36/79.22/75.43/73.36/76.52/72.09/65.39/73.59/68.26/60.34/53.35/79.42
SOUND/SOURCE:
Disc One: Soundboard mono (Tracks 1-14: Aftermath mono, Spain 72, Tracks 15,16,19,20: Singles Collection, Tracks 17,18,21: The RS In Mono, Track 15: Hot Rocks 1964-71 (guitar intro only); Disc Two, Tracks 1-14 Soundboard stereo, Tracks 15-22: Soundboard mono. Discs Three-Seven Tracks 1,2,4,5,10,13,15,16,18,19: Soundboard stereo, Disc Seven, Tracks 6-8: Soundboard mono; Disc Eight: Soundboard mono; Disc Nine, Tracks 1-10: Soundboard stereo, Tracks 11-19: Soundboard mono. Disc Ten, Soundboard mono Tracks 1-14,19,25: Musicorama Mixdown (ASO 101-1/2), Tracks 15,22,23: Still I’m Gonna Miss You (VGP 073), Tracks 16-18,20,21,24: Gods in Olympia (TMOQ 02-004). Disc Eleven: Soundboard mono, except for Tracks 10-12,14: Soundboard stereo. Disc Twelve: Soundboard stereo. Disc Thirteen, Tracks 1,2,4,6,9,11,12,14,15,17-26: Soundboard mono, Tracks 3,5,7,8,10,13,16: Soundboard stereo. Disc One: Soundboard mono (Tracks 1-14: Aftermath mono, Spain 72, Tracks 15,16,19,20: Singles Collection, Tracks 17,18,21: The RS In Mono, Track 15: Hot Rocks 1964-71 (guitar intro only); Disc Two, Tracks 1-14 Soundboard stereo, Tracks 15-22: Soundboard mono. Discs Three-Seven Tracks 1,2,4,5,10,13,15,16,18,19: Soundboard stereo, Disc Seven, Tracks 6-8: Soundboard mono; Disc Eight: Soundboard mono; Disc Nine, Tracks 1-10: Soundboard stereo, Tracks 11-19: Soundboard mono. Disc Ten, Soundboard mono Tracks 1-14,19,25: Musicorama Mixdown (ASO 101-1/2), Tracks 15,22,23: Still I’m Gonna Miss You (VGP 073), Tracks 16-18,20,21,24: Gods in Olympia (TMOQ 02-004). Disc Eleven: Soundboard mono, except for Tracks 10-12,14: Soundboard stereo. Disc Twelve: Soundboard stereo. Disc Thirteen, Tracks 1,2,4,6,9,11,12,14,15,17-26: Soundboard mono, Tracks 3,5,7,8,10,13,16: Soundboard stereo.
PACKAGING:
Packaging: Cardboard box holding 13 discs wrapped in antistatic sleeves and a 24 pages booklet Packaging: Cardboard box holding 13 discs wrapped in antistatic sleeves and a 24 pages booklet
 


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SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 10

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Mother s Little Helper, 2. Stupid Girl, 3. Lady Jane, 4. Under My Thumb, 5. Doncha Bother Me, 6. Goin Home, 7. Flight 505, 8. High And Dry, 9. Out Of Time, 10. It’s Not Easy, 11. I Am Waiting, 12. Take It Or Leave It, 13. Think, 14. What To Do, Bonus Tracks 15. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 16. Sad Day, 17. Ride On, Baby, 18. Sittin’ On A Fence, 19. Paint It, Black, 20. Long Long While, 21. Out Of Time (USA Version).

Disc Two: 1. Mother s Little Helper, 2. Stupid Girl, 3. Lady Jane, 4. Under My Thumb, 5. Doncha Bother Me, 6. Goin Home, 7. Flight 505, 8. High And Dry, 9. Out Of Time, 10. It’s Not Easy, 11. I Am Waiting, 12. Take It Or Leave It, 13. Think, 14. What To Do, 15. The Last Time, 16. Mercy Mercy, 17. She Said Yeah, 18. Play With Fire, 19. Not Fade Away, 20. That’s How Strong My Love Is, 21. Get Off Of My Cloud, 22. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

Disc Three: 1. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 2. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 3. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 4. 9th Nervous Breakdown, 5. Mother’s Little Helper, 6. Mother’s Little Helper, 7. Mother’s Little Helper, 8.  Mother’s Little Helper, 9. Doncha Bother Me, 10. Doncha Bother Me, 11. Doncha Bother Me, 12. Goin’ Home, 13. Goin’ Home, 14. Goin’ Home, 15. Goin’ Home, 16. Goin’ Home, 17. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 18. Mother’s Little Helper, 19. Doncha Bother Me, 20. Take It Or Leave It, 21. Take Or Leave It, 22. Take It Or Leave It.

Disc Four:   1. Think, 2. Think, 3. Think, 4. Ride On, Baby, 5. Ride On, Baby, 6. Ride On, Baby, 7. Ride On, Baby, 8. Sittin’ On A Fence, 9. Sittin’ On A Fence, 10. Sittin’ On A fence, 11. Paint It Black, 12. Paint It Black, 13. Paint It Black, 14. Lady Jane, 15. Lady Jane, 16. Lady Jane, 17. Lady Jane, 18. Take It Or Leave It, 19. Think, 20. Ride On, Baby, 21. Sittin’ On A Fence, 22. Lady Jane, 23. Stupid Girl, 24. Stupid Girl, 25. Flight 505, 26. Flight 505.

Disc Five: 1. High And Dry, 2. High And Dry, 3. I Am Waiting, 4. I Am Waiting, 5. If You Let Me, 6. If You Let Me, 7. It’s Not Easy, 8. It’s Not Easy, 9. Out Of Time, 10. Out Of Time, 11. Out Of Time, 12. Under My Thumb, 13. Under My Thumb, 14. What To Do, 15. What To Do, 16. Paint It Black, 17. Paint It Black, 18. Stupid Girl, 19. Stupid Girl, 20. Flight 505, 21. Flight 505.

Disc Six: 1. High And Dry, 2. High And Dry, 3. High And Dry, 4. I Am Waiting, 5. I Am Waiting, 6. If You Let Me, 7. If You Let Me, 8. It’s Not Easy, 09. It’s Not Easy, 10. Out Of Time, 11. Out Of Time, 12. Under My Thumb, 13. Under My Thumb, 14. What To Do, 15. What to Do, 16. Paint It Black, 17. Paint It Black, 18. Paint It Black, 19. Paint It Black, 20. Paint It Black, 21. Paint It Black, 22. Paint It Black.

Disc Seven: 1. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 2. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 3. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 4. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 5. Sad Day, 6. And Mr. Spector And Mr. Pitney Came Too (on booklet Aftermath), 7. Fanny Mae, 8. Con Le Mie Lacrime, 9. Con Le Mie Lacrime. 10. If You Let Me, 11. Long Long While, 12. Mother’s Little Helper, 13. Out Of Time, 14. Out Of Time, 15. Out Of Time, 16. Think, 17. Paint It Black, 18. Paint It Black, 19. Paint It Black, 20. Goin’ Home, 21. What To Do (remix).

Disc Eight: 1. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 2. Sad Day, 3. Take It Or Leave It, 4. Think, 5. Mother’s Little Helper, 6. Goin’ Home, 7. Sittin’ On A Fence, 8. Doncha Bother Me, 9. Ride On, Baby, 10. Looking Tired, 11. Not Fade Away, 12. The Last Time, 13. Paint It Black, 14. Lady Jane, 15. Mother’s Little Helper, 16. Get Off Of My Cloud, 17. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 18. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

Disc Nine: 1. Take It Or Leave It, 2. Doncha Bother Me, 3. Sittin’ On A Fence, 4. Mother’s Little Helper, 5. Think, 6. Sad Day, 7. Ride On, Baby, 8. Looking Toed, 9. Goin’ Home, 10. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 11. Take It Or Leave It, 12. Doncha Bother Me, 13. Sittin’ On A Fence, 14. Mother’s Little Helper, 15. Think, 16. Ride On, Baby, 17. Looking Tired, 18. Goin’ Home, 19 19th Nervous Breakdown.

Disc Ten: 1. The Last Time, 2. Mercy Mercy, 3. She Said Yeah, 4. Play With Fire, 5. Not Fade Away, 6. That’s How Strong My love Is, 7. I’m Moving On, 8. The Spider And The Fly, 9. Time Is On My Side, 10. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 11. Around And Around, 12. Get Off Of My Cloud, 13. I’m Alright, 14. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, 15. The Last Time, 16. Mercy Mercy, 17. She Said Yeah, 19. Play With Fire, 19. Not Fade Away, 20. Spider And The Fly, 21. Time Is On My Side, 22. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 23. Get Off Of My Cloud, 24. I’m Alright, 25. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

Disc Eleven: 1. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, 2. As Tears Go By, 3. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 4. Under My Thumb-I Am Waiting-Paint It Black, 5. Lady Jane-Interview-Paint It Black, 6. Paint It Black, 7. Lady Jane, 8. Mick Jagger Interview, 9. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 10. Mother’s Little Helper, 11. Sittin’ On A Fence, 12. Take It Or Leave It, 13. Lady Jane, 14. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, 15. Stu Ball.

Disc Twelve: 1. Mother s Little Helper, 2. Stupid Girl, 3. Lady Jane, 4. Under My Thumb, 5. Doncha Bother Me, 6. Goin Home, 7. Flight 505, 8. High And Dry, 9. Out Of Time, 10. It’s Not Easy, 11. I Am Waiting, 12. Take It Or Leave It, 13. Think, 14. What To Do.

Disc Thirteen: 1.   So Much In Love, 2.   Out Of Time, 3. Out Of Tine, 4. Ride On, Baby, 5. Ride On, Baby, 6. Think, 7. Think, 8. Think, 9. Paint It Black, 10. Paint It Black, 11. Lady Jane, 12. Sittin’ On A Fence, 13. Sittin’ On A Fence, 14. So Much In Love, 15. Take It Or Leave It, 16. Take It Or Leave It, 17. So Much In Love, 18. Long Long While, 19. It’s Not Easy, 20. Mother’s Little Helper, 21. I Am Waiting, 22. 19th Nervous Breakdown, 23. Under My Thumb, 24. Stupid Girl, 25. Baby, Du Kommst Viel Zu Spat (Out Of Time), 26. Rot Und Schwarz (Paint It Black).


 
REVIEW:

This release whose main title is Could You Walk On The Water?, which was the original title that was rejected by Decca, presents the recording sessions for Aftermath, the first album with all own compositions the band had, that still fascinates for its originality and wide variety of inspirations as well as innovative musical solutions. The first disc presents the mono version of the original album remastered with bonus tracks. Sources are the Spanish album released by Decca in 1972, the Singles Collection box Abkco put out in 2005, RS in Mono that was released in 2016 and Hot Rocks 1964-1971 for 19th Nervous Breakdown guitar only intro; all this transferred, restored and mastered by Prof. Stoned.

Disc Two has the stereo MDSL version of Aftermath that came out just on vinyl format in 1984 plus the recording of the 66 Melbourne concert as broadcasted by 3UZ Radio; this is an important document as there is no official compact disc counterpart of that vinyl only release. Funnily on the booklet are listed just 21 songs from this disc, it seems arithmetic is not their forte. Disc Three has many of the recording sessions for Aftermath in the so called isolated tracks form, mostly take from London cds, but suspected to be outfakes rather than outtakes, created thanks to the extreme stereo separation Aftermath had as an album using multi tracks extracting devices. They first surfaced on a famous now defunct torrent site, then as Isolated Tracks (Toothless Bearded Hag) and from this same label in 2008 You Can’t Always Get What Yu Want 8 cd/1 DVD box (WLR 33255-4587-3).

This disc starts with 4 takes of 19th Nervous Breakdown; the first is the backing rhythm track left channel of a stereo mix with Jagger’s vocals double tracked in order to have the right channel free for overdubs, the second being the overdubs track with Richards on fuzz bass and Wyman overdubbed bass run; take 3 presents alternate vocals, possibly from a tv show, while take 4 has master vocals. Next are 3 takes of Mother’s Little Helper, the backing track with intro, the left channel and the right channel where the acoustic 12 strings guitar played with a bottleneck by Richards; the last take has vocals in the centre. Doncha Bother Me takes come next, the first the left channel of the backing track, the second with the guitar overdubs, 3 on the left and 1 on the right channel and the last with harmonica in the centre. Goin’ Home is in 5 takes too, the first starts with Jagger speaking, the second has a false start and the third with Jagger on tambourine and vocals which must have been overdubbed otherwise they would have interfered with the tambourine microphone. The following version has overdubbed lead guitar and backing vocals which stop at 3.10 and the last has overdubbed live vocals. Other instrumentals stereo follow, 19th Nervous Breakdown, Mother’s Little Helper and Doncha Bother Me, then we get Take It Or Leave It backing track left channel with Jones plating koto and harpsichord, Jack Nitzsche on harp and Jones on overdubbed organ, the second take has backing vocals and organ overdubbed on the right channel and the last one lead vocals in the centre. Disc Four begins with three takes of Think, the first has live vocals double tracked on the left channel, so everything on the right channel must be overdubs, on the second take there are what seem 3 guitars, an acoustic one, an electric and fuzz guitar, while the last one has double tracked vocals in the centre. Next are 4 takes of Ride On Baby the first having backing instrumental track from the left channel, the second with drums and vocal reduction, the third seems to indicate a leak of live vocals on some instrument mics or overdubs recorded after the vocals, while the last one gas vocals in the centre. 3 versions of Sittin’ On A Fence follow, the first the instrumental left channel track, the second showing a guitar overdub and the third having vocals at the centre. Paint It Black is here in 3 takes too, the first is an instrumental said to come from the Black Box, the second and third from strictly Stereo. 4 takes of Lady Jane come then, again the first an instrumental from the Black Box, then the backing track left channel, a take with harpsichord overdubbed and then vocals at the centre. Then there is Take It Or Leave It with stereo vocals at the centre and right channel, then stereo backing tracks for Think, Ride On Baby, Sittin’ On A Fence, Lady Jane and Stupid Girl. The disc ends with Stupid Girl that has vocals at the centre, Flight 505 stereo backing track that seems to have a lead guitar overdub on the right channel and another take with vocals at the centre. Disc Five starts with 2 takes of High and Dry I Am Waiting, If You Let Me and It’s Not Easy that all have stereo backing track with live vocals on the first one, the latter with a guitar solo overdubbed. Next are 3 takes of Out Of Time, the first the backing track with acoustic guitar solo, the second stereo wit just backing vocals on the right channel and then double tracked vocals at the centre on the third one. Two takes of Under My Thumb are next, the first with electric guitar and fuzz bass overdubbed; What To Do first take is the stereo backing track, Paint It Black is then offered in stereo, the first take with drum and bass upfront, the second just the instrumental backing track. Finally on Stupid Girl and Flight 505 first take we get organ, bass and drums, in the second one just the guitars. On Disc Six we get 3 takes of High And Dry and 2 of I Am Waiting, If You Let Me, It’s Not Easy, Out Of Time, Under My Thumb and What To Do that focus on the vocals side offering alternatively left and right channels, the first song also has isolated vocals. As bonus tracks the same treatment for 7 takes of Paint It Black that has been deeply dissected; all sessions having been improved soundwise. Disc Seven present more rarities and outtakes starting with 4 takes of 19th Nervous Breakdown that was not included in Aftermath, anyway these are alternate mixes, then Sad Day remixed from mono to stereo and a track Abkco or A.Oldham called Aftermath for the proposed Necrophilia album, which is in fact And Mr. Spector And Mr. Pitney Came Too from 1964 that is kind of out of context here. Then follows Fanny Mae from a BBC broadcast and 2 versions of Con le Mie Lacrime, the song recorded in Italian by Jagger-Richards. From Metamorphosis come If You let me and Long Long While in stereo followed by Mother’s Little Helper with Keith Richards vocals and 3 takes of Out Of Time, the last being the duet with Chris Farlowe, Think alternate version comes next, followed by 3 more takes of Paint It Black consisting of an alternate mix, of the stereo Rolled Gold version and of another stereo alternate mix. The most remarkable track here is Goin’ Home that lasts just less than 7 minutes and is said to come from an acetate having been edited and reconstructed, the last song being What To Do remixed.  Disc Eight presents a copy of the first Could You Walk On The Water? Bootleg, allegedly the one disc version of Sister Morphine, followed by the 66 Honolulu concert broadcasted by a local radio that remains the last live appearance of Brian Jones in the States. Disc Nine has the second version of Could You Walk on The Water? bootleg featuring mono and stereo tracks (the latter except for Sad Day) and the correct track listing following Abkco inventory; notable here is the original mono mix of 19th Nervous Breakdown free of the serious tape damage in the intro that has caused many problems to engineers since the 70s.

In fact there have been many bootlegs called Could You Walk On The Water, starting with VGP 027 which was however a collection of 70s outtakes, like Pignose PGN 054 that had no less than 12 tracks from the 66 sessions, but was actually called Could You Walk Upon The Water? Then we got two version by Sister Morphine (Morph 14) which omitted “the” in the title, that released a single and a double disc versions, 2 cdr (Decca 6846515) that came out on a single digipack in 2018, a single disc in 2011, a 2 discs digipack set by HEN (059), the one from Ass Blaster 037 that had this same front cover and another outtakes compilation in 2 discs also named After the Fact and Big Hits; there were also Necrophilia (VGP 317 and no label) on cd and on vinyl (More Licks ARF 11082 & TSP 500-74). Only When It’s Frozen by Mickboy (Torn & Frayed 009), Aftermath 1965-66 (Teague 2011), The Aftermath Sessions that came out in 2016 (NSU Records 49-52). Disc Ten is devoted to both shows the band played in Paris at the Olympia in late March 66 that are here from various sources including Europe 1 broadcasts; as specified in the booklet they come from 3 different bootlegs, the 2 cdr Musicorama Mixdown (ASO 101 1/2), Still I’m Gonna Miss You (VGP 073) and Gods In Olympia (TMOQ 02-004). Disc Eleven has TV Appearances, from the Ed Sullivan Show from February as well as from September to Ready Steady Go, Thank Your Lucky Stars to the Eammon Andrews Show; at the end of this disc there are 3 Aftermath tracks by the Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra (directed by K.Richards), Glyn Johns single Lady Jane that features Brian Jones on sitar and was only released in Spain, Nicky Hopkins version of Satisfaction from his first album The Revolutionary Piano and Ian Stewart single with the Railroaders Stu Ball that has Bill Wyman on bass and Keith Richards on guitar (Tony Meehan played the drums); it came out on March 11th 1966 as B Side of Bobbie Miller single Everywhere. Disc Twelve has yet another version of Aftermath, this being the stereo album remastered by Teague Raw. The last disc has a bunch of cover versions by different bands, some in mono and stereo; the most interesting being Chris Farlowe 2 versions of Out Of Time, the first features Jagger on backing vocals and Jimmy Page on guitar and the second just Jagger on backing vocals that were redone; on Think too Jagger is on backing vocals. So, what can we say about this box? In a way it is interesting because it holds some music hard to locate on silver, like the 1984 MFSL stereo version, of course there are useless recordings, like the Honolulu 66 concert or the cover versions discs, but all in all it can be considered positively; in addition to that there are no huge mistakes on the accompanying booklet which makes this release one of a kind in the label’s long history.

This release whose main title is Could You Walk On The Water?, which was the original title that was rejected by Decca, presents the recording sessions for Aftermath, the first album with all own compositions the band had, that still fascinates for its originality and wide variety of inspirations as well as innovative musical solutions. The first disc presents the mono version of the original album remastered with bonus tracks. Sources are the Spanish album released by Decca in 1972, the Singles Collection box Abkco put out in 2005, RS in Mono that was released in 2016 and Hot Rocks 1964-1971 for 19th Nervous Breakdown guitar only intro; all this transferred, restored and mastered by Prof. Stoned.

Disc Two has the stereo MDSL version of Aftermath that came out just on vinyl format in 1984 plus the recording of the 66 Melbourne concert as broadcasted by 3UZ Radio; this is an important document as there is no official compact disc counterpart of that vinyl only release. Funnily on the booklet are listed just 21 songs from this disc, it seems arithmetic is not their forte. Disc Three has many of the recording sessions for Aftermath in the so called isolated tracks form, mostly take from London cds, but suspected to be outfakes rather than outtakes, created thanks to the extreme stereo separation Aftermath had as an album using multi tracks extracting devices. They first surfaced on a famous now defunct torrent site, then as Isolated Tracks (Toothless Bearded Hag) and from this same label in 2008 You Can’t Always Get What Yu Want 8 cd/1 DVD box (WLR 33255-4587-3).

This disc starts with 4 takes of 19th Nervous Breakdown; the first is the backing rhythm track left channel of a stereo mix with Jagger’s vocals double tracked in order to have the right channel free for overdubs, the second being the overdubs track with Richards on fuzz bass and Wyman overdubbed bass run; take 3 presents alternate vocals, possibly from a tv show, while take 4 has master vocals. Next are 3 takes of Mother’s Little Helper, the backing track with intro, the left channel and the right channel where the acoustic 12 strings guitar played with a bottleneck by Richards; the last take has vocals in the centre. Doncha Bother Me takes come next, the first the left channel of the backing track, the second with the guitar overdubs, 3 on the left and 1 on the right channel and the last with harmonica in the centre. Goin’ Home is in 5 takes too, the first starts with Jagger speaking, the second has a false start and the third with Jagger on tambourine and vocals which must have been overdubbed otherwise they would have interfered with the tambourine microphone. The following version has overdubbed lead guitar and backing vocals which stop at 3.10 and the last has overdubbed live vocals. Other instrumentals stereo follow, 19th Nervous Breakdown, Mother’s Little Helper and Doncha Bother Me, then we get Take It Or Leave It backing track left channel with Jones plating koto and harpsichord, Jack Nitzsche on harp and Jones on overdubbed organ, the second take has backing vocals and organ overdubbed on the right channel and the last one lead vocals in the centre. Disc Four begins with three takes of Think, the first has live vocals double tracked on the left channel, so everything on the right channel must be overdubs, on the second take there are what seem 3 guitars, an acoustic one, an electric and fuzz guitar, while the last one has double tracked vocals in the centre. Next are 4 takes of Ride On Baby the first having backing instrumental track from the left channel, the second with drums and vocal reduction, the third seems to indicate a leak of live vocals on some instrument mics or overdubs recorded after the vocals, while the last one gas vocals in the centre. 3 versions of Sittin’ On A Fence follow, the first the instrumental left channel track, the second showing a guitar overdub and the third having vocals at the centre. Paint It Black is here in 3 takes too, the first is an instrumental said to come from the Black Box, the second and third from strictly Stereo. 4 takes of Lady Jane come then, again the first an instrumental from the Black Box, then the backing track left channel, a take with harpsichord overdubbed and then vocals at the centre. Then there is Take It Or Leave It with stereo vocals at the centre and right channel, then stereo backing tracks for Think, Ride On Baby, Sittin’ On A Fence, Lady Jane and Stupid Girl. The disc ends with Stupid Girl that has vocals at the centre, Flight 505 stereo backing track that seems to have a lead guitar overdub on the right channel and another take with vocals at the centre. Disc Five starts with 2 takes of High and Dry I Am Waiting, If You Let Me and It’s Not Easy that all have stereo backing track with live vocals on the first one, the latter with a guitar solo overdubbed. Next are 3 takes of Out Of Time, the first the backing track with acoustic guitar solo, the second stereo wit just backing vocals on the right channel and then double tracked vocals at the centre on the third one. Two takes of Under My Thumb are next, the first with electric guitar and fuzz bass overdubbed; What To Do first take is the stereo backing track, Paint It Black is then offered in stereo, the first take with drum and bass upfront, the second just the instrumental backing track. Finally on Stupid Girl and Flight 505 first take we get organ, bass and drums, in the second one just the guitars. On Disc Six we get 3 takes of High And Dry and 2 of I Am Waiting, If You Let Me, It’s Not Easy, Out Of Time, Under My Thumb and What To Do that focus on the vocals side offering alternatively left and right channels, the first song also has isolated vocals. As bonus tracks the same treatment for 7 takes of Paint It Black that has been deeply dissected; all sessions having been improved soundwise. Disc Seven present more rarities and outtakes starting with 4 takes of 19th Nervous Breakdown that was not included in Aftermath, anyway these are alternate mixes, then Sad Day remixed from mono to stereo and a track Abkco or A.Oldham called Aftermath for the proposed Necrophilia album, which is in fact And Mr. Spector And Mr. Pitney Came Too from 1964 that is kind of out of context here. Then follows Fanny Mae from a BBC broadcast and 2 versions of Con le Mie Lacrime, the song recorded in Italian by Jagger-Richards. From Metamorphosis come If You let me and Long Long While in stereo followed by Mother’s Little Helper with Keith Richards vocals and 3 takes of Out Of Time, the last being the duet with Chris Farlowe, Think alternate version comes next, followed by 3 more takes of Paint It Black consisting of an alternate mix, of the stereo Rolled Gold version and of another stereo alternate mix. The most remarkable track here is Goin’ Home that lasts just less than 7 minutes and is said to come from an acetate having been edited and reconstructed, the last song being What To Do remixed.  Disc Eight presents a copy of the first Could You Walk On The Water? Bootleg, allegedly the one disc version of Sister Morphine, followed by the 66 Honolulu concert broadcasted by a local radio that remains the last live appearance of Brian Jones in the States. Disc Nine has the second version of Could You Walk on The Water? bootleg featuring mono and stereo tracks (the latter except for Sad Day) and the correct track listing following Abkco inventory; notable here is the original mono mix of 19th Nervous Breakdown free of the serious tape damage in the intro that has caused many problems to engineers since the 70s.

In fact there have been many bootlegs called Could You Walk On The Water, starting with VGP 027 which was however a collection of 70s outtakes, like Pignose PGN 054 that had no less than 12 tracks from the 66 sessions, but was actually called Could You Walk Upon The Water? Then we got two version by Sister Morphine (Morph 14) which omitted “the” in the title, that released a single and a double disc versions, 2 cdr (Decca 6846515) that came out on a single digipack in 2018, a single disc in 2011, a 2 discs digipack set by HEN (059), the one from Ass Blaster 037 that had this same front cover and another outtakes compilation in 2 discs also named After the Fact and Big Hits; there were also Necrophilia (VGP 317 and no label) on cd and on vinyl (More Licks ARF 11082 & TSP 500-74). Only When It’s Frozen by Mickboy (Torn & Frayed 009), Aftermath 1965-66 (Teague 2011), The Aftermath Sessions that came out in 2016 (NSU Records 49-52). Disc Ten is devoted to both shows the band played in Paris at the Olympia in late March 66 that are here from various sources including Europe 1 broadcasts; as specified in the booklet they come from 3 different bootlegs, the 2 cdr Musicorama Mixdown (ASO 101 1/2), Still I’m Gonna Miss You (VGP 073) and Gods In Olympia (TMOQ 02-004). Disc Eleven has TV Appearances, from the Ed Sullivan Show from February as well as from September to Ready Steady Go, Thank Your Lucky Stars to the Eammon Andrews Show; at the end of this disc there are 3 Aftermath tracks by the Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra (directed by K.Richards), Glyn Johns single Lady Jane that features Brian Jones on sitar and was only released in Spain, Nicky Hopkins version of Satisfaction from his first album The Revolutionary Piano and Ian Stewart single with the Railroaders Stu Ball that has Bill Wyman on bass and Keith Richards on guitar (Tony Meehan played the drums); it came out on March 11th 1966 as B Side of Bobbie Miller single Everywhere. Disc Twelve has yet another version of Aftermath, this being the stereo album remastered by Teague Raw. The last disc has a bunch of cover versions by different bands, some in mono and stereo; the most interesting being Chris Farlowe 2 versions of Out Of Time, the first features Jagger on backing vocals and Jimmy Page on guitar and the second just Jagger on backing vocals that were redone; on Think too Jagger is on backing vocals. So, what can we say about this box? In a way it is interesting because it holds some music hard to locate on silver, like the 1984 MFSL stereo version, of course there are useless recordings, like the Honolulu 66 concert or the cover versions discs, but all in all it can be considered positively; in addition to that there are no huge mistakes on the accompanying booklet which makes this release one of a kind in the label’s long history.


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