ROLLING STONES - CD
THE ART COLLINS TAPES & MORE

LABEL:
Empress Valley EVSD 1288-1298
SOURCE:
Disc One, Track 1: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 10 Jun.-19 Oct.79; Track 2: Compact Point, Nassau 22 Jan.-12 Feb.79; Track 3-7,9: Pathe Marconi, Boulange Billancourt 11 Nov.-19 Dec.82; Track 8: unknown basement studio, Paris mid Oct.-7 Nov.82, Tracks 10-12: Long View Farm, North Brookfield 25-28 May 81; Tracks 13-16 and Disc Two, Tracks 1-4: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 5 Apr.-17 Jun. 85; Disc Two, Tracks 5,9-11: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 11 Nov.-19 Dec.82, Tracks 6-8: unknown studio, Paris Mid October- 7 November 1982. Disc Three, Tracks 1-3: Pathe Marconi, Paris 11 Nov.-19 Dec.82, Track 4: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 30 Jan.- mid March 83, Track 5: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 10 June-19 Oct.79, Tracks 6,7,9: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 10 June-19 Oct 79, Tracks 8,10: Pathe Marconi Boulange Billancourt St. 11 Oct.-12 Nov.80,Track 11 and Disc Four Tracks 1,2: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 10 June-19 Oct.79; Disc Four, Tracks 4,5,7,8,10-12: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 11 Nov.-19 Dec.82, Tracks 6,13: Compass Point, Bahamas & The Hit Factory NY early May-1 Aug.83, Track 9: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt Paris 30 Jan.-mid March 83; Disc Five, Tracks 1,3.4,6,7-10: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 11 Nov.-19 Dec.82,Track 2: Compass Point, Bahamas & The Hit Factory NY early May-1 Aug.83, Track 5: unknown studio, Paris Mid October-7 November 1982; Disc Six and Disc Seven, Tracks 1,2,20,21: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 11 Nov.-19 Dec.82; Disc Seven Tracks 3-10,12,13,18,19: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 10 Oct.-15 Dec.77, Tracks 11,14-17: Pathe Marconi Boulange Billancourt 5 Jan.-2 Mar78. Disc Eight, Tracks 1-7: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 11 Nov.-19 Dec.82, Track 9: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 10 Oct.-5 Dec.77, Track 10: Olympic St. London 9-26 Nov.66, Tracks 8,12,14,15: Compass Point, Nassau 22 Jan.-11 Feb.79, Track 13: Mobile Rec. Unit Stargroves, Newbury and Olympic St. London 21 Oct.-Nov.70, Track 16: Compass Point St. Nassau April 83; Disc Nine, Track 1: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 11 Nov.-19 Dec.82, Tracks 2,3: Compass Point, Bahamas & The Hit Factory NY early May-1 Aug.83, Track 4: Mobile Unit, Rotterdam 22 Jan.-9 Feb.75, Tracks 5-7,10,16: Boulange Billancourt 11 Oct-12 Nov.80, Track 8: 10 Oct.-15 Dec.77, Track 9: Boulange Billancourt St. 11 Oct.-12 Nov.80, Track 11: Dynamic Sound St.Kingston 25 Nov.-21 Dec.72, Tracks 12,13: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 10 June-19 Oct.79, Tracks 14,15: Mobile Rec.St. Paris & Atlantic St. New York Apr.-June 81; Disc Ten, Tracks 1,2,6,7: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 11 Oct.-12 Nov.80, Tracks 3,5,8: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 10 June-19 Oct.79, Tracks 7,9,10: Boulange Billancourt St. Paris 11 Oct.-12 Nov. 80, Track 4: Boulange Billancourt St. Paris 5 Jan.-2 March 78, Track 11: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 10 Oct.-15 Dec.77, Tracks 12-17 & Disc Eleven: Compass Point, Nassau & The Hit Factory, NY April-1 Aug. 83.
FORMAT:
11 red label cds
RUNNING TIME:
78.42/62.46/68.08/79.28/73.29/76.49/77.49/76.18/79.27/76.16/75.45
SOUND/SOURCE:
Disc One: Soundboard stereo, Disc Two, Tracks 1-5,12-16.: Soundboard stereo, Tracks 6-11: Soundboard mono; Discs Three, Four: Soundboard stereo Disc Five, Soundboard stereo except for Tracks 5,6: Soundboard mono; Discs Six-Eleven: Soundboard stereo except for Disc Eight, Track 10: Soundboard mono
PACKAGING:
Cardboard box holding 11 discs sandwiched between 2 clear plastic discs and 2 color paper inserts (pink and yellow) and a 2 sided insert featuring track listings. Lim. Edition box set.
 


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SOUND 10 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 10

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Neighbours I, 2. Let s Go Steady Again I, 3. Tried To Talk Her Into It I, 4. Keep It Cool II, 5. Can t Find Love II, 6. Can t Find Love IV, 7. Eliza II, 8. High School Girl, 9. Stop That I, 10. All I Have To Do Is Dream (False Start) I, 11. All I Have To Do Is Dream (Full Take) III and IV, 12. Piano Fragment, 13. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, 14. Talk Is Cheap, 15. What Am I Supposed To Do, 16. Stick It Where It Hurts.

Disc Two: 1. Can t Cut The Mustard #I, 2. Can t Cut The Mustard II, 3. Can t Cut The Mustard III, 4. Victor Hugo (on insert Can t Cut The Mustard IV), 5. Keep It Cool II, 6. Wanna Hold You, 7. She Was Hot I (Country), 8. Can t Find Love I, 9. What I Am Saying Is True I, 10. What I Am Saying Is True II, 11. What I Am Saying Is True III.

Disc Three: 1. Keep It Cool I (on insert II), 2. Wanna Hold You V, 3. Pretty Beat Up I, 4. Feel On Baby I, 5. Hang Fire V, 6. Black Limousine IV, 7. No Use In Crying V, 8. Neighbours III, 9. Slave III (a.k.a. Vagina), 10. Waiting On A Friend III, 11. Unknown Song Take#I.

Disc Four: 1. Unknown Song Take#II, 2. Unknown Instrumental, 3. Shirley, 4. Too Tough (Triple X), 5. It Must Be Hell I, 6. Undercover Of The Night V, 7. Tie You Up (The Pain Of Love) III, 8. She Was Hot II, 9. Feel On Baby II, 10. All The Way Down I, 11. Too Much Blood I, 12. Tried To Talk Her Into It II, 13. Too Much Blood III.

Disc Five: 1. Pretty Beat Up I (X mas issue), 2. Dog Shit, 3. Keep It Cool II, 4. Keep It Cool I (not on insert), 5. Gotta Know You (Wanna Hold You I), 6. Wanna Hold You II, 7. All The Way Down II, 8. Gotta Know You II, 9. Rocker, 10. Slinky.

Disc Six: 1. Can t Find Love III, 2. Heartbeat III (take#I on insert), 3. Heartbeat I (take#II on insert), 4. Heartbeat II (take#III on insert), 5. Cooking Up IV (a.k.a. What I Am Saying Is True), 6. Something I Want I (a.k.a. Your Love), 7. Eliza I, 8. Chris Song, 9. Part Of The Night (a.k.a. Golden Caddy V), 10. Pink Pick, 11. Pull Over, 12. The Golden Mile, 13. The Dog, 14. Show Me A Woman I, 15. Melobar.

Disc Seven: 1. Mick s Idea, 2. Mick s Idea (incomplete), 3. Just My Imagination (take #I), 4. Miss You, 5. Lies (take #I), 6. Munich Hilton (take #I), 7. Munich Hilton (take #II), 8. When You re Gone (Red Eyes), 9. Hang Fire, 10. Shattered, 11. Stay Where You Are, 12. Lies (take #II), 13. Brown Leaves II (a.k.a. Dancing Girls), 14. You Don t Have To Go, 15. Broken Head Blues (Unknown Song on insert), 16. Shame Shame Shame, 17. Black Limousine III, 18. Little T&A (Unknown Song on insert), 19. Just My Imagination (take#II), 20. Mick s Idea (In Your Hand), 21. Hideaway.      

Disc Eight: 1. I Love You Too Much V (Run And Take on insert), 2. Dance Mr. K (a.k.a. Still In Love), 3. Munich Hilton V, 4. Christine, 5. Identification, 6. Flirty, 7. Discovery Bar, 8. Everlasting Is My Love II (Nanker Phelge), 9. Claudine II, 10. Get Yourself Together (on insert I Can See It -See Me), 11. We Had It All, 12. Let s Go Steady, 13. Aladdin Story, 14. Dance Pt. I, 15. I Think I m Going Mad III, 16. She Was Hot VI (withdrawn 12 version).

Disc Nine: 1. Too Much Blood II, 2. Undercover Of The Night X (Short Dub), 3. Undercover Of The Night X (Long Dub), 4. Vagina (Slave II), 5. Black Limousine, 6. Waiting On A Friend IIa, 7. Waiting On A Friend IIb, 8. Start Me Up II, 9. Start Me Up V, 10. Neighbours II, 11. Tops I, 12. Hang Fire V, 13. Tops III, 14. Vagina (Slave new vocal), 15. Vagina (Slave vocal II), 16. Vagina (Slave II).

Disc Ten: 1. Waiting On A Friend III, 2. Black Limousine IV, 3. Neighbours II, 4. Claudine I, 5. I Think I m Going Mad I, 6. Worried About You II, 7. Heaven II, 8. Hang Fire IV, 9. Tops I, 10. No Use In Crying V, 11. Start Me Up III, 12. Too Much Blood I, 13. Too Much Blood II, 14. Too Much Blood III, 15. Too Much Blood IV, 16. Too Much Blood V, 17. Too Much Blood VI.       

Disc Eleven: 1. Too Much Blood VII, 2. Too Much Blood VIII, 3. Too Much Blood IX, 4. Too Much Blood X, 5. Too Much Blood XI, 6. Too Much Blood XII, 7. Too Much Blood XIII, 8. Too Much Blood XIV, 9. Too Much Blood XV.

 
REVIEW:

Out of the blue comes this box from renowned label Empress Valley featuring tracks from the Art Collins cassette tapes (so called Art Collins Treasures); even if sold at a cheap price, this is not a cheap product by an unknown no label that reproduces downloaded files and has interesting music on.  As all audiophiles well know mp3 is a lossy format, in simple words this means that some of the data is lost in mp3 files when compressed, whereas there are no losses for FLAC. Is there audible difference? Of course there is a very clear difference in the sound when one listens to FLAC files, but this applies only when  using good headphones and an appropriate sound system. So even if these tracks are well known and hardly present any surprise, they are in excellent audio quality (coming from master tapes=FLAC) and do come much closer to the original master reels recorded in the studio, but fans that prefer listen to downloaded mp3 versions are welcome. Who was Art Collins? Well he entered the music business in 1975, working in Atlantic Records promotion department and then joined Rolling Stones Records of which he eventually became president. In 1982 he turned to management; over the years his roster included Joe Jackson, Marianne Faithfull and Marshall Crenshaw. He died suddenly at 52 years of age and his cassettes were eventually sold by his family and part of them turned out on many Stones bootlegs because they featured studio 70s-80s outtakes and alternate versions. Lately a batch of never heard tracks popped up in mp3 format and soon became the subject of many releases. Here in fact the sound output is excellent, not just soundboard sourced, but there is complete absence of hiss and brutal stereo separation On Disc One a nice surprise being High School Girl lasting over 6 minutes and ending with studio chat. It must be stressed that there are A.Collins cassette tapes that have just 2 songs (and they are continuously auctioned even these days), so the songs are not presented in any chronological order. Continuing checking Disc One it can be said that on Talk Is Cheap the bass frequencies are not as distorted as in the previous release of the song on Foxes in the Boxes vol.2. Disc Two presents more Foxes in the Boxes tracks with three takes of Can t Cut The Mustard, the first version of Had It With You), with Keith on vocals on the first, Ron on the second and a few seconds instrumental on the third and not four as stated on the insert that incorrectly calls Victor Hugo Can t Cut The Mustard #4. Next is the long version of Keep It Cool and tracks from the Virchov Tapes including 3 takes of Cookin Up (here called What I Am Saying Is True). The Virchov Tape tracks are in usual mono low quality and this is weird if we keep as benchmark High School Girl that comes from the same session and is instead in excellent stereo quality; however, Can t Find Love I lasts here 9,25 minutes.The first three songs on Disc Three come again from the 1982 sessions, but then we get tracks from other sessions from 1979 and 1980 not part of the Foxes set; the instrumental take that ends this disc as well as the one that opens Disc Five are unknown songs and feature a sax and 2 guitars, the first lasts over 4 minutes and the second over 8; the next instrumental follows in the same mood although being a bit funkier and clocks in at 8.20; Shirley is a Ron Wood song that lasts 2.47 minutes and is the official version of the song originally recorded by Ron Wood in 1974 for his first solo album. The version of Feel On Baby is sung by Jagger and is in excellent sound clocking is at 9.37 minutes. On Disc Five there is again version II of Keep It Cool but this time it ends with drums differently from the previous take, a song called Gotta Know You (Wanna Hold You #1) that comes from the Oct.82 sessions like Wanna Hold You II but then there is Gotta Know You II allegedly coming from the Nov.82 sessions; anyway here there is quite much dead air at the end or at the beginning of the tracks and coupled with the inclusion of the official version of Shirley (which may have been left over the original cassette tape) on previous disc reveals that there has been no edit of these tracks which have been printed straight from the source. The last two tracks of this disc are fast instrumentals with a piano in the background the first one and a groovy take that seems the embryonic version of Tie You Up lasting just over 1 minute. On Disc Eight, together with the Paris 82 outtakes come also some earlier ones, from Get Yourself Together to Aladdin Story that date back to mid sixties and early 70, the reason is unknown maybe because the band was evaluating the possibility to release an outtakes compilation again in the 80’s or adding these songs to compilations album already planned to come out? However they are in not so great quality and seem to have been copied by some other bootleg album rather being genuine first generation tracks; they do not fit in here and are a bizarre addition. Another strange thing here is the Nanker-Phelge credits to the song Everlasting Is My Love, allegedly coming from writing on the cassette tape label, maybe it was a group effort? On Disc Nine we get the very first take of Slave from Rotterdam 75, no vocals and no sax in great quality. More vintage tracks on Disc Ten which features 6 takes of Too Much Blood while the whole of Disc Eleven is devoted to the same song various remixes, a bit of a torture, frankly, by the way Track 16 on Disc Ten lasts only 1.13 minutes. What can be said about this box then? Well, thanks to its reduced price and great quality content we certainly cannot call it a redundant product, since the original liberated tracks would fill 23 discs it is still possible we get part two in the future.

Let’s end this review reporting what is written in the latest Jo Wood book Stoned in the chapter called Cassettes: “when the band was in the studio every DAY each band member received a cassette tape with the previous night tracks; I have plenty of cassette tapes, shall go through them one day to sort them out.” We can only guess what is on them…and hope they will come out someday.

 


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