ROLLING STONES - CD
THE COMPLETE CHESS STUDIO SESSIONS

LABEL:
WLR NF 64
SOURCE:
Disc One: Chess St., Chicago 10-11 June 64 except for Track 11: Regent St. London 24-26 June 64; Disc Two, Tracks 1,2,4-7: Chess St., Chicago 8 Nov.64; Track 3: Regent St. London 2 Sept.64; Tracks 8-12: Chess St., Chicago 10 May 65, Track 13: RCA St., Hollywood 11,12 May 65; Discs Three, Track 1, Pathe Marconi, Boulange Billancourt 30 Jan.-mid March 83 , Track 5: Unknown Studio, Paris mid Oct.-7 Nov.82; Tracks 2-4,6-8: Pathe Marconi, Boulange Billancourt 11 Nov.- 19 Dec.82, Disc Four , Track 1: Pathe Marconi, Boulange Billancourt 10 Oct.-15 Dec.77, Track 3: Unknown Studio, Paris mid Oct.-7 Nov.82, Track : Compass Point St., Nassau early April-late May 83 & The Hit Factory, New York late April-1 August 83, Tracks 4,8: Pathe Marconi, Boulange Billancourt 11 Nov.- 19 Dec.82, Track 5: Pathe Marconi, Boulange Billancourt 10 June-19 Oct.79, Track 7: Electric Ladyland, New York early Nov.-Dec.79, Tracks 1,9-11: Pathe Marconi, Boulange Billancourt 10 Oct.-15 Dec.77.
FORMAT:
4 picture cds
RUNNING TIME:
49.48/37.02/41.15/47.14
SOUND/SOURCE:
Disc One, Tracks 1-10, 13-15 Soundboard stereo, Tracks 11,12: Soundboard mono; Disc Two, Tracks 1,4 Soundboard stereo, Tracks 2,3,5-8-13 : Soundboard mono; Discs Three, Four: Soundboard stereo, except for Disc Four, Track 12: Soundboard mono.
PACKAGING:
Long Digipack with 8 pages booklet
 


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SOUND 10 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 10

 

TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. It s All Over Now, 2. I Can t Be Satisfied, 3. Stewed And Keefed, 4. Around And Around, 5. Confessin The Blues, 6. Down In The Bottom, 7. If You Need Me, 8. Announcement, 9. Look What You Done, 10. Tell Me Baby , 11. Time Is On My Side #2, 12. Reelin And Rockin, 13. Don t You Lie To Me #2, 14. 2120 South Michigan Avenue (long version ) , 15. 2120 South Michigan Avenue (short version).

Disc Two: 1. What A Shame, 2. Fanny Mae, 3. Little Red Rooster, 4. Time Is On My Side #3, 5. Goodbye Girl, 6. Key To The Highway, 7. Mercy Mercy #1, 8. Mercy Mercy #2, 9. That s How Strong My Love Is, 10. Try Me, 11. The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man #2 (censored version), 12. The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man #1(uncensored version), 13. (I Can t Get No) Satisfaction #1, 14. Announcement.

Disc Three: 1. Feel On Baby #1, 2. Christine, 3. Heartbeat, 4. Forty, 5. Can t Find Love #1, 6. Something I Want (Your Love) #1, 7. Golden Mile, 8. Tie You Up (The Pain Of Love) #1.

Disc Four: 1. Miss You #1, 2.. Tie You Up (The Pain Of Love) #2, 3. Wanna Hold You #1, 4. Too Much Blood #3, 5. It s A Lie #2, 6. In Your Hand, 7. All About You #2, 8. Identification, 9. When You re Gone #2, 10. Little T&A #1, 11. Just My Imagination #2.

 
REVIEW:

When it was announced that a 4 cd set was about to be released titled Complete Chess Studio Sessions that included never released tracks, most Stones collectors wondered what could be inside; as a matter of fact just one song among the ones included in here was a never before heard track from the Chess Sessions, the cover of James Brown s Try Me, the rest duplicated some bootlegs that were released in the past like Checkmate (Cellar Dweller) which presented official tracks that were recorded at Chess Studios with the few real outtakes that have surfaced over the years. The Stones at Chess Studios in Chicago has been the subject of an officially released vinyl compilation album issued in Japan by London Records and of many underground vinyl albums and cds, too many to mention (over 100!).

The other 2 discs in this collection come from recently surfaces sessions and have nothing to do with Chess or the early Stones, being frankly out of place here, on fact it is quite offensive to present them bearing the same picture as the first two discs which show the early Stones.

The legend of the Stones visit at Chess Studios has become bigger and bigger with different versions floating around: according to Bill Wyman Muddy Waters helped the band to unload their instruments while Keith Richards maintains his versions that they found him painting the studios ceilings; whatever the reality the tracks that have come out from the three sessions (two consecutive days in June 64, then in November of the same year and in early May 65) are celebrated as the best incarnation of the blues side of the Stones well represented by the proficient engineers well used to recording the blues at best. This release starts chronologically with a bunch of official tracks in perfect stereo up to  Tell Me Baby then from Time Is On My Side ,which is not unfortunately the very first version with Stu organ s intro but the version recorded at London s Regent Studio a fortnight after that, onwards we get the rest in very good mono. There are of course some inconsistencies as Little Red Rooster is not the so far unheard Chicago first version. At the end of Disc One are both versions of 2120 South Michigan Avenue (the real address of the Chess Studios in Chicago) the former from the German Around and Around album, while the latter from the Five by Five ep.

On Disc Two Fanny Mae   is puzzling since it has a full sound that does not match previous available versions that were the known BBC broadcasts of the song; then there is Key To The Highway that is rumoured to have Howling Wolf on guitar, the star is certainly Try Me, for the very first time released here, the Stones version has Stu on organ and maybe Brian Jones on piano.

The Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man is present in both the censored and uncensored versions, the former from coming from the US 7 inch vinyl release (omitting the verse Break My Ass) and the latter from the London Years 89 cd release.   Satisfaction is actually the rejected first version from Chicago with the harmonica solo (just a hint of it at the end) that was used as backing track on Shindig. At the end there is the Announcement (which is Jagger announcing Look What You Done) repeated again.

Packaging is great as well with an 8 page booklet that has wonderful photos. Musically speaking the overall impression while listening to this release is in fact one of pleasure, in part because of the fantastic ability of the band to encompass blues standards technically while retaining the right feel that is at the base of any blues performance but also for the great quality of these songs that could aptly become part of the  blues compilation that  never was. Can we hope to get some other tracks from the Chess St. sessions, maybe ion stereo?


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