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THE INCREDIBLE ART COLLINS TAPES VOL.5

LABEL:
DAC 204
SOURCE:
Mobile Recording Unit, unknown warehouse Paris April-June 81 & Atlantic Studios, New York except for Disc One, Tracks 7-9 and Disc Two, Tracks 4,11,13: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt 10 June-19 Oct. 79; Tracks 11,14 and Disc Two, Tracks 1,5,6,7,9,16: Pathe Marconi St., Boulange Billancourt 10 Oct.-12 Nov. 80, Track 11: Pathe Marconi St., Boulange Billancourt 5 Jan.-2 March 78,Track 12: Compass Point St., Nassau 22 Jam.12 Feb.79. Track 17: Pathe Marconi St. Boulange Billancourt, 10 June-17 Oct.79
FORMAT:
2 cd
RUNNING TIME:
79.29/77.09
SOUND/SOURCE:
Soundboard Stereo
PACKAGING:
Double Slimline Jewel case
 


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SOUND 10 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 10

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Hang Fire, 2. Black Limousine, 3. No Use In Crying, 4. Neighbours, 5. Slave a.k.a. Vagina, 6. Waiting On A Friend, 7. Unknown Jam # 1, 8. Unknown Jam # 2 , 9. Unknown Jam # 3, 10. Slave, 11. Black Limousine, 12. Waiting On A Friend # 1, 13. Waiting On A Friend # 2, 14. Start Me Up # 2.

Disc Two: 1. Start Me Up # 5, 2. Neighbours, 3. Heaven, 4. Hang Fire, 5. Tops 1, 6. Slave (new vocals), 7. Slave (new vocals # 2), 8. Waiting On A Friend, 9. Black Limousine, 10. Neighbours, 11. Claudine, 12. I Think I’m Going Mad, 13. Worried About You, 14 Heaven, 15. Hang Fire, 16. Tops, 17. No Use In Crying, 18. Start Me Up.

 
REVIEW:

Here is the fifth (and last?) volume of DAC’s collection of the Art Collins Tapes, offering a set dedicated to Tattoo You outtakes that come from the 1981 sessions which in the Art Collins original tapes were on discs numbers 5, 20 and 21. The classic outtakes of Tattoo You can be found on All Inside Our Crazy Dreams (DAC 021), which had as front cover the artwork of the original analog 2LP made in Germany, which can be taken as counter stone for this release, it came out in 2005, its title being taken from the lyrics of Black Limousine, and presented a nice collection of outtakes although with too much hiss. This release sounds better thanks to the tape having been equalized, but not too much, so there are many sound details that were missing in All Inside Our Crazy Dreams that can be dug here with the overall sound cleaner and clearer. There are here 32 high quality stereo soundboard tracks well worth, too bad they are still lossy, despite the label’s claim that they come from master tapes.

It is well known that the basic tracks of the album Tattoo You are different from the unused outtakes from albums like Goat’s Head Soup, Black And Blue, Some Girls and Emotional Rescue when those album were produced. The production here was different because of the disagreement between Mick and Keith, which began to be noticeable around that time, and the production method adopted where recording engineer Chris Kimsey carefully dug up past tapes and added overdubs to them. This is probably why there are here a lot of remixes and overdubs that were added endlessly to get the best results and this work is a compilation of takes and mixes that were not used for the regular album.

This Vol.5 contains a greater number of takes with regards to All Inside Our Crazy Dreams, but compared to that is a slightly better output. In fact, here the high frequencies can be heard in great clarity.

The different mixes that are noted on the label’s credits present subtle variations like overdubbed guitars that are not easy to spot, or count-ins and vocals which make them different too. It's remarkable that each time you listen you'll discover something new. The sound is generally better than the ones we knew before and it's still interesting to listen to them anyway.

Let’s check the tracks again:

Hang Fire and Black Limousine sound better than on All Inside Our Crazy Dreams (DAC 021) like No Use in Crying which has an additional piano that can be listened to in the background. Neighbours is slightly better with regards to Place Pigalle (VGP 362) offering also a proper end; same for Slave which sounds better than All Inside Our Crazy Dreams (DAC 021) being also a bit longer and with a different sax played by Sonny Rollins like on Waiting on a Friend and Neighbors and they include the cut ad-lib parts, there also seem to be a percussionist here, possibly Mike Carabello.

The three tracks that follow on Disc One (number 7, 8 and 9) are jams that were also featured on Art Collins Tapes and More (EVSD 1288-98), but better sounding. The first with just guitars, the second and third ones with a saxophone (the third one much funkier) which come from the Emotional Rescue sessions featuring Bobby Keys, they clock in at 4.47, 8.44 and 8.57 respectively.

Next is another version of Slave which sounds better than All Inside Our Crazy Dreams (DAC 021) being also a bit longer (9.47) but also a bit different, featuring many percussions; Black Limousine here though seems the same as the version found on All Inside Our Crazy Dreams, although stereo separation is sharper.

Other interesting tracks to listen are # 1 and # 2 versions of Waiting On A Friend, both of which start with a different studio chat. Version # 1 has no chorus and a long fade out, it also starts faster than # 2 which has a chorus. None of these feature a sax; version # 2 is close to the so-called take II with a quick fade out, but there is also a minor difference in the mix, since Mick's vocals continue through the end (4.47).

By the way, in label’s description there are many tracks marked as alternate mix, but the difference is difficult to spot, however the beginning of Start Me Up # 2 here starts suddenly; this is in great sound quality that is considerably better than the previous one found on All Inside Our Crazy Dreams, but it is hard to note the difference from the previous version of this take.

On Disc Two Start Me Up # 5 seems also to appear on silver for the first time. Neighbours has additional vocals if compared with version II, sporting double vocals at the beginning with the guitars reversed on left and right.

Heaven too is a bit different not containing any sound effect heard in the previous versions of take II, so this can rightfully be considered an alternate mix.

Hang Fire and Tops are in better sound than the tracks heard on other bootlegs, although it is not clear why the latter was called no. I since the very first take of this song is the instrumental version from late 72 Jamaica sessions; the two takes of Slave with new vocals come from the 1980 sessions.

The version of Waiting On A Friend here too is better sounding than the one found on Place Pigalle.

Both Black Limousine and Neighbours are said to be alternate mixes, although it’s hard to spot any difference with previous versions. Hang Fire here has some overdubbed guitars while Tops seems to be a low pitch version of Track 5, just like the last track, Start Me Up which is a faster version of the last track on Disc One.

This release too is a must-have item with new classic alternates collection that conveys another aspect of this popular album that represented the Stones in the early 80s. As far as packaging is concerned the label recently changed style, this one reminds the front cover of Tattoo Out bootleg which came out about 20 years ago; however the sources are incorrect for the most part.


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