ROLLING STONES - CD
THE OLYMPIC SESSIONS

LABEL:
DAC 198
SOURCE:
Disc One, Tracks 1,3: Olympic St. London 8 December 68, Track 2: Olympic St. London 17 March- 3 April 68, Track 4: Olympic St. London 9-10 Feb. (cover says 9-13 Feb.) 69, Track 5: Muscle Shoals St. Florence, Alabama 2-4 Dec.69, Track 6: Olympic St. London 17 Apr-2 July (on cover 12 May) 69, Track 7: Olympic St. London 22, 28 & 30 March 69, Track 8: Olympic St. London 9 March 69, Track 9: Olympic St. London 23 May 68, Track 10: Olympic St. London 16 Feb.69, Track 11: Olympic St. London 23-25 Feb.69, Tracks 12,13: Olympic St. London 9, 10 & 18 Dec.69, Track 14: Olympic St. London 9 & 16 March 69, Track 15: Olympic St. London 15 March 69. Disc Two, Track 1: Olympic St. London 29 March 68, Track 2: Olympic St. London 4-10 June 68, Tracks 3,6: Olympic St. London 13-23 May 68, Track 4: Olympic St. London 31 March 68, Track 5: Olympic St. London 27 April 68, Track 7: Olympic St. London 28 June 68, Track 8: LWT St. London, Frost On Saturday 29 Nov.68, Track 9: Olympic St. London 11 May 68, Track 10: Olympic St. London 16 Feb.69, Track 11: Olympic St. London 17 April- 2 July 69, Track 12: Olympic St. London 24-27 March 69, Tracks 13-16: MSG, New York 28 Nov.69 1st show, Track 17: Altamont Speedway, Livermore 6 Dec.69, Track 18: Villefranche sur Mer, Villa Nellcote KR basement 10 July-23 Nov.71.
FORMAT:
2 cd
RUNNING TIME:
76.02/76.37
SOUND/SOURCE:
Soundboard stereo except for Disc One, Tracks 1,2,4,6,8,15 & Disc Two, Tracks 2, 5,8,9,11-17: Soundboard mono
PACKAGING:
Double Slimline Jewel case
 


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SOUND 10 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 10

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Sympathy For The Devil, 2. Stray Cat Blues, 3. Ruby Tuesday, 4. Midnight Rambler, 5. Wild Horses, 6. Country Honk, 7. Sister Morphine , 8. Let It Bleed, 9. Love In Vain, 10. You Got The Silver, 11. Gimme Shelter, 12. Brown Sugar, 13. Wild Horses, 14. Honky Tonk Women, 15. You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

Disc Two: 1. Mickey Mouse Blues, 2. Sympathy For The Devil, 3. Family, 4. Pay Your Dues, 5. Jumpin’ Jack Flash, 6. Dear Doctor, 7. Family, 8. Sympathy For The Devil, 9. Jumpin’ Jack Flash, 10. Gimme Shelter, 11. Let It Bleed, 12. Love In Vain, Bonus Tracks: 13. Sam Cutler Introduction, 14. Jumpin’ Jack Flash, 15, Carol, 16. Sympathy For The Devil, 17. Midnight Rambler, 18. Tumbling Dice.

 

 
REVIEW:

This release from DAC presents a bunch of tracks that have surfaced since DAC’s latest releases. So on Disc One we get the famous 69RS TRAX released on YouTube by Abkco at the end of 2019 and on Disc Two mainly the TRRS TRAX released at the end of 2018 and at the beginning of 2019, which was a compilation of alternates from Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed. It’s been reported that these tracks have been thoroughly cleaned, so that the slight clicks that existed at about 0:24 and 0:50 in Sister Morphine have been removed, however it must be said that the annoying beep can still be heard in the background at high volume, there have been better sounding versions released in the past.  There are also some minor discrepancies on sources dates, for instance Wild Horses with the strings and glass harmonica has been reported to be coming from the Olympic Studios October 1970 sessions, but according to the info here just the strings were added at the Olympic studios; Midnight Rambler was recorded on 9 or 10 Feb.69 and not on 9-13 of February 69 as stated on the inner cover; Country Honk instrumental version was not recorded on May 12th 1969 (that was the early no fiddle version) which reveal a lack of attention probably due to the label’s rush release. On Disc Two the first 9 songs come from TRRS TRAX, but they are not the same since each take has been upgraded to a higher quality. We get Mickey Mouse Blues, which is a demo of Child Of The Moon, is a track that was not recorded during the Satanic Majesties sessions. The following version of Sympathy For The Devil is an early take with different lyrics and different vocals and mixes, with Nicky's piano quite impressive. Family, Dear Doctor and Pay Your Dues are the same take as those published in TRRSTRAX and that have however been replaced with higher quality ones. The two versions of Jumpin’ Jack Flash here included are: the first one is the version of the promo film without make-up, possibly the longest studio version ever. The other one is the make-up promo film version, with Mick's vocals recorded live. Sympathy For The Devil version from the Frost On Saturday tv show has some additional guitar licks at the end. It seems this live vocals version is very valuable, because the audio has been completely replaced with the recorded version from Top Of The Pops which was aired. In addition to that, the origin of this track comes from YouTube with sound in HD quality. After Keith Richards vocals on Gimme Shelter from the 69 RS TRAX, Let It Bleed and Love In Vain are rough mixes from an acetate featuring different vocals, however they both are in mono and shortened; hopefully the full version will surface some time in the future. It has been reported that, after the playback video was released on YouTube the acetate was put up for sale in an auction, and it is here, providing another precious take. Midnight Rambler comes from Altamont; this is a new soundboard version released on Chris Manicou's site, Revelations On The Rolling Stones, where other precious Altamont soundboard tracks have been released before. What follow are then the only existing tracks released by Abkco of the Madison Square Gardens 28th November 1st concert, regarded as bonus. Finally, Tumbling Dice backing track ends beautifully this set, it first appeared on the Nicky Hopkins 1972 tapes, although this take here seems different at the end and is for sure better sounding with less hiss. This song too was released on YouTube, but here is available in silver disc for the first time.  So, although the sources of these tracks are almost all from the internet, this is a nice release from DAC, a careful compilation that includes valuable things that may have been overlooked as well as many well known outtakes never heard in a better shape, like Pay Your Dues. Particular is an inner photo that shows Brian Jones at the keyboards with a number of ladies and gentlemen that really seem the chorus for the You Can‘t Always Get What You Want overdub sessions; no confirmation of his presence though, but the fact remains that this shot is a bit of a mystery.

 


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