ROLLING STONES - CD
UNDERCOVER SESSIONS VOLUME 8

LABEL:
Frankenstein Productions 069
SOURCE:
1983, late June - 1st August (with breaks): New York City, The Hit Factory.
FORMAT:
2 downlioad cdrs
RUNNING TIME:
78.36/76.23
SOUND/SOURCE:
Soundboard Stereo
PACKAGING:
double slimline jewel case
 


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SOUND 9.5 / PACKAGING 9 / PERFORMANCE 10

 
TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1b. Too Much Blood, 2a. Too Much Blood #3, 3a. Too Much Blood #3, 4a. Too Much Blood #3 , 5b Too Much Blood #3, 6b. Too Much Blood #3, 7b. Too Much Blood #3, 8b. Too Much Blood #3, 9b. Too Much Blood #3, 10b. Too Much Blood #3, 11b. Too Much Blood #3, 12b Too Much Blood #3.

Disc Two: 1b. Too Much Blood, 2b. Too Much Blood #3, 3b. Too Much Blood #3, 4b. Too Much Blood #3, 5b Too Much Blood #3, 6b. Too Much Blood #3, 7b. Too Much Blood #3, 8b. Too Much Blood #3, 9b. Too Much Blood #3, 10b. Too Much Blood #3, 11b. Too Much Blood #3.

 
REVIEW:

This is the last volume of the series which has all Too Much Blood variations, there was not much interest to make a volume with the unchanged versions found in the Art Collins tapes (20), so all these versions have been reworked a bit giving more body to the sound (but not touching their speed). On the other hand the tracks coming from the video were not changed, because the result did not present much interest, there is not version 23_04 because it was officially used.
Disc One presents all reworked versions with the exception of Tracks 2, 3 & 4. The first track is just Jagger saying the song title that was used as jingle intro, then from Bird s Vault Vol. Two (OBR 93 CD 038 ) an almost finished extended version with the horn section followed by Too Much Blood #4 from All Mixed Up (DAC 111) which used the promo film version. Next Too Much Blood #5 from Undercover The Complete Recording Sessions (SBA 017) that is the promo video version, Too Much Blood #a from (ACT 06-08) is an almost finished version without horns, Too Much Blood #b (ACT 23-03) with lots of sax, Too Much Blood #c (ACT 06-10) lasting 10.19 with snoring at the end. Then comes Too Much Blood #e (ACT 22-01) that lasts just 1.19 and is a shortened dub version. Too Much Blood #f (ACT 22-02) lasting 10.21 has an additional guitar at the end, while Too Much Blood #g (ACT 22-03) is the so called Keep On Dancing version. Too Much Blood #h (ACT 22-04) features voice effects at the end and Too Much Blood #d (ACT 19-10) features a sax at the end.

Disc Two starts with Too Much Blood #3 that was reworked, then Too Much Blood #i (ACT 22-05) (1’14) featuring steel drums and Too Much Blood #j (ACT 22-06) another shortened version.
Too Much Blood #k (ACT 22-07) is an incomplete version featuring vocals with echo, Too Much Blood #l (ACT 23-01) lasts 8.45 and features more synthesizer. Too Much Blood #m (ACT 23-02) features the introduction words Meanwhile Back In The Jungle. Too Much Blood #o (ACT 23-05) lasting 10.34 features caterwauling with horns, Too Much Blood #p (ACT 23-06) features instead caterwauling without horns. Then comes Too Much Blood #q (ACT 23-07) lasting 10.28 featuring caterwauling with horns and the spoken words Too Much Blood at the end. Too Much Blood #r (ACT 23-08) lasts 10.42 features caterwauling, no horns but more guitar and finally Too Much Blood lasting just 0.36 was used as outro. Discs lengths provided are incorrect and this prompts us to give an overall review of this Undercover Project: undoubtedly a great effort has been made to assemble and rework these tracks which provide, in maker words, about 20 hours of listening pleasure to Stones fans and collectors; obviously the more seasoned will enjoy the reworked efforts especially thanks to their speed correction, something most known labels have overlooked over the years in the many releases that have come out so far. Precious is also the body of work on the newly disseminated Art Collins Tapes, a collection that if it will ever see the light in a comprehensive form could be an interesting benchmark for all those that are interested in the band s studio sessions rather then in their live shows. Yet this job in some way seems to have been rushed and not double checked with due attention, in many volumes there are small mistakes in songs descriptions reflected by the artworks that could have been avoided with a more thorough check (e.g. Mike Baker instead of Jim Barber on Too Much Blood #1 in Volume Six, Part of the Night which is just Golden Caddy #5 that has vocals not #3 or #4 as well as many typos) possibly using the best method of peer review. Anyway, overall this set represents a giant leap onwards in the world of studio outtakes, finally published in their best possible shapes, regardless of the analogue conditions they have been preserved. The big question now is, will it be copied by any major bootleg label and presented as a collectible item to purchase?   Shall we expect an 8 disc silver release? We ll see.


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