ROLLING STONES - CD
VINI KARSLAKE DISC-TOTP

LABEL:
DAR 769
SOURCE:
Track 1: Pathe Marconi St. Paris 30 Jan-mid March 1983, Track 2: Pathe Marconi St. Paris 15 Jan.-28 Feb. 1985, Track 3: Sandymouth St. St. Kildare 9 July-6 Aug. 1993, Tracks 4,5,7: Ocean Way Rec. St. L.A. 13 Mar-July 1997, Track 6: Blue Wave St., St.Philip, Barbados 30 Apr.-mid May 1993, Track 8: BBC Top of the Pops 2 Jan.1967, Track 9: BBC Top of the Pops 23 May 1968 (music) and 11 July 1968, Tracks 10-13: BBC Top of the Pops 3 July 1969, Tracks 14-16: BBC Top of the Pops March 1971.
FORMAT:
1 downlioad cdr
RUNNING TIME:
63.55
SOUND/SOURCE:
Tracks 1-7: Soundboard stereo mp3 sourced, Tracks 8-16: Soundboard monoTracks 1-7: Soundboard stereo mp3 sourced, Tracks 8-16: Soundboard monoTracks 1-7: Soundboard stereo mp3 sourced, Tracks 8-16: Soundboard mono
PACKAGING:
Single slimline jewel case
 


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SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 10

 
TRACK LIST:

1. Undercover Of The Night, 2. Don’t Mess With Cupid, 3. You Got Me Rocking, 4. Might As Well Get Juiced, 5. Low Down, 6. Don’t Want Somebody Else, 7. Saint Of Me, 8. Let’s Spend The Night Together, 9. Jumping Jack Flash, 10. Honky Tonk Women #1, 11. Honky Tonk Women #2, 12. Honky Tonk Women #3, 13. Honky Tonk Women #4, 14. Brown Sugar, 15. Bitch, 16. Wild Horses.

 
REVIEW:

This seems an interesting period for Stones collector, soon after having received the ‘liberated’ tracks of Fully Finished Outtakes in fact another 7 tracks appeared out of the blue with an accompanying picture that claimed they were stolen by a Leroy Strange as well as produced by the Prodigal Sons. Pun apart they are indeed interesting and never heard before, claimed by the poster to come from a cdr given away by Jo Wood’s brother Vini (Vinnie) Karslake who allegedly took also part to some of these sessions, however some claims proved to be inaccurate, like when he is claimed to be singing falsetto, but that was Jagger. According to the picture Undercover of the Night (which of course is from the album of the same name and not from Dirty Work that did not come out in 82 but in 86) is the first attempt by the whole band to play it all the way through, Ronnie’s song is the only version in existence, YGMR features KR on piano, CW on drums an Vini on bass, Might As Well Get Juiced is the first time the band used a sequencer (Yamaha SY85), Don’t Want Somebody Else features Vini on vocals with MJ that seemed to be annoyed by that; Saint of Me was cut at 6.30 am when Charlie Watts had gone to bed. These seem the broken memories by someone that is not that familiar with those Stones sessions and productions, but who may have been around at the time (Vini K. most likely). But who is Vini Karslake? This is what any casual Stones fan may wonder, in few words he is Jo Wood’s brother who had in 2016 a feud with his sister concerning the property he has lived in since Ronnie Wood bought a house for his brother-in-law, to help out family. That modest home became the focus of a bitter feud between the guitarist's ex-wife Jo Wood and her brother Vini Karslake. Miss Wood, 66, took her brother to court in 2016 to evict him from the house he has lived in for a decade – and obtained an order that he pay her £3,000 legal bill. This was a low-point in the long-strained relationship between Mr Karslake – whose birth name is Howard – and his family. He puts the fallout down to his siding with Wood in his divorce from his sister. Mr Karslake, 59, was the former personal assistant of the Rolling Stones musician, even accompanying the band on tour. He became close to Wood and still counts him as a friend. Talking before the court case, he also said: 'As far as Ronnie's concerned, that's my house for services rendered, he's told me that, but unfortunately when they divorced he left Jo all the property.' He has accused his family of 'draining' Wood while he was married to Miss Wood and of driving him away. Miss Wood said: 'The house was bought by Ronnie to help Vini. It was never put in Vini's name which is what Ronnie would have done if either he or I had intended it to be Vini's home. I wanted Vini, then and now, not in work, to live rent-free so that he and the boys could be near our mother and their grandmother.'

Given that, the 7 tracks that surfaced recently come from sessions that have recently provided us the Fully Finished Outtakes 3 cd set and would undoubtedly blend well with them, so here is a clue about where all these tracks came from in the first place. Some fan may remember Jo Wood’s statement from her recent photo book about ‘each band member getting a cassette tape every day from the previous night session’ when they were recording. Chances are this could also be the source of these outtakes. Anyway, let’s examine them :

Undercover Of The Night is a new version, close to take VI of this song with an acoustic guitar that leads the tune and this is an early take with a count-in that was never heard before; here the mix focusses on the percussive side of the track. Next comes what is called Ronnie’s song but is in fact a cover of Otis Redding Don't Mess With Cupid that has a 1985 feel, too bad it doesn’t last much (2.14 m.). You Got Me Rocking is a new version with Keith Richards on vocals and piano, as in many early Voodoo Lounge takes; in fact it was Richards himself to have said he created the song on piano. What follows is Don't Want Somebody Else, a new track featuring MJ singing falsetto with a drum machine that we may picture in our minds sitting on a stool with a Fender guitar, since he usually puts down his demos this way; this lasts 2.04 and is truncated at the end. Darryl or Ronnie are on bass as there is a call out for a chord change. The 3 Babylon outtakes are the most signifcant takes of this compilation so will be examined together. Keith on Low Down which seems to come from Fully Finish Outtakes too, is a different take altogether; there is an acoustic guitar/mandolin overdub and a great guitar tone reminding Keith's solo stuff. Looks like Keith considered this song for his one of his own albums, could it be Keith on acoustic guitar/mandolin as well here? Might As Well Get Juiced is take II, a new version with a different tremolo guitar effect opening and vocal improvisations. Finally Saint Of Me, which seems the very first take of this song, presents a stripped arrangement with Billy Preston’s organ upfront, another version that has a weird guitar that does not seem to be Keith Richards as well as drum machine. All these are really interesting takes which unfortunately have been uploaded as mp3, just like Fully Finished Outtakes, another coinsidence? Possibly a teaser for what will come up next? If so, we may hope they will be more complete, but it must also be said that only 5 of these can be called finished outtakes’. We’ll see.

To supplement and fill up the disc valuable tracks from Top of the Pops broadcasts have been added, in particular: Let’s Spend the Night Together has here the announcer Jimmy Saville (Ruby Tuesday from the same broadcast did not have live vocals), just like Jumping Jack Flash which also features a Jagger & Jones Brian Matthews interview that was put on a BBC transcription disc; funny that Jones admits that JJ Flash is similar to Satisfaction. Next come the 2 different versions of Honky Tonk Women that feature live vocals on a prepared backing track, then version 3 which is a version of the 2nd take with fade out and version 4 that has Brian Matthews at the beginning and end of the song, the latter two from different re-broadcasts. The 1971 tracks have again live vocals on prepared backing tracks featuring Trevor Lawrence on sax (Brown Sugar) and trumpet (Bitch). Brown Sugar has studio comments at the beginning and end; interesting and rare is Wild Horses that unfortunatey is not available on video, but thankfully can be heard here, a version that has   yet to appear on any bootleg.



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