For the 1st time on
vinyl we get the famous Stones Virchow Tape, called this way because of its supposed connection to a collector of that name, which appeared in the Summer of 2017. Let s first review packaging, the vinyl looks terrific with its crystal clear splattered look, the cover
however is disappointing, not so much for the pictures that present rarely seen band shots though in red on
a yellow background, but for the fact that front and back covers are unglued and compel collectors to retain the plastic sleeve because without it the whole set will split apart. Let s now get a look at the information printed on the back cover, a bit revised from the grammar viewpoint.
A collection of new Undercover outtakes and rehearsal tracks, recorded in various locations between October -November 1982, through January - February ’83 and also April through May 1983
all in crisp studio quality, these songs originally dropped as little snippets, like a little teaser for collectors, until the tape found its way to the Far East in full. Here are presented some of these tracks in the way still many collectors feel are most preferable, on warm, deep grooves at 33 RPM.
Recorded at the very edge of the start of the Stones own cold war, when many ideas were still being batted around - Keith, the human riff was still flipping around ideas as if they were roach ends, Ronnie and Bill are working around these licks while Charlie, falling in to his drinking habits, was providing sporadic help through these sessions, sometimes barely contributing at all. Extra
help in the studio came from Jim Barber on guitar, Chuck Level on keyboards since 1982, for the 1983 sessions they had also were joined by Sly Dunbar on percussions, David Sanborn on
sax, Robbie Shakespeare on bass, Moustapha Cissè, Brahms Coundoul and Martin Ditcham on percussion with additional work provided by the Sugarhill Horn Section.
Though Undercover is far from being the Stones
best loved album, these outtakes provide a look from a distance and a clearer view - A mixture of Keith led, blues-rock inspired instrumentals, long
jams , sketches of songs
and the usual
covers , these tracks are a goldmine compared to what was heaped upon fans in 1983 and, much like Static In The Attic, Foxes In The Boxes, Mad Shadows and
Trident Mixes this collection too will be a joy to the ears for these unreleased oddities compilation.
From the musical standpoint Wanna Hold You is version 3 with both Jagger and Richards track vocals, She Was Hot is the so called country version, while the 4 takes of What I Am Saying Is True present what has been originally called Cookin Up, it is funny that at the bottom of the back cover the Complete Works website is mentioned as reference, when in fact this track is called
Cookin Up there with
What I Am Saying Is True in parenthesis and recording dates are wrong as well; however here there seem to be an additional version not noted on that website. Both sides sum up to slightly over 30 minutes, probably due to the many outtakes recently released from these sessions a number of additional tracks could have been added.