Monday, September 1, 2014

RE-UP: Rolling Stones live at Altamont 1969 - 2CD - December 6

This is an audience recording of The Rolling Stones' notorious free concert at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore, CA, December 6, 1969.  Its source is an XLII-S cassette.  This recording has been used on other bootlegs but this version is a little better and more complete.  It includes the very end of Brown Sugar and the lengthy introduction to Midnight Rambler missing from most versions.  It was apparently recorded by two guys working together.  They are visible quite a bit in the "Gimme Shelter" movie; by Under My Thumb the tapers are in the very front.  The tape recorder is visible on top of one of the big monitor speakers in several occasions; photos are included.

For those of you unfamiliar with the recording, it's generally pretty good.  Drums are mostly inaudible but sometimes they're pretty clear.  Everything else is very clear but muffled during the scuffles.  Plus more profanity from the tapers and crowd than any other tape I can think of, by far.  This is the only known performance of this era of The Sun is Shining by Jimmy Reed, and also the first performance of Brown Sugar, written and recorded just days earlier in Muscle Shoals, AL.  After a quick refresher, they nail it.

I've gone through a couple different versions of cassette recordings of this concert.  This is the latest and greatest.  Unfortunately, all of them are in apparently "electronically reprocessed" stereo, except for the very end of Brown Sugar.  I have left the fake stereo as-is.  If anyone has a true mono recording I would love to hear it.  As with the other cassettes, this one has also been equalized at some point in the copying process.  This one sounded different on Side A and Side B, so I have tried to re-EQ Side B to match.

Historical note:  As documented by the Maysles brothers in "Gimme Shelter," the concert was hastily and poorly organized.  The San Francisco Hell's Angels were much tougher than the English ones previously used for security at Hyde Park five months earlier.  The Maysles included some of the worst footage in their film but this recording shows that they changed the order of some events.  For example, Meredith Hunter was fatally stabbed between two versions of "Under My Thumb."  The film shows him stabbed right after the second version when in fact the Stones immediately launched into the first ever performance of "Brown Sugar."


01. Jumping Jack Flash
02. Carol
03. Sympathy For The Devil 1
04. Sympathy For The Devil 2
05. The Sun Is Shining
06. Stray Cat Blues
07. Love In Vain
08. Under My Thumb 1
09. Under My Thumb 2
10. Brown Sugar (complete)
11. intro
12. Midnight Rambler
13. Live With Me
14. Gimme Shelter
15. Little Queenie
16. Satisfaction
17. Honky Tonk Women
18. Street Fighting Man

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RE-UP: Rolling Stones live at Miami Pop Festival 1969 - 1CD - November 30

Rolling Stones - Miami Pop Festival
West Palm Beach - FL
11/30/1969
Very Good Audience
artwork included

Sam Cutler Intoduction
JUMPING JACK FLASH
CAROL
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
STRAY CAT BLUES
LOVE IN VAIN
UNDER MY THUMB
MIDNIGHT RAMBLER
GIMME SHELTER
LIVE WITH ME
LITTLE QUEENIE
SATISFACTION
HONKY TONK WOMEN
STREET FIGHTING MAN


RE-UP: Rolling Stones live in New York 1969 - 1CD - November 27

Rolling Stones
Madison Square Garden, New York
November 27, 1969
artwork included

Jumping Jack Flash
Carol
Sympathy For The Devil
Stray Cat Blues
Love In Vain
Prodigal Son
You Gotta Move
Under My Thumb / I'm Free
Midnight Rambler
Live With Me
Little Queenie
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Honky Tonk Woman
Street Fighting Man

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RE-UP: Rolling Stones live in Detroit 1969 - 1CD - November 24

THE ROLLING STONES - "Live From Detroit 1969"
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI
November 24 , 1969

Source: Minotauro
CA-1111

Sound Quality: Good audience


01 Jumping Jack Flash
02 Carol
03 Sympathy For The Devil
04 Stray Cat Blues
05 Love In Vain
06 Prodigal Son
07 You Gotta Move
08 Under My Thumb
09 Midnight Rambler
10 Live With Me
11 Little Queenie
12 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
13 Honky Tonk Women
14 Street Fighting Man


According From dbboots.com:

Good Audience Quality.
Originally released as the second ever Stones boot, "We Never Really Got it On till Detroit.".
Only the first release is stereo.
Now out on this CD, dubbed from the very rare stereo 2 LP set with minimal loss in quality (noise reduction) but some dialogue (scratchy quiet parts) chopped out.

Others comments found in the Web:

Decent audience recording for 1969 but not good by modern standards.
Originally released as the second ever Stones boot (also reviewed in Rolling Stone mag) "We Didn't Really Get It on Until Detroit;"
Supposedly Mick said this meaning it was the first really good show of the tour.
Quickly copied onto several now very obscure double and single LPs, all collectible and scratchy!
Only the first release is stereo.
3 songs (where are the rest?) from a mysterious semi-professional video (!) are available in 7.0 m quality on a rare German LP and the CD-R "American Tour, 1969 Soundboard Compilation."

Artwork included

                        

RE-UP: Rolling Stones live in Champaign 1969 - 1CD - late show

THE ROLLING STONES - "Vintage Champaign"
Assembly Hall, University Of Illinois, Champaign, IL
November 15th, 1969 (second show)

Source: Dog n Cat Records
DAC-081-2/3

Sound Quality: Good audience

INCOMPLETE SHOW

01 Midnight Rambler
02 Little Queenie
03 Satisfaction
04 Honky Tonk Women
05 Street Fighting Man

Vintage Champaign is an interesting two disc collection of documents.
The bulk of this release has the complete first and half of the second show the Stones played at the Assembly Hall at the University Of Champaign in Illinois just before Thanksgiving.

The last five tracks on the second disc contain the final third of the evening show in Champaign.
This is all that exists of this concert and the tape is narrow sounding but is free from the distortion on the tape from the early show.
The tape picks up in the middle of first line of “Midnight Rambler,” “…and everybody’s got to go.”
They sound in much better form and deliver a chilling version of the piece and afterwards Jagger pauses to say, “You’re so beautiful.  I think it’s time to see how beautiful.  They sound beautiful, but do they look beautiful?  Well you all look so delightful.  I didn’t know you dressed up so much.”
“Let It Bleed” someone by the taper then shouts.
“Well we’re gonna do an old rock and roll one that you can all dance to…you can all do your little things…”

Jagger again tells the audience to sing and, with a tuned guitar, they play one of the more fun versions of “Honky Tonk Women” on tape.
”We have to get out now” are Mick’s parting words before whipping the audience up in a frenzy before the final song of the night “Street Fighting Man.”

Artwork included

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RE-UP: Rolling Stones live in Champaign 1969 - 1CD - early show

THE ROLLING STONES - "Vintage Champaign"
Assembly Hall, University Of Illinois, Champaign, IL
November 15th, 1969 (early show)

Source: Dog n Cat Records
DAC-081-1/3

Sound Quality: Fair to good audience


01 Sam Cutler intro. / Mick’s introduction
02 Jumping Jack Flash
03 Carol
04 Sympathy For The Devil
05 Stray Cat Blues
06 Love In Vain
07 Prodigal Son
08 You Gotta Move
09 Under My Thumb
10 Midnight Rambler
11 Little Queenie
12 Satisfaction
13 Honky Tonk Women
14 Street Fighting Man


According to Collectors Music reviews.com:

Vintage Champaign is an interesting two disc collection of documents.
The bulk of this release has the complete first and half of the second show the Stones played at the Assembly Hall at the University Of Champaign in Illinois just before Thanksgiving.
The complete early show is found on disc one and was previously released on Cocaine On A Dentist Chair (Vinyl Gang VGP 068) where it was paired with the Los Angeles November 8th, early show.
It is a fair to good audience recording that has much in clarity but is betrayed by low frequency hiss that becomes distracting during the louder parts of the music.
There is a cutat the beginning of “Under My Thumb” eliminating the first verse but is otherwise complete.

Early Champaign is a competent show in front of a polite, well behaved, and quiet audience.
Their silence is good for the tape but it is obvious it bothers Jagger and the band seem to suffer from the mid tour doldrums.
Sam Cutler introduces the band and Jagger comes on stage and says in his best hick drawl:  “Welcome to Champaign, Illinois.  We’re right pleased to be here.  You know it’s not too often us country folks get to be in a big town like yours but when we get here we really dig it”.
The set list was heavy on the newer material from Begger’s Banquet and Let It Bleed with several Chuck Berry covers thrown in beginning with the double attack of “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Carol.”

A quick, five minute rendition of “Sympathy For The Devil” follows with a little amount of jamming by the group.
Before “Prodigal Son” Jagger tells the audience they’ll do a couple of acoustic numbers.
“You can come into out kitchen ’cause it’s gonna be raining outdoors.  We’re gonna do a couple of songs, just Keith and me.  The dentist’s chair.  Come in sir.  I’ll just give you a shot of cocaine”.
Richards has a nasty, brilliant sounding tone to his guitar during these two songs.
Before “Love In Vain” Mick apologizes for being so hoarse, “it’s been two shows.  Whew!”
A great version even with Mick avoiding the sustained notes during the verses.
“Midnight Rambler” is introduced as “a song from the new album called Let It……”
He blows the harp twice and they begin a nine minute version of the piece.

Jagger complains about how quiet the audience are after “Little Queenie” and tell them to “shake your ass” which gets the desired result.
Taylor in particular goes solo crazy in the middle of the song to the annoyance of Jagger.
All momentum is lost with a busted string and Jagger wants all the women in the audience to sing the chorus to ”Honky Tonk Women.”
“And Keith too.”
Taylor is absent during most of the track as it tetters on the precipice of disaster.
Things pick up for the final song “Street Fighting Man” which Mick introduces by saying, “We’re gonna do one for you which…think about.  We really dug doing it for him because he was so quiet but you’ve turned out to be real NOISY.”

Artwork included

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RE-UP: Rolling Stones live in Oakland 1969 - 1CD - November 10

The Rolling Stones
STONEAGED.SAN DIEGO SIXTY NINE ( Vinyl Gang VGP 008 / TMOQ 71078 )
San Diego, Sports Arena 10.11 1969
artwork included

01. Jumpin' Jack Flash
02. Carol (Berry)
03. Sympathy For The Devil
04. Stray Cat Blues
05. Prodigal Son (Wilkins)
06. You Gotta Move (McDowell-Davis)
07. Love In Vain (Johnson)
08. I'm Free
09. Under My Thumb
10. Midnight Rambler
11. Live With Me
12. Little Queenie (Berry)
13. ( I Can't Get No ) Satisfaction
14. Honky Tonk Women
15. Street Fighting Man

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