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HAMPTON COLISEUM @ #1
Recorded Live: 12/18/1981 -
Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA)
If The Beatles catalog is the gospel of songwriting
and studio recording, the textbook for live performance
is the endless road paved by The Rolling Stones,
the quintessential live group.
HAMPTON 12/18/81 is truly a great addition to the collection, and better late than never. One would have thought with the success of the Grateful Dead and the crazed recording enthusiasts, the hit machine that is the Rolling Stones would have allowed for in-concert taping as well. The audience certainly indulges in that pleasure anyway - and the superb bootleg - Liver Than You'll Ever Be - most likely forced the release of the equally superb, but differently flavored, Get Your Ya Ya's Out (and looking at Wikipedia it is interesting that the collaborators on that site agree with me. See below*)
So the huge, largely untapped market, is there. And the Eagle Rock additions are immense. This collection has superb liner notes, photos, DVD, double CD and vinyl! It's a treat that Stones fans have deserved for years and the takes of "Just My Imagination," "Beast of Burden" are key points for discussion and study, beyond the entertainment. You see, if you listen to the CD first in the car, as I have - many, many, many times - and then watch the video, it is two different experiences. What the Stones offer is the music and the show, two separate entities.
A tune that leaves this critic/aficionado rather cold, "She's So Cold," works better as a live track, but how can it compete with "Let's Spend The Night Together," or "Under My Thumb" or "Can't Always Get What You Want." More is always better, of course, and though Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live (and the bootlegs from decades earlier, Hyde Park as well as Get Your Leeds Lungs Out) may be superior, this is still a prime cut, grade A material that is very enjoyable and a worthy addition.
With a mega band like our boys Mick, Keith, Charlie and company, the ceaseless touring brings reinvention of the material, a different perspective on the fabric, the artwork that we know and love so well. This tour's smooth, liquidy guitars provide a variation on the theme, and has wonderful high points, even if the renditions aren't (not to be redundant) as charging as the flavors found on Get Your Ya Ya's Out or the quintessential bootleg, Liver Than You'll Ever Be, or Some Girls Live. It's the addition to the library that purists and Rolling Stone fan/historians treasure, and this component does not disappoint.
Hear the HAMPTON CONCERT here
LIVE STONES ALBUMS
LIVER THAN YOU'LL EVER BE
Live'r Than You'll Ever Be is a bootleg recording of The Rolling Stones' concert in Oakland, California from 9 November 1969. It was one of the first live rock musicbootlegs and was made notorious as a document of their1969 tour of the United States. The popularity of the bootleg forced the Stones' label Decca Records to release the live album Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert in 1970. Live'r is also one of the earliest commercial bootleg recordings in rock history, released in December 1969, just two months after the Beatles' Kum Back and five months after Bob Dylan'sGreat White Wonder. Like the two earlier records,Live'r's outer sleeve is plain white, with its name stamped on in black ink.
#3 GET YOUR YA YA'S OUT
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!': The Rolling Stones in Concertis a live album by The Rolling Stones, released 4 September 1970 on Decca Records in the UK and onLondon Records in the US. It was recorded in New York and Maryland in November 1969, just before the release of Let It Bleed. It is the first live album to reach number 1 in the UK. It was reported to have been issued in response to the well known bootleg Live'r Than You'll Ever Be.
#4 GOT LIVE IF YOU WANT IT
Go to: 14:17 in to her the STUDIO version of FORTUNE TELLER with fake applause overdubbed smack dab in the middle of the album.
Love Potion #9
#5 FORTUNE TELLER
#6 SOME GIRLS LIVE
The Rolling Stones – Some Girls Live In Texas ’78
The Rolling Stones – Some Girls Live In Texas ’78
Back in the early 1970s finding the double disc of Rubber Dubber’s THE ROLLING STONES EUROPEAN TOUR LIVE 1970 was a special treat, especially when a live version of the unreleased “Brown Sugar” was there for all to hear before the song took over radio stations everywhere. Taken from an October 1970 West Germany concert fans sought out classic boots like this as well as Janis Joplin’s Get It While You Can, The Beatles Let It Be and Dylan’s The Great White Wonder because the major labels with those artists under contract generated demand without fulfilling the promise that comes with creating that demand.
In 2012 it is astounding to find legitimate music just as classic being released simultaneously on both Eagle Rock Entertainment and Universal Music Group. While UMG has the bulk of the Stones catalog the band’s corporation, Promotone BV issued a license for this terrific 2 LP and DVD set to Eagle.
Joe Vig reviews SOME GIRLS LIVE
#7 JOE COCKER
ACROSS FROM MIDNIGHT TOUR
RIP Joe Cocker - Cocker has crossed over
Joe Cocker dies at 70
#8) ELEPHANT'S MEMORY
Review by Joe Viglione [-]\
After original vocalist Carly Simon
left Elephant's Memory
for her own fame and fortune, the band recorded their self-titled Buddah debut, Elephant's Memory, with Michal Shapiro
handling the female lead. That disc is not their John Lennon
Apple Records debut from 1972, which was also named after this ensemble. When two Elephant's Memory
songs from the 1969 Buddah Records album appeared in the Capitol Records soundtrack to the film Midnight Cowboy, Buddah vice president Neil Bogart
revamped and re-released the original LP, most likely and understandably, to cash in on the attention the band was getting from the hit film. "Old Man Willow" and "Jungle Gym at the Zoo" from the first LP appeared in Midnight Cowboy, and they show up again on side one of this disc along with a different spin on the Nilsson
hit "Everybody's Talkin'." Here Michal Shapiro
gives a woman's take on the classic Fred Neil
composition over a poppy/folksy Wes Farrell
production. There's a strange instrumental version of John Barry
's theme to "Midnight Cowboy," jazzy rock with a female vocal, most likely Michal
, adding a nice eerie resonance to the spirited and jumpy rendition, a far cry from the version that contained Vinny Bell
's elegant guitar, the Top Ten hit for Ferrante & Teicher
in 1969. The two new titles as well as the Elephant's Memory
material from the movie make up side one. Side two contains seven more titles from the first LP, including the singles that were released from that disc, "Crossroads of the Stepping Stones" and "Don't Put Me on Trial," two excellent slices of '60s pop
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#9 ISN'T SHE GREAT BURT BACHARACH / BETTE MIDLER
ISN'T SHE GREAT
Where the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls had a terrific Dionne Warwick
classic in the title track (the biggest of her first 22 Top 40 hits), the reuniting of producer/arranger Burt Bacharach
with lyricist Hal David
and vocalist Warwick
is about as memorable as this biographical film about Jacqueline
Susanne, the author of Valley of the Dolls. One problem is failing to
utilize the film's star, Bette Midler
on any of the songs here, proving how essential that diva is to both
sides of the movie-making experience. Even dialogue from the motion
picture would have given this endless middle-of-the-road loop something
to hold onto. It sounds like all involved showed up to get their
paychecks, manufactured the music off of an assembly line, and maybe had
some fun reminiscing about the really great work they all did once upon
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#10 THE GREAT FATSBY LESLIE WEST