ROIO of the Week [Recordings of Indeterminate Origin]


THE ROLLING STONES
King Biscuit 1973 [no label/1CD]

By 1973, the Rolling Stones had re-establised themselves as the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band since the debacle at Altamont. Out with the Satanic embellishments. In with the groupies and bottles of Jack Daniels.

Also "in" was, for the first time, a guitar virtuoso in Mick Taylor. He replaced Brian Jones and added a guitar that snaked over the riffs with a fine blues tone that complemented Keith Richards' Chuck Berry licks. He was also "pretty" to look at.

What Taylor contributed to the Stones sound was texture and a tastefulness for the blues. You can hear it circling over Brown Sugar, punching big holes in Honky Tonk Women and jumping and jiving on Street Fighting Man. Possibly the best live version to be had is in this show. And he played LOUD.

Surprisingly, this is a great representation of the Stones in the early '70s - young, rebellious and superstars. The first three tracks established their "cred" at the frontlines of youth culture. After all Street Fighting Man was supposedly inspired by the radicalism of a young student leader Tariq Ali. While the pop tunes and hit songs are also represented by Tumbling Dice, Angie and Heartbreaker. What gives this a slight edge over the official live album Get Your Ya Yas Out, is that this is likely all live with no studio overdubs as was the case with the Ya Yas. Compare this version of Midnight Rambler to the Ya Yas version and this nine-minute rendition comes across as "darker" and tighter.

This band made a brief tour of Europe in 1973 and a few of the shows were recorded for the famous King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show. Over the years, there has been some debate as to exactly which shows were used in the broadcast. Most of the radio show probably originates from the Oct 17, 1973 show in Brussels, Belgium with a couple of the tracks from Wembley and Rotterdam.

This show has been rebroadcast numerous times since 1973 and many fans have heard this and shared it through cassettes and CD-Rs.

We are offering this slice of history, the Stones at the top of their game with Mick Taylor. This edition comes from a new pre-FM tape and is not copied from a radio broadcast.

These tracks are no longer available for download as they have been officially released.

 
Track 01 Brown Sugar (4.5MB)  
Track 02 Street Fighting Man (6.6MB)  
Track 03 Gimme Shelter (7.7MB)
 
Track 04 Happy (4.3MB)  
Track 05 Tumbling Dice (7.0MB)  
Track 06 Dancing With Mr D (6.1MB)  
Track 07 Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (6.9MB)  
Track 08 Angie (6.3MB)  
Track 09 Honky Tonk Woman (4.3MB)  
Track 10 Midnight Rambler (12.8MB)  

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