How about finding a whole disc full of Rolling Stones gems and studio outtakes from throughout their career that you may not have heard before? Would that warm up your December? Yeah, me too. Hot dang, these are great.
The good folks over at alt.rocknroll.stones put together this ace collection — and since it’s chosen by the uberfans, you know it’s the best of the best outtakes. From the recognizable opening riff of Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” and other covers, into the loose-bluesy groove and straight-up Rolling Stones sound you love, this collection got me very excited.
Don’t miss the sad and sweet vibe of “Stuck Out All Alone” or the electric groove of “Memo From Turner.” Lots of studio banter on several of these, joking around and musical experimentation. The instrumental “Ivy League” is very appealing, and dig the screams that start off “Livin’ In A Harder Love.”
This is a rough and fun collection, vital listening.
The tracklist for these Stones goodies is:
Roll Over Beethoven (1964, Chuck Berry cover)
Crackin’ Up (1964, Bo Diddley cover)
Beautiful Delilah (1964, Chuck Berry cover)
And Mr. Spector and Mr. Pitney Came Too (1965 – instrumental version of Andrews Blues)
Lookin’ Tired (1966 outtake)
Stuck Out All Alone / Hamburger To Go (1968)
Memo From Turner (1968)
Ain’t Gonna Lie (1970)
Good Time Woman (1971)
Livin’ In A Harder Love (1974)
Yellow Cab (Do You Think I Care?) (1978)
My First Plea (1978, Jimmy Reed cover)
Claudine (Long version, 1979)
No Spare Parts (1978 outtake)
Strictly Memphis (Step On It) (1985)
Ivy League (mostly instrumental, 1994)
Zip Mouth Angel (1994)
Middle Of The Sea (1994)
Cocaine Blues (1994, trad/Bob Dylan cover)
ZIP IT UP, BABY
I found these over at my friend Rich’s fine blog, which is also currently hosting some rad Beatles “Revolution” bootleg material, and always unearthing great music. I also got a lot of background info on these version at this fine site for the very thorough.