Some well known underground European labels like The Swinging Pig (TSP), Kiss The Stone (KTS) and Midnight Beat (MB) have been rumoured to being closed down, may be temporarily, or for ever. I guess they are tired of playing hide and seek with the major labels... Still the Japanese Stones specialist label VGP keep coming up with great (but oh so rare and expensive) releases.
Thanks to Jaime Castaneda, Australia and Hendrik Mulder, Netherlands, for supplying reviews and track listings! If you know any great and rare releases not reviewed here lately, then please send a review! For the record: IORR dont know how or where you may find these rare releases. You cant always get what you want, but if you try, you get what you need...
Vinyl Gang is a Japanese Bootleg CD label that have produced over 100 Rolling Stones bootlegs !! ranging from the Rare to the Fantastic, from the early years to the Voodoo Lounge Tour. The prices of these releases are expensive but you will find that the VGP release is normally superior to other similar releases.
VGP 087: Get Back to Los Angeles 1989. An excellent complete soundboard recording from LA 89. This release has noticeably better sound quality than the European released 'Live at the Memorial Coliseum', missing Mixed Emotions.
CD1: Continental Drift Start Me Up Bitch Sad Sad Sad Undercover of the Night Harlem Shuffle Tumbling Dice Miss You Ruby Tuesday Angie Rock and a Hard Place Mixed Emotions Honky Tonk Women Midnight Rambler
CD2: You Cant Always get What You Want Little Red Rooster (with Eric Clapton) Before they Make Me Run Happy Paint It Black 2000 Light Years from Home Sympathy for the Devil Gimme Shelter Band Introductions Its Only Rock N Roll Brown Sugar Satisfaction Jumping Jack Flash
VGP 101: A Rolling Stone Gather No Moss. One of best Stones Recordings from the 1960s appears on this 2CD set. CD1 contains the French radio broadcast show "musicorama" which are some live tracks from Paris Olympia 1965 - 1967 all in outstanding quality. the rest of the CD is filled with some poor sound quality songs from Swedish TV 1965.
CD2 is a complete soundboard recording from Paris, Olympia 1965 the quality is not as good as what is on CD1 but still its very good. The second part of CD2 is a complete soundboard recording from Paris Olympia 1967. You can also find very similar excellent quality tracks on a recent European bootleg release called Du Fond Du Coeur (This CD is actually a copy of a previous VGP (#73) release called Brian Jones Still Gonna Miss You.) and is similar to disc 1 of Gather NO Moss but has some tracks from Shindig 1965 instead of Swedish TV 1965
CD1 Paris Olympia 1965-1967: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love Around and Around Time is On My Side Its All Over Now 19th Nervous Breakdown Get Off My Cloud The Last Time Paint it Black Under My Thumb Ruby Tuesday Lets Spend The Night Together Satisfaction - Swedish TV 1965 Introductions Everybody Needs Somebody To Love Tell Me (Your Coming Back) Around And Around Little Red Rooster The Last Time
CD2 Paris L'Olympia 18th April 1965: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love Around and Around Off the Hook Time is On My Side Carol Its All Over Now Little Red Rooster Route 66 Everybody Needs Somebody To Love The Last Time Im alright Craw-Dad - Paris L'Olympia 11th April 1967 Paint It Black 19th Nervous Breakdown Lady Jane Get Off My Cloud Yesterdays Papers Under My Thumb Ruby Tuesday Lets Spend the Night Together Goin Home Satisfaction
VGP 104: London Lounge. This is a very, very good audience recording of the Wembley, London concert on July 15, 1995. Complete concert including "Love Is Strong", hardly played in Europe 95.
VGP 107 - The Singer and the Fly This CD set contains a Very Good Audience recording from the 1990 European Tour, live at Parc des Princes in Paris.
CD1: Continental Drift Start Me Up Sad Sad Sad Harlem shuffle Tumbling Dice Miss You Terrifying Ruby Tuesday Factory Girl Rock and a Hard Place Mixed Emotions Honky Tonk Women Midnight Rambler
CD2: You Cant Always get What You Want Can't Be Seen Happy Paint It Black 2000 Light Years from Home Sympathy for the Devil Street Fighting Man Gimme Shelter Band Introductions Its Only Rock N Roll Jumping Jack Flash Brown Sugar Satisfaction
VGP 110: Welcome to Australia. This CD is an excellent soundboard recording from Sydney 1973. A new complete tape surfaced recently and as a result this CD contains the last few songs at the end that were always missing. Rip this Joint, Jumping Jack Flash (and Street Fighting Man). I think the sound on this CD is better than other Sydney 1973 releases previously available.
Brown Sugar Bitch Rocks Off Gimme Shelter Happy Tumbling Dice Love In Vain Sweet Virginia You Cant Always Get What You Want All Down The Line Midnight Rambler Band Introductions Little Queenie Rip this Joint Jumping Jack Flash Street Fighting Man
VGP 111: Jack Daniels On Tour A Very Good Audience Recording from Washington 1972. This CD has slightly better sounds than the previously released CDs of this show. There is good sound on the acoustic tracks too. All Down The Line has a splice at around 2:41 from a different source till the end of the song.
Brown Sugar Bitch Rocks Off Gimme Shelter Happy Tumbling Dice Love In Vain Sweet Virginia You Cant Always Get What You Want All Down The Line Midnight Rambler Band Introductions Bye Bye Johnny Rip ThJumping Jack Flash Street Fighting Man
VGP-112: Masons Yard to Primrose Hill. This is a selection of outtakes from various sessions from 64-70. All tracks are soundboard quality, and as usual have superior sound to similiar releases (black box, satanic sessions, time trips).
VGP 114: Hope You Guess My Name Another Excellent Audience DAT recording from 1995. This CD is from Tokyo March 16th 1995. Not an essential CD if you have the soundboard recording from 12th March 1995 which appeared on many bootleg releases.
CD1 Not Fade Away Tumbling Dice You Got Me Rocking Live With Me Rocks Off Sparks Will fly Satisfaction Beast Of Burden Angie Its All Over Now Love Is Strong I Go Wild Miss You
CD2 Band Introduction Honky tonk Women Before they Make me Run Slipping Away Sympathy For the Devil Monkey Man Street Fighting Man Start Me Up Its Only RockN Roll Brown Sugar Jumping Jack Flash
VGP 115: For Invitation Only Mick Jagger performed a concert at Webster Hall in 1993 for his new album Wandering Spirit. and until recently there was only an audience recording on a rare Japanese CD available to collectors. VGP have released a 2CD set which has the soundboard recording of this show on disc 1 and a second disc containing some extra goodies from Jaggers solo career. Also they used some excellent artwork from Krueger, making a beautiful front cover!
Live At Webster Hall NY (MB CD 094). Midnight Beat have release a CD which contains a soundboard recording of the Webster Hall show with two bonus tracks which are interviews one with Mick and one with Jerry Hall.
The Webster Hall tracks are: Wired All Night - Out Of Focus - Sweet Thing - Use Me - Dont Tear Me Up - Evening Gown - Angel In My Heart - Band intros - Wandering Spirit - Put Me In The Trash - Think - Mother Of A Man - Rip This Joint - Live With Me - Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow
Live Webster Hall N.Y, (MJWH93). Another release of the Mick Jagger Webster Hall show, with bonus track Dancing In The Street (Jagger & Bowie 86).
Static In The Attic: Midnight Beat Label MB CD 084. Excellent studio outtake recordings. Tracks like Claudine is known from various sources, but for the first time rare tracks and takes including Act Together, Reggae Instrumental, Fool To Cry (early version) and No Use In Crying (two takes).
The Swinging Pig may be gone, but their release catalogue is massive vs. The Rolling Stones. Their latest releases includes the 4CD box Handsome Girls (TSP-CD-200-4) - excellent and complete recordings from 1978, and San Diego 69 (TSP-CD-214). Complete reviews soon!
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It's Only Rock'n Roll no. 28 - May 1997 - © The Rolling Stones Fan Club Of Europe