ROLLING STONES: BEGGARS BANQUET SESSIONS 3CD
Label: Mayflower MF 42-44
Source: Tracks 1-11: Olympic Studios, London 23rd March 68; Track 12: Olympic St. London 25th March 68, Track 13: Twickenham St. London 10 Dec.68; Tracks 14,15: Olympic St. London 29 March 68; Track 16: Olympic St.London 31st March 68; Track 17: Olympic St.London 3 April 68. Disc Two, Tracks 1,2: Olympic St. London 20 April 68, Track 3: Olympic St. London 27 April 68, Tracks 4-16: Olympic St. London 13th -23rd May 68, Track 17: Sunset Sound St. Los Angeles 13th -23rd May 68, Track 18: Redlands, West Wittering Febr.-July 68/ Olympic St. London 17th March-3rd Apr.68/Newbury, Stargroves Oct.70. Disc Three, Tracks 1-10: Olympic St. 4th-10th June 68, Tracks 11,12: Olympic St. London 28th June 68, Track 13
unset Sound St. Los Angeles 7th -25th July 68, Tracks 14,15: London Sept.70,Tracks 15-17: Olympic St.London 17th Nov. 68.
FORMAT: 3 picture cds.
Running time: 73.45/71.19/76.04
Sound source: Soundboard stereo except for Disc One, Track 13, Disc Two, Tracks 2,3,7,10 and Disc Three, Track 10: Soundboard mono.
Packaging: Fatboy case with OBI
Sound: 10/ Packaging 10 / Performance 10
Disc One: 1. Jigsaw Puzzle #1, 2. Jigsaw Puzzle #2, 3. Jigsaw Puzzle #3-5, 4. Jigsaw Puzzle #6, 5. Jigsaw Puzzle #7,8, 6. Jigsaw Puzzle #9, 7. Jigsaw Puzzle #10, 8. Jigsaw Puzzle #11, 9. Jigsaw Puzzle #12, 10. Jigsaw Puzzle # 13, 11. Jigsaw Puzzle #14, 12. Parachute Woman, 13. Parachute Woman, 14. Child Of The Moon, 15. Child Of The Moon, 16. (Did Everybody) Pay Their Dues/Pay Your Dues/Street Fighting Man, 17. Stray Cat Blues.
Disc Two: 1. Jumping Jack Flash, 2. Jumping Jack Flash, 3. Jumping Jack Flash, 4. Street Fighting Man, 5. No Expectations #1, 6. No Expectations #2, 7. No Expectations, 8. Factory Girl, 9. Dear Doctor #1, 10. Dear Doctor #2 11. Dear Doctor #3, 12. Family, 13. Blood Red Wine, 14.Still A Fool /Catfish/Two Trains Blues, 15.Give Me A Hamburger To Go/Stuck Out All Alone, 16. Prodigal Son, 17. Jigsaw Puzzle, 18. Highway Child/Highway Bound/The Vulture.
Disc Three: 1.Sympathy For The Devil#1, 2. Sympathy For The Devil#3, 3. Sympathy For The Devil #4, 4. Sympathy For The Devil #4, 5. .Sympathy For The Devil #5, 6, 6. Sympathy For The Devil #7, 7. Sympathy For The Devil #8, 8. Sympathy For The Devil #9, 9. London Jam, 10. Untitled Jam, 11. Family, 12. Family, 13. Salt Of The Earth, 14. Memo From Turner, 15. Memo From Turner, 16. Memo From Turner, 17. Memo From Turner, 18. Memo From Turner.
Mayflower label seems to be actively involved in revisiting the Stones past recordings, here we have Beggar s Banquet revisited in 3 discs that present the best outtakes from those 1968 recording sessions. The first disc opens with all 14 takes of Jigsaw Puzzle recorded on March 23rd of that year; they are all instrumental takes (except for track 9 that starts with Jagger singing some verses from At the Hop) featuring Keith Richards on slide guitar and Nicky Hopkins on piano driving the main song s theme, though in my opinion Keith Richards plays also the bass on tracks 6-10. Nicky Hopkins creative piano playing can be fully experienced in Track 8 where he really let his fingers run free. Next come a couple of versions of Parachute Woman, early mix and the rehearsal version from Rock n Roll Circus followed by two instrumental takes of Child Of The Moon, the first one acoustic, the notorious first version of Street Fighting Man and finally the longer Stray Cat Blues that closes the first disc. Disc Two opens with three versions of Jumping Jack Flash (which of course has nothing to do with Beggars Banquet), the first being the backing track and then two more taken from the promo single and film followed by three takes of No Expectations, the first two acoustic, Factory Girl with Rick Grech s fiddle mix and the notorious three takes of Dear Doctor. After the electric version of Family there are a bunch of outtakes known with different names Blood Red Wine, Still A Fool (Catfish/Two Train Blues), Give Me A Hamburger To Go (Stuck Out All Alone) and the early mix of Prodigal Son with foot stomp on the left channel. The disc ends with a version of Jigsaw Puzzle that features vocals overdubs and another well known outtake Highway Child a.k.a. Highway Bound (most likely recorded at Redlands in February) although on booklet it is referred to The Volture which was allegedly recorded in 1969. The third disc opens with 8 versions of Sympathy For The Devil all taken from the One Plus One soundtrack as well as the first jam presented here; the second jam called Untitled jam, all well known music that has acquired more brilliance due to digital transfer. Two versions of Family, the early take of Salt Of The Earth and 5 takes of Memo From Turner (again no connection to Beggars Banquet) end this disc. This release cannot be defined the definitive Beggars Banquet sessions as the ads claimed, but it has certainly different songs than the average compilations like this and a great sound output.