Much like the Emotional Rescue and She Was Hot extended "radio" versions posted here, there was a similar version of Undercover Of The Night advanced to radio stations prior to the album and single's public release.
Similar to the She Was Hot version (which sounds like an extended rough mix more than an official 12" extended mix -- especially from that era as a 12" 'remix' would have had dub or similar effects added) this version of Undercover was a rougher mix. The predominent difference was a much more audible acoustic guitar, especially during the machine-gun-esque breaks.
I am sure there were other differences, but being that this version was played so briefly (I remember rumors of it being an unintentional, mistaken or illegal advance version which was quickly removed from airplay in a number of days), and being that it was the first times I heard the song I cannot recall many other specific details.
I am 100% certain that this version existed as I taped it from the radio and played the tape alot with my best friend.
We did have the tape long enough to be able to hear the differences from the official released version (at the time I'm sure I could have come up with other differences beyond this acoustic guitar -- the part where the song nearly stops then fades in again was also different as I remember now too).
The tape was lost at a job we both worked at on the campus of our high school. We searched that place over, under, inside and out to find the cassette at the time but, much to our frustration -- both then and to this day -- it never re-surfaced.
I have purchased every promo version/pressing I have come across on vinyl (7 and 12 inch) over the years and have not found this alternate/rough mix. Nor has it shown up on any of the outtake/session bootlegs in circulation.
I would assume it is as evasive as a 'hard' copy of the She Was Hot version -- which may have been 'recalled' as well.
Another supporting fact about this lost version of Undercover is that it was played on the local (to me) radio station WAAF who had helped sponsor/organize the Sir Morgan's Cove warm-up gig in Worcester, MA in 1981 after the Stones had rehearsed at Longview Farm. I seem to recall that WAAF was/would/could have been privvy to an extra-early or limited advance of new Stones material at the time due to their relationship with the band. And, again, it may have been 'accidentally' broadcast by someone unsure of their permission to do such.
So I am sending a call out to the legions of IORR readers in hopes of confirmation and/or unearthing of this personal 'holy grail' of sorts.
P.S.: The extended version of Emotional Rescue was, I believe, released on an ultra-rare one-sided 12" promotional single (the vinyl 'pops' can be heard toward the beginning of the track). Anyone that can confirm/deny this? I do not see it listed in either Karnbach or Hoffman -- but niether of them has my Canadian promotional 12" of "Winning Ugly" which came in a white sleeve with a promo sticker on it and has the album version on both sides of the vinyl as well as completely different matrix numbers than the ultra-rare 12" with the London and New York remixes. :-)
I remember it but I thought it was the single version per Keith's comments in the "Musician" interview from that era (he says they put Mick's more conservative mix on the single and the more adventurous mix that Keith preferred on the album). Did Keith get it wrong?
I remember the Mick and Keith cover story for Musician, too. I thought Keith was arguing the longer 12" dub mix belonged on the album and Mick was playing it safe with the more commercial single version.
I remember one of the big radio stations in Philly (WYSP) announcing that they were gonna have 2 big Rolling Stones world premier exclusive songs and I did tape both of them - She Was Hot & Undercover! Both songs that I taped has the radio station saying something like "world premier from WYSP" a couple times during the songs. I know I transferred them to a CD, now I have to find them. Once I get home from work, i'll check my collection and then try to post them.
I will try to dig up my Philadelphia Radio Station world premier of Undercover of the night. It was played on WMMR as the 'Screamer of the week'. There is actually a woman screaming in the beginning of the song. I thought it added to the mystique of the song.
hey Jonny Johnson, Johnny Johnson here. I have that alt She Was Hot, from a UK Demo, way different to both the 12" and LP versions, so far, can find the Undercover you are speaking of...I have a ton of 12" versions, but most are dub...
Here is the link for the radio promo of Undercover of the Night. I'm using Sendspace for the first time so if it doesn't work, let me know. Hopefully this is the version you were looking for JMARKO. Enjoy!
godzi68 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Here is the link for the radio promo of Undercover > of the Night. I'm using Sendspace for the first > time so if it doesn't work, let me know. Hopefully > this is the version you were looking for JMARKO. > Enjoy! > > [www.sendspace.com]
Glad you guys like it & i'm glad I kept that tape stored away for all those years. I do like that version alot and I have always liked the version of She Was Hot with the piano ending. There is a great recording of SWH on Porky Prod. Laid In The Shade vol. 2. Hopefully a cleaner version of that Undercover take will show up.
Remember the video of Undercover where the Stones were shown on TV performing that song on stage. I believe it was the Baines Douchez Club in Paris and they were said to have played other songs besides Undercover. Has that tape ever surfaced? That would be yet another holy grail of stuff along with the Sir Morgan's Cove show and the EP containing the full versions of Soon Forgotten, You Can't Judge A Book & Close Together. Our search continues!
Thank you guys for all of your postings. Glad I could contribute.