I’m digging through the stax upstairs, looking for one specific VHS tape that will probably be nearly impossible to track down, and coming across all kinds of other interesting things in the process. Here’s one:
The Stones taped a number of TV specials over the course of their two-week 1971 Goodbye Britain tour. One was audio-only for BBC radio, the other for the Top of the Pops television show, and a third was at the Marquee Club. It’s short, only about 37 minutes long, but it’s a great historical document.
Bobby Keys is in especially fine form, as is Nicky Hopkins (who is never seen, but often heard). If you thought Bill Wyman was stoic on stage, at least he looks around from time to time: the whole recording here, I don’t think Mick Taylor looked up from the neck of his guitar once. Keith performed nearly the whole night with his back to the audience. Charlie, Jagger, and Bobby Keys were the only ones acting like they knew they were on stage!
Also notable is the strange 1971-only rework of Satisfaction. I started out really digging it, but by the time it was finished I was glad it was an almost-one-time-only thing.
And how about Mick’s bizarre sequined jacket-thing? I don’t know how he went from the Uncle Sam tophat-wearing, caped, and leotarded master of ceremonies to this in the span of just two years, but it’s an interesting yet unfortunate footnote on the band’s history.
Unfortunately, just as the band really starts to get into it with Midnight Rambler, Bitch, and Brown Sugar, the show ends! I could’ve done with another five or six songs! I guess this is exactly what leave them wanting more is all about.
Leon Russell & most of The Rolling Stones - Get A Line
Please enjoy an early version of Shine A Light.
Recorded at Olympic Studios in 1969 as an outtake for Leon’s first record and shelved until 1993, when it was released as a bonus track on the gold-plated re-release. It has not officially appeared since, and those discs are long out of print.
Featuring Mr. Russell on keys, Mr. Taylor on slide guitar (probably), Mr. Wyman on bass, Mr. Watts on the drums, and Mr. Jagger’s howling.