THE ROLLING STONES - EL MOCAMBO CLUB 1977

June 24, 2012 – 2:24 pm

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THE ROLLING STONES
El Mocambo Club 1977 - Raw Transfer [no label, 1CD]

Live at the El Mocambo Club, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; March 4 and 5, 1977. Good to very good soundboard.

For some Rolling Stones fans, a perfect copy of the 1977 El Mocambo Club shows is a holy grail.

Here is some background on the show from collectorsmusicreviews.com:

The circumstances surrounding [The Rolling Stones’] appearance at the El Mocambo Club in Toronto sometimes overshadow the gigs and recordings themselves. It was for this session that Keith Richards was arrested in February, busted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for possession of 22 grams of heroin at Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, Canada. He was originally charged with “possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking.” Richards had his passport confiscated and he and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg along with their three children were forced to stay in Canada until April.

The reason for these club dates was to add one side of their double live album Love You Live devoted to covers of blues standards recorded in a venue similar to the Marquee in London c. 1963 to serve as a contrast to the other side recorded at the four Paris shows the previous June. El Mocambo was chosen because of that kind of intimacy. The two shows had April Wine opening for them and the Stones were payed $400 per gig, the going rate at the El Mocambo. The two shows were recorded by Eddie Kramer and four songs, “Mannish Boy,” “Crackin’ Up,” “Little Red Rooster” and “Around And Around” were included on the album on side three.

The wikipedia added:

Despite these legal troubles, the shows themselves went well enough, though the versions that appear on album are heavily overdubbed, mostly with layers of new guitars.

Recently, a new version of this show surfaced on the net.

Thanks to Munichhilton for sharing the tracks on Hunger City.

This is what Munichhilton noted:

This is the raw transfer of a low generation cassette tape that was sent to me by Stewed & Keefed. It’s much better sounding than both the recent El Mocambo releases [DAC and IMP] and all the previous LPs and VGPs and crap. This is the best sounding tape to surface of these performances.

This has much more warmth and depth to it plus wide wide stereo sound on all tracks. The acetate transfers are the best heard yet. More complete and missing the hiss of all the circulating high generation transfers. This is finally a true Stereo El Mo. I separated the tracks in Soundforge. I fixed SBEs and converted to FLAC in TLH.

“Worried About You” is a touch overloaded at the beginning but evens out.
“Crazy Mama” is nearly complete at over 3 minutes long. I believe that makes this the longest version now in circulation.

I have included the raw digital transfer here.

Thanks to Stewed & Keefed and thanks to the Cockroaches for putting on such a great show.

So far, these tracks have already generated two remasters. For example, the tracks on the Captain Acid remaster sounded a bit more trebly (compared to the warmer sound here) and the vocals sounded more central (vocals tend to be on the left speaker here). Like Munichhilton says, these are the “raw digital transfer here”.

CR02 Tape > JVC Deck > Sony PCM M10 > Soundforge 10Pro > TLH

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Worried About You [7:59] (12.8MB)
Track 02. Crackin Up [5:18] (8.5MB)
Track 03. Let’s Spend The Night Together [Cuts at 2:51] (4.5MB)
Track 04. Route 66 [3:00] (4.8MB)
Track 05. Hand Of Fate [4:18] (6.9MB)
Track 06. Around & Around [3:38] (5.8MB)
Track 07. Crazy Mama [Cuts at 3:05] (4.9MB)
Track 08. Little Red Rooster [acetate 6:20] (10.1MB)
Track 09. Dance Little Sister [acetate 3:41] (5.9MB)
Track 10. Route 66 [acetate 3:27] (5.5MB)

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  1. 30 Responses to “THE ROLLING STONES - EL MOCAMBO CLUB 1977”

  2. WOW!
    Who thought this would ever surface!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Jun 24, 2012

  3. IRON MAIDEN 2012! Dear Big O….. I saw IRON MAIDEN and ALICE COOPER last night here in Atlanta….it was the 2nd night os their MAIDEN ENGLAND tour. If you could find and post the 6/23 ATLANTA show, or the 6/21 Charlotte, NC show….it would be MOST appreciated!

    Keep up the good work, This remains one of my most favorite sites!

    By THE Russian Assassin on Jun 24, 2012

  4. Great post - has anyone out there got ‘Sympathy for the Collector’ parts 1 & 2 to make my day, week, month and year?

    By Daij on Jun 24, 2012

  5. Thanks bigO, this is much higher quality sound than what I already have. I was always disappointed that the Stones dubbed the official release.

    By Mark E on Jun 24, 2012

  6. thanks big O. i knew this was out there, as usual you deliver…

    By Billy Jack on Jun 24, 2012

  7. WOW - can’t WAIT to hear this one!!!
    GREAT posting!

    By lowendbill on Jun 24, 2012

  8. Daij, on a post for Vol 3 on this site, Phillip Cohen says ‘Big O already has “Part 2″(which is why I didn’t supply it), but unfortunately neither Big O or myself have “Part One”. As of yet I don’t think Vol 2 was posted here. But I am happy to be corrected.

    By George W Bushell on Jun 24, 2012

  9. Thanks for this show Big-o. Have been wanting El Mocambo for some time now. Hey Russian Assasin, Did you see my friend Ed Saad at the Maiden/Cooper show last night? Bet it was a great one. “SCREAM FOR ME ATLANTA”.

    By Bii H. on Jun 25, 2012

  10. Sorry to post a downer, but the quality on “Around and Around” is more like “fair” soundboard than “good to very good.” No question you can tell what the song is, and the mix is decent. But no top end whatsoever. (By contrast, the 1974 audience recording of Joni Mitchell in Seattle is much better for audio quality.)

    By jania on Jun 25, 2012

  11. For me, like many other Rolling Stones fans, a perfect copy of the 1977 El Mocambo Club shows is the holy grail…but this ain’t no holy grail, got to wait more & more & more…I’m afraid

    By Alex on Jun 25, 2012

  12. at the time of this show, a local radio station was running a contest where you could win a ticket to this “mystery” event [everyone knew who the mystery band was going to be] A friend of mine was driving into work one afternoon and pulled over to call into the station[pre-cell phone daze] and try the contest he won we never saw him for a week. When we did finally see him he just had this goofy grin on his face a long time..
    thanks bigo, the Elmo has been part of my musical upbringing .

    By sluggo on Jun 25, 2012

  13. i think i will h=give this puppy a listen, bigO!

    I-)

    By I-) on Jun 26, 2012

  14. I DONT NORMALLY SHARE THESE THINGS BUT THERE IS A GOOD MICK TAYLOR/MAYALL SHOW HERE.
    http://www.musictopnews.com/
    I WAS AT THIS SHOW WAITING OUTSIDE SO I DIDN`T GET PICTURES BUT THERE WAS A VERY GOOD STREET MEAT VENDOR WHO I BECAME FRIENDLY WITH AND HE GAVE ME A SAUSAGE WHEN I TOLD HIM I HADN`T EATEN FOR NEARLY A WEEK.

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 27, 2012

  15. Thanks for hangin’ in there, guys.

    By madbaddad on Jun 28, 2012

  16. “Worried About You”. Incredible.

    By wardo on Jul 2, 2012

  17. Great Fantastic Awesomw

    By oofla on Jul 4, 2012

  18. Thanks for this, sound gets a C+ tho.

    By Noam Sane on Jul 11, 2012

  19. @dropkicksarge - so the meat vendor “gave you a sausage”, eh? uhuhuh

    By Butt-Head on Jul 14, 2012

  20. newsflash.. if anyone isnt aware of it.. i just thought i would inform yall about the new stones official release of their 23 song live at tokyo dome 1990. its only available as a download audio cd. its from feb 26th. the 2nd to last show of the steel wheels tour. i found it online easily enough. the 20th track is band intros making it really 24 tracks in all. sound is unbelievable. it came out on the 50th anniversary of their first ever concert at the marquee club in london on thurs this week. mick avory of the kinks was their drummer back then. charlie didnt join til jan 63. too bad we dont have tapes of that show huh?
    anyway.. just thought i would inform yall of this release. i am loving this. course i had the video back in march 1990 which i then made into my own audio tape 22 years ago but now this is officially released.

    By darth on Jul 15, 2012

  21. btw.. i dont know if that mayall taylor show u linked to is boston 82 or not since i couldnt find it at the site u linked.. but if it is.. its much easier to find on blog stoned. if its a different show i would love to hear it.
    i could do without the mocking.

    By darth on Jul 15, 2012

  22. darth, some of sarge’s links don’t always work or are no longer running.

    By narrow dog on Jul 15, 2012

  23. narrow - the link worked just fine but it led to a mess of other blogs that had 100s or 1000s of items. i put in an hours worth of effort into trying to find the specific item in question since im both a mayall and taylor fan. i have most of what i want on mayall and pretty much all anyone would need on taylor. i love the combo of course. who wouldnt? the reunion in 82 was wonderful and i have that. i wasnt sure if that was the show he was trying to link towards. and if it was then i could rest easy. its a pretty common show. even if a link he provided didnt work there is no doubt that i would either have the item he would be pushing or could get it within minutes from another source. i literally have over 120000 concerts. ill never be able to listen to everything i have before i die but part of it is in the knowing i can listen to something when i want to. besides its a hobby for me too. and im addicted. and its free. haha.
    if u need something btw.. u know where to come. that is if u cant find it on your own. official or otherwise.

    By darth on Jul 16, 2012

  24. Maybe this is the show sarge is referring to, it took me 5 minutes to find it with his link. Thanks sarge!
    http://soundaboard.blogspot.com/search/label/John%20Mayall

    By dingus on Jul 16, 2012

  25. thats why your name is dingus. do u see mick taylor on that show? spend more than 5 mins next time.

    By darth on Jul 16, 2012

  26. darth, darth, darth. I thought you were the guy who didn’t want any more attacks on bigO?

    Take 5 seconds and scroll down the page to the Fillmore Auditorium 1968 show. The description reads: “John Mayall and his band which by this time included a 19 years old Mick Taylor doing a fabulous work on guitar.”

    Who’s the dingus now? :-)

    By dingus on Jul 16, 2012

  27. but thats not the item u linked to. is it? u specifically linked to an item that does not.. i repeat.. does not include mick taylor. the entire subject in question concerns a mick taylor john mayall performance. u tried to show me up and even brought attention to it all by naming me directly of all things when u in fact made yourself look horribly stupid and posted a link that didnt include taylor. holy shit man. then u try hours upon hours later to redeem yourself and save face by looking for the item u meant to post the link to. however sarge didnt link to the item u are telling us about. that item is not on the page he linked us to. its nowhere to be found. yet another point!! bam!
    now u talk about how im the one who didnt want any more attacks. yes. i am the one. did i drag u out from under that rock forcing u to attack me?? what the fuck is wrong with u? once again..are u insane?
    sure u can look thru each site and see if each site has something. but his original link did not have the item he said it did. then your link didnt have what u thought his did either. so u searched on site that your link is on to find a show that matched the subject at hand and then and only then do u try to show me up. holy crap man!!
    sorry.. that just doesnt cut it.

    By darth on Jul 16, 2012

  28. I provided a link to a web page that has two John Mayall concerts, the second, from 1968, has Mick Taylor on guitar. I thought any Mayall fan would enjoy having both shows. I’ve tested the link on both Windows and Mac computers,
    and it works fine. Apparently, darth, you have issues. Good luck with your problem.

    By dingus on Jul 16, 2012

  29. Hi BigO,
    which Dylan tracks are no longer available?

    By Walter on Jul 20, 2012

  30. 2nd secret gig from last nite. confirmed to have happened. sure would like to have either the first or 2nd one of these. hasnt either one leaked out yet?

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/rolling-stones-secret-san-diego-show/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=newsletter_5003207

    By darth on May 29, 2015

  31. Hello

    Please send links of Rolling Stones Macambo club 1977 (raw transfer)

    Thank you for France

    By ENSENAT on Mar 23, 2018

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