THE ROLLING STONES - CHICAGO 1972

April 26, 2009 – 4:18 am

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THE ROLLING STONES
She Liked the Way I Held the Microphone [Coast2Coast C2C 15, 1CD]

Live at the International Ampitheatre, Chicago, Illinois. June 20, 1972, second show. Good to very good audience recording.

Some shows are memorable not because of their sonic clarity but for sheer excitement, energy and performance. In many instances, a show was memorable because you were there. This show is like one of those. While Mick Jagger’s vocals are buried, one can easily feel the energy of the band and imagine what it must have been like to be there.

The Stones were hot off the release of Exile On Main Street (May 1972) and, by all accounts, this was the tour that cemented the Stones’ reputation as “The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World” - here you can feel and believe it.

A reader kindly offered this recording to be shared among our readers. According to the CD notes, “28 years ago, a small cassette recorder was sneaked in by a brave soul to a prime balcony spot, where the mike could be pointed directly at the speakers. Drunken heretics enjoying the show were punched for talking or breathing too loud, lest they interfere with the Mission. It succeeded: this stunning recording was the background to a few great parties, and many beers. And then it was forgotten for a quarter of a century… until now…”

All we can say is, thanks for the memories…

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Audience (894k)
Track 02. Brown Sugar (5.2MB)
Track 03. Bitch (5.9MB)
Track 04. Rocks Off (5.4MB)
Track 05. Gimme Shelter (7.4MB)
Track 06. Happy (4.3MB)
Track 07. Tumbling Dice (6.4MB)
Track 08. Love in Vain (7.8MB)
Track 09. Sweet Virginia (6.2MB)
Track 10. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (9.7MB)
Track 11. All Down the Line (5.6MB)
Track 12. Midnight Rambler (14.7MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 13. introductions (1.6MB)
Track 14. Bye Bye Johnny (4.5MB)
Track 15. Rip This Joint (3.6MB)
Track 16. Jumping Jack Flash (4.8MB)
Track 17. Street Fighting Man (6.8MB)

No live album was released from the tour, and according to the wikipedia, one was planned as far as having a front and back cover designed and studio touch-ups being made on several recorded tracks. Eventually, the album was shelved due to contractual disputes with Allen Klein.

Click here to order The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street.

  1. 13 Responses to “THE ROLLING STONES - CHICAGO 1972”

  2. Hey!..this is for sure one hell of a tour of the Stones, but…didn’t you have anything better than this poor audience recording?…there are many great recordings from this tour, some great soundboards…how about the outstanding bootleg “Philadelphia Special”?
    Next post?

    By Alex Corvini on Apr 26, 2009

  3. I’ve been after this one for a while. Thanks BigO

    By Matt on Apr 28, 2009

  4. Wow, does this tape live up to it’s billing! Not a great recording but a classic. I was working a part-time job in Chicago that summer for Dex Card, a local DJ, after playing with my band at his Wild Goose clubs for a few years. I had the opportunity to assist with backstage activities for these shows and they were spectacular. I have seen the Stones a few dozen times, going back to 1966, and this set was the best. While I doubt I will listen to this very much, I will be eternally grateful to the sneaky recordist and, as usual, the BigO, for sharing a high point in my concert going life.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Apr 29, 2009

  5. Thanks it’s MUCH better than the awful recording from the previous night…

    By nanker on May 6, 2009

  6. WOW! The band’s on fire. BBJ is unreal.

    By nanker on May 6, 2009

  7. And the taper was located on Mick Taylor’s and Nicky Hopkins’s side so you, for once, get to hear them.

    By nanker on May 6, 2009

  8. If you’re a DIME’er this tape is available in FLAC format & in complete form… :-)

    By nanker on May 17, 2009

  9. I would like to get in touch with Matt. I’m involved in a project about the Stones 1972 tour.
    Can you please contact me at
    [email protected]?

    By Schuine Hondsbossche on Jun 3, 2009

  10. I was there. It was fantastic. I have told my friends that its the night I switched from pot to whiskey. The rhythm section on Brown Sugar blew me off my feet. Never dreamed I would hear it again. Thank you so much for bringing this to us.

    By Johnny on Feb 5, 2011

  11. was at the matinee show on a hot weekday was very surreal as the sunlight was streaming through the windows of the old barn as stevie wonder opened the show i recall a new lighting rig with mirrors above the band sound was terrible as amphitheatre shows often were but the STONES WOW BLOWN AWAY then out into the sun totally ripped and ears buzzing

    By corey north on Feb 28, 2011

  12. Thanks Johnny and Corey for your memories.
    If you still have your ticketstubs I’m interested in buying them.
    Please contact me at [email protected]

    By Schuine Hondsbossche on Mar 17, 2011

  13. I was another brave soul the smuggled in a cassette tape recorder for this show. One friend carried the machine, another the blank tape and another the mic.
    I was a pretty rough recording, but you can be sure a carried it around for a year and played it for everyone I knew, if they wanted to hear it or not!
    Best, best show ever. Stevie Wonder opened. At first I thought I was at the wrong show…duh

    By Annabelle Ruch on Apr 7, 2013

  14. I was at the show with Fred Waters. We were sitting a few rows back from the catwalk part of the stage and Mick was just about on top of us. When Stevie Wonder came up out of the stage it blew me away. One of the great concerts ever.

    By Steve Masler on Mar 11, 2015

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