May 14, 2009 – 3:01 pm

Not satisfied, The Swingin’ Pig went and remastered the Get Your Leeds Lungs Out bootleg to issue a second pressing. Many others have since tried mastering these tapes, but here is that first attempt.

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Get Your Leeds Lungs Out: Revisited [The Swingin’ Pig TSP-CD-215, 1CD]

Live at the University of Leeds, UK, March 13, 1971. Ex mono soundboard. This remaster by Swingin’ Pig states “20 bit digital mastering from the original analog master”.

“One of my all-time favorite Stones records happens to be a live boot - Live at Leeds, 1971. Recorded a month before the release of Sticky Fingers, the concert finds the band before Mick had shot for the jetset and Keith just began to shoot (well, do nothing but shoot, anyway), and long before their live show became nothing but a best-of act. It’s a loose and burning performance by a bluesy rock ‘n’ roll band at their absolute peak - when they truly were The Greatest Rock Band in the World. And, unlike the still-amazing Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! (1970), there are no in-studio overdubs or song-editing to be found here. Listening to shows like this almost allows you to forget the horrors of No Security (1998) and Live Licks (2004). Almost.” -

When did the Stones sell out? Was it when Brian Jones died? Or after Mick Taylor got booted for asserting he wrote some of those Mick n Keef tunes? It’s unclear. But as the writer from pointed out, it’s almost universal that from the ’90s onwards, the Rolling Stones was a nostalgia act unable to kick out the jams, create new exciting material or stay relevant.

The one document that stands to reflect on their creativity and power also continues to escape an official release. Live at Leeds in 1971 with Mick Taylor on lead guitar.

While the Stones did account for themselves live with the Get Your Ya-Yas Out album, that was compiled from two concerts in Maryland [Nov 26] and New York [Nov 27-28] in 1969. It was edited and “worked on” to sound like a seamless live concert experience. Mick’s lead vocals were dubbed in on half the tracks while Keith’s backing vocals were added.

This Leeds show is as is with no studio edits. It was part of a short UK tour where the Stones announced on their first night out that they would henceforth become tax exiles and live outside the UK. According to the wikipedia, this show was recorded for a BBC radio broadcast. Although clearly this bootleg comes from a soundboard or FM source, there has been no bootleg of this show that we know of that claims to have come from a BBC archive tape. Sadly no other quality recording of this British tour exists.

It remains much loved by Stones fans. A reminder of “the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world”.
- The Little Chicken

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. Dead Flowers (6.4MB)
Track 02. Stray Cat Blues (5.3MB)
Track 03. Love in Vain (9.1MB)
Track 04. Midnight Rambler (17.8MB)
Track 05. Bitch (5.8MB)
Track 06. Band Introductions (1.2MB)
Track 07. Honky Tonk Women (4.6MB)
Track 08. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (7.1MB)
Track 09. Little Queenie (6.4MB)
Track 10. Brown Sugar (5.8MB)
Track 11. Street Fighting Man (7.0MB)
Let It Rock [stereo b-side] (omitted)*

* The omitted track comes from a single and was officially released.

Mick Jagger - vocals
Keith Richard, Mick Taylor - guitars
Bill Wyman - bass
Charlie Watts - drums
Bobby Keys, Jim Price - horns
Nicky Hopkins - piano

By now, The Stones were already established as great performers and musicians. Sticky Fingers ratcheted up their hip value with a controversial album cover designed by Andy Warhol. This album contained songs that were banned in $heep City, $ingapore, Sister Morphine and Dead Flowers. For those on the other side of the border, you can buy it here.

  1. 18 Responses to “THE ORIGINALS”

  2. Not sure which version I’m thinking of, but Leeds has always stuck in my mind because of the two takes of I Got The Blues - after the first one, Mick says something like let’s try that again, and they do. Anyway, thank you all very, very much for posting this!!!

    By anita pallenberg on May 14, 2009

  3. Huge.


    By thewaymouth on May 15, 2009

  4. Thanks–I’ve never heard this, and it’s so much better than I was expecting, I’m practically crapping my pants.

    By Eric on May 15, 2009

  5. I always wanted this show. Thanks for another great download Big O. I’m looking for the Brian Jones All Those Years Ago title too if anyone can oblige. Thanks.

    Why were the Sticky Fingers songs banned anyway?

    By Matt on May 15, 2009

  6. It’s true, this is probably one of the best live recording of the Stones. But I don’t think that there are “horrors of ‘Live Licks’”. I think the worst official live recording is “Flashpoint”, followed by “No Security”. “Live Licks” has its moments, and “Shine a Light” is brilliant.
    I also don’t agree that the Stones are unable to make any new exciting material. Yes, they can – just listen to “Laughing Nearly Died” from “A Bigger Bang”. IMHO one of their best songs ever. “Back of My Hand” has almost the quality of “Down in the Hole”. The rest (well, most of it) is also quite good.
    The problem is, that they don’t play the new songs on tour. In the movie “Shine a Light” was a scene, when Mick puts together the setlist. “Laughing Nearly Died” is on the list of “possible” songs – I could kick him in the ass for not including it (maybe instead “Honky Tonk Women”).

    By Walter on May 15, 2009

  7. The ban is because some songs on Sticky Fingers had drug references or allegedly encourage drug use.

    By Admin on May 16, 2009

  8. Had this on vinyl in the late ’70s but it sounded awful. Wow. Is this the Holy Grail? I used to think it was Brussels 1973 but Keef is way more together here. And Mick Taylor is still fantastic. And Jagger isn’t quite so over the top. And it even kinda swings a bit at times. Nice. THANKS!

    By No screen name John on May 16, 2009

  9. Wow. Mick Taylor solo last week and vintage 1971 Stones this week. I would love to hear the solo tracks Keith Richards recorded in Toronto after being busted.

    By Malcolm on May 16, 2009

  10. Surprised there are no other bootlegs of this as it was broadcast digitally in full on BBC 6 Music’s Dream Ticket show in 2003

    By Lozarithm on May 16, 2009

  11. Anita, you are thinking of the ill-fated Marquee Club performance, which exists in audio and video format also from 1971. This performance is much better than that.

    Is it the Holy Grail of live Stones? I would have to say Brussels Affair 1973 holds that distinction, but this recording is in the top five, along with Brussels, Live R Than You’ll Ever Be from 1969, the remastered “Ladies and Gentlemen” movie soundtrack from 1972, and Handsome Girls from 1978.

    By Zack on May 17, 2009

  12. This is so good that I feel obligated to go out to my backyard and make some type of sacrafice to the rock-n-roll gods! This recording defines the STONES. Mick Jones is brilliant. Thank you for this post!

    By coluz on May 17, 2009

  13. Sorry for the typo - Mick TAYLOR(!)and double post :)

    By coluz on May 17, 2009

  14. Wow thanks, loving this. And thx @Zack for the suggestions for further research.

    By Andrew Sherman on May 23, 2009

  15. the greatest rock and roll band in the world the best version of dead flowers ever ive been on a stones kick since re rlease of exile, outstanding live concert keep them coming how about Handsome Girls from 1978.

    By david franklin on Jun 20, 2010

  16. Wow, I never heard this show before. It’s awesome! Thanks for posting it.

    By Josh K on Sep 12, 2010

  17. Hey Big O,
    This is a foretaste of the STP StonescAcross America 1972 Tour. Same band & backup players. Really great sound quality and no overdubs. A classic!

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