July 31, 2010 – 4:07 am

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Unreleased Vols. 1 and 2 [no label, 2CD]

Outtakes, unreleased tracks, BBC radio. Very good soundboard.

I assembled this collection and, basically, my approach was to imagine how I would assemble a 1963-66 Rolling Stones outtakes album if I were a compiler for ABKCO. You’ll note that for any of the “Metamorphosis” songs, I am giving you the officially unreleased mixes without the 1972 overdubs [yes, the overdubs date to 1972, even though “Metamorphosis” wasn’t released until 1975]. The overdubs that Andrew Loog Oldham added to the 1964 demos included pedal steel guitar, background vocals and a horn section. The undoctored mixes are the original 1964 recordings as is. Still, I’ve packed 57 great tracks into this two-disc set. I may eventually create more volumes, but this is a good start.

“Metamorphosis” represented a compromise between the outtakes album compiled by Andrew Loog Oldham for ABKCO, “Necrophilia” (which has been bootlegged from one of the few surviving acetates, and one surviving “printer’s proof” album cover), and “The Black Box”, compiled in two volumes by Bill Wyman.

The Stones didn’t like “Necrophilia”, and ABKCO rejected Wyman’s “Black Box” compilations, because they contained some cover versions (ABKCO wanted an album containing only songs on which ABKCO owned the song publishing). The release of an outtakes album was neccessary to complete a recording contract, and when The Stones OK’d the release of “Metamorphosis”, ABKCO handed over $1 million of artist royalties, which ABKCO owed to the group.

By the way, most of the pre-1967 tracks on “Metamorphosis” (with the exception of “If You Let Me”, “Don’t Lie To Me” and “I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys”) feature Mick Jagger with studio musicians. These were demos of intentionally un-Stoneslike Jagger/Richards songs intended for other British Decca artists. (Andrew Loog Oldham had studio musicians add unneccessary overdubs to these tracks during the 1972 compiling of “Necrophilia”, but Oldham was overdubbing onto existing mono mixes, since he didn’t have access to the multitracks.)

The idea was that if the singer or group covering the song was not a self-contained band, they could re-use the instrumental tracks from the Jagger demo, and overdub their own vocals. These cover versions were collected on a deleted Japanese DERAM disc, “The Rolling Stones Works” (DERAM P25L20129). That disc combines British Decca cover versions of Jagger/Richards songs, plus production and sessionman appearances by Bill Wyman. - Philip Cohen

Thanks to Phil for compiling and sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Diddley Daddy (IBC Studios Demo, Mar 11, 1963) (4.9MB)
Track 102. Road Runner (IBC Studios Demo, Mar 11, 1963) (5.6MB)
Track 103. Bright Lights, Big City (IBC Studios Demo, Mar 11, 1963) (4.4MB)
Track 104. Baby What’s Wrong (IBC Studios Demo, Mar 11, 1963) (6.3MB)
Track 105. I Want to Be Loved (IBC Studios Demo, Mar 11, 1963) (3.7MB)
Track 106. As Time Goes By (studio unknown, probably Regent Sound, 1963) (4.1MB)
Track 107. Go Home Girl (De Lane Lea Studios, Nov 14, 1963) (4.4MB)
Track 108. Leave Me Alone (Regent Sound, Nov 20-22, 1963) (3.4MB)
Track 109. It Should Be You (Regent Sound, Nov 20-22, 1963) (3.1MB)
Track 110. This Girl Belongs to Yesterday (Regent Sound, Nov 20-22, 1963) (3.8MB)
Track 111. Blues Jam (AKA “Mr. Spector & Mr.Pitney Came Too”) (Regent Sound 1963) (6.0MB)
Track 112. Andrew’s Blues (Regent Sound 1963) (5.6MB)
Track 113. Not Fade Away (Alternate Take) (Regent Sound 1963) (3.4MB)
Track 114. Tell Me (You’re Coming Back) (Alternate Take) (Regent Sound 1963) (5.1MB)
Track 115. Rice Krispies Jingle (Studio Unknown 1963) (852k)
Track 116. Walking Through The Sleepy City (Undoctored Mix 1964) (5.7MB)
Track 117. Try a Little Harder (undoctored mix 1964) (4.5MB)
Track 118. Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind (Undoctored Mix 1964) (4.6MB)
Track 119. We’re Wasting Time (Undoctored Mix 1964) (5.3MB)
Track 120. Heart of Stone (Undoctored Mix 1964) (7.6MB)
Track 121. Each and Every Day of The Year (Undoctored Mix 1964) (4.9MB)
Track 122. I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys (Undoctored Mix 1963) (4.1MB)
Track 123. High Heeled Sneakers (Chess Studios, June 10-11, 1964) (5.3MB)
Track 124. Tell Me Baby (Chess Studios, June 10-11, 1964) (3.4MB)
Track 125. Down in The Bottom (Chess Studios, June 10-11, 1964) (4.9MB)
Track 126. Stewed & Keefed (Chess Studios, June 10-11, 1964) (7.5MB)
Track 127. Reelin’ and Rockin’ (Studio unknown, possibly BBC) (6.5MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Come On (BBC 1963) (3.7MB)
Track 202. Memphis, Tennessee (BBC Saturday Club, Oct 5, 1963) (4.3MB)
Track 203. Roll Over Beethoven (BBC Saturday Club, Oct 5, 1963) (4.2MB)
Track 204. Not Fade Away (BBC 1964) (3.8MB)
Track 205. Down The Road Apiece (BBC TV “Top of The Pops”, Mar 4, 1964) (3.8MB)
Track 206. Route 66 (BBC Stereo broadcast, Camden Theatre 1964) (5.3MB)
Track 207. Cops & Robbers (BBC Stereo Broadcast, Camden Theatre 1964) (7.0MB)
Track 208. You Better Move On (BBC Stereo Broadcast, Camden Theatre 1964) (5.6MB)
Track 209. Mona (BBC Stereo Broadcast, Camden Theatre 1964) (5.3MB)
Track 210. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (BBC TV “Top of The Pops”, Mar 4, 1965) (6.4MB)
Track 211. The Last Time (BBC TV “Top of The Pops”, Mar 4, 1965) (5.7MB)
Track 212. Mercy Mercy (BBC TV, Aug 20, 1965) (5.1MB)
Track 213. Mick Jagger Interview (BBC TV “Top of The Pops”, Sept 23, 1965) (1.5MB)
Track 214. Cry to Me (BBC TV “Top of The Pops”, Sept 23, 1965) (5.6MB)
Track 215. Fannie Mae (BBC Saturday Club, Sept 18, 1965) (4.0MB)
Track 216. Mick Jagger Interview (BBC TV “Top of The Pops”, Sept 23, 1965) (727k)
Track 217. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (BBC TV “Top of The Pops”, Sept 23, 1965) (6.8MB)
Track 218. 2120 South Michigan Avenue (BBC 1965) (6.9MB)
Track 219. The Spider and The Fly (BBC TV “Top of The Pops”, Sept 23, 1965) (6.3MB)
Track 220. Oh Baby, We’ve Got a Good Thing Goin’ (BBC TV “Top of The Pops”, Mar 4, 1965) (3.5MB)
Track 221. Mick Jagger/Brian Jones Interview (BBC 1965) (1.4MB)
Track 222. Mercy Mercy (Alternate Take) (Chess Studios, Nov 8, 1964) (4.9MB)
Track 223. Key To The Highway (Chess Studios, Nov 8, 1964) (6.1MB)
Track 224. Goodbye Girl (Chess Studios, Nov 8, 1964) (Bill Wyman song, sung by Mick Jagger) (4.0MB)
Track 225. Down The Road Apiece (Live in Liverpool, March 1965) (3.1MB)
Track 226. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Live in Liverpool, March 1965) (5.7MB)
Track 227. Blue Turns To Grey (Mick Jagger demo vocal over the backing track for the cover version by “The Mighty Avengers”) (4.8MB)
Track 228. Looking Tired (RCA Studios, Hollywood, Sept 5-6, 1965) (4.0MB)
Track 229. Get Yourself Together (Rehearsal version, Olympic Studios 1966) (5.1MB)
Track 230. Get Yourself Together (Finished Version, Olympic Studios 1966) (5.8MB)

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  2. What can I say? Thanks again, Phil!

    By Namoosedog on Jul 31, 2010

  3. The Backing Track for #227 was also used for Dick and Dee Dee’s Version.

    By ToddS on Jul 31, 2010

  4. Good job on this once again Phil also thanks to big0 as usual. People who like this should be aware if they aren’t that a bootleg of most of this this sold on EBAY for years Known as “More Stoned Than You’ll Ever Be”.It was 3 cd and DICD3-007B on Digit label. The 3 cds contained 77 tracks of Stones Rare stuff and BBC stuff from 63 -71 as well as Exile Sessions. I haven’t
    had time to compare and all but I just checked and they don’t seem to be around anymore. The bright boys at EBAY must have finally figured out it was a boot. Takes them awhile and the bad part is they suspend some while some who have nothing but boots even get the good seller signs and customer service awards (for instance the Air check Guy).Anyway don’t miss it if you can find it.

    By Phil Winans on Jul 31, 2010

  5. The differing titles for tracks 229 & 230 was a typographical error by me. Both tracks are titled “Get Yourself Together”.

    By Philip Cohen on Jul 31, 2010

  6. Excellent collection.

    However - a correction. The various tracks attributed to BBC TV “Top Of The Pops” should read BBC Transcription Disc “Top Of The Pops” - these were compilations hosted by Brian Matthew sold overseas taken from various recent BBC radio sessions. It is how most BBC radio material from the 60’s has survived. It has often been confused with the TV show which until July 1966 was strictly mimed, plus the Stones never performed some of those numbers on that show… it was devoted entirely to singles and the occasional B’side.

    By Neville on Aug 1, 2010

  7. Phil: I haven’t even listened yet, but very big thanks. The early Stones material I’ve gotten from BigO has become my preferred driving music.

    You’re a blessing, sir!


    By Scott Brookman on Aug 1, 2010

  8. To Neville,

    I too doubted the information about the BBC recordings, since the “Top of The Pops” T.V. show was almost always mimed. I’m simply repeating the descriptions of the BBC tracks as given on a vintage “Swingin’ Pig” label CD that I took them from.

    By Philip Cohen on Aug 1, 2010

  9. I have the More Stoned Than You’ll Ever Be set, The Complete Chess Studios Recordings and an alternate vinyl of Necrophilia. The latter is entirely different from the aforementioned Necrophilia, with Mick Taylor period outtakes and unreleased tracks. Okay, all that said, the set that Mr. Cohen has put together here is a wonderful addition to my vast collection and includes several tracks I haven’t seen grouped together –and in such fine quality– before.

    I am VERY grateful. Thank you, sir.

    By RoBurque on Aug 1, 2010

  10. Thank you Philip Cohen, and at such good sound quality.

    Here are some BigO sets that relate to this excellent set (BigO’s title might be a little different), but note that they are 192kbps. Philip’s offering is at 256kbps. So even if you have some already from BigO, this new set of Philip’s is a step up.

    ROLLING STONES LIVE On The BBC 1963 to 65
    Fast Eddie Version [Sister Morphine 43, 1CD]
    BBC studio sessions, London. Best sources. VG+ to Ex FM stereo.

    I mention the following 2 Exiles sets that BigO offers, as they might be related to the Exiles portion of the 3 CD set that Phil Winans mentioned, for those who might be interested, or those who aren’t familiar yet with all that BigO offers. A simple request to BigO, and I have found that they have always been very kind to make them available to the one making the request:

    I Gave You Diamonds, You Give Me Disease: The Exile Outtakes [Sister Morphine 15, 1CD]

    ROLLING STONES Exile on Main Street and 71_72 Outtakes
    The Lost Sessions Vol 1: Sweet Black Angel [Empress Valley Supreme Disc EVSD 332, 1CD]
    16 outtakes from 1968-70, 7 are instrumentals. Excellent soundboard stereo.

    By 2yrsnojob on Aug 1, 2010

  11. By the way(for all you trivia enthusiasts), while I didn’t use any of the “Necrophilia” mixes in this collection(I opted for undoctored versions without the 1972 overdubs & fake stereo effects), the “Necrophilia” bootleg CD which reproduces the original front and rear of the intended album cover has the correct running order and song contents that the album would have had in its’ UK/Europe edition(as with “Metamorphosis”, the U.S.A. vinyl would have had two songs less than the UK/Europe version). One of the existing acetates has the Uk/Europe running order, and the other one has the shorter U.S.A. version.

    By Philip Cohen on Aug 1, 2010

  12. Mr.Philip Cohen has some real treasures to share! Thanks for this, although there must be some duplications with other boots.

    By Serge Zéni on Aug 1, 2010

  13. Serge,

    The material IS from other boots. The idea is to give you the good stuff(from the best sounding discs) without filler.

    By Philip Cohen on Aug 1, 2010

  14. Thanks for these fabulous items and all your posts - keep up the great work sharing these gems with us all!

    By Kaggsy on Aug 1, 2010

  15. Thanks for another wonderful set of music. Early Stones were is)one of my favorites. I was (am) a huge Beatles fan but I always looked forward to The Rolling Stones releases a little more during these years.
    And the music also had my interest peeked in some of their influences, so I sought out some of the original musicians/bands of their early stuff and what a wealth of good music I found by doing so.
    Great Job….thanks so much.

    By Rick D on Aug 2, 2010

  16. Thank You again.

    By ToddS on Aug 2, 2010

  17. Philip Cohen, I wanted to compare the 192kbps BBC recordings of the Stones* to see if I should keep or toss. I have decided to share what I found with everyone, hoping that what I’ve done honors you. I would appreciate if you would review what I’ve concluded and correct me and/or share more information on how you do your magic.

    I have done a spot check on the sound difference between Philip’s 256kbps set and the Fast Eddie 192kbps Version* (already in BigO) in terms of the BBC recordings, specifically Roll Over Beethoven and Satisfaction.

    Roll Over Beethoven seems very similar in sound on both sets, being the simple joy that it is. Satisfaction seems more “brash” with the vocals up front more, possibly with higher treble balance than the 256kbps set. With a more “mushy” or “undefined” bass, it might make sense for the “Fast Eddie” version to be set up that way, to get what sound they could from it. But the 256kbps allows for more defined information from the bass, so the 256kbps version seems more balanced (Philip applied his expert skills and art here) than the “Fast Eddie” version. That’s why Satisfaction now sounds more like the studio released version. If you have the “Fast Eddie” version, no need to toss it. You may be in the mood to hear vocals emphasized with a mushy bass, especially in a car with a cheap stereo. But for the audiophile in all of us, at home or on good equipment, Philip’s version is so far superior, it’s fabulous!

    *ROLLING STONES LIVE On The BBC 1963 to 65
    Fast Eddie Version [Sister Morphine 43, 1CD]
    BBC studio sessions, London. Best sources. VG+ to Ex FM stereo.

    By 2yrsnojob on Aug 2, 2010

  18. The sound quality has been achieved through my choice of sources. I haven’t processed or tweaked anything. 50 of the 57 tracks were taken directly from original aluminum bootlegs, not CD-R copies.

    By Philip Cohen on Aug 2, 2010

  19. By the way, I’d like to clarify why I opted for the mono version of “Looking Tired” and the mono versions of the June 1964 Chess Studios tracks. Unfortunately the stereo “Looking Tired”(as it circulates unofficially) is presented missing the first note of the intro.
    As for the June 1964 Chess tracks, they do exist in stereo versions, but the available sources have a thinner sound and higher hiss level versus the mono versions. The available sources for the mono versions really capture the deep bass & drums sound that was a sonic trademark of The Stones’ Chess recordings. If ABKCO is ever permitted to offer the June 1964 Chess tracks, there’s no doubt that the stereo mixes(but from the first generation masters) would give the best sound of all.

    By Philip Cohen on Aug 3, 2010

  20. Exceptional recordings, both in quality as well as performances. A great Hallelujah to y’all!

    By Timmy on Aug 4, 2010

  21. This has the best sound for some of these tracks that I have ever heard! They have been around a while, but the sound quality here is EXCELLENT! Thanks!

    By Christopher ("Dr.D.") on Aug 4, 2010

  22. Great to get more classic Stones before they were sponsored by Coke or a cell phone company. I can’t wait to listen and I appreciate all the work you put into this Phil. I’ll have to see out the More Stoned collection too. Thanks

    By Matt on Aug 31, 2010

  23. Wow, just stumbled across this. Great collection! Thanks for posting it.

    By Josh on Sep 9, 2010

  24. Would love to know the original source of the June 1964 Chess tracks and the mono “Looking Tired” since all other versions of these I’ve located are in stereo. I much prefer these mono mixes. Also I should mention “Leave Me Alone” and “Try a Little Harder” sound the best here of any of the available versions I’ve heard - original source on these as well?

    By Jonathan Meine on Jan 11, 2011

  25. This is the motherload of great unreleased Rolling Stones tracks. Phil, if you are not the best collector ever, I would certainly like to know who is. Thanks!

    By batfan63 on Nov 21, 2011

  26. Top boot!
    Thank you very much!

    By bob on Dec 6, 2011

  27. Great collection of songs…Thank you so very much…

    By Doug W on Jun 11, 2015

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