March 18, 2015 – 2:46 pm

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Foxes In The Boxes, Vol 1 [JEMS Archive, 1CD]

Unreleased Emotional Rescue, Undercover and Keith Richards Solo Sessions. Very good to excellent soundboard.

Thanks to JEMS for the effort; and to mjk5510 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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Hello and welcome to JEMS’ Foxes In The Boxes, the first volume in a series featuring unreleased studio sessions from the Rolling Stones, circa 1979-85. Based on our research, along with the expertise of Stones sessionologist N, who helped us sort through these tapes, we believe the Foxes In The Boxes series offers a small trove of previously uncirculated material along with upgrades and a few familiar outtake favorites from new sources’ tapes. All of Volume One is wholly unreleased and, we have strived to ensure, DIME compliant.

The series is titled Foxes In The Boxes in homage to its source: boxes of in-house cassette tapes obtained by JEMS from someone “on the inside” of a major record label in the ’70s and ’80s. It is also a rhyming nod to the bootleg Static In the Attic (Midnight Beat), which mined the same sessions for kindred material and to which we believe Foxes makes a worthy companion.

Some tracks in the series have been previously rumored, some are wholly new finds, while others improve on previously circulating versions. There are a few frustrating fragments, too, but what’s presented here is exactly what was on the tapes, which were seemingly meant to capture and present in-progress status on Stones sessions and to preserve ideas for future consideration. With that said, let’s go track by track.

Neighbors: Listed on the source tape under the slightly different title “Neighbor.” This is a monitor mix with early guide vocals and is the first take of “Neighbors” to circulate intact from the Emotional Rescue sessions. All other versions, released or unreleased, come from different takes overdubbed and edited during the Tattoo You sessions. If you like “Neighbors,” you’ll love this rollicking and highly appealing early version.

Let’s Go Steady Again: Cover of the Sam Cooke song that was the B-side of “Only Sixteen” in 1959. It features a wonderful Keith Richards lead vocal. Misnamed “Let’s Go Steady” on the source tape. An Emotional Rescue outtake from Compass Point Studios late January or early February 1979. Kristi Kimsey is on backing vocals.

Tried to Talk Her Into It: This Undercover sessions outtake has been previously bootlegged (for example, on the Outsider Bird Records LP Chain Saw Massacre), but the quality from this source tape is an upgrade.

Keep It Cool: Monitor mix of a long, jazzy Undercover sessions outtake. Also known as “Keep It Cool Parts 1 & 2,” but that could refer to a rumored 20-minute version of the song said to exist.

Can’t Find Love: Fragment of an Undercover sessions outtake, cut out of a much longer version of the song. This bit is likely the essence or part of the song which the Stones liked and wound up on this tape for reference purposes.

Can’t Find Love: Another fragment as above, but listed specifically as a “bridge idea.”

Eliza: Also known as “Eliza Upchink” (which is how Bill Wyman lists the title of this track in his second Stones book) and sometimes mis-titled as “Back On The Streets Again” when it reappeared in the Dirty Work songwriting sessions. A snippet of this song was uploaded to YouTube many years ago in memory of Ian Stewart (but that clip has since disappeared). This is the complete take.

High School Girl: This appears to be a demo recording or songwriting exploration featuring only Mick Jagger (who also plays guitar) and Charlie Watts on drums.

Stop That: An unlisted fragment on the tape. This Undercover outtake already circulates in complete form, but in inferior quality (often misnamed “Chain Saw Rocker”).

All I Have To Do Is Dream: Cover version of the old Everly Brothers classic from 1958, performed by Keith Richards on solo piano at Longview Farm, North Brookfield, Massachusetts in late May 1981. This is the previously uncirculated full take, including false start. Brace yourself for Keith to be right in your living room and his voice deep inside your ears.

Piano Fragment: A bit more Keef tickling the ivories from the same session.

JEMS offers its huge thanks to N, who helped us sort through the tapes and provided invaluable insight in ascertaining what we had. The song-by-song notes above are culled from N’s essential contributions. Pitch adjustments come courtesy of Goody, who lent us his keen ear and his unwavering commitment to A440. Thank you, Goody. SkipKid68 also chimed in with valuable feedback, so thanks to him, too. The much-appreciated official cover art is courtesy of ethiessen1. And last but not least, kudos to mjk5510, who came on board at the start and helped finish the project to get it into your hands.


Click here for the lossless flacs.

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Transfer: in-house cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A azimuth-adjusted transfer > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 (24/96) capture > Peak 6.0 pitch adjustment > iZotope RX > iZotope MBIT+ resample 16/44.1 > Peak Pro XT (Indexed) > xACT 2.21 > FLAC

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. Neighbors 3:31 (5.9MB)
Track 02. Let’s Go Steady Again 2:50 (4.8MB)
Track 03. Tried To Talk Her Into It 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 04. Keep It Cool 9:40 (16.2MB)
Track 05. Can’t Find Love 1 0:43 (1.2MB)
Track 06. Can’t Find Love 2 1:08 (1.9MB)
Track 07. Eliza 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 08. High School Girl 6:04 (10.2MB)
Track 09. Stop That 1:49 (3.1MB)
Track 10. All I Have To Do Is Dream (False Start) 0:50 (1.4MB)
Track 11. All I Have To Do Is Dream (Full Take) 5:22 (9.0MB)
Track 12. Piano Fragment 0:55 (1.5MB)
40 mins

Emotional Rescue Sessions: Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, January-February 1979 and Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France, June-October 1979
Undercover Sessions: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France, November 1982-mid-March 1983 and The Hit Factory, New York, NY, early May-early August 1983

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  1. 10 Responses to “ROLLING STONES - FOXES IN THE BOXES, VOL 1”

  2. Thank you!

    By Paul on Mar 18, 2015

  3. Super cool addition.

    By T. Way on Mar 18, 2015

  4. Thanks, Big O! As is so often the case, the unreleased tracks -warts and all- are more interesting than the released ones.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Mar 18, 2015

  5. Nice! ‘Neighbors’, a forgettable standard stones filler song, shines and burns here - the BEST version I’ve ever heard!

    By Happy Camper on Mar 18, 2015

  6. of all the outtakes demos and unreleased sessions of the stones that are out there.. i havent sat down and figured out which of their albums has either never had any of those types of things shown up for or just very very little of. i would think there would be less from say 64-67 but there is quite a bit from that era too. my period is 69-74 of course but when it comes to studio stuff im always interested in anything i can get. i love it all. live stuff im pickier on. has anyone ever figured out which album seems to have no outtakes demos alternates etc?

    By darth on Mar 18, 2015

  7. has anyone ever figured out which album seems to have no outtakes demos alternates etc?

    I`ve never seen any for “got live if you want “it/aftermath/out of our heads/12by 5/metamorphosis except for possibly a track or two.

    By dropkick sarge on Mar 18, 2015

  8. 2 of the 12 songs on got live are studio. there are a lot of other outtakes and sessions from those dates and those 2 studios. as for the live stuff.. 10-1 and 7-66 and 3-5to7-65. not sure if full shows or partial shows exist of these dates. easy enough to check. but when i refer to outtakes and such.. i am mainly talking about studio recordings. not outtakes to live albums.

    with aftermath there werent many songs not included from those sessions and what wasnt was used later as b sides and such. in 02 they put out a reissue of it with the stereo version of mothers little helper. previously unavailable.
    the british version of the album had 14 songs. the usa version had 11. the missing songs appeared on other compilations and singles. also check the album flowers for more songs from this session.
    looking tired is the only unreleased song from that session to this day.

    as for out of our heads.. there were no other tracks recorded than what ultimately appeared on the uk and usa versions of the albums. some songs took a while to get out there but now all of them if u have both versions of the album.. are out. there are no outtakes to that album at all.

    for 12×5..thats just a 5 song ep stuck onto an album with 7 new songs added to it to make a total of 12 to create the album. they were just singles with their b sides. 3 songs that were later included on their #2 album.
    in 02 it was re released with stereo versions of 4 songs and extended versions of 2 more songs.
    there are no outtakes to this obviously.

    metamorphosis is an album of outtakes and alternate versions from 1964 to 1970. there are 2 extra songs on the uk version. there are tons of more songs from these sessions however. most of the stuff on this album should have stayed unreleased. there was much better stuff in the can that they should have let us have in 75. this was a piece of crap. but at least its something. i think i have over 20-40 boots from this era of similar material. hardly a track or two.

    By darth on Mar 19, 2015

  9. thank you kindly!

    By massmick on Mar 19, 2015

  10. Thanks BigO. The piano parts in “Tried to Talk Her Into It” showed up on the unreleased but much bootlegged “Claudine”.

    By Mackster on Mar 20, 2015

  11. Essentially Tattoo You was an album of outtakes. All those tracks were in the can from the Pathe-Marconi sessions from 1976. The label wanted new product for 1981, and the band handed them that stuff. Didn’t even take the time to sequence it into a proper album, in this listener’s opinion: rockers on on side one, softies on side two. We’re done here. And as serendipity would have it, it was one of their biggest sellers on the strength of “Start Me Up”.

    By kingpossum on Mar 22, 2015

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